Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too

Life Without Ed How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too 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 in therapy

  • Title: Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
  • Author: Jenni Schaefer Thom Rutledge
  • ISBN: 0971487660783
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, in therapy, Jenni learned 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 aJenni 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, in therapy, Jenni learned 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 E.D Life Without Ed provides hope to the millions of people plagued by eating disorders 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.

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    My recovering anorexic daughter was hospitalized in 2009. During the next year, I spent a great deal of time in waiting rooms. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on about eating disorders. This was the first book I read that truly gave me hope for my daughter. A year after her hospitalization, we were lucky enough to attend a speaking engagement of Jenni's. My daughter has a picture of a herself and a few of her compatriots from the hospital at the book signing with Jenni. It's [...]

    In Life Without Ed, Jenni Schaefer shares how she ended her abusive relationship with Ed, the personification of her eating disorder. Two things stood out to me in Schaefer's book in comparison to other works I've read centered on eating disorders. First, she sticks to the theme of making Ed a person - giving her eating disorder a voice, a personality, and a hurtful spirit. This creation of Ed as an actual entity gives her book consistency and allows her to provide a variety of helpful tips: tak [...]

    Overly simplified view of ED's and recovering from one. Strongly pushed in many treatment centers, maybe I would have been more receptive if Jenni Schaefer hadn't been shoved down my throat and this elementary book touted as revolutionary.

    This book kept coming up in conversation while asking others what I might possibly do to help a struggling friend of mine.I was simply going to give it to her and say "This was recommended to me. Read it or not, but I want you to have it," but after flipping through it, as you do any book you just bought, I found myself engrossed in it and decided to read it myself first.I really liked the short, concise chapters. It made an already relatively-slim volume (188 pages) even less daunting to read ( [...]

    This was a very memorable read. I feel like the author's prior therapy experience was a definite boon in her ability to convey her thoughts and feelings, as she truly held nothing back. I feel this gave me a phenomenal understanding of just how difficult eating disorders are. Conceptualizing her eating disorder as a man named "Ed" personified her difficulties and served to emphasize the persuasiveness and relentlessness of her thoughts very effectively. I did not just envision the abstract thoug [...]

    Life Without Ed was a very interesting book, although not extremely helpful at the point in my journey when I read it. I didn't take advantage of the exercises that Thom Rutledge provided at points throughout the book, although I would advise readers who are in recovery from an eating disorder to not ignore them as I did.Jenni's voice is clear and honest and helps make the reader feel not as alone in his/her journey through recovery. She's unflinchingly true to herself about triggers and problem [...]

    I read this book while I was in the hospital this past March. I was in the process of being treated for anorexia, which I'm still battling today. This book was very inspiring to me, and made me feel that I was not alone in fighting such a terrible disease. With each turn of a page, I felt more and more determined to recover, whether my "eating disordered mind" wanted me to or not. Every line of this book is completely truthful, and is relatable to all who have an eating disorder. I strongly reco [...]

    A bit repetitive in some parts, but that's a good thing because there are some things we need to hear more than once. This is an incredibly helpful book that I'm glad to have on my shelf, and I really like the fact that Schaefer took into consideration the possibility of her readers suffering from short attention spans due to their eating disorders. Her decision to break her writing up into short sections throughout the book allows a lot of sufferers to sit down and work on their recovery withou [...]

    A review in the beginning of this book recommends Life Without Ed "if your relationship with food is undermining your self-esteem, your honesty, your happiness, and your joy." And I couldn't agree more. Jenni's honest compassion for the reader and her sense of humor sets this book apart from others. She puts into words what I've struggled to put into my own, and does so in quick, easy-to-read themed segments. Writing this way kept my attention, and it also made it easy for me to return to the bo [...]

    I first read this about six years ago. I had just begun my treatment for my eating disorder then, and this title was suggested to me by the counselor I was seeing. I found the book to be tremendously helpful to me at the time, and it's one of the first books I would recommend to someone suffering from any eating disorder. Reading this again years later, continuing to battle my eating disorder and feeling like I still have a long way to go, I still got a lot out of the book. Because more time has [...]

    While there are times that Jenni Schaefer is repetitive throughout the book, the concept and theme is strong: you have to disconnect from your eating disordered thoughts in order to make room for your own. Here is a list of my favorite essays/chapters of this book (as a reminder to myself) - and yes, they are short for a reason and the author states why: "The format of this book is specifically designed for the eating disorder victim in mind. my thoughts were so consumed by food and weight that [...]

    Practical for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder (any kind), or wants to understand what letting go of an eating disorder is like for a loved one. Speaks to the pain of breaking things off with the eating disorder, like the pain of a breakup. So trueEating disorders are portrayed as an abusive relationship in this book, and that severing ties is vital to being healthy. Not the scientific/medical perspective, but I've found it necessary to recognize this element in recovery. NOT a trigg [...]

    Honestly, anyone recovering from any type of eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, etc.) is not going to be able to write completely coherently because our maltnutrition combined with our personal issues means our individual mental states have been so oddly affected by the disease itself that writing a truly magnificent, poetic, and touching book would be a Herculean feat. But somehow, Jenni's created as touching a novel as a "survivor" of an eating disorder possibly could. Jenni's b [...]

    It seemed to me that most of Jenni's chapters consisted of "I did this when I had my eating disorder. I don't anymore. Isn't recovery great?" While there's nothing necessarily wrong with this (and, additionally, while Jenni does spend a good amount of time talking about how tough it is and what she did to overcome it), as a book directed at those afflicted with ED, I expected (and hoped for) a more journey driven "This is what I went through, and this is an exercise I did, and this is what happe [...]

    I recommend this book to my clients with Eating Disorders. Originally recommended to me by a former client struggling with ED/BI concerns. Schaefer writes in a manner that's engaging, easy to relate to, and informs of the struggles one faces when beginning ED recovery. A great book for clients, family, friends, and mental health professionals alike.

    i read this a couple years ago when i was diagnosed with an eating disorder, i still come back to this book from time to time to remind myself that recovery IS possible, no matter how hard it truly is.

    This book has given me hope, and many ideas about who I am instead who Ed thinks I am. I am so happy and astonished and amazed after this book ended. I advise everyone with an eating disorder to read this book. Even if you are not in recovery, it can help become you again.

    I had to read this for school and I read it pretty quickly. Easy read and it was interesting finding out more info about this unfortunate sickness

    Has become The Bible for eating disorder recovery. The personification of the disorder, Ed, rubs me the wrong way.

    I read this while in residential for my own eating disorder and found a lot of it very useful and inspiring. I read it after meeting Jenni and overall, wasn’t too disappointed. There’s a lot of circled paragraphs in my copy of the book. Jenni is an incredibly kind, well-intended, and insightful person. However, I do have to encourage readers who are in a vulnerable mindset to be careful. There were some triggering bits, a particularly frustrating part mentioning exact pant size coming to min [...]

    This book is honestly very boring. And that's why it's great: It is also boringly honest.Most books about recovery were written by people either very much entrenched in disordered thought processes or extremely nostalgic. An elegy at best and a how-to manual at worst. Definitely just function as another model for sufferers to compare themselves to or compete against.I like that Jenni uses it explore the ups and downs of her recovery, and shows how she applied some of the techniques she learned i [...]

    This is a powerful book that anyone should read who has an eating disorder, is close to becoming someone with this disease, or who loves someone with this disorder. I had no idea what people were going through and now think completely differently about so much of life. I'm really glad I read this book.

    One of the best books I've read around eating disorder recovery. Accessible and easy to relate to. Very well written by both the author and the input from her therapist. Looking forward to reading more by her.

    I'm sure this book has helped eating disorder sufferers gain some insight, but I can't get past Jenni's excessive use of platitudes. Also, they pushed her writing on us so hard in treatment that I developed an aversion to her on principle.

    So glad Jenni Schaefer wrote this book. Completely different way of looking at this beast of an issue. I realized what an impact this book had when I heard Ed's voice in my head one afternoon. If you have any type of ED, read this book. Try attacking this from a different angle

    Very informative. A great way to get a look inside the head of someone who has an eating disorder. An excellent resource for someone who has an eating disorder, who is a practitioner that has patients with eating disorders or who is a concerned family member or friend.

    I cannot stress the importance of reading this book if you/a loved one struggle/struggles with an eating disorder.

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