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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 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"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/7-Ways-to-Accept-Your-Body-in-a-Society-That-May-Not-Rachel-King
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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
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Building-a-Foundation-for-My-Future-Lydia-Rhino
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 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
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/12-Tips-to-Protect-Your-Binge-Eating-Disorder-(BED)-Recovery-This-Holiday-Season
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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September 28, 2017
My efforts to drink moderately were hopeless. Other people could drink and still hold it together, it seemed, so, why couldn’t I? You see, I really didn’t want to stop drinking. The scary truth was becoming clear: continuing to drink after it had caused me so many problems was a sure sign that I needed help.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, prognosis, "robyn cruze", "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/Are-You-Drinking-to-Numb-Your-Feelings
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