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Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - January 29th 2009, 09:28 PM

Hey everyone. Welcome to the official thread for posting books, songs, quotes and more about eating disorder recovery!

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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - January 31st 2009, 01:09 PM

A Little's Enough- Angels and Airwaves
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When all is said and done
Will we still feel pain inside?
Will the scars go away with night?
Sharp smile for the morning light?

It's like the best dream to have
Where every thing is not so bad
Every tear is so alone
Like God himself is coming home to say

I can do any thing
If you want me here
And I can fix any thing
If you let me near
What are those secrets now
That you're too scared to tell
I'd whisper them all aloud
So you can hear your self

The trees were the first sign
The deepest blue, the clearest sky
The silence came with the brightest eyes
And turned water into wine

The children ran to see
The parents stood in disbelief
And those who knew braced for the ride
The earth itself it came alive to say

I can do any thing if you want me here
And I can fix anything if you let me near
What are those secrets now
That you're too scared to tell
I whisper them all aloud so you can hear your self

I'm sorry I have to say it but you look like you're sad
Your smile is gone; I've noticed it bad
The cure is if you let in just a little more love
I promise you this a little's enough

I'm sorry I have to say it but you look like you're sad
Your smile is gone; I've noticed it bad
The cure is if you let in just a little more love
I promise you this a little's enough

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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - February 14th 2009, 05:37 AM

I know this isn't about ED's, however I think it fits well for recovery of anything really...

Courage is- The Strange Familiar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXrWRM0E6YA

Take all my vicious words
And turn them into something good

Take all my preconceptions
And let the truth be understood

Take all my prized possessions
Leave only what I need

Take all my pieces of doubt
And let me be what's underneath

Courage is when you're afraid,
But you keep on moving anyway

Courage is when you're in pain,
But you keep on living anyway

We all have excuses why
Living in fear something in us dies
Like a bird with broken wings
It's not how high he flies,
But the song he sings

Courage is when you're afraid,
But you keep on moving anyway

Courage is when you're in pain,
But you keep on living anyway,
You keep on living anyway

It's not how many times you've been knocked down
It's how many times you get back up

Courage is when you've lost your way,
But you find your strength anyway

Courage is when you're afraid
Courage is when it all seems grey
Courage is when you make a change,
And you keep on living anyway

You keep on moving anyway
You keep on giving anyway
You keep on loving anyway


She whispered to her own reflection "I will be strong."

"I am not what has happened to me.I am what I have chosen to become."- Carl Jung

"If ye harm none, do as ye wish."

Sometimes things just happen.


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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - February 18th 2009, 08:03 PM

One book that I read that was very supportive was Life without Ed by Jenni Schaefer. It has lots of different chapters giving different advice for differnet stages of your eating disorder.
   
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - February 20th 2009, 12:44 AM

There is a book called Perfect by Natasha Friend.

It helped me a lot when I was struggling.


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"In that moment, I swear, we were Infinite."
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - May 10th 2009, 04:36 PM

there is a christian called shell perris who really truggled with eating
she is now a singer
some songs by her which are really good are ordinary day, made to be me and barbie girl. they arent on youtube however i think they may be on myspace. Also there is a site called cross rhythm which she posts on.
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books - June 13th 2009, 04:44 AM

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew any books involving eating disorders, they can be rocovery ones or not. Either.
Thanks.

The ones I've read so far are;
massive - julia bell
second star to the right - deborah hautzig
perfect - ??
eve's apple - ??


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Re: books - June 13th 2009, 04:49 AM

This is a good link that will give you quite a few ideas about what you're looking for. I hope you find something that you like. [:


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Re: books - June 13th 2009, 05:31 AM

Wasted by marya hornbacher is one of the best, seeing as you live in Australia i'd gladly send you a copy, if not you can find it in most book stores like dymocks for 10-15 buck.


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Re: books - June 13th 2009, 05:48 AM

The best littl girl in the world by steven levenkron
Skinny By Ibi kaslik


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Re: books - June 13th 2009, 08:59 AM

Monkey Taming by Judith Fathallah
   
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Re: books - June 14th 2009, 06:07 AM

I haven't read it but [edited] by laurie halse anderson is supposed to be about eating disorders and it is supposed to be good.

The best little girl in the world by steven levenkron is good. It was written in 1978(I believe...I read it awhile ago) but it is still worth the read.


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Re: books - June 15th 2009, 10:46 PM

[edited] is great...however, it is extremely triggering, so proceed with caution.

I'm currently loving "Life Without Ed" by Jenni Schaefer. It's a recovery story, and talks about how to look at your ED as a seperate being and treat recovery like breaking up with an abusive boyfriend. Really great read. =]


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but I'm gonna try
to get better and overcome each moment
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Re: books - June 16th 2009, 06:36 PM

Faded Denim by Melody Carlson is a good one.


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Re: books - June 17th 2009, 05:56 PM

faded denim is great. and im reading wintergirls by laurie halse anderson and it's true it is a bit triggering but the author is awesome.. if you like that book, try Speak by the same author..


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Re: books - June 20th 2009, 02:06 AM

Thank you all so much!
I've seen the movie 'best little girl in the world' but haven't been able to find the book anywhere in australia.


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Re: books - June 20th 2009, 03:35 AM

The only one I can think of is Losing It by Sandy McKay.
It's about a girl with anorexia recovering in hospital.


"But I know what it's like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can't, and how you hurt yourself on the outside... to try to kill the thing on the inside." [Girl Interrupted]
   
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - June 20th 2009, 07:09 PM

I've gone ahead and reopened and re-stuck the "Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery!" thread (this one), since the newer books thread has gained some ground and people seem to be using it. =) Thus, I've merged that thread into this one and, voila!



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Re: books - June 20th 2009, 10:56 PM

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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - June 28th 2009, 10:32 AM

I read a book called Skinny Boy, about a boy with anorexia. I personally loved it, mainly because I could really relate to it, being an boy with an eating disorder myself, and it's written in a creative way, i think ^_^
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - June 28th 2009, 03:26 PM

"Courage" by Superchick is a great song about recovering from an ED. I love it.

I told another lie today,
and I got through this day,
no one saw through my games.
I know the right words to say
Like, "I don't feel well"
"I ate before I came"

Then someone tells me how good I look,
and for a moment
for a moment, I am happy.
But when I'm alone,
no one hears me cry.

I need you to know
I'm not through the night,
some days, I'm still fighting to walk towards the light.
I need you to know
that we'll be okay,
together, we can make it through another day.

I don't know the first time
I felt unbeautiful,
the day I chose not to eat.
What I do know is how I changed my life forever,
I know I should know better.
There are days when I'm okay,
and for a moment
for a moment, I find hope.
But there are days when I'm not okay,
and I need your help
so I'm letting go...

I need you to know
I'm not through the night.
Some days, I'm still fighting to walk towards the light.
I need you to know
that we'll be okay,
together, we can make it through another day.

You should know you're not on your own,
these secrets are walls that keep us alone.
I don't know when, but I know now
together, we'll make it through somehow.
Together, we'll make it through somehow.

I need you to know,
I'm not through the night.
Some days, I'm still fighting to walk towards the light.
I need you to know
that we'll be okay
together, we can make it through another day.
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - July 10th 2009, 03:08 AM

Warning: This video may be triggering for some, so please use your best judgment before watching.

Here's the youtube video called Anorexia: The Little Things. It's an inspirational video, that is aimed to motivate anyone with an eating disorder to reach out and get the help they need to recover.


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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - July 10th 2009, 04:14 AM

Looks by Madeline George is a very good book. Not sure if author's name is spelled right though.


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"I am not what has happened to me.I am what I have chosen to become."- Carl Jung

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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - August 7th 2009, 12:27 AM

Stand In the Rain by SuperChic(k) is a good song when you are in a struggle.


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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - August 7th 2009, 03:12 AM

The power of now, eckarht tolley, it'll be the last thing you'll need to read


"How can you get a goose out of a bottle?"
Imagine that a baby gosling was placed inside one of those big glass bottles with a little opening that you see model ships in, and raised inside, until it is fully grown and can no longer fit out through the neck of the bottle. How can you get the goose out of the bottle? Without hurting/killing the goose.

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Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 21st 2009, 08:39 PM

I would consider myself pretty much recovered from my ED, I've gained all my weight back plus a little extra, I feel healthier, look healthier, and have much MORE energy. I was listening to the radio last week and I heard this song for the first time. I wish I had heard this song when I first started the destructive path of an ED. Here are the lyrics to it, if you can I would highly recommend downloading it and listening to it ALL the time too.

More Beautiful You - by: Jonny Diaz

Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isnít straight her body isnít fake
And sheís always felt overweight

Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are

There could never be a more beautiful you
Donít buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you


Little girl twenty-one the things that youíve already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say youíve got a man but heís got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you thereís a man whose love is true
And heíll treat you like the jewel you are

So turn around youíre not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
Itís not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one whoís strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
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Re: Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 21st 2009, 08:42 PM

You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you


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Re: Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 21st 2009, 08:50 PM

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Re: Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 21st 2009, 08:59 PM

I'm so happy that you're better now.

And I like those lyrics. They're so..hopeful. I'm not sure if you've heard of it but there's this song 'Courage' by the band Superchick that talks about an ED too. It's first-person point of view and I think it's kinda sad but the message is a hopeful one too.
   
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Re: Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 22nd 2009, 04:49 PM

this is amazing. I'm going to tape it to my wall and look at it everyday for inspiration to stay healthy ^^ thanks for posting
   
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Re: Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 22nd 2009, 05:19 PM

Hey,

Thanks so much for sharing this. The lyrics are beautiful, and the song carries so much meaning to so many of us.

I am so glad that you have been on the road to recovery; you are very, very brave. You are so strong to have come so far, and I truly admire you.

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but I'm gonna try
to get better and overcome each moment
in my own way"

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Re: Positive, Uplifting Song I Wish I Heard Earlier - August 22nd 2009, 07:41 PM

That beauty is within your heart

That line is so true. I love this song, it's beautiful.


She whispered to her own reflection "I will be strong."

"I am not what has happened to me.I am what I have chosen to become."- Carl Jung

"If ye harm none, do as ye wish."

Sometimes things just happen.


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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - August 24th 2009, 05:37 PM

I quite like the quote that is in my signature at the moment; from a song called 'In The Aeroplane Over the Sea' by a band called Neutral Milk Hotel.

'And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly
From the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see'


This is the verse that is particularly striking but the whole song holds the very same meaning. It's about living in the present and learning to just live life to the fullest, there are so many beautiful things around us, we should appreciate them whilst we can and there is no point in worrying about things that we won't take to our grave.

Here is a [LINK] to the song,


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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - January 8th 2010, 04:18 AM

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"Courage" by Superchick is a great song about recovering from an ED. I love it.

I told another lie today,
and I got through this day,
no one saw through my games.
I know the right words to say
Like, "I don't feel well"
"I ate before I came"

Then someone tells me how good I look,
and for a moment
for a moment, I am happy.
But when I'm alone,
no one hears me cry.

I need you to know
I'm not through the night,
some days, I'm still fighting to walk towards the light.
I need you to know
that we'll be okay,
together, we can make it through another day.

I don't know the first time
I felt unbeautiful,
the day I chose not to eat.
What I do know is how I changed my life forever,
I know I should know better.
There are days when I'm okay,
and for a moment
for a moment, I find hope.
But there are days when I'm not okay,
and I need your help
so I'm letting go...

I need you to know
I'm not through the night.
Some days, I'm still fighting to walk towards the light.
I need you to know
that we'll be okay,
together, we can make it through another day.

You should know you're not on your own,
these secrets are walls that keep us alone.
I don't know when, but I know now
together, we'll make it through somehow.
Together, we'll make it through somehow.

I need you to know,
I'm not through the night.
Some days, I'm still fighting to walk towards the light.
I need you to know
that we'll be okay
together, we can make it through another day.




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OMG i was going to say that song! I LOVE it! I have it on my iPod and know the words off by heart! I definately also recommend this one!
   
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - January 8th 2010, 09:13 PM

It's Not About the Weight by Dr. Susie Mendehlson (sp?)



"Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on with dignity despite the fear."

"If I'm gonna go down, I'm gonna do it with style. You won't see me surrender, you won't hear me confess, cause you've left me with nothing, but I have worked with less." -Ani Difranco

"You have enemies? Good! That means you've stood for something in your life!"
   
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Dear anybody with an eating disorder: - January 9th 2010, 03:01 AM

http://www.youtube.com/user/xoxlotsa...34/-ks3R2BwyO0


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Re: Dear anybody with an eating disorder: - January 9th 2010, 03:14 AM

Hey, thanks for posting this. Beautiful song.


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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - January 15th 2010, 11:06 PM

The song Tied Together With a Smile by Taylor Swift. She wrote it the day her friend told her that she had an ED.

"Tied Together With A Smile"

Seems the only one who doesn't see your beauty
Is the face in the mirror looking back at you
You walk around here thinking you're not pretty
But that's not true, cause I know you...

[Chorus:]

Hold on, baby, you're losing it
The water's high, you're jumping into it
And letting go... and no one knows
That you cry, but you don't tell anyone
That you might not be the golden one
And you're tied together with a smile
But you're coming undone

I guess it's true that love was all you wanted
Cause you're giving it away like it's extra change
Hoping it will end up in his pocket
But he leaves you out like a penny in the rain
Oh, cause it's not his price to pay
Not his price to pay...

[Repeat Chorus]

You're tied together with a smile
But you're coming undone... oh
Goodbye, baby
Goodbye, baby
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - February 28th 2010, 04:30 AM

Beauty from pain by Superchick
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Re: Positive books, songs, quotes, and more for ED Recovery! - March 11th 2010, 02:22 PM

omg! These have all been amazing to listen to! Please, if there are any others, post them. Or PM me or something... I am dealing with an ED to, and these are meaningful GOOD songs!
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