This week's book review is on "8 keys to recovery from an eating disorder" by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb. The subtitle to the book is : "Effective strategies from therapeutic practice and personal experience". I've seen Carolyn Costin - who's now retired - speaking at various conferences over the years and I do find hers to be a very engaging voice in this field. I've also seen consumers in various stages of recovery from eating disorders reading this book and telling me they've found it really helpful (which is ultimately the most important review it could ever receive!). The info and advice in this book isn't ground-breaking or radical, and that's exactly what I like about it: it's evidence-based, it's accessible and written for anyone to read, it doesn't make wildly improbable promises of quick-fixes, and the writers are warm and nurturing in their tone. I also like the little homework tasks peppered throughout this book to try and help people really think about themselves and their thoughts and attitudes.
The book is most likely designed to be read alongside working with experienced health professionals specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. That said, it could potentially work as a stand-alone guide for those in the very early stages of developing an eating disorder, or perhaps as a tool to help recovery keep going after treatment has got the ball rolling. Do remember that eating disorders thrive on secrecy, though, and often the most powerful thing a person can do to move towards recovery is to open up to a health professional about what they're going through. If you can't find it at your local book store, you can buy "8 Keys To Recovery" from Newtown Nutrition. Wishing everyone a body positive day! - Claire Marnane (eating disorders and mind-body dietitian) #edrecovery#haes#eatingdisorderrecovery#eatingdisorder#bingeeating#anorexiarecovery#anorexia#APD#dietitian#carolyncostin#montenido#8keystorecoveryfromaneatingdisorder#8keys#bookreview