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Answers to questions most often asked
Insight from recovered and recovering
Monika Ostroff's story of recovery
Specific things to do that have worked
Information on healthy eating and weight
Suggestions for how to stay committed
A special section for parents & loved ones
"...written by two women who have recovered from their eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia...written in a compassionate & knowledgeable tone directed toward anorexics, their parents, & their loved ones."
As you will read in Chapter 2, Monika Ostroff battled with anorexia for many years. She shares her story of self-starvation, years of unsuccessful treatment, and eventual breakthroughs that led to her complete recovery. Her ideas about the nature of anorexia and what it takes to defeat obsessive food behaviors and thoughts encompass much of the text. She writes with understanding and compassion; and, when she recommends that you try something, it is because it has worked for her. . .
Posted May 17, 2006
This book is written by a recovered bulimic and a recovered anorexic. The book answers questions most often asked about anorexia, tells Monika Ostroffs personal story, guides the anorexic through recovery, teaches how to get help, and has a special chapter for family and loved ones. It is soo helpful in understanding anorexia and how to treat those that suffer from it, but it also gives hope to victims of this illness. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2001
filled with compassion and true positivity. the type of book you reach for on a relapse when you think 'i don't want to do this anymore.' then, of course, it loses the potential 5th star, because after you eat you get that dizzy feeling from not being accustomed to consumption of food, and you regret it, and may make yourself crazy. 'monika's story,' however romantic and unrealistic for some, is a wonderful one that is a neat read. the book sounds simple, and it is. it's simply a guide to how and/or where to start (recovery). even though i got this book about 13 months after beginning the recovery process, i still found it an uplifting and nice thing to read. another reason this book, if a bit easy to digest, is getting as many as four stars, is that some books, i have found, are just plain boring. like, they bore the hell out of me. yeah, we lie about what we eat. yeah, we hide things. yeah. so what? well this book is easy to relate to but also provides good solutions and take-action methods for you and your family! actually some veryyyyy helpful tips for families. (note, family members and friends: while encouraging overall health, think about what it is the person truly isnt control of; it's going to exacerbate the desire to self destruct if you try to take this 'friend' away from the afflicted.) if, however, you are truly low on the dough, save your money and get a good therapist to talk you through it (but remember the tip i wrote; don't 'pick' a therapist who is controlling or who the anoretic does not trust; the anoretic knows the anoretic best and though one would love a therapist who lets them lose weight and says 'oh well we wont tell', they also would love one even more who listened to what they said and made them not care about losing or gaining weight. that is the TRUE point of recovery.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.