After struggling with an eating disorder for well over 30 years, I'm now free from that silent prison and obsessive lifestyle. Throughout the slow and steady process of my recovery I believe in two very important variables for true healthy recovery and they are, structure and consistency. I learned this in a myriad of ways but mostly by interacting and questioning those who once walked the same path of struggle I did. This is why when I read "Beating Ana" I immediately connected with how author Shannon Cutts offers her insightful eating disorder recovery information. She’s based her book on what was true for her by presenting content in a well-structured, consistent way for those who want what she now has; a full and healthy life far from the throes of an eating disorder. From how she unveils each topic, to her suggested solutions, to a "Life Celebration Affirmations" - gentle reminders of hope - the reader is left feeling recovery is not only possible in general, but possible for them. For anyone struggling with an eating disorder (or those who love them), I highly recommend this book as an addition to a recovery "toolbox". This is the book you'll refer to often not one that will sit on the shelf!