Behind My Smile: How I Recovered from Bulimia

Dancing Spirit Publishing
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Everything looked perfect from the outside: she had accomplished the things that were important to her – achieving honour roll grades, becoming a role model at her dance studio, and being popular in junior high. She excelled at tap dancing and was even allowed to go up on pointe shoes that year in ballet class, quite the feat for someone who never wanted to do pliés and jetés. It was all such a pretty picture for those who believed in her bubbly deception. Behind her smile, though, was a completely different image. 

For those who are struggling with an eating disorder, the daunting task of recovery can seem out of reach and impossibly hopeless. The high prevalence of eating disorders and low support from society make it, not only frustrating, but life threatening to those trying to recover. 

But it IS possible to recover. 

Lori Henry knows that because she was bulimic for six years in high school and, now in her 30s, has been fully recovered for many years. This is a young woman's story of struggle and eventual recovery from bulimia, and how she lives without an eating disorder today.
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About the author

Lori Henry is a writer and anthropologist of dance based between North Vancouver, Canada. She started learning Polynesian dancing when she was two years old and continued training as a dancer in many other disciplines like jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, and ballet. After high school, she trained as an actor and went on to work in the Vancouver film industry for many years. The past eight years have seen her jet setting around the world as a travel writer, covering different cultures through their food, landscape, dance, and festivals. Lori is best known for her book, Dancing Through History: In Search of the Stories That Define Canada.

You can find out more about Lori on her website: http://www.LoriHenry.ca.

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Publisher
Dancing Spirit Publishing
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Published on
Aug 17, 2011
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Pages
9
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ISBN
9780987689733
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Psychopathology / Eating Disorders
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One of the most historically potent places in the world, Jordan is often overlooked in favour of its neighbours, Egypt and Israel. Fortunately for travellers, the fewer amount of tourists makes this small country an enchanting place to visit.Lori Henry left for Jordan near the end of March 2011 on a week and a half long trip through the country. This also happened to be just over a month after the protests against President Mubarak in Egypt, and in the middle of the uprisings in Syria and fighting against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. 

As she would learn very quickly, Jordan - although in the middle of the conflicts in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt - was staying out of trouble. The country was stable enough for a thriving tourism industry to welcome visitors, but many of them had cancelled their trips. Most travellers include Jordan on an Egypt and Israel circuit, so when things heated up in Cairo, tours were cancelled and trips postponed or re-booked to other parts of the world. 

What a shame. Jordanians were watching the news just as carefully as those in North America were, waiting to see what would happen, but were otherwise open for business. Lori discovered the charming children who were eager to tag along with her in Amman; hiked through the lowest nature reserve on earth, Wadi Mujib; ate lunch with a Druze family in the lightly populated eastern desert; stayed at an incredible off-the-grid eco lodge in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; and spent the evening with a Bedouin family in the western desert. 

Jordan: A Different Middle East follows the author's adventures after she has visited the two most emblematic tourist attractions in the country - Petra and Wadi Rum - and discovers the lesser known parts that make Jordan so exceptional.
One of the most historically potent places in the world, Jordan is often overlooked in favour of its neighbours, Egypt and Israel. Fortunately for travellers, the fewer amount of tourists makes this small country an enchanting place to visit.Lori Henry left for Jordan near the end of March 2011 on a week and a half long trip through the country. This also happened to be just over a month after the protests against President Mubarak in Egypt, and in the middle of the uprisings in Syria and fighting against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. 

As she would learn very quickly, Jordan - although in the middle of the conflicts in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt - was staying out of trouble. The country was stable enough for a thriving tourism industry to welcome visitors, but many of them had cancelled their trips. Most travellers include Jordan on an Egypt and Israel circuit, so when things heated up in Cairo, tours were cancelled and trips postponed or re-booked to other parts of the world. 

What a shame. Jordanians were watching the news just as carefully as those in North America were, waiting to see what would happen, but were otherwise open for business. Lori discovered the charming children who were eager to tag along with her in Amman; hiked through the lowest nature reserve on earth, Wadi Mujib; ate lunch with a Druze family in the lightly populated eastern desert; stayed at an incredible off-the-grid eco lodge in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; and spent the evening with a Bedouin family in the western desert. 

Jordan: A Different Middle East follows the author's adventures after she has visited the two most emblematic tourist attractions in the country - Petra and Wadi Rum - and discovers the lesser known parts that make Jordan so exceptional.
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