Healing Your Hungry Heart

For women in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond, issues of loss from divorce, death, and empty nest syndrome as well as marriage and career pressures can trigger an eating disorder.
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Book Description:

10 million people in the U.S., including 1 in 5 women, suffer from eating disorders. While this issue has long been associated with teenage girls, doctors are now reporting that a growing number of women are also developing these disorders later in life or have hidden these problems for years. For women in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond, issues of loss from divorce, death, and empty nest syndrome as well as marriage and career pressures can trigger an eating disorder.

Psychotherapist Joanna Poppink offers a comprehensive and effective recovery program for women with eating disorders, based on her thirtyyear professional practice treating adults with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. She shares her personal struggles with bulimia, along with stories from a widerange of clients she has counseled. Poppink primarily addresses women who have been suffering with eating disorders for years while they manage their careers, marriages, and families.

Healing Your Hungry Heart offers a stepbystep program that identifies:

    Early warning signs

  • Challenges to early recovery
  • Triggers to emotional eating
  • Impact on sex life and family relationships

The program includes journaling, meditations, exercises, quizzes, and resources to support and speed the recovery process. For women struggling with emotional eating, this book offers hope, understanding, and real solutions.

I jumped at the chance to read Joanna's book when it came out because I'd been following her blog for awhile. As a bulimia recovery blogger, coach and speaker I was always interested in what Joanna had to say because her experience with bulimia recovery was on a personal level and that meant a lot to me. She gets it. She know what's it's like to live with the crazy-making thoughts and to find your way out of the madness. I really enjoyed the exercises throughout the book and felt they were really targeted to helping you uncover and re-connect with your inner, highest wisdom. The disconnection we feel when we have an eating disorder can leave us feeling dis-empowered, worthless and shameful. Joanna's insights really help you understand where it's coming from and what to do about it. I loved the chapter on boundaries. She explains how a lack of personal boundaries can leave us feeling powerless. She offers ways to create healthy boundaries with our food, sleep and even friends. There are a lot of great insights for anyone just starting out with their recovery, have started but relapsing or for the loving friend/family member trying to support and help someone in their recovery.

-- Polly Mertens

Joanna Poppink (Author)

Joanna Poppink, MFT is a Los Angeles psychotherapist in private practice and also does Skype consultations. She works with young, mid life and senior women. See video: http://tinyurl.com/n68ll2j In her work and writing Joanna draws both on her clinical experience and her personal experience in healing from bulimia. She corresponds with women throughout the world via her website and Skype video in her ongoing efforts to support eating disorder recovery. Visit Joanna at: http://www.eatingdisorderrecovery.com. She is a licensed psychotherapist with more than 25 years experience in helping adults find recovery from eating disorders. She studied psychology at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Saybrook Institute and received her M.A. from Antioch University. She cares about our world and received her UCLA Certificate in Sustainability. Joanna lives in Los Angeles where, in addition to her private practice, she finds time for improvisational theater games, gardening, writing, travelling and having glorious, colorful and messy art experiences in her garden with the children in her family. More about Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from you eating disorder Joanna writes frank descriptions of the often secret emotional and personal challenges of living with an eating disorder and how to use those experiences as opportunities for healing. Using stories from her personal struggles with bulimia along with stories from a wide-range of women she has known, Joanna offers a developmental path to eating disorder recovery. She writes to adult women in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond as they struggle to manage their careers, marriages, and families. She offers hope, inspiration and practical tools. Through a rich assortment of exercises, quizzes, journal prompts, specific mindfulness tasks and other creative healing activities Joanna guides the reader toward personal self revelation, understand and the ability to develop beyond present limitations. This is the path that leads to healing and recovery.

For women in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond, issues of loss from divorce, death, and empty nest syndrome as well as marriage and career pressures can trigger an eating disorder.

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