An Autistic Person Plus an Eating Disorder — a “Perfect” Combo
At just 15 years of age, Livia was tossed out of the Dutch eating disorder treatment system with the message: "You’re just going to have to accept the fact that you’re never going to get better."
Growing up unknowingly autistic, Livia spent the majority of her young life seeking worth and validation in external achievements. She excelled in her honors classes, competitive sports, and eventually, an eating disorder.
Until the control she so desperately sought nearly killed her, Livia made the hardest decision anyone with an eating disorder can make: to trust and surrender to the recovery process.
In this gripping and vulnerable memoir, Livia answers the question: What does it take to recover from an eating disorder as an autistic person?
In this book you will learn:
- how invalidated autism can manifest as an eating disorder
- why eating disorder treatment fails for autistic people
- how to discover your true self and live an abundant life
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What others are saying about Rainbow Girl:
The co-occurrence of eating disorders and autism is prevalent, yet there is an alarming lack of awareness and resources addressing this overlap. The eating disorder treatment approach that works for neurotypicals often does not work for autistics, making stories of lived experience a vital part of understanding the connection. In this regard, Rainbow Girl stands out as a remarkable work that vividly illustrates the link between autism and eating disorders. I am very grateful Livia wrote this book!
- Bianca Toeps, author of But You Don't Look Autistic at All
Rainbow girl is an incredibly gripping read that exceptionally captures the autistic experience of eating disorders, which is so rarely discussed. While reading, it felt like I was simultaneously walking with Livia through her darkest and most vulnerable times but also that through her experiences, she was guiding me, sharing the light, perseverance, hope and joy. So much of Rainbow girl resonates with my own story and experiences as a neurodivergent individual. Livia’s book highlights an empowering and authentic message that I will forever carry with me.
- Lou Chandler @neurodivergent_lou
Rainbow Girl is honest and inspiring. Livia Sara does a beautiful job of capturing the pain and struggle she experienced during her battle with an eating disorder, while also writing with hope and optimism. Her story is sure to be encouraging to many readers. Livia offers insights into her diagnosis of autism and provides important reflections into how being autistic played a role in her eating disorder journey. Teaching us the value of breaking away from certain labels and living a life free to pursue meaningful opportunities, Livia provides a great deal of hope and healing within these pages.
- Kelly Mahler, occupational therapist and author of The Interoception Curriculum
Rainbow Girl is more than a book. It is a moving experience thanks to Livia’s embrace of vulnerability and relatable approach to storytelling. She shares her journey in a profound manner that captivates the audience while vividly illustrating the deepest valleys of an eating disorder and the highest summits of recovery. I appreciate Livia’s direct approach to topics that are often marginalized in society and within the mental health community. She never shies away from sharing her true, authentic self, leaving the reader cheering for her throughout. Rainbow Girl is a life-changing resource for many and a narrative-changing piece of art for us all.
- Jason Wood, speaker and author of Starving for Survival
I could not put this book down! This is such an important story that everyone should read. It shows the truth of how autistic people can be treated poorly within the medical system when trying to access help in eating disorder recovery. While reading Rainbow Girl, I laughed, I cried, and I got angry as it was so relatable to some of my own experiences. Livia's story is truly inspiring, so much so that I couldn't stop thinking about her book for days! I highly recommend everyone read Rainbow Girl by Livia Sara.
- Lex, course student and coaching client
What a gifted experience to read Rainbow Girl. I can feel deeply that Livia has written her book with vulnerability and insights. I am so grateful to Livia for writing Rainbow Girl as there are too few resources and references regarding the overlap of autism and eating disorder recovery. Through coaching, Livia has also taught me to do hard things and never give up. Livia's journey to recovery and discovering she is autistic illustrates to readers that nothing is impossible as long as we are willing to change our perceptions.
- Tammy, course student and coaching client
I’m so grateful to have read this beautiful memoir by this lovely angel. Rainbow Girl not only sheds light on the anguish of battling an eating disorder, but also showcases Livia’s triumphant journey of conquering the ED demon to emerge with wisdom and strength. As I had the privilege of being guided by Livia as my coach, I came to understand that my eating disorder stemmed from trying to fit into a neurotypical world as an autistic person. So, getting to read Livia’s personal story moved me to tears time and time again! Rainbow Girl provides an enormous amount of hope for those struggling with an eating disorder as an autistic person, proving that no matter what obstacles life throws at you, you will always come out stronger!
- Abby, coaching client
Livia is such a beautiful light to the neurodivergent community. She also writes in a way that touched my soul profoundly. It was through reading Rainbow Girl that I discovered that I am autistic. While reading her book, I saw myself clearly for the first time. I realized that I wasn’t a problem to be fixed and the numerous psychiatric diagnoses I had were wrong. I just had a unique brain. Livia is a courageous coach and a survivor. I’ll always carry her light with me.
- Brianna, coaching client
I have been inspired by Livia since the moment I met her, and this book has just expanded that inspiration. Livia is such an articulate writer, and shares her experience in a way that is digestible, insightful, and humorous in a way that makes you realise you are not alone, and that all those feelings you’ve had for years finally make sense. Thank you so much for putting this together Livia, and helping me realise I’m not “weird," but instead have quirks that are unique to me, that I don’t need a cure, and that I am okay!
- Hannah Hickinbotham, host of The Full of Beans Podcast
This book should be recommended reading for anyone with anorexia and their loved ones. Livia has been through it ALL and shares even the darkest moments with her characteristic bright voice. This book instills hope that anyone, whether they be neurodivergent or have an eating disorder, can find health and happiness. Here's to living label free!
- Michelle Cen, counselor
I've never read something so relatable. As a fellow autistic girl who developed an eating disorder, I feel like I've finally read a book that is representative and inclusive. This book is so important - if you're an eating disorder specialist, read it; if you're a psychologist, read it; if you're a mental health nurse, read it - the lack of awareness, support and empathy for autistic people is a disgrace. Autistic adults are much more likely to die by suicide. We need so much more action now and this book gives an insight into what it's like to be autistic in a neurotypical world. Being autistic doesn't make us hopeless (and people say we don't have empathy?), we are still human with feelings just like yourself. Livia is a lovely person who dedicates her life to spreading awareness and support for autistic people and those with eating disorders. To any autistic person out there who has struggled with their mental health: I see you and please never give up. You're not a burden or a lost cause; you are worth a life. Keep going!
- Maia @__learningtolive
Rainbow Girl is an autobiography by Livia Sara documenting her journey through an eating disorder, recovery, and eventual autism diagnosis. Livia’s writing is so raw and genuine I couldn’t help but see myself in her story. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down; I finished it in less than 24 hours. Livia’s story reveals the most vulnerable moments of a person engulfed in an eating disorder and then shines through with a powerful message of hope. A message that anyone can recover from an eating disorder- no matter what they have been through or have been told by health professionals. Livia’s book is the first place I have truly felt seen and understood. I cannot recommend it more.
- Colleen @wildflower.autie