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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.


September 24, 2019
Jill Sechi, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, LD and Meredith Riddick, LPC, CEDS-S present “Best Practice Collaboration for Providers Who Treat Eating Disorders” at the 11th Annual Eating Recovery Foundation Conference on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Denver Downtown. Learn more here.
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September 24, 2019
Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD and Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS will present “Adventures on the Alimentary Canal: How the Gut Bacteria and Our Food Choices Influence Mood States and Eating Disorder Behavior” at the Eating Recovery Foundation Conference on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at the Westin Denver Downtown. Click to learn more.
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DocumentTags: conference, "dr ovidio bermudez", "dr ralph carson", foundation, professionals
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September 20, 2019

I got myself into smaller and smaller sizes by shrinking my body. What I didn’t realize at the time was that in order to shrink my body, I had to shrink my world. I had to isolate, control, and obsess about every tiny minutia in regards to my food. As I made progress in that world, I lost significant ground in the real world. My world soon became a bubble. 

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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, bulimia, patients
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September 18, 2019
Frank Warren is founder of the PostSecret Project, author of 6 New York Times Bestselling Books and a recipient of a Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award. Join us as Mr. Warren presents “PostSecret Live” as the Featured Keynote Speaker at the Eating Recovery Foundation’s 11thAnnual Conference.
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DocumentTags: conference, foundation, "frank warren", professionals
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September 11, 2019
I personally think spirituality is a part of each of our beings. It has been the difference in my life and has walked me back from the place where I thought suicide was my only option. Maybe spirituality can be the difference in someone else’s life, too. That is my prayer as we contemplate ways to offer help during suicide prevention week. 
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DocumentTags: families, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "suicide prevention week"
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September 05, 2019
Eating disorders are debilitating. If you have an eating disorder and another co-occurring issue (substance use disorder, anxiety disorder or mood disorder), you not only tend to have more severe symptoms, you can also be more resistant to treatment. But no matter how many diagnoses you have, recovery is always possible.
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DocumentTags: "erc chicago il", families, "linda lewaniak", patients, professionals, "substance use disorder", treatment
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September 05, 2019
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
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September 05, 2019
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!
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "laura lange", patients, treatment
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September 05, 2019
You can change unhealthy patterns of behavior that lead to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Get on the path of recovery today with Eating Recovery Center. 
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, "erc chicago il", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "signs & symptoms", treatment
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September 05, 2019
Like so many people with Binge Eating Disorder, I just didn’t feel “sick enough” for treatment. What I didn’t realize before recovery was that I was existing in this world – but not really living. In Binge Eating Disorder treatment, patients recover from their eating disorder and rediscover the things, places, ideals, and beliefs that they value – as well as their connection to each other and to other people. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr julie friedman", families, "kara richardson whitely", patients
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