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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 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?
DocumentID: 2309
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
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. 
DocumentID: 2277
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
November 30, 2017
Music therapist Haleigh Beaird shares how music therapy supports recovery from eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Plus, Haleigh shares a special holiday recovery playlist to help you reduce stress during this busy time of the year. 
DocumentID: 2236
DocumentTags: alumni, "erc dallas tx", families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/How-Music-Therapy-Supports-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-and-Mental-Health-Treatment-–-Haleigh-Beaird
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.
DocumentID: 2227
DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "health risks", "insight behavioral health center", professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/Reasons-to-Consider-Entering-Treatment-During-the-Holidays-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
October 18, 2017
The Body Project has been found to reduce the onset of eating disorders and touts very strong effects at reducing body dissatisfaction. The program also is decreasing eating disorder risk factors. The Body Project is a body-acceptance program supported by more research than any other body image program. Here's what faculty, staff and students have to say about their experience:
DocumentID: 2201
DocumentTags: "body dysmorphia disorder", "child & adolescent", "eating recovery foundation", families, foundation, professionals, "the body project"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Increase-Body-Acceptance-with-the-Body-Project-and-Eating-Recovery-Foundation
October 10, 2017
October is National Coming Out Month so we are encouraging our trans friends to come out of the closet about their eating disorder this month. But we also encourage everyone else to do their part to make coming out with an eating disorder easier. Zach Rawlings MA, LPC explains.
DocumentID: 2198
DocumentTags: alumni, "lgbt history month", lgbtq, "national coming out day", patients, professionals, "zach rawlings"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Eating-Disorder-treatment-helping-Transgendered-Clients
September 21, 2017
I’d been in recovery for an eating disorder for years, and I knew what I should have been doing: I could have called someone for help or gone to a therapy group — but I wasn’t doing those things. Why? This was one of the most frustrating parts of my recovery. Even though I knew what I should be doing, I wasn’t doing it.
DocumentID: 2181
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, professionals, prognosis
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/You’ve-Relapsed-Again,-Will-it-Ever-Get-Better
August 10, 2017
“Will recovery be possible? How long will it take? Am I saying the right things to my child?” Many parents and caregivers feel in the dark about how to help their loved one heal and wonder if the kind of support they are providing is in fact “the right” kind of support. You can do this. In fact, no one is more capable than you.
DocumentID: 2142
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "courtney morton", "emotionally focused family therapy", "erc austin tx", families, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/August-2017/3-Ways-Parents-Positively-Impact-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Courtney-Morton,-LCSW
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.
DocumentID: 2139
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, professionals, treatment, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/August-2017/Eating-Disorder-Family-Therapy-A-New-Approach-–-Dr-Allison-Chase
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