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The Eating Recovery Center Blog features frequent updates concerning Eating Recovery Center (ERC), our eating disorder treatment methods and programs, and upcoming meetings and events to help provide patients, families, professionals, and alumni alike with the information they need to understand their condition and enter on a path to long-lasting recovery.


November 22, 2017
The winter holidays, for many of us who have struggled with eating disorders, can be really hard. Images of joyous wondrous celebrations are dimmed by our reality. Interacting with relatives, dealing with the overload of parties and activities and spending so much money can be overwhelming — not to mention that these are all food-focused holidays. In my binge eating disorder recovery, one of the greatest things I learned was, just like a holiday wish list, this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", families, "kara richardson whitely", patients
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November 22, 2017
Willingness was the foundation at the start of my recovery and willingness is what keeps me living the whole, connected life I now live. I chose to become well and not settle for simply becoming "better." It's not always easy to make this choice, but I've learned that it's always been about my willingness.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
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November 22, 2017
Eating disorders are the number one deadliest mental illness, and they needed to be treated as such. The main lesson we learned that holiday season was to put recovery first, and foremost — above all else. This tough, but priceless lesson has made recovery a reality in our lives, and has allowed us to enjoy many happy holidays ever since.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "sunni gruwell", treatment, "what to expect"
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November 20, 2017
How did I get to the point where I could brush off her comment without spiraling back into my eating disorder? I did not suddenly wake up one morning — fully recovered — thinking, “You know what? I really love and admire everything about my body today.” Recovery has been a gradual, ongoing process — as I practice accepting my body and appreciating its aesthetics and function. I know I’m not alone in having to learn how to accept and appreciate my body. Here are some suggestions for you to consider that may help you learn to love and accept your body, too:
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rachel king"
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November 20, 2017
If you put yourself in the shoes of the person impacted by the eating disorder, you may feel more empathy for just how difficult the holidays can be. Individuals with eating disorders aren’t just not enjoying the holidays; often, they are just hoping to survive them. When you understand how painful this can be, it makes sense to seek treatment sooner than later.
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DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "health risks", "insight behavioral health center", professionals, treatment
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October 30, 2017
For many people with eating disorders, self-care can feel awkward, uncomfortable, and somewhat foreign. Eating disorders are often associated with perfectionistic, orderly and inflexible personalities that don’t often leave room for self-kindness or understanding — particularly when we feel like we are failing, suffering or feeling inadequate. However, there is room for kindness and self-love in recovery — if we take the time to practice it.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "katie bendel", patients, self-care
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October 30, 2017
Stress eating is simply this: responding to stress by eating. Why does this happen? People stress eat because it works. Cortisol, a hormone produced when stress is released, actually decreases after we eat high-fat, sugary or salty foods. When you reach for a bag of chips or home-baked cookies after a stressful event, it makes sense that you would continue to do so again and again — because it is actually helping you relax!
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "laura lange", patients, treatment
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October 30, 2017
At 19 years old, I chose to withdraw from college in order to regain control of my thoughts and behaviors. I never would have been able to face my anorexia without the scholarship I received from the Eating Recovery Foundation. This scholarship was what I needed to be able to get the treatment I needed. I was given the extra strength I needed to enter treatment, even after a relapse, and to fight feverishly throughout to be where I am now.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, families, foundation, "lydia rhino", patients, scholarship, treatment
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October 26, 2017
Whether it was triggered by genetics, environmental factors, an increase in running — or a combination of all three — remains unknown. What was known is that, somewhere along the way, my daughter’s running transformed into something much more intense than a fun extracurricular activity. As her eating disorder progressed, it slowly crept into every facet of her life. Over time, almost all of her thoughts and actions were tainted — and driven — by anorexia. Along with her severe food restriction came an increasing, insatiable need to exercise — to move and burn calories in any way possible. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", "compulsive exercise", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell"
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October 25, 2017
If you have binge eating disorder, it does not mean you lack self-control. It means that you suffer from a mental illness that requires specialized therapeutic care. There is no shame in having BED and there is no shame in seeking professional help. Since binge eating disorder is a serious illness, many health insurance policies DO cover binge eating treatment. We explain:
 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "cyndi eddington", families, insurance, patients, treatment
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