Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking The "I Feel Fat" Spell
This book is for children (12 and under) who struggle with their body image. It puts the adult concepts of eating disorder recovery into language that kids can relate to and understand. Included is a fairy tale about a "Mirror Witch" who puts a spell on children, getting them to hate their bodies. There are 22 chapters, or "Spell Breakers," which empower kids to question and change their thinking while learning how to love their bodies and break the "I Feel Fat" Spell.
"Describing a problem is easy; coming up with creative and effective solutions is the real challenge. With a foundation of one deceptively simple metaphor, Wachter and Marcus build a book for young people that is almost all solution. But kids aren't the only beneficiaries here. Adults with body image problems would be wise to learn the 'Spell Breakers' in this book."
- Thom Rutledge, co-author of Life Without Ed, author of The Self-Forgiveness Handbook
"In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell, Wachter and Marcus have created a great offering for an important population. Mirror, Mirror seeks to soothe self-doubt and body image anxiety in kids before they fall prey to disordered eating. The authors talk to the reader in a direct manner that cultivates educated understanding while also encouraging self-reflection and healthier thinking. Just as crucially, they help adults interact with kids using kid-friendly language and concepts. This is an upbeat, solution-oriented book that will make a positive impact on kids and parents alike."
- Dr. Lucie Hemmen, author of Parenting a Teen Girl and The Teen Girl's Survival Guide
"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell brings new insight to an issue that is becoming more and more confusing and heartbreaking for parents and kids. The authors speak with families and not at them. Each 'Spell Breaker' gives parents the tools they need to work with their kids and help them develop the self-esteem they deserve. Kids don't have to suffer in silence and parents don't have to feel powerless. I think this book will be a life changer for many families."
- Marci Warhaft-Nadler, author of The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents
"It's not easy to get through to kids who have fallen under the spell of self-loathing and distorted body image issues, but oh so vital that we do. But how? Simply telling children not to listen to what mean kids say, or to stop comparing themselves to models on TV does little to change their minds. In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell, Wachter and Marcus deliver an excellent combination of kid-friendly insights and practical activities to help youngsters identify and dismantle their critical self-talk and beliefs. I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful and important book."
- Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence and Parenting Without Power Struggles
"I was charmed from word one of Mirror, Mirror. In my own version, families, friends and whole communities read this book together chapter by chapter, practicing each 'Spell Breaker,' learning to befriend themselves, each other and the world. Co-authors Wachter and Marcus have given us a gem in this book, helping future generations break the chains of body hate for good."
- Shannon Cutts, author of Love & Feathers and Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
The Don't Diet Live-It! Workbook
This unique workbook is full of in-depth information, moving personal stories, and insightful writing exercises to help people understand and resolve their food, weight and body issues. Individuals and groups, world-wide, are using The Don't Diet, Live-It Workbook
as a healing guide and now you can too!
"The Don't Diet, Live-It Workbook contains so much insight, compassion and guidance to help women of all ages on their journeys to establish a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. A must read!"
- Debra Waterhouse, MPH, RD, author of Like Mother, Like Daughter: How Women are Influenced by Their
Mother's Relationship with Food --- and How to Break the Pattern
"Having reviewed a lot of books like this one, The Don't Diet, Live-It Workbook is one of the clearest, most practical and useful books I've ever seen."
- Eric Schoeck, radio interviewer, author and events coordinator.
"The Don't Diet, Live-It Workbook offers a refreshing approach to becoming your ideal weight while healing related issues in the process. Participating in the exercises is like attending an in-depth workshop. The true-to-life experiences and insights offered are extremely valuable and apply to all areas of life. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to delve deep within and remove blockages to self acceptance. Andrea Wachter and Marsea Marcus give openly of themselves by sharing intimate details of their processes and struggles to recovery. With this self-help book the reader could easily achieve the goals outlined and have more compassion with themselves regarding their food and body issues."
- Carol Sun, LMFT
Check out Andrea's upcoming new book Getting Over Overeating for Teens
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