Why this cover?
I picked this cover, as I wanted to avoid the stereotypes of images associated with bulimia. To create hope and make this about the fierce determination and strength I witness in all the wonderful clients I’ve had over the years. As I look in this woman’s eyes – looking straight back at me, I saw the fierce determination and vulnerability I witness in my clients. Women rising from the ashes of bulimia and emerging triumphant in their own right.
Why did you write this book?
I’ve created this book out of the work I’ve been doing with clients over the past fifteen years. Seeing clients one on one, I realized they needed a solid “Plan” if they were to keep their wellness goals on target. I also know that my clients like to do things themselves, and it was never what I believed was possible it was what they believed that made the choices real.
Who is this book for?
I also know many of my clients had never been into treatment before, and often didn’t mention anything to their doctors. They self managed bulimia and they had good days and bad days. Days when bulimia was full on, days when they could back it off, and through eating enough, avoid the binging and purging until their body settled down again.
What information is in the book?
I also wanted to write this book because so many of my clients shared they got into this in their school years, and if they had known it was going to control their lives, they would not have started in the first place. They would have found another way.
What do you think about bulimia?
I’ve outlined in the book and here on my web site, items to help you understand why bulimia is not a good idea for weight loss. I have clients that are overweight and still use bulimia. After a while it doesn’t work. In fact with over production of steroids in your system someone using bulimia will often have the rounded “moon face” – and the swollen stomach. These will disappear once you leave bulimia behind.
I recognized clients were challenged with understanding the steps to recovery. How to maintain the wellness path once they had been in therapy or in treatment. In many cases I knew they needed a solid “what to do next” list.
How do I shop? How do I cook? How do I eat “normally”? What supplements will help? Should I follow a diet?
Without a road map in recovery, it’s hard to know if we are making progress or not. This book offers that road map, with careful considerations along the way from others that have achieved success too and offer their wisdom as encouragement.