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Mindfulness and Meditation Resources for Your Journey

This month we’ve been talking about mindfulness and meditation, including a video about the benefits of meditation and how to open your mind to meditation. Here are a few recommended resources if you would like to learn more about these topics:


Online resources

Recovery resources

For those in 12-step recovery, ask your sponsor or other recovering compulsive overeaters or food addicts about their experiences with Step 11. learning from others who have walked in your shoes can be a powerful and healing experience..


Yoga Resources for Recovery from Eating Disorders

If you would like a very gentle start to your yoga practice, I recommend the book yoganap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation by Kristen Rentz. It contains restorative yoga poses, designed for complete relaxation. The author is a professional during the week and a yoga instructor on the weekend. Her instructions are easy to understand and the exercises are totally doable. There are even some poses you can do from your desk at work!

For further reading, you can explore the Yoga Journal website at


Books and Resources for the Recovery Stage

Life Without Ed is a book that I recommend to anyone who struggles with anorexia or bulimia. By creating a persona named Ed, representing the eating disorder, author Jenni Schaefer teaches the reader how to separate the person from the problem. I heard Jenni speak at a conference of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and what a gift it was to be in her presence – she's like a guru in this field and has helped so many people.

At the conference, Schaefer and co-presenter Michael Berrett, PhD spoke about how finding reasons to change helps eating disorder clients to reclaim their lives. Jenni also spoke more about the life she is continuing to build now that she is free of her own eating disorder, including writing a second book called, goodbye ed, hello me.

I also recommend Regaining Your Self, by Ira M. Sacker, M.D. Sacker is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Medical Center. He is also the Founder, President and Medical Director of HEED Foundation, Inc. (Helping End Eating Disorders), a not-for-profit organization, and the co-author of Dying to Be Thin. This book helps explain how an eating disorder can be your identity, and so recovery must include a grieving process for the loss of that identity. 


Recommended Resources for Recovery from Eating Disorders




Here are a few recommended resources from the team at White Picket Fence Counseling Center.

Erika suggests...

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Talk Back: The Key to Assertive Behavior. By: Robert ALberti and Michael Emmons
Super Girls Speak Out: Inside the Crisis of Overachieving Girls. By: Liz Funk
Let It Go!: Breaking Free from Fear and Anxiety, By: Anthony Evans
Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self, By: Andrea Johnston and Gloria Steinem
Janet suggests...
An article by Mike Robbins titled, "Speak Your Truth - 3 Tips for Communicating Authentically" on the Huffington Post website.
Sandee recommends...
Crucial Conversations - Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
The Power of Communication, an article on Gurze Books website in Eating Disorders Review, a publication for professionals
These are just a few selections from our resources. We have many more to share with you! We are interested in your ideas, too. Let us know when we see you or contact us through the website.


Upcoming Groups and Workshops - New Starts and Ideas

Upcoming Groups and Workshops will help you get a jump start in your personal growth process.  Click here to view and download your own printable copyTell us what you think of the new workshops - let us also know what interests YOU!


Resources that will help you embrace your inner child and grow up


Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Charles L. Whitfield
Growing Yourself Back Up: Understanding Emotional Regression by John Lee
Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves and Parenting Our Children by Connie Dawson and Jean Illsley Clarke
Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow by Judith Viorst

Support groups

Journaling resources

Journal Writing: Your Therapist at Home (free report from White Picket Fence Counseling Center)
Spirit of Change (21-day journaling tool from White Picket Fence Counseling Center)
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Inner Child Workbook: What to do with your past when it just won't go away by Cathryn L. Taylor
We would appreciate learning about what has been helpful to you -- send us an email or give us a call.


Resources for emotional eating and food addiction

Following up our recent feature article about emotional eating and food addiction, here are some resources for dealing with both:

Recommended resources for emotional eating

Women, Food and God and Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth, as well as her other books
Dieticians who specialize in eating disorders (our therapist team can provide personalized referrals for you)

Recommended resources for food addiction

Books by Debbie Danowski, including a journal
Fat Boy, Thin Man by Michael Prager
Books by Kay Sheppard, including her daily meditation book
Writings and research by Dr. Mark Gold from the University of Florida
At the White Picket Fence Counseling Center, we offer individual counseling as well as group therapy for treating emotional eating and food addiction. Group therapy can be a powerful experience, providing a comfortable environment to work on healing your relationship with food and body. Please contact us if you are interested. Some groups have immediate openings, and for others you will be placed on a waiting list.
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Resources to get you connected

This month we have been talking about connection. Last week I introduced the practice of mindful eating as a way of healing your harmful mealtime practices, and opening yourself up to connecting with others.
There is still time to register for our November 2nd workshop, and you can find out more at  If you are not able to join us this time, email me for a list of ideas to try on your own.
Susan Albers is an expert on this topic, and I recommend you check out the books and other resources on her website:
If you're looking to connect online with others who are recovering from an eating disorder, author Shannon Cutts (Beating Ana) coordinates a free mentor-mentee matching service and online help forum at


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Discussing books with a group of like-minded people is wonderful, but did you know that reading can also be a powerful journaling tool? Simply read a paragraph, page, section, chapter or two and then write down your reflections about what you've read. For other journaling tips, download our free workbook, Journal Writing: Your Therapist at Home, and here is a 21-day spiritual journaling experience you can practice from the comfort of home.

Upcoming Events

Next Book Discussion Group - Read about our next selection!
Open to our clients and the community

At our next book group on September 29th (new date) we will be discussing Life Without Ed, by Jenni Schaefer (for more information about the book, see our previous newsletter article about transitions from April 2009). Another approach to letting go, this book takes the reader through the process of separating the eating disorder (Ed) from the person. This is a great read for individuals who struggle with any type of disordered eating, family members and friends.
Other ongoing groups include for those with anorexia or bulimia, monthly relapse prevention groups, emotional overeating therapy groups, food addiction recovery group and various workshops for family members and friends. We have several other groups in the works-- let us know if you have a special interest or do not see your group listed here.
For printable flyers of upcoming groups click here --
Feel free to email our therapists if you would like to learn more about joining one of our groups or coming in for individual or family sessions:  Sandee Nebel, Liz Strong, or Tara Harvill. We also welcome your feedback about our newsletter on anything else you would like to share with us!


Recommended Resources

Distorted is an excellent book about the complex dynamic of a family dealing with an eating disorder. It was written by mother and daughter Lorri and Taryn Benson, who share their actual experiences with the daughter's anorexia and bulimia.
Al-anon ( is a helpful resource, whether the person you are trying to help has an eating disorder, is an alcoholic, or has another issue. They also have a daily meditation book, Courage to Change.

We also recommend the following books to families dealing with an eating disorder:

Why She Feels Fat by McShane and Paulson
Surviving an Eating Disorder by Siegel and Brisman
Talking to Eating Disorders by Heaton and Strauss


Recommended resources

Beating Ana is a book about the healing power of mentorship in recovery from an eating disorder ( Author Shannon Cutts also coordinates a free mentor-mentee matching service and online help forum ( - link updated Oct 14, 2010).  I have just recently learned of her service, so if you have some feedback, I am most interested in hearing it from you (contact me here.)


Recommended resources

Here are just three books that will be helpful to family members of someone with an eating disorder and body image issues:

Andrea's voice – Silenced by bulimia, by Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer
why she feels fat - Understanding Your Loved One's Eating Doisorder and How You Can Help, by Johanna Marie McShane, PhD & Tony Paulson, PhD
Reflections of me: Girls and body image, by Kris Hirschmann

As always, we are glad to make other suggestions for books that may be helpful to your situation in our sessions.