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Linda Bacon’s revolutionary book absolutely obliterates the commonly accepted practice of using weight as a measurement of health. If you want to challenge everything you think you know about weight and health (and get really pissed off in the process), get this book today.
Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers – One of our favorites. Albers has her own take on mindful eating, including the several elements of awareness that factor into mindful eating, including mindfulness of emotions and of the mind. Chock-full of exercises and presented in a clear outline, this is a book you can return to whenever you need a refresher.
When Food is Love by Geneen Roth – Considered one of the pioneers of the field of mindful eating, Geneen Roth’s book on her journey to recovering from nearly every type of eating disorder from anorexia to binge eating disorder will still put tears in your eyes and hope in your heart.
Okay, so now you get what Geneen is saying about your relationship with food. Here is her book on how to heal your fractured relationship with your body and yourself.
Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays – When a Buddhist monk writes a book on mindful eating — including her own struggles with it, you know it’s an important work. I still often think of the parallel that Bays draws between our ever-present coffee/tea cups and water bottles with toddlers and sippy cups. Many copies come with a CD with meditations and exercises.
Ellyn Satter will rock your world, if you haven’t read her work yet. If you only read one of her books, this is the one we recommend. Part research, part guidance, park cookbook, her no-nonsense style will help guide you in feeding your kids and yourself in an intuitive, relaxed way.
Momma Zen by Karen Mazen Miller – That special sort of book that you will come back to over and over through the toughest days of motherhood. Written by a zen monk who also happens to be a mom. Her authentic voice and honest disclosures of how hard it can be to be a mom help you feel that you have a monk in your corner even at your most harried.
Eat What You Love, Love What you Eat by Michelle May – Written by a medical doctor in recovery from her own struggles with disordered eating. Dr. May masterfully dissects the “Eat, Repent, Repeat” cycle and how it keeps dieters trapped on the hamster wheel of body hatred and maladaptive eating. Accessible and straight-forward, this book is a cornerstone of the mindful and intuitive eating movement. Check out her other books for more specialized information on mindful eating while dealing with binge eating disorder, post-bariatric surgery, and diabetes.
This is not just the best named book in the history of writing. It is also a compassionate, smart guide to self-care and avoiding body insanity during pregnancy. Do yourself a favor, skip the crazy-making doom and gloom/body obsession of most pregnancy books, buy this one instead, and sign up for weekly notifications for what vegetable your baby resembles this week. It makes for a much more fun nine months.
Unbuttoned edited by Dana Sullivan and Maureen Connolly – An all-inclusive collection of essays that shares any and every perspective on breastfeeding. Authors in this book share their true experiences from nursing to formula feeding, all presented in a non-judgmental approach.
Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race – A personal favorite. Race writes about the challenges presented to all of us in our struggles to be present and aware with our kids. She is the first to state her own difficulty with this practice, making it an accessible and helpful resource.
Good Girls Don’t Get Fat by Robyn Silverman – After I read this book, I advertised it on my office chalkboard as follows: “if you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, or female loved one, or might even just pass a girl on the street, read this book. Now.
If you’ve spent your whole adult life obsessively measuring and counting to manage food, and especially to cook, this is the book for you. Written by Lori Lieberman, a dietitian who endorses the mindful eating school of self-care, this book focuses more on cooking and making food with intuitive measures rather than cups and ounces.
Okay, we know that you have limited time and energy to sit down and read. If you’re like us, the second you clear time to open a book, you might end up conked out on the arm of the sofa. Here are some amazing podcasts to put on while you’re sitting in the car waiting to pick your kid up from soccer practice:
Food Psych – Christy Harrison, RD is a total intuitive eating, Health at Every Size-endorsing badass. Her podcast library reads like a list of who’s who in the eating disorder community. A particular favorite episode is her interview with fellow podcaster Isabel Foxen-Duke while they eat toast and Nutella.
Love, Food with Julie Duffy Dillon, RD – A fabulous podcast for anyone who wants sanity around food, but especially those struggling with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Julie is a PCOS specialist and one of the few voices talking sense on the torture that is this medical issue.
Nutrition Matters with Paige Smathers – Don’t let the name scare you! This podcast features Paige’s gentle yet passionate voice mindful eating and body acceptance advocacy.
How to Talk to Kids about Anything with Robyn Silverman – This is a very favorite! While not centered on eating disorders, Dr. Robyn interviews experts to help with “tips and scripts” on how to talk to kids about really tough stuff from divorce to cultivating kindness. I personally listened to the episode on helping your child make friends at least twice before my daughter started kindergarten. Also, you’ll see her book listed above. Dr. Robyn rocks!
The Body Love Project with Jesse Haggerty – Another podcast with a who’s who list of guests! Jesse’s focus on body acceptance is a life preserver in an ocean of diet culture.
Some awesome sites that you can add into your facebook feed or other rotation of helpful supports
Scary Mommy – If you haven’t found Scary Mommy by now, you’re missing out on a goldmine of eloquent writers who write on everything from parenting struggles to body image issues.
The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) – an amazing resource on so many levels. Find links to articles, support, providers, and their spectacular annual conference.
The Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA) – while we admit this is our local eating disorder association chapter, we also feel that it is an amazing resource for anyone anywhere struggling with an eating disorder, including links to programs for support throughout the country.
The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) – another fantastic place to find information, communities, and support. Check regularly for dates and locations of walks and awareness events on all things eating disorders.