Insatiable A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia

Insatiable A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia [PDF / EPUB] Insatiable A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia A provocative and engrossing memoir of a young mother's spiral into eating disorders and exercise addiction and her subseuent struggle to reclaim control of her life At twenty four Erica Rivera appear A provocative Young Mother's eBook ↠ and engrossing memoir of a young mother's spiral into eating disorders and exercise addiction and her subseuent struggle to reclaim control of her life At twenty four Erica Rivera appeared to have it all a BA Insatiable A eBook ´ two daughters a successful husband a house in the suburbs and a great body But under the surface Erica was struggling with an addiction She developed a self destructive obsession with dieting bingeing purging exercising and ultimately anorexia It A Young Mother's ePUB ↠ wasn't until her very young daughters began to imitate her actions that she decided to get help and to trace her disordered eating and body image patterns across three generations of women in her family Insatiable is the raw A Young Mother's Struggle with Epub / candid and ultimately uplifting story of one woman's plunge into the depths of addiction and her fragile fight to climb back out Getting to the root of her own problems helped her show her own daughters where happiness truly lies in loving oneself Though her road to recovery has not been easy Erica Rivera is reassuring in her honesty and inspirational in her triumph.

10 thoughts on “Insatiable A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia

  1. says:

    This book was just okay Maybe I'm burned out on the genre or something The story was compelling enough butI suppose one problem was the use of Ana and BB Binge Bitch that irked me I'm not trying to undermine her eating disorder and it appears that's how she really referred to it while she was suffering but it just feels so immature like something you'd see on a pro ana board I just cringed every time she called them by those namesOne iffy problem is that it basically turns into a memoir about wanting to write a memoir I don't really like when people refer to things as self indulgent but that's how some parts felt to me What memoir isn't to some extent though? But I don't know she admits to putting her journals out during a suicide attempt just so someone will publish them when she dies Stuff like that is weird to me I keep a journal for my personal use not in hopes that it will be published Overall I guess it's worth the read if you like the genre but there are better alternatives It reads really fast and some parts truly are terrifying

  2. says:

    Insatiable is not like any memoir about an eating disorder an easy read There are binges and paeans to suicide and disturbing moments when Rivera leaves her two sleeping toddlers to go for a run I found the chapters in which Rivera plans to commit suicide the most compelling and they most starkly show the depths to which Rivera sank over the course of her eating disorderYes there are dramatic detailed descriptions of food here and what Rivera did with it everything from amassing it to hiding it to chewing and spitting it In one scene her daughter's keen sense of smell sniffs out the binge Rivera is sneaking In many ways this is telling in that Rivera is able to hide her affliction from many around her including her parents despite a teenage eating disorder episode but her daughters bluntly call her on her issues Rivera to her credit does not gloss over these moments or the ones where she ignores her daughters to focus on Ana and BB anorexia and Binge B h as she calls them By personifying her eating disorder she helps make it relatableRivera doesn't necessarily get into where her eating disorder came from though she touches on the instability of her childhood; instead she focuses on the damage her eating disorder did to her thinking her body and those around her including men she dates after her divorce It's to her credit as a writer that some of the most beautifully written scenes are the most unnerving Other reviewers have pointed out that Rivera was self involved; indeed that seems to me the very point of this memoir that food above all else was what ruled her well food combined with body image Even when doctors uestioned her motives she resisted enthralled by her affair with AnaI've read many eating disorder memoirs and while to a degree they all echo each other due to the nature of the subject matter Rivera's stands out both in covering the children and family life and the nuance of the writing While extreme Rivera's body dysmorphia will also sadly be familiar to many women

  3. says:

    Insatiable A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia by Erica Rivera is an engrossing account of a woman's struggle with anorexia which she refers to by the nickname popular among many anorexics Ana and binge eating disorder which she calls BB The narrator finds solace friendship stability and ultimately love in the eating disorders that threaten to kill her and destroy her ability to create love her two young children and live a meaningful life Her struggle is as much about her ability to locate love where it truly exists not in an annihilating addiction but in life creativity and motherhood as it is about her struggle with the eating disordersAs she says she must learn to accept the monotony of ordinary over the tedium of disorderA very moving and inspiring book

  4. says:

    As I was reading this memoir I found myself really disliking Erica How could she leave her two small daughters alone just so she could go out for a run or go get dessert? Skip around some with comments she would make about them and my brain thought How could she hate them that much? I had to stop myself and remember that this was about a woman suffering through Anorexia and disordered thinking Does it excuse the behavior? HELL NO but it does give insight into how that disorder plays out and what it does Once I stopped myself from being such an asshole and judging this woman I found that this book was pretty good at delivering that insight It was 'nice'for lack of a better word to read about how this disorder not only affected Erica but also her family job career and thoughts This review by Rachel Bussel gives a accurate description of this book

  5. says:

    I can't say I liked this book having a family member who has struggled with this insidious disease for years it hit too close to home I couldn't help but feel the author went into too much detail about her actions My fear would be that other young women would find alot of trigger behaviors reading this I do believe that Rivera is a talented writer and I wish her well in her continued recovery

  6. says:

    Overwhelming impression The author was not over her eating disorder when she wrote this bookDoes she write well? Sure Is it honest and an accurate portrait of an eating disorder? Sometimes disturbingly so I don't uestion any of that but I had a very hard time connecting with the narrator's voice as with Marya Hornbacher's Wasted Insatiable often felt self important maybeThe book opens with a scene in the doctor's office Rivera answers some uestions is examined and is told that she needs to go inpatient Her reaction is immediate she starts screaming about my babies and what will happen to her The scene pulls you in yes and then it leadsnowhere She doesn't go inpatient; she blows off help entirelyMy problem with that scene is not that Rivera didn't want help for her eating disorder The problem is that I didn't find the book to live up to its hype and I don't think the author was self aware enough or far enough away from her eating disorder to tell a compelling story The blurb on the book advertises the story as one of a woman who couldn't beat her eating disorder until she realised the effect that it was having on her two young daughters Perhaps that is true but the message I got from the book was rather different that only once Rivera started to move away from her eating disorder did its effect on her daughters matter to her What bothered me though was the way certain things were described the foods on which Rivera binged are discussed in such a manner that we are supposed to think the binges disgusting; episodes of purging however are glossed overIn terms of writing flow etc uite a decent book but not one that I would recommend

  7. says:

    Erica Rivera is a young mother with a secret anorexia In her memoir Insatiable she reveals the intricacies and pain the voice she calls Ana uses to manipulate her mind and actions She married and became a mother at a young age in an attempt to keep the man she loved from being deported but what she didn't know was that these life changes would trigger the eating disorder she battled in her early years What started as an attempt to lose the baby weight and get healthy went too far desires to be a good mother were slashed out by her need to run ten miles a day and desires to be a good wife were turned upside down by her need to restrict her food intake as much as possibleStructure This is normally where I'd talk about plot but I feel a little weird using the term to describe a memoir as it's an actual account of someone's life So instead I'll talk about the memoir's structure This was the ultimate fall of the novel time went back and forth in a way that confused me and like many memoirs of eating disorders 98% of the book talks about the experience of the eating disorder and 2% discusses recovery in a way that is rushed and stuck in at the very endWriting The writing of this memoir was absolutely phenomenal not incredibly surprising as Rivera is a writer by trade But each sentence each word seemed to be carefully selected to amplify the reader's experience in the book She did a phenomenal job of truly expressing emotion I felt what she felt I understood the voice in her head and why it caused her to do the things she did I was captivated by the writing even though I felt the structure was flawedA beautiful memoir detailing a harrowing battle with anorexia 35 stars

  8. says:

    I had a hard time pinpointing what bothered me about this book but I think the main reason I didn't really care about Rivera is that she didn't really seem to care about herself I realise that it may be partly due to her mental illness but the entire book she comes across as very detached from her feelings and unaware of everyone around her and herselfIt seems ironic to call this a young mother's struggle with anorexia when it doesn't seem like she struggles at all She's definitely proud of how sick she is which isn't uncommon in books like this but usually there's a turning point where the author realises it's not fun any and then they go through recovery On the surface Rivera recovers but I don't buy that she's really had a change of heart Maybe it's just the result of bad writing though she mentions several times how everyone says she's an amazing writer or maybe she doesn't have an interesting enough story to tell but mental illness memoirs are a big enough genre now that there's no reason to read one that isn't very good

  9. says:

    I read this book twice and love this book I like the way the author wrote about her experience with restricting and over exercising She writes very honestly about how suffering from an eating disorder can make you do things you never thought possible and the effect it had on her children and her relationships She's so forward in this book and speaks very openly of things she does that people without an eating disorder may say to be horrible selfish and absurd I myself have suffered from an eating disorder for the last 12 years in and out of recovery and I find myself doing selfish things at times putting myself before others This book is a good reminder of why recovery is worth it although very difficult at times and how relationships and small moments in life are worthy of being savored This book is a great example of how the devastating effects of anorexia can pull families apart twist the sufferers mind and make the person suffering from anorexia feel isolated and desperate Great memoir

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this well written humorous candid memoir of a young mother's struggle with anorexiaNot having first hand knowledge of the disorder Rivera's carnal portrayal of her daily struggle do I starve or binge eat today?was an eye opener Her detailed descriptive prose created a book I couldn't put down My body cringed in the sordid details of her overwhelming battle I wished there would have been resolution but I guess that's the point Recovering anorexics almost always live amongst a lurking shadowThe hallmark of a truly talented writer is being able to write across many disciplines Rivera's an excellent writer but I wonder if she will be able to transcend solely focusing on food and body image issues I hope she rises beyond writing about her eating disorder and can delve into other subjects with as much alacrity and talent as she exhibited in this book

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