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Living the creative life is the greatest joy. It's essential for full eating disorder recovery, the topic of my book.

Background Information

I'm a forever tweaker. Sometimes my creativity comes

in great bursts, but usually I'm making little additions

and changes that result in a new landscape I didn't

imagine but which feels familiar and wonderful when Iarrive.


This is the procss I guide readers through in Healing Your

Hungry Heart. When we set a large goal for ourselves, like

eating disorder recovery or living a better and more fulfilling

life or being successful in a new career the path between here

and there can seem formidble or invisible. Regular and consisten

tweaking our imagination, our routines, our methods of

nourishing body mind, heart and soul is a practical, efficient

and creates a journey sprinkled with much joy.

I suppose the greatest influence in my life was a psychological

deficit that created my bulimia.  All my life I have sought to heal

and move through limiting circumstances.  Now in recovery I  don't

seem willing or able to stop this this growing through limitations

system.  I like it, and it creates many benefits in my life.

 First and continued influence would be books and reading.

Starting at three years old, when I got my first library card in

Ansonia, CT, I've loved reading, books and later learned to

appreciate, admire and befriend authors.

Natural life, i.e. plants, animals, weather, seasons have

been another major and continuous influence and guide

and teacher in my life  As a child I played in the wooded

areas around my home. It was a safer world and I would

be gone all day, from breakfast to dark.

When I was 6 - 9 little I met meet my friends in the woods

to play pirates all day or to try to capture small wild creatures. 

We did trap a toad once.  I held it captive with leaves while

my friend ran home to ask his mother if it would give us

warts. He returned saying it would gives us warts so we

let the frog go. :)

When I was10 one summer in Norwich, CT I had

breakfast, packed a lunch and rode my bicycle to ride

all day, exploring woods and farms, coming home only

when it neared darkness.

Living an adult life wracked with bulimia was a creative

challenge. Going through recovery was a greater creative


 I learned that curiosity, willingness to risk, creativity, willingness 

to rebel and follow my authentic heart's desire was crucial for my

health and satisfaction in life. Whenever I didn't honor my heart's

desire I found myself in trouble.  When I did, I found myself in a

better life.

Writing and books continue to be my fall back whenever

I am in doubt or feel I am on the verge of yet another life

transition.  Now I believe my life transition is leading me to

a full commitment to the writer's life. I'm not sure what form

that twill take for me.  But I have my garden, my books, my

writing itself, and the courage to continue to be with my

supportive community to find my way. 

I wrote Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your

eating disorder.. Conari Press published it in 2011. IIt's a

good feeling to have that out in the worl It's an even better

feeling when I get letters telling me how muchit is helping

people understand and recovery from an eating disorder.


I know .there's another book in me demanding to be written...

maybe many... but, true to form, I approach my tasks gradually

knowing that I will tweak daily and  see unexpected landscapes

in my future.



Marriage, Family and Child Therapist licenses in California and Oregon.

Published book: Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder, 2011, Conari Press.

Additional Information

I'm in book launch mode now and have done about 26 radio interviews in about two months. Quite a whirlwind. I must say, I enjoy the questions. They make me continually look at the process of developing an eating disorder and the process of recovering from an eating disorder in new ways.

Contact Information
Joanna Poppink, MFT
10573 West Pico Blvd. #20 
Los Angeles CA 90064   USA
Contact Author: Joanna Poppink
Favorite Links

Eating Disorder Recovery
Vast site of over a thousand articles, forum, and blog dedicated to eating disorder recovery in adults.

Women Healing Through Crisis
Blog articles on eating disorder recovery issues.

Healing Your Hungry Heart - the Book
Simple page describing Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder. Contains links to reviews, media kit and sites where HHH is sold.

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