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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.


November 06, 2018
"I have tried everything imaginable, but I simply don’t have the willpower to stop bingeing.” This is the narrative most people convey when they come to us seeking treatment for binge eating disorder. I’ve heard it so many times: “If only I had self-control, I could stop binge eating.” This is where we have it all wrong: when it comes to binge eating, willpower is a lie. 
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DocumentTags: betr, "betsy callan", "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", patients, treatment
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September 27, 2018

The science on obesity has changed dramatically and it’s incumbent that we, the medical and clinical community, catch up. Dr. Julie Friedman, National Senior Director of ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program helps separate dieting fiction from fact.

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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "dr julie friedman", "erc chicago il", professionals
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September 26, 2018
If you’ve had moments of binge eating after following a “clean” eating diet, you may not be bingeing despite your food rules and nutrition knowledge; you may actually be bingeing because of the strict diet that you’re trying so hard to follow. Here's why.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", causes, "jean curran", orthorexia, patients, "symptoms & signs"
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August 31, 2018
Why do people binge when they feel shame? Because shame feels terrible! Shame is sometimes described as a “punch in the gut” or a heart-wrenching feeling — and bingeing works to temporarily take away these negative feelings. Early childhood memories of feeling shamed about the way your body looks or your relationship to food can trigger ongoing shame in adulthood. This could perhaps also lead to eating disorder behaviors. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", families, "laura lange", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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May 30, 2018
If you are struggling with night eating, we encourage you to get help sooner rather than later. Most people wait too long to get help or assume that help is not available. The good news here is that night eating syndrome is highly treatable, and most patients will respond well to relatively simple interventions!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "dr julie friedman", "jean curran", patients, "robyn cruze"
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April 25, 2018
When I finally committed to my treatment plan — I found recovery— without using alcohol to numb everything (alcohol makes for blurriness). I could fully focus on getting to know myself and what I really wanted in life. I began to deal with all those feelings that I was hiding from — feelings that kept me spinning in the painful cycle of mental illness.
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, families, patients, "robyn cruze"
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April 20, 2018
We rise and set together each day. Sometimes if I’m awake in the early morning hours and worried about something with a quiet cup of coffee, I see you climb over the horizon. Then I know I can too. Even now, as I deal with life without binging, you are there, a reminder to rise each day no matter what comes.
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
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April 12, 2018
Many of my patients have found it useful to identify their own binge triggers or “cues” that can leave them vulnerable to having an urge to binge. Figuring out how and why you binge can help you and your clinical team develop more individualized strategies around food and your feelings in order to safeguard against those urges in the future. Do any of these sound like your typical binge types? 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "jean curran", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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March 21, 2018
Dietitian Jean Curran shares six strategies to help you overcome binge eating and compulsive eating habits. Recovery is a process, and while you can rest assured it won’t be perfect, there is always progress to celebrate. Remember: recovery is possible!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "jean curran", patients, treatment
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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"
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