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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 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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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 18, 2017
The Body Project has been found to reduce the onset of eating disorders and touts very strong effects at reducing body dissatisfaction. The program also is decreasing eating disorder risk factors. The Body Project is a body-acceptance program supported by more research than any other body image program. Here's what faculty, staff and students have to say about their experience:
 
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DocumentTags: "body dysmorphia disorder", "child & adolescent", "eating recovery foundation", families, foundation, professionals, "the body project"
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October 17, 2017
How do you successfully navigate the holidays while in treatment for — or recovery from — binge eating disorder? ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program shares many simple and empowering coping tools and techniques that you can apply each day in recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", families, patients, treatment
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October 05, 2017
Think about it: Life would be so much more real and honest if we could just express our vulnerabilities and struggles more openly! But, unfortunately, we don’t. We can begin the journey towards reducing the stigma of mental illness and engaging each other in true connection. For me, it starts with simple steps like these:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "ana agarrat", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "support groups", treatment
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October 05, 2017
You are logged onto your social media page when all of a sudden, “ding!” you get a notification that you have been tagged in a photo. You brace yourself. And then, a (what you consider bad) photo of yourself pops up — one you didn’t even know existed. Cringe. Now, here's what you can do:
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "child & adolescent", "jenni schaefer", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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September 21, 2017
In a previous blog post, I discussed “food addiction” and compulsive eating. In that blog, I shared hope that treatment for loss of control eating is possible. I believe that we can learn how to create a healthy relationship with food. In today’s blog, I want to explain a little more about the science behind “food addiction.”
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating treatment recovery program", causes, diagnosis, "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", patients
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July 26, 2017
A new diet trend, the lectin-free diet, has been growing in popularity lately. This fad diet, contrary to what some diet gurus are saying, is not based on good science. Dr. Ralph Carson explains the facts.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr ralph carson", families, "health risks", patients, professionals
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July 12, 2017
We are hearing from members of our community that they will be watching the film To the Bone, even though they tell us that they know deep down inside that they “shouldn’t watch it.” If you do choose to watch the film, we recommend that you mindfully watch this film with someone who is a healthy support person for you. Be a critical consumer. Consider these questions as you watch:
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DocumentTags: "dr ashley solomon", "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", "erc chicago il", "erc cincinnati oh", relapse, "to the bone", triggers
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June 28, 2017
Find your song. Find your anthem. Find the lyrics that capture your sorrow, your anxiety, your rage. Put the song that encapsulates you on repeat. Play it over and over so many times until you almost can’t stand it. Play it until it morphs into a story. Your story. Your truth. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jen lombardi", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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