Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too The truth is we all talk to ourselves We just need to get better at it, counsels psychotherapist Rutledge in this self help book for women with eating disorders, which he wrote with one of his patients, Schaefer, a singer songwriter and media personality in Nashville, who both binges and purges As might be expected in a book that draws from both psychotherapy and country western music, the story concerns a fine woman and the no good man she s stuck with In this case, the evil, controlling character is a non person Schaefer names Ed, from the initials ED as in eating disorder Whether Schaefer is alone in her kitchen or dining with friends, she hears Ed telling her she resembles a barnyard animal, that all the girls in her eating disorder therapy group are thinner than she is, or that it would feel good to go to bed on an empty stomach There is something inside me that has chained itself to Ed with a heavy duty lock and thrown away the key, she writes With the help of therapist Rutledge, who shares his professional observations in sections entitled Thom s Turn, Schaefer finally gains the strength to keep Ed at bay Schaefer s literary construct of an interior voice will delight some readers and annoy others, but if it helps any readers overcome their own disorders, it s been effective Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reservedInfused with humor, rich in vivid imagery, and deeply compassionate, this book brings hope to those who suffer from eating disorders, offering them creative tools David B Herzog, MD professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Jenni s quick wit and brilliant honesty are an inspiration to anyone trying to divorce themselves from an eating disorder an accessible, helpful must read Lindsey Hall, author of Bulimia A Guide to Recovery Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long He controlled Jenni s life, distorted her self image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long affair Then Jenni met psychotherapist and author Thom Rutledge He taught her how to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal ED Life Without Ed provides new hope for the disorders that plague millions of women and young girls Beginning with Jenni s divorce from Ed, this supportive, lifesaving book combines a patient s insights and experiences with a therapist s prescriptions for success to help you live a healthier, happier life without Ed

  • Paperback
  • 258 pages
  • Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
  • Jenni Schaefer
  • English
  • 14 May 2019
  • B00I4ZOOCS

About the Author: Jenni Schaefer

Jenni Schaefer s breakthrough bestseller, Life Without Ed How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, established her as one of the leading lights in the recovery movement With her second book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, she earned her place as one of the country s foremost motivational writers and speakers In her latest, she teams with Harvard Medical School to address the millions of people who struggle with disordered eating while not meeting the diagnostic criteria for a full blown eating disorder Almost Anorexic Is My or My Loved One s Relationship with Food a Problem Harvard Health Publications Hazelden, July 2013 bridges the gaps between cutting edge research, clinical knowledge and personal experience to provide both insight and hope.Jenni s straightforward, realistic style has made her a role model, source of inspiration, and confidant to people worldwide looking to overcome adversity and livefully She speaks at conferences, at major universities, and in corporate settings has appeared on many syndicated TV and radio shows and has been quoted in publications including The New York Times She is also Chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association An accomplished singer songwriter, she lives in Austin, Texas Forinformation or to contact Jenni, visit

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