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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.


August 17, 2018
Bella was the loving presence at my feet when I ate “fear foods” in my dietitians office. With her in my lap at a support group, I felt more courageous to raise my hand to share my story. Bella was the soft coat I cried into when my friend died in her early thirties. Bella was in my arms the night I finally ended an unhealthy relationship. Most recently, Bella was the face I pictured when I went into labor with my son, because nothing calms me like her sweet eyes. Nothing empowers me like her love.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "national dog day", patients, "shannon kopp"
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August 01, 2018
Going back to school, moving schools, starting school – it’s all stressful. It’s a messy, exciting, scary, and busy transition, one that can be even more trying for those of us in recovery. Yet, it can also be a time for amazing opportunities and growth. I hope these tips help you manage the back to school struggles. Let this transition be one to push you forward in recovery and in life! 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rae thomas"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Back-to-School-Tips-for-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Rae-Thomas
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July 25, 2018
My dietician stated that I had been losing weight. I was surprised by this! I literally sat down on the couch in complete shock when she told me. I was surprised because I was enjoying life and food without having a single eating-disordered thought and I didn’t understand how I had lost weight. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, prognosis, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Dealing-with-Setbacks-in-Recovery-Savannah-K
July 04, 2018
What can we do when we feel shame? I suggest practicing self-compassion. Being self-compassionate means that you are aware of your own (and others’) suffering, that you show yourself kindness, and that you are working towards alleviating pain and suffering. While there are a number of ways to practice self-compassion, researchers Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer have proposed five self-compassion practices for individuals with eating disorders: 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "melissa oneill", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/How-to-Overcome-Shame-with-Self-Compassion-Melissa-O’Neill
June 14, 2018
My eating disorder robbed many summer memories from me, but recovery has allowed me to create many more. Recovery is not perfect, and, honestly, every single day is not going to be good, but my days in recovery are definitely brighter and more fulfilling than any day in the eating disorder.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/5-Ways-to-Focus-on-Recovery-in-the-Summer-Months
June 12, 2018
I used to dream about killing myself at night. I would think about it all day and pray that I would fall into a deep slumber to escape my own brain, only to find those thoughts haunting me in my dreams. I would be hospitalized for this multiple times over a span of several years, and yet I still wasn’t sure if people believed me. I wasn’t sure if I believed myself.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", "nicole griswold", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/having-the-courage-to-talk-about-suicide-Nicole-Griswold
May 14, 2018
As our group made our way to our seats, we just kept getting closer and closer to the stage. I couldn’t believe that this night was really happening, let alone that we were going to MEET Vance Joy in just a few short hours….
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc dallas tx", "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/May-2018/How-Music-Therapy-Led-Me-to-Meet-Vance-Joy-Haleigh-Beaird
May 11, 2018
Being triggered can often feel like this: you are simply going about your life, minding your own business, and then BAM! Trigger! Being triggered is an unavoidable part of life, but triggers can be managed and even used to strengthen your recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "eating disorder triggers", "nica stepien", patients, triggers
NodeAliasPath: /blog/May-2018/how-to-deal-with-eating-disorder-triggers-Nica-Stepien
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kara
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"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/What-Type-of-Binge-Eater-Are-You-Jean-Curran
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