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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 29, 2017
I wrote this poem when I realized what the eating disorder was doing to me — and what it had taken from me — even though I still felt so "attracted" to it at times. The eating disorder was taking my life from me and I am no longer going to allow that to happen. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, foundation, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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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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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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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 16, 2017
In my previous two blog posts, I have explained the basic facts about food addiction and reviewed the scientific research on food addiction. In today’s blog, I explain how to treat food addiction, or as I prefer to call it, treatment of compulsive eating behavior.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive eating", "dr mara gustafson", "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", patients, treatment
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October 07, 2017
We will ALL face significant challenges at some point in our lives, be it divorce, anxiety, depression, violence, anger, substance abuse, a natural disaster or something else. We can recover from our challenges if we choose to do the work and cultivate resilience. Recovery is about learning how to get back up when you fall down. Recovery is continuing to put one foot in front of the other, each and every day. 
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health center", "lara schuster effland", 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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