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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 15, 2018
Most of us start out with a strong, intuitive sense of our bodies' physiological needs; our bodies give us signals of hunger and fullness, and we start or stop eating accordingly. For many of us, though, the hungry/full signal-response pattern is more complicated. And, if we have a history of disordered eating behaviors, like restricting our food or binge eating, our ability to detect and respond to our body’s cues can really suffer.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/I-Can’t-Tell-When-I’m-Full”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
March 14, 2018
While there are some conflicting studies on artificial sweeteners and human health, several recent studies give us pause and make us question the excess consumption of beverages and foods containing artificial sweetener. This doesn’t mean that the occasional consumption of artificial sweeteners or an occasional diet soda is bad. However, heavy consumption of artificial sweeteners is likely to, at some point, affect your health. But how much is too much?
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/The-Truth-About-Artificial-Sweeteners-is-Not-So-Sweet-–-Dr-Ralph-E-Carson
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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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr andi stone", "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health centers", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/Self-Compassion-Why-it-s-Important-and-How-to-practice-Andi-Stone
February 26, 2018
Binge eating disorder is both under-diagnosed and yet the most prevalent eating disorder. In fact, there are 2.5 times more people with binge eating disorder than with anorexia and bulimia combined. When we are willing to acknowledge that binge eating disorder is a real illness, we can also be willing to do the work necessary to beat it — and, thankfully, there are resources in place to help us do the work.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", events, "kara richardson whitely", "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-Binge-Eating-Disorder-is-a-Real-Eating-Disorder-—-Kara-Richardson-Whitely
February 26, 2018
Recovery truly is a full-time job for our bodies and our minds. When I think about eating disorder recovery in my day-to-day life, I think about the tiny moments throughout my journey which have added up to create large strides of progress in my recovery. I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned.
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DocumentTags: alumni, events, "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, prognosis, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-Recovery-in-Day-to-Day-Life-–-Anna-Z
February 24, 2018
I’ll never forget the hard work that early recovery entails. I’m talking the just-out-of-treatment recovery stage. The holy-crap-how-am-I-going-to-do-this recovery stage. Trying to implement all of the helpful things I learned in treatment was exhausting and sometimes seemed like an exercise in futility. Here are three of the things I did to ensure I could stay in recovery in the early stages of being home from treatment:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, "megan cuilla", "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-the-Early-Days-of-Recovery-Megan-Cuilla
February 24, 2018
Claiming that I had an illness and being a part of the solution could only be achieved when I accepted myself and everything I was struggling with — including substance abuse. When I claimed my realness — all of it — I claimed myself.
DocumentID: 2295
DocumentTags: alumni, "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "robyn cruze", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-Why-I-Went-to-Treatment-and-How-it-Ultimately-Saved-my-Life-–-Robyn-Cruze
February 08, 2018
Have you heard of the theory of the suffering of the “overcontrolled” individual? Overcontrolled individuals tend to be perfectionists who live most of their life in a state of high threat (rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and quick breathing rate). Radically Open DBT addresses three different areas that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a richer and more rewarding emotional life. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", patients, professionals, "radically open dialectical behavior therapy", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Radically-Open-DBT-A-Therapy-to-Ease-a-Life-of-Control-–-Dr-Ellen-Astrachan-Fletcher
January 31, 2018
I heave my suitcase into the overhead bin, and hesitantly take my seat. Seemingly unaware that I have arrived, the woman continues reading the paper; her elbow extending into my seat space and resting deep into my intestines. I shift in my seat in an effort to dislodge her elbow; my ample hips cause the armrest to raise as they settle in. She clears her throat and looks over her newspaper at me. Her subtle microaggression of defending her space reinforces the myriad messages I’ve already received: fat people are undeserving of occupying a shared space.
DocumentID: 2271
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "erc cincinnati oh", patients, professionals, "rachel king"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/challenging-weight-and-size-discrimination-Rachel-King
January 24, 2018

Seeking help for binge eating disorder often involves overcoming feelings of shame, isolation, and, perhaps worst of all, the fear that there is no end to this cycle. Once you’ve recognized and begun to address your binge eating behaviors, it’s reasonable to want the people in your life closest to you – especially your partner – to support those efforts. So, what do you do when your partner shows up after work with your go-to binge food? Dr. Ashley Solomon shares her insight.

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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/I’m-a-Binge-Eater-and-My-Partner-Does-Not-Support-My-Recovery”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
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