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About the Book


Bridge the Food Gap: An ARFID Recovery Workbook presents an integrative approach to ARFID recovery. It is an essential tool in bridging gaps between kids with ARFID and their parents, adults with ARFID and their loved ones, individuals with ARFID and themselves, and those with ARFID and their treatment teams. This workbook first provides the building blocks to understanding what, and who, ARFID is, and the essentials for ARFID recovery. Each chapter of this workbook is a building block to helping you or your loved one through every aspect of ARFID, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Once these building blocks are understood, the workbook then provides a bridge to specific strategies for use in the ARFID recovery journey. The tools provided within this workbook help improve nutritional needs and provide tangible experiences for increasing tolerance for fear foods in a manageable way. The worksheets are interwoven with the ideas presented; while they can be used by practitioners independently, they will be most helpful when working through the workbook step by step.


About the Authors


Amanda Garant MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian who has been working with individuals suffering from eating disorders for over 10 years. Amanda has worked in many levels of care for eating disorder recovery and currently has her own private practice. She lives with her husband and three young daughters in Indiana. Valerie Weesner Ph.D., HSPP, is a clinical psychologist who has been working with kids, adults, and families since 1993. Valerie has been the Clinical Director of the Charis Center for Eating Disorders in Indianapolis, IN since 2011. She lives with her husband and two schnauzers in Indiana, having raised two adult daughters.

Bridge the Food Gap: An ARFID Recovery Workbook

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Jill, IN

“ As a parent of a teenager who experienced Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), I wish that we had had access to a resource such as Bridge the Food Gap.   It is a comprehensive look at ARFID in an easy to read format.  Being able to record thoughts and feelings and answer questions gives those experiencing this disorder a chance to look at what they're going through in a more enlightened way.  It gives them the opportunity to conquer those things that are holding them back from enjoying food with a healthy mindset.


It's an invaluable resource for anyone going through ARIFD!  I highly recommend it!” 

Jaime L. Taylor, DO MS FAAFP

As a physician specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, I know how difficult it is for patients with Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and their families, to walk the road of recovery. It can be an isolating and lonely road to travel. You may feel lost and overwhelmed and may even struggle to know where to begin. But Amanda and Valerie have built the most amazing bridge to help you. Through this workbook, you will learn your starting point and will gather invaluable information about where you are going. Amanda and Valerie have artfully created a map that is manageable to follow and is equipped with check-in points to ensure you do not get lost on your journey. They have packed the workbook with tips and tools to make your road less bumpy and to get you to your destination smoothly. And most amazingly, they have created a guide that is applicable for all who are finding their way through ARFID regardless of age or severity. I cannot wait to use this workbook with patients and their families to bridge the time between our visits allowing me to walk next to them each and every step of the way.

Michelle Mannia, PsyD, HSPP, CEDS-S

“Bridge the Food Gap” meets an important need for individuals struggling with ARFID and those who support them.  It is an approachable, user-friendly guide to understanding relationships with food and how to make changes.  Dr. Weesner and Amanda use their vast clinical expertise to guide the reader through key aspects of comprehending and treating ARFID.  They provide examples and activities that are helpful for the whole treatment team and describe an effective approach that can be used by clients, dietitians, physicians, and therapists.  “Bridge the Food Gap” is a must-have for clinicians and for individuals wanting to make changes to their relationship with food!

Jenny Anttonen MS, RD, LD

"Bridge the Food Gap" is a much-needed, compassionate, and practical resource guide on how to best support someone with ARFID!  Amanda and Dr. Weesner's down-to-earth approach and real-world experience is very apparent which makes this book useful for clinicians and for someone in need of a self-help starter. Highlighting the importance of collaboration between the registered dietitian and therapist, they provide bountiful education, clinical examples, worksheets, and information on how to apply their knowledge to practice!
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