Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder

Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder

by Joanna Poppink, MFT,
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Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder by Joanna Poppink, MFT,

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 thirty-year professional practice treating adults with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. She shares her personal struggles with bulimia, along with stories from a wide-range 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 step-by-step 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573244701
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 663,803
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Joanna Poppink, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating adults with eating disorders. She studied psychology at UCLA and the Saybrook Institute and received her master's degree from Antioch University. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at: EatingDisorderRecovery.com.

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Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KymL More than 1 year ago
Healing Your Hungry Heart is like no other eating disorder recovery book I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). I've been following Joanna Poppink's blogs on her website for the 18 months since I started my recovery work. Her wisdom and honest approach in her blogs became a life line during my "Great Terror" moments (as she describes them in the book). I had high expectations for this book and she has surpassed those expectations. This isn't another "eat this" and "do this" book, or a book that paints recovery as sunshine and roses if you just have the right attitude. This book is honest. The way she describes life with an eating disorder could only done by someone who has fought this horrible disorder herself. This book paints a realistic picture of what needs to happen for true recovery, what the struggle is going to feel like, but also what rewards are waiting on the other side of the battle. Joanna doesn't want her readers to settle for gaining control over their eating issues, but rather pushes her readers to take a holistic view of their entire Life. I suggest this book to those just starting recovery as well as those, like myself, who have already traveled away down the road of recovery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd like to share a story The day my life took a new start When the universe gave me a copy of Healing your Hungry Heart.  Imagine going outside on a sunny day And feeling the warmth of a million rays Touching your soul with a gentle embrace When I read this book I felt the same.  Joanna is a maestro with words And this book is a symphony Each chapter loaded with compassion And heartfelt sympathy.  She talks about her personal experience Which reaches those who feel alone And writes like a sagacious friend That you have always known.  She is a forerunner in her field Because she believes in real recovery Not just how to survive with an illness But how to embark on personal discovery.  She discusses many intimate topics That others are afraid to say As a result, her candor reaches new depths Where the darkest secrets lay.  This book became a friend That I reached out to when in need Giving me a connection constantly planting hopeful seeds.  Joanna reaches new heights By revealing a glimmer of light Even in the darkest night Of a soul that is consumed by fright. I don't just recommend this book Because that is not enough Joanna transforms your hungry heart Into one overflowing with love. For being the sunlight on my path I thank you, Joanna, for your warm rays For breaking apart chains And relinquishing my shame.  For lighting a flame, And leading the way,  Because of you, my life has changed and I will never be the same. JA Simmons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I just started reading Joanna's book and cannot put it down.  Wow.  I've read a lot of books on eating disorders, but EVERYTHING she talk about hits home.  I am doing recovery again after being in treatment for the 12th or 13th time. I was there for a few weeks and came to realize that it was time to do this on my own (outside of the treatment bubble) and with the support of my OP team. I came across Joanna's book and it had me in tears. I feel that not many people really talk about bulimia and the purpose it serves for it's sufferers as Joanna does so well in her book.  Joanna, you are a true inspiration to me.  Thank you SO much for writing this book and sharing your own story.  It gives me hope that recovery is possible.  It is a constant daily struggle but I hope to one day be able to live free from Ed.  Thank you for the hope. 
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MerylHersheyBeck More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Joanna’s book and I loved it! I wish it had been available as I wrote my book, STOP EATING YOUR HEART OUT: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating because I would have used it as a reference and quoted from it. I was especially impressed with the chapter on Secrets -- it gave me more understanding of myself and the secrets I had when I was binge eating. This book belongs in every treatment center and in the hands of every woman with an eating disorder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to journal regularly but haven't in quite some time...I am really enjoying the topics Joanna suggests as prompts. It's also amazingly relieving to find so many of the same feelings/thoughts in her words that I have felt/thought. I started reading ED recovery books long before I was willing to accept that I was bulimic but after two years of real work toward recovery - THIS book is just what I needed. Thank you, Joanna Poppink! :)
KymL More than 1 year ago
Healing Your Hungry Heart is like no other eating disorder recovery book I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). I've been following Joanna Poppink's blogs on her website for the 18 months since I started my recovery work. Her wisdom and honest approach in her blogs became a life line during my "Great Terror" moments (as she describes them in the book). I had high expectations for this book and she has surpassed those expectations. This isn't another "eat this" and "do this" book, or a book that paints recovery as sunshine and roses if you just have the right attitude. This book is honest. The way she describes life with an eating disorder could only done by someone who has fought this horrible disorder herself. This book paints a realistic picture of what needs to happen for true recovery, what the struggle is going to feel like, but also what rewards are waiting on the other side of the battle. Joanna doesn't want her readers to settle for gaining control over their eating issues, but rather pushes her readers to take a holistic view of their entire Life. I suggest this book to those just starting recovery as well as those, like myself, who have already traveled away down the road of recovery.