Synopses & Reviews
The first book to address mentoring/sponsoring as an effective and viable movement in the treatment of eating disorders
A new way of thinking and approaching eating disorders treatment: Provide mentors for people with eating disorders in much the same way as alcoholics provide sponsors for those seeking recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous. Beating Ana introduces this familiar concept as a new and valid one for enhancing the treatment of eating disorders, by highlighting how the same approach cured the author of her fifteen-year battle with anorexia and bulimia.
Beating Ana, very much in the tradition of the bestselling book on eating disorders Life without Ed, itself acts as a mentor, offering a series of recovery workshops, affirmations, advice from the trenches, and letters from courageous eating disorder survivors, all of which empower readers to set and achieve recovery goals - one day at a time.
Launching simultaneously with the author's mentoring website, www.mentorconnect-ed.org - the first free global mentoring network to connect those in strong recovery with those who are striving to recover -- Beating Ana will be the portal through which people suffering from various eating disorders are unprecedentedly brought together to support each other and heal together - all through the click of the mouse
'In Beating Ana Shannon Cutts offers a wealth of guidance that will do nothing less than save lives. This is a book that needs to be in the hands of every person in the eating disorder world: Those who suffer, those who love them, and every professional who treats them. This book can teach us all.'-- Doris Smeltzer, MA, author of Andrea'sVoice: Silenced by Bulimia and the Gurze Book's Advice for Parents Blog.
A new way of thinking and approaching eating disorders treatment: Provide mentors for people with eating disorders in much the same way as alcoholics provide sponsors for those seeking recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous.
Imagine a World in which it is easy to find someone to turn to who understands your struggles, identifies with your wounds, and knows how lonely and scary it feels to live inside your skin.
In this fantastic brave new world, you would face your eating disorder head on, standing tall and firm with supportive friends by your side as you get better--and stay that way! In Beating Ana, Shannon Cutts opens the door to this world as she introduces you to a whole new way of thinking about and recovering from your eating disorder.
Shannon understands firsthand the total isolation, dead-end thinking, and exhausting mind tricks that eating disorders confine you to and has found a way to break free from her own 15-year battle with eating-disordered thinking and living--for good--through the powerful process of mentoring and connecting together.
From the very first page of Beating Ana, you will experience the empowering joy of sharing your recovery process with others as Shannon guides you with the same techniques she developed to achieve her own lasting recovery and has since passed along to her own mentees. You will walk with Shannon through the recovery process as you read private correspondence from five of her longtime mentees and participate right along with them in self-quizzes, short exercises, motivational affirmations, and journaling that is specifically designed to give you the courage, support, and tangible skills to say 'no' to your eating disorder and 'yes' to your life!
About the Author
Shannon Cutts is known as a compassionate and charismatic advocate of our right to feel good about ourselves, our bodies, and our lives. Following her recovery from a fifteen-year battle with anorexia and bulimia, Shannon founded Key to Life and MentorCONNECT to share the power of mentoring with others.