The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery is a fresh, smart, how-to book that helps people with eating disorders to heal their relationship with food, their bodies, and ultimately themselves.
Written from the perspective of two eating disorder therapists, both of whom are recovered from their own eating disorders, the text uses humor, personal narratives, and research-proven techniques to offer specific actionable guidelines on how to reclaim one’s life from an eating disorder. The authors explain the difference between dieting and eating disorders, break down the stages of recovery, and provide tips on how to thrive in each stage. The book provides powerful myth-busting on topics that have historically not been addressed in eating disorder recovery books, such as clean eating and orthorexia, exercising in recovery, and fat positivity. Tangible exercises at the end of each chapter provide readers with advice and tips on implementing this approach to recovery in their day-to-day lives.
The humorous and down-to-earth tone of the book creates an authentic and genuine feel that leaves those who struggle with chronic dieting, eating disorders, and negative body image feeling connected and heard.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Am I Just Dieting? How to Tell When the Line Has Been Crossed
Chapter 2: Challenging "Not Sick Enough"
Chapter 3: Early Recovery: Changing Your Behaviors
Chapter 4: Changing Your Thoughts: Legalize It – Food, That Is!
Chapter 5: All about Those Feels: Why Emotions Matter
Chapter 6: Binge Eating: No, it’s Not about ‘Willpower’
Chapter 7: Health at Every Size: The MVP of Eating Disorder Recovery
Chapter 8: Fat Positivity: A Game Changer
Chapter 9: Trauma: Taking Back Your Power
Chapter 10: Orthorexia: The Eating Disorder that Hides in Plain Sight
Chapter 11: Getting Unstuck: The Trap of Partial Recovery
Chapter 12: All in the Fam: Where Do Our Loved Ones Come in?
Chapter 13: Body Image
Chapter 14: Gym-Timidation: How to Move for Joy
Chapter 15: Intuitive Eating
Chapter 16: Finding Meaning
Chapter 17: Summary
Colleen Reichmann, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist residing in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and has been named as one of the top eating disorder experts in the country.
Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C, is an eating disorder therapist and founder of The Eating Disorder Center. She has been interviewed speaking about eating disorders on ABC, NBC, PBS, and Fox. She has been named as one of the top eating disorder experts in the country.
"This is the book we need in the eating disorder world. Recovered professionals being transparent, relatable, acknowledging privilege, and sharing their expertise with specific and cool activities and tools to push us in healing our relationships with food. I smiled reading this knowing so many will relate to Colleen and Jennifer’s personal stories and find healing through their lived experience and easy to understand activities for recovery. This is how we change the mental health game, through owning our stories and talking about recovery in normalized and relatable ways. I’d recommend this book to every single person I know living in diet culture (psst all of us)." -Tiffany Roe, MA, CMHC, Founder & CEO Mindful Counseling
"A book like this has the potential to make a massive difference. It’s down-to-earth, speaks to the actual needs and interests of the target audience, is written by two highly-regarded leaders in the field, and may truly change and save lives. This is a vital book, and I will personally refer my patients to buy it." -Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, founder and medical director of Gaudiani Clinic, Author of Sick Enough
"Written with a breezy personal style, yet rooted in professional expertise and research, The Inside Scoop is heartfelt, practical, and easy to read. If you ever wanted to ask an eating disorder professional who had their own recovery experience, 'Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you had known while in the midst of your struggle?' – this book’s for you." - Anita Johnston, PhD, Author of Eating in the Light of the Moon
"Equal parts informative, vulnerable, practical and laugh-out-loud funny, The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery is a wonderful addition to the eating disorder books on the market. I loved this book and I know it is going to help so many!" -Amanda White, LPC, Owner of Therapy for Women
"With focused self-reflection activities and deeply personal stories of recovery, this book is like a manual on 'how to be kind to your body' at every step of healing! You will feel seen, heard, and valued through each and every turn of the page as you take back your well-being." -Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, Author of Body Kindness
"The pro-recovery messages that Jennifer and Colleen tirelessly work to put into the world help so many people find their own voice to shout back at their eating disorder with. This book feels like having two best friends fighting there with you (who just happen to be armed with sh*t tonnes of research, qualifications and personal experience, too). It's accessible, inclusive and encouraging, and I can see it being a starting point to the peace that everyone in recovery deserves to find with food, movement and their bodies. -Megan Jayne Crabbe, Author of Body Positive Power
"Inspirational and fiercely anti-diet culture! This book is digestible and accessible to all, and takes the reader beyond words into journal prompts and activities to create action in their recovery. A must read for anyone struggling or supporting a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder!" -Haley Goodrich, RD, LDN, CEDRD, Founder/Clinical Director of INSPIRD Nutrition
"The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery is a fantastic addition to the eating disorder self help resource collection. Two recovered therapists share lessons learned in their own recovery processes, include thoughtful voices from other recovery perspectives, and bring their therapeutic excellence to the page. This book is full of resources, thoughtful reflection questions, and invites readers to engage in critical steps toward recovery, in a way that is both meaningful and measurable. I look forward to sharing this book with my clients and am very happy to be able to recommend The Inside Scoop as a resource to humans who are in the recovery process, with and without additional therapeutic support. This book is a gift." -Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S, Owner of Whole Life Nutrition
"The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery: Advice from Two Therapists Who Have Been There" is a must-read for any client struggling with an eating disorder or for anyone supporting a loved one in their eating disorder recovery.The authors are experts in the field and their knowledge, understanding, compassion, and desire to support clients in recovery shines through. They are funny, inspiring, relatable, and provide wonderful insight into diet culture, health at every size, and body image, along with skills and journal prompts to incorporate in the eating disorder recovery process. I cannot speak highly enough of this book and will be recommending this to all my clients and colleagues. -Laura Deneen, LPC-MHSP, NCC, Founder of Anchored Counseling Company
"The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery shares TANGIBLE advice, education and inspiration for people in recovery. Recovery from an eating disorder is a long journey, and unfortunately we live in a society with lots of triggers. The authors provide a map. They get it from a scientific perspective, and they get it because they’ve been there. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with an eating disorder who wants their life back." -Kristina Saffran, Founder of Project HEAL
"If you can call a book on eating disorder recovery fun and witty, this is it! Colleen and Jennifer take you into their eating disorder brains, share their stories of recovery, and offer actionable steps you can take to start healing yourself today. It’s comprehensive, backed by research, and delivered like you’re chatting with two friends. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, or want to heal your relationship with food and your body, this book is for you! -Nicole Cruz, MS, RDN