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7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery

By Allie Marie Smith

If you’re like me and have struggled with food and body image issues, you realize that it’s a journey. Sometimes we take two steps toward freedom only to take one step back. The important thing is that we don’t lose hope in our recovery and that we press forward toward greater freedom, health and wholeness. Since I have personally taken quite a few steps back in my journey in recent years due to a health crisis, I’ve done a whole lot of exploring for resources to help me on my journey. I hope these will also encourage you the way they have me. Love and blessings on your HEAL (Healthy Eating & Abundant Living) Journey!

HEAL: Healthy Eating and Abundant Living
So I’m obviously a little biased towards this resource, but Judy Halliday (my co-author) and I have received a lot of positive feedback on this six-week Bible-study resource. Through this resource, explore healthy eating, and discover your true identity in Christ. You can grab a copy on our website or via Amazon or other online bookstores.

Mind Body Musings Podcast by Maddy Moon
I just recently discovered this podcast and have been binge-listening. In this podcast, host Maddy Moon will provide you with applicable lifestyle advice to get back on track with your intuition. Body image insight, self-care rituals, nutrition, eating disorder recovery, and fitness will be covered in detail by various guests, all whom share a positive outlook on the importance of bio-individuality. This podcast is hosted by a former fitness model and physique competitor who shares her experiences and stories in the industry, and reveals why dieting, training and over-obsessing is not how anyone should spend their life. This podcast will help you break free from the dogmatic chains of health and dieting so you can live an intuitive lifestyle, free from restrictions.

Health and Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching
It’s never a bad idea to invest in the right kind of health coach. I personally have seen the value in this investment for myself. The best kind of health coach will teach you to honor and listen to your body, rather than to restrict, or count calories or macros. For an eating disorder recovery coach, I personally recommend Travis Stewart of Revision Recovery. Travis Stewart brings his expertise in eating disorders, combined with compassion and creativity, to help clients experience lasting change and freedom. I also recommend a six-month coaching program with Paige Schmidt of Healthy Hits the Spot. She will help you rediscover your inherent ability to listen to your body’s true wants and needs. You will receive six months of one-on-one coaching with her, complete with phone and email support, access to a vibrant community of women who share your journey, and personalized goals that are hand-tailored to your own growth.

Recovery Record Mobile App
Recovery Record is the smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. This app is also intended for people with general eating, weight and shape concerns. Use for self-help or link with your treatment team’s Recovery Record Clinician App to stay connected, co-manage recovery and achieve your goals.
– Celebrate wins with rewards
– Personalize your journey
– Connect with your treatment team
– For every stage and type of eating disorder
– Based on CBT and self-monitoring research

FINDINGbalance’s goal is to provide practical resources to help people live healthier, more balanced lives, FREE from eating and body image issues, and they like the challenge of developing programs and services that offer balanced care with a standard of excellence, all rooted in Biblically sound principles and truth.

Intuitive Eating
Intuitive Eating has become the go-to book on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. We’ve all been there―angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet. But the problem is not us; it’s that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped us from listening to our bodies. Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating will teach you:
• How to reject diet mentality forever
• How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties
• How to find satisfaction in your eating
• How to feel your feelings without using food
• And more!

Body Beautiful iPhone App
I had the privilege of developing this app with my Dad! Body Beautiful is the app for true beauty and confidence. Body Beautiful helps you cultivate a positive self-image and encourage true beauty with inspirational quotes, media articles, videos and tools. Share your favorite Body Beautiful quotes, articles, and videos via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Take and share the “Body Beautiful Pledge” to respect and honor your body. Stamp a photo of yourself or a friend with an inspiring phrase or quote to remind them of their true beauty, and share via Facebook, Twitter or email.

What other resources have been an encouragement to you on your journey?

about the authorAllie is the Founder and Executive Director of Wonderfully Made. She is the co-author of both Bible studies in the Wonderfully Made series: Healthy Eating and Abundant Living, and Becoming Who You Are in Christ. She is also the developer of the Body Beautiful iPhone app which promotes true beauty and positive body image. She lives in North Santa Barbara County with her husband Paul where she loves adventuring and surfing up and down California’s golden coast. You can find her blogging at The Kindred Sisterhood.

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