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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.

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.
DocumentID: 2298
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
January 01, 2018
Willingness was the foundation at the start of my recovery and willingness is what keeps me living the whole, connected life I now live. I chose to become well and not settle for simply becoming "better." It's not always easy to make this choice, but I've learned that it's always been about my willingness.
DocumentID: 2230
DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/Eating-Disorders-Why-We-Must-Be-Willing-to-Recover-–-Kelli-Evans
December 14, 2017
Recovery has not been an easy journey for me, and this year I realize that I no longer take care of myself because I have to. I take care of myself because I want to. It’s now a privilege for me. More than ever, I want everything in my life to be meaningful. To understand why this is profound, you have to know where I’ve come from.
DocumentID: 2241
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Recovery-The-Greatest-Gift-of-All-–-Kelli-Evans
December 06, 2017
When I was upset during my first Christmas in eating disorder recovery, I would email my team, journal, go outside and breathe, and sometimes cry. All of those were good coping mechanisms for me. Those coping mechanisms kept me honest, helped me let go (just a little), and helped me fight back. 
DocumentID: 2238
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "savannah kerr"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Holiday-Meals-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Savannah-Kerr
November 22, 2017
Eating disorders are the number one deadliest mental illness, and they needed 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.
DocumentID: 2229
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "sunni gruwell", treatment, "what to expect"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/Eating-Disorders-and-the-Holidays-Lessons-Learned-–-Sunni-Gruwell
October 26, 2017
Whether it was triggered by genetics, environmental factors, an increase in running — or a combination of all three — remains unknown. What was known is that, somewhere along the way, my daughter’s running transformed into something much more intense than a fun extracurricular activity. As her eating disorder progressed, it slowly crept into every facet of her life. Over time, almost all of her thoughts and actions were tainted — and driven — by anorexia. Along with her severe food restriction came an increasing, insatiable need to exercise — to move and burn calories in any way possible. 
DocumentID: 2207
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", "compulsive exercise", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/When-Recovery-Makes-You-Change-Your-Life’s-Path-A-Mother’s-Perspective-–-Sunnie-Gruwell
October 05, 2017
Think about it: Life would be so much more real and honest if we could just express our vulnerabilities and struggles more openly! But, unfortunately, we don’t. We can begin the journey towards reducing the stigma of mental illness and engaging each other in true connection. For me, it starts with simple steps like these:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "ana agarrat", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "support groups", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Mental-Health-How-Honesty-Can-Break-Us-Out-of-Isolation-Ana-Agarrat
September 28, 2017
Many self-identified perfectionists tend to operate in rigid, black-or-white thinking. Reframing rigid thinking can help us plan for flexibility, willingness and openness. This flexibility and willingness can help us move forward towards recovery success.
DocumentID: 2187
DocumentTags: alumni, "ellie herman pike", patients, perfectionism, "recovery ambassador", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Why-Flexibility-is-So-Important
June 28, 2017
Dance has shaped who I am and how I respect my body. I’ve learned to love it for what it does and the dreams I can achieve with it rather than what it looks like.
DocumentID: 2067
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "zoe ross nash"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2017/How-to-Love-Your-Body-A-Ballerina’s-Advice
May 09, 2017
Last week we celebrated Eating Recovery Day with the theme “#DontMissIt.” Our goal was to come together as a community to talk about eating disorders in as many ways and places as we could. We are overwhelmed by your support and commitment to increasing awareness and removing the stigma about eating disorders. Today, we would like to showcase just some of your truly inspiring contributions to Eating Recovery Day 2017.
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DocumentTags: "eating recovery day 2017", events, families, patients, professionals, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/Eating-Recovery-Day-2017-Don’t-Miss-Our-Letter-of-Thanks-to-You
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