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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 21, 2017
In a previous blog post, I discussed “food addiction” and compulsive eating. In that blog, I shared hope that treatment for loss of control eating is possible. I believe that we can learn how to create a healthy relationship with food. In today’s blog, I want to explain a little more about the science behind “food addiction.”
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating treatment recovery program", causes, diagnosis, "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", patients
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September 21, 2017
I am solidly in recovery. I now know that “not having time” is not an excuse. If I don’t have time to eat, I make a change. What I don’t do anymore is make excuses. And I’ve found the following tips helpful to prevent relapse while I’m busy in my life:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, "megan cuilla", patients, prognosis
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September 21, 2017
I’d been in recovery for an eating disorder for years, and I knew what I should have been doing: I could have called someone for help or gone to a therapy group — but I wasn’t doing those things. Why? This was one of the most frustrating parts of my recovery. Even though I knew what I should be doing, I wasn’t doing it.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, professionals, prognosis
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September 07, 2017
The diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was not new to our family. OCD was something we were familiar with, but our knowledge on how to recognize and fight it was minimal. No parent wants to see their child struggling. And here we had to stand by and watch our daughter struggle with not one, but two, serious mental illnesses. 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "erc denver co", families, ocd, prognosis, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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September 07, 2017
My son died by suicide after a two-year battle with anorexia on November 20th, 2015. Thankfully, though, in that first year after losing Justin, there were times where I could start seeing light again. As much as I miss my beautiful little boy, his spirit is always with me. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", males, patients
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August 30, 2017
Recovery is being perfectly imperfect. In recovery, we must learn about the importance of flexibility. It’s not about following rules and regulations; recovery is about learning to trust and go with the universal flow. Beyond the eating disorder’s rigidity is a world full of spontaneity, surprises and joy. This is what you can focus on now: living a full life, rich with meaning.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "robyn cruze", treatment, "what to expect"
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August 30, 2017
When we say that a person is addicted, we mean that this person will always have to abstain from the trigger foods enjoyed in the past. We are saying that there is no hope to reintroduce these foods back into one’s diet. We are saying that this person cannot have a healthy relationship with food. I reframe it to patients like this: you are not addicted to food; you are a compulsive eater, treatment is available and there is hope. 
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, diagnosis, "dr ralph carson", families, patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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August 28, 2017
I recently read a People magazine article featuring Sheryl Sandberg that said: “Grief is a crash course in perspective.” Out of all the “cliché” grief quotes that have been thrown my way, this is the one that resonates the most. Perspective is everything to me now.
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August 24, 2017
I remember sitting in my goodbye group, listening to these amazing men and women tell me how I was going to be so successful and happy. Yet, there was this panicked voice in the back of my head saying, “You're WRONG! I can’t!”
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DocumentTags: alumni, bulimia, patients, prognosis, testimonials, "treatment results"
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August 23, 2017
Many patients complain about difficulty controlling their eating behaviors at night. They describe feeling small urges to eat during the day and then constant urges to eat between dinner and bedtime. If you are in the habit of binge eating at night, you can reduce this tendency. Dr. Friedman suggests that you integrate these tips into your routine: 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr julie friedman", "erc chicago il", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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