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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.


July 04, 2018
What can we do when we feel shame? I suggest practicing self-compassion. Being self-compassionate means that you are aware of your own (and others’) suffering, that you show yourself kindness, and that you are working towards alleviating pain and suffering. While there are a number of ways to practice self-compassion, researchers Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer have proposed five self-compassion practices for individuals with eating disorders: 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "melissa oneill", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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June 29, 2018
You refused to let the eating disorder, which lived between us for so many years, hide the person I really was. I was fragile as I left the eating disorder treatment center, and you were the Rock of our family as I struggled to walk forward in my recovery journey. I know that I would not be able to enjoy the freedom I have today in recovery if you had not been by my side.
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "kelli evans", "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kelli-E
June 25, 2018
Have you ever wanted to help others in eating disorder recovery by sharing what you have learned along your own recovery journey? ANAD has a great opportunity to help others as an ANAD Recovery Mentor
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June 14, 2018
My eating disorder robbed many summer memories from me, but recovery has allowed me to create many more. Recovery is not perfect, and, honestly, every single day is not going to be good, but my days in recovery are definitely brighter and more fulfilling than any day in the eating disorder.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2018/5-Ways-to-Focus-on-Recovery-in-the-Summer-Months
May 30, 2018
If you are struggling with night eating, we encourage you to get help sooner rather than later. Most people wait too long to get help or assume that help is not available. The good news here is that night eating syndrome is highly treatable, and most patients will respond well to relatively simple interventions!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "dr julie friedman", "jean curran", patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/Night-Eating-Syndrome-The-Eating-Disorder-We-Need-to-Talk-About
May 30, 2018
Imagine trying to get a giant boulder to roll. That is what early recovery felt like to me. I was overwhelmed by that giant boulder in front of me. I was unsure of how to get it rolling. I finally realized that it would start moving if I would just show up every day — willing to place my hands on the boulder.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/early-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-A-Tough-Boulder-to-Budge-Kelli-Evans
May 22, 2018
While other therapies teach you how to challenge your thoughts, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches you how to accept your thoughts (whether they are positive, negative, or even painful), face them directly, and then let go of the struggle to make them “go away.” 
 
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DocumentTags: "acceptance and commitment therapy", alumni, "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", "insight behavioral health center", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/ACT-Build-a-Life-Worth-Living-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
May 22, 2018
Do I think anyone will be perfectly recovered? No, but I do believe that we can daily surrender to a fully, satisfying life. Recovery is possible, even if it doesn’t look perfect. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "compulsive exercise", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/Recovery-Will-Never-Be-Perfect-–-Michelle-Kaufman
May 14, 2018
As our group made our way to our seats, we just kept getting closer and closer to the stage. I couldn’t believe that this night was really happening, let alone that we were going to MEET Vance Joy in just a few short hours….
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc dallas tx", "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2018/How-Music-Therapy-Led-Me-to-Meet-Vance-Joy-Haleigh-Beaird
May 11, 2018
Being triggered can often feel like this: you are simply going about your life, minding your own business, and then BAM! Trigger! Being triggered is an unavoidable part of life, but triggers can be managed and even used to strengthen your recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "eating disorder triggers", "nica stepien", patients, triggers
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