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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.


August 30, 2017
When we say that a person is addicted, we mean that this person will always have to abstain from the trigger foods enjoyed in the past. We are saying that there is no hope to reintroduce these foods back into one’s diet. We are saying that this person cannot have a healthy relationship with food. I reframe it to patients like this: you are not addicted to food; you are a compulsive eater, treatment is available and there is hope. 
 
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August 17, 2017
Many of our referring colleagues share with us their challenges of moving their patients into a higher level of care. They know their patient would benefit from our multi-disciplinary eating disorder treatment program, but the patient is resistant for myriad reasons.
 
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August 02, 2017
We must work with both caregivers and patients in eating disorder treatment. All caregivers have the ability or capacity to help their loved one work towards full eating disorder recovery. Thanks to the lessons of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, I have more patience and tolerance to explore the emotional roadblocks that get in the way of both caregiver and clinician.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, professionals, treatment, "treatment results"
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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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July 18, 2017
Even eating disorder experts have family members who struggle with eating disorders. Today, Bonnie Brennan, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, shares her views on the film To the Bone with her teenage relative “Katie” who is in recovery from an eating disorder.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "bonnie brennan", families, "lily collins", patients, "to the bone", treatment
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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 22, 2017
Many well-meaning people attempt to stop eating when they are “full.” And most of us assume that this ability — to notice if we feel hungry or full — will come to us easily and naturally. Does every person know how to recognize physical sensations of hunger and fullness? Are stomach cues really enough to rely on, in order to know when to eat and when to stop eating? 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "dr ralph carson", families, patients, professionals
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June 06, 2017
There are many great conferences in the eating disorder field, and I’m frequently asked, “Why should I spend time away from my private practice, and make the financial investment to attend your conference?” I know you may think I’m a little biased, but when you read what conference attendees have to say, you’ll see there are many reasons why you should attend.
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June 02, 2017
I share some of those words with you now because I hope they inspire other professionals to look critically at how our words shape our patients’ lives. I share them because I hope that people with eating disorders and their families are not still hearing these ideas laid out as truths. Here are some of the worst things I’ve ever said as an eating disorder therapist:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients, professionals, treatment
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May 24, 2017
In our clinic, those who seek help for binge eating disorder (BED), night eating syndrome (NES), and loss of control eating (LOC) tend to skip meals, eat light during some meals and heavy during others, graze one day and eat a lot of food the next. This random timing of meals can make binge eating and associated problems worse. Here’s how:
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