I’ve always been a big reader. When I get stuck in life, I always turn to books for the answers. They help me feel heard, and they help me to heal.
These ones have helped me in my life — both with binge eating, and with living better in general. That’s why I wanted to share them with you. I hope they help you too.
Maria’s top pick:
- The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
If you do nothing else, get the audiobook version of this book. I recommend every single person hear it. Brene Brown is a god of storytelling and authenticity, like no other.
Non-diet strategy books:
- Thinside Out by Josie Spinardi
I don’t advocate dieting, and neither does Spinardi. The tips and tools in this book are scientifically backed, and incredibly useful on the journey to stop binge eating.
- Brain Over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn’t Work, and How I Recovered for Good by Kathryn Hansen
Kathryn’s brain-based approach helped her recover from years of bulimia, and is a radically different approach from many others in this field.
- Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
This book changed my life. I literally wouldn’t be alive today without this book. It’s a game-change for anyone with chronic pain or depression.
- Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Another beautiful and healing book, though a little on the Buddhist-side, so be aware of that if that’s not your thing. (It’s totally readable either way.)
- Mindful Eating: Free Yourself from Overeating and Other Unhealthy Relationships with Food by Jan Chosen Hays
This book teaches you the fundamentals of eating more mindfully, so you can really taste your food.
- Grit by Angela Duckworth
This book will teach you about mental toughness, and how to get more of it.
Poetry is truth. You will find yourself inside.
- Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Creating Healthy Habits:
If you want to learn more about how to set things up so you have a lifetime of good habits, James Clear really is your man. He’ll teach you how to live better, no question.
- Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who’s Been There by Cheryl Strayed
This is a beautiful book. It will make your heart glow with the warmth of acceptance and shared humanity.
Mark Manson is an incredible writer, whose truth bombs smash into you like a punch to the gut. But then things get much better!
I recommend him very highly, but in particular, these articles are very important:
- The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk.
Many people who binge eat have suffered trauma in their lives, which is why I want to include this book. This is a great book for anyone interested in learning more about trauma and its effects on the body. There are treatments described in the book itself, but if you are suffering from the unaddressed effects trauma, I highly recommend seeking the help of a therapist. Things will get better, I promise, but you need to take the time to address what has happened to you.
- Come As you Are by Emily Nagoski
The more people I talk to, the more I see that sex comes up as a problem in people’s life, due to body image issues, and other nonsense we’ve been taught over the years. This book digs into the science. It’s an incredibly interesting and reassuring read, no matter what gender or age you are.
I’m getting slightly off-topic now, but I also wanted to mention:
The most powerful TED talk I’ve ever seen:
In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a years-long chronology of shame and silence, and invite us to discuss the omnipresent global issue of sexual violence in a new, honest way.
I love learning. I love challenging myself to think differently and to be better than I was yesterday.
So now I’m interested – what books, articles or videos have influenced you, or even changed your life? Let me know in the comments, below.