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The Eating Recovery Center Blog features frequent updates concerning Eating Recovery Center, 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.

Eating Disorders Perpetuated on College Campuses – Ellie Herman

February 9, 2016

As a therapist, adjunct professor, and a natural dreamer, I tend to have [an unrealistic] hope: If individuals knew about current treatments for eating disorders, they would flock to these resources to get help. My bubble was burst the other day when I asked multiple college students, “If college students had more knowledge and access…

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The Importance of Full Recovery in Eating Disorder Treatment – Ashley Solomon

February 6, 2016

“I’d made it this far and refused to give up because all my life I had always finished the race.” ― Louis Zamperini, Olympian, WWII Prisoner of War, and the subject of the film Unbroken A few months ago I visited a funhouse at a local entertainment center. It had everything that you’d expect: optical…

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Should We Be Ashamed of Our Desire for Beauty? – Robyn Cruze

February 3, 2016

Robyn Cruze, MA is the National Recovery Advocate and online community manager for Eating Recovery Center. Images are powerful and persuasive. Beauty, fitting in, being “cool,” and the desire to possess these qualities are equally powerful. I use the word “beauty” since that is our culture’s focus, but underneath it all is a deeper need to…

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A New Label for Mental Illness – Robyn Cruze

February 1, 2016

Robyn Cruze, MA is the National Recovery Advocate and online community manager for Eating Recovery Center.  I am going to declare a new label for those with mental illness. I will call it … drum roll please… “A Strong Person’s Illness” — a true label for the powerful and the courageous. Here’s why: There are…

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Are You Owning Your Eating Disorder Story? – Jennifer Lombardi

January 31, 2016

Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, CEDS, is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate, Recovery Ambassador for Eating Recovery Center, and works in private practice in Rocklin, California. “The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness – actually depends on the integration…

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Loving Yourself is Part of Recovery – Livia Budrys

January 31, 2016

Livia Budrys, LCSW, is the Director of Trauma Services and Evanston Site Director for Insight Behavioral Health Centers and Eating Recovery Center. You’ve heard the saying before: “Just love yourself. If you can’t love yourself then…” But where do you start, or how do you pick yourself back up, when healing from something that feels…

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How to Talk to Someone with an Eating Disorder – Bonnie Brennan

January 29, 2016

Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS is Senior Clinical Director at Eating Recovery Center in Denver. When someone you love is living with an eating disorder, you may often feel as though you are walking on eggshells. You may frequently wonder if you are saying the “right” thing. This can be agonizing at times, as you…

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Hustling for Worthiness by Robyn Cruze

January 26, 2016

Robyn Cruze, MA is the National Recovery Advocate and online community manager for Eating Recovery Center. Something happened to me yesterday. The details of the situation are not important. But I will say that the situation left me feeling small and useless. I beat myself up over it (a common story), and then, I got…

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Can Clean Eating Be Unhealthy? – Dr. Bakshi in Women’s Running Magazine

January 25, 2016

Dr. Neeru Bakshi of ERC, Washington was recently interviewed for Women’s Running Magazine on the subject of orthorexia. With New Year’s resolutions comes renewed interest in eating healthy, and these days everyone is talking about clean eating. Instead of highly processed foods, people are reaching for items that are closer to nature. Think: homemade kale…

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The Importance of Honesty in Recovery by Jeanne Wicomb

January 22, 2016

Jeanne Wicomb, MA, LMFT, CEDS is the Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program at Eating Recovery Center, Washington. Shame When I first started working with patients with eating disorders, I had no idea about the deep sense of shame that they often carry. As an example, I remember one bright young woman who was…

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