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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 08, 2019
If you are expecting to have a child — soon or in the future, take some time today to rest your mind, soul, and body. Know that every bite you eat is nourishing a child that is going to come into this world and help make it a better place to live. If nothing else, please believe me when I say you, recovery warrior, are doing a beautiful job. 
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October 29, 2019
You can support and strengthen your recovery during the busy holiday season. Here's how to reframe holiday challenges as opportunities.
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October 29, 2019
Eating disorders are the number one deadliest mental illness, and they need to be treated as such. The main lesson we learned that holiday season was to put recovery first, and foremost — above all else. This tough, but priceless lesson has made recovery a reality in our lives, and has allowed us to enjoy many happy holidays ever since.
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October 29, 2019
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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October 25, 2019
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
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October 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
You can change unhealthy patterns of behavior that lead to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Get on the path of recovery today with Eating Recovery Center. 
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, "erc chicago il", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "signs & symptoms", treatment
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October 25, 2019
Eating disorders are debilitating. If you have an eating disorder and another co-occurring issue (substance use disorder, anxiety disorder or mood disorder), you not only tend to have more severe symptoms, you can also be more resistant to treatment. But no matter how many diagnoses you have, recovery is always possible.
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September 27, 2019
Thankfully, there are steps we can take each day to help us strengthen our own self-compassion. You can start a self-compassion practice by taking just a few minutes each day to show some kindness to yourself. Here’s how:
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September 27, 2019
Over a recent weekend, I was hit hard by a bout of depression. Depression can be a great (though very difficult) learning experience. I feel grateful for it already because it taught me so much. I now know that I can begin to take better care of myself during this period of change. Here's what I learned:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients
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