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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.

March 09, 2018
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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January 18, 2018
Although mothers spend more time with their kids these days, they feel they are doing a worse job of parenting than previous generations of mothers. They look to others for validation — is it okay that I am supplementing with formula? Does it make me a bad mom if I can’t produce enough milk to feed my child? — and instead find more reasons to be anxious.
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January 03, 2018
It is reported that more teens are experiencing intense anxiety than ever before. Anxiety at normal levels is an expected physical and emotional reaction to a real or perceived threat. At more intense levels, it can be debilitating. If your teen demonstrates a high level of worry, perfectionism, rigidity or distress related to fears — you may want to consider taking them to counseling. The good news is that anxiety is a highly treatable condition!
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December 18, 2017
Get help with these three tips from binge eating expert Dr. Julie Friedman and our National Recovery Advocate Robyn Cruze. Dr. Friedman shares, “when it comes to binge eating, the longer you behave in a certain way, the harder it will be to break those patterns over time. Break the cycle of binge eating now and it will be easier to refrain from binges in the future.” Here's more:

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November 20, 2017
If you put yourself in the shoes of the person impacted by the eating disorder, you may feel more empathy for just how difficult the holidays can be. Individuals with eating disorders aren’t just not enjoying the holidays; often, they are just hoping to survive them. When you understand how painful this can be, it makes sense to seek treatment sooner than later.
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October 30, 2017
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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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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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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September 21, 2017
In a previous blog post, I discussed “food addiction” and compulsive eating. In that blog, I shared hope that treatment for loss of control eating is possible. I believe that we can learn how to create a healthy relationship with food. In today’s blog, I want to explain a little more about the science behind “food addiction.”
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August 23, 2017
Many patients complain about difficulty controlling their eating behaviors at night. They describe feeling small urges to eat during the day and then constant urges to eat between dinner and bedtime. If you are in the habit of binge eating at night, you can reduce this tendency. Dr. Friedman suggests that you integrate these tips into your routine: 
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