I Chose Life: A Recovery Plan for Anorexia and Bulimia

Author(s): Luna Rioumina

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A recovery plan for anorexia and bulimia. A searingly honest and affecting memoir of a bulimia survivor who found a path to recovery after experiencing 12 years of the worst, most traumatic aspects of an eating disorder. While on the surface a ‘perfect child’, beautiful and disciplined, underneath Luna Rioumina was a prisoner, and the captor was one whose name she never dared to mention. Her cycle of binging and purging consumed most of her days, and robbed her of her friends, her interests, and many of her youthful, carefree years. Luna pulled herself back from the brink of suicide to find her own solution to this perplexing disease. In an effort to free herself of bulimia, she committed herself to a psychiatric hospital, went to hypnotists, acupuncturists, Reiki masters and healers In the end, none of these ‘cures’ helped her. She was ultimately forced to develop her own recovery plan -­- what she calls her seven steps to beat her own eating disorder. I Choose Life is much more than a memoir. Luna’s journey is one of deeply personal insights that ultimately led her to a practical approach to ridding herself of the illness. Now after three years of being free of bulimia, she is spending time counselling others who are still in the grips of this terrible disease, and passing on what she has learned. Based on the latest scientific research into eating disorders, this is an inspiring book. It provides a recovery plan for anyone suffering from or is affected by an eating disorder.


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"This is a book that offers a strong message of hope.  Your personal experience can become a lantern to illuminate the path for others who are battling with eating disorders.  It could also serve to bring out into the open the long term emotional suffering and pain caused by sexual assault." - Board of EDANZ (Eating Disorder of New Zealand) http://www.ed.org.nz/

New Zealand actress, model and singer Luna Rioumina has documented her long battle with an eating disorder and the solution she devised to free herself of it, in a new book that hits online bookshelves this month.

Born in Russia, Luna said she first developed an eating disorder when she began her modeling career there at the age of 13.

Sexually assaulted when she was only six years old and also later kidnapped and raped twice during her teens, Luna said these experiences undoubtedly served as the catalyst for her eating disorder.

General Fields

  • : 9780473266318
  • : Bay Road Media
  • : Bay Road Media
  • : February 2014
  • : New Zealand
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 158
  • : Luna Rioumina
  • : 158
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback