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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.


January 18, 2018
Although mothers spend more time with their kids these days, they feel they are doing a worse job of parenting than previous generations of mothers. They look to others for validation — is it okay that I am supplementing with formula? Does it make me a bad mom if I can’t produce enough milk to feed my child? — and instead find more reasons to be anxious.
DocumentID: 2260
DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", perfectionism, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Is-Perfectionism-Rising-in-Today’s-Moms-Dr-Angela-Derrick
January 02, 2018
I realized that I had been putting off my own passion and joy because I’m too busy tending to the outside stuff — you know, all the stuff that grabs us with urgency. It’s easy to fall into this trap believing that if we can just complete all this stuff, then life will feel more in control, freer and joyful.
DocumentID: 2252
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "new year resolutions", patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Why-We-Need-ReSOULutions,-not-Resolutions-–-Robyn-Cruze
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 20, 2017
I am sharing my story because everybody faces change at some point in their lives (especially during recovery) and I hope to be a beacon of hope that change doesn’t have to be scary. Change can be daunting, but you can be fearless. If, and when, change comes your way, accept it — truly accept the change you wish to see in your life. You may be amazed by the blessings that come with venturing down a new path.
DocumentID: 2245
DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "tara deangelis"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Accept-the-Change-You-Wish-to-See-–-Tara-DeAngelis
Tags: alumni  patients  tara deangelis  
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
The winter holidays, for many of us who have struggled with eating disorders, can be really hard. Images of joyous wondrous celebrations are dimmed by our reality. Interacting with relatives, dealing with the overload of parties and activities and spending so much money can be overwhelming — not to mention that these are all food-focused holidays. In my binge eating disorder recovery, one of the greatest things I learned was, just like a holiday wish list, this:
DocumentID: 2231
DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", families, "kara richardson whitely", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/Binge-Eating-Recovery-Tips-for-the-Holidays
November 20, 2017
How did I get to the point where I could brush off her comment without spiraling back into my eating disorder? I did not suddenly wake up one morning — fully recovered — thinking, “You know what? I really love and admire everything about my body today.” Recovery has been a gradual, ongoing process — as I practice accepting my body and appreciating its aesthetics and function. I know I’m not alone in having to learn how to accept and appreciate my body. Here are some suggestions for you to consider that may help you learn to love and accept your body, too:
DocumentID: 2228
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rachel king"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/7-Ways-to-Accept-Your-Body-in-a-Society-That-May-Not-Rachel-King
Tags: alumni  families  patients  rachel king  
October 30, 2017
Stress eating is simply this: responding to stress by eating. Why does this happen? People stress eat because it works. Cortisol, a hormone produced when stress is released, actually decreases after we eat high-fat, sugary or salty foods. When you reach for a bag of chips or home-baked cookies after a stressful event, it makes sense that you would continue to do so again and again — because it is actually helping you relax!
DocumentID: 2210
DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "laura lange", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Overcoming-Stress-Eating
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
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