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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.


March 01, 2017
Most of the patients that we see with binge eating disorder are not moving at all. Those who have tried exercise programs in the past may have done it primarily to lose weight. Instead of looking at exercise as a tool to help you lose weight fast, think about physical activity as something to look forward to. If you are having fun moving, you are more likely to do it more frequently.
DocumentID: 1919
DocumentTags: #foodforthought, "alex colianni", "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2017/Can-Physical-Activity-Help-Those-Who-Binge-Eat-–-Alex-Colianni
February 15, 2017
We all need skills to harness anxiety, manage fear, and gain control in what feels like an out of control situation. It’s important to learn and practice these skills to reduce the risk of burnout, harmful levels of stress that reduce the effectiveness of our immune system, disrupted sleep, and a higher susceptibility to depression.
DocumentID: 1912
DocumentTags: #therapythursday, alumni, dbt, "erc chicago il", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/You-Can-Manage-Your-Anxiety;-Here’s-How-Lara-Schuster-Effland
February 10, 2017
Making up worst-case scenarios in my head was once a common theme. It was how I woke up every morning. Daily, I’d walk around with panic as my constant companion; a sense of doom dictated my every move. Now, I can fact-check all situations, reducing lingering anxiety.
DocumentID: 1910
DocumentTags: #recoverywednesday, alumni, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "robyn cruze", "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/How-to-Fact-Check-Your-Biggest-Worries-–-Robyn-Cruze
February 07, 2017
We can face our fears. Too many of us stay stuck because we are afraid of what others might think about our problems. Even if we don’t struggle with social anxiety, we might be paralyzed by fear of something else. As Eleanor Roosevelt says quite simply, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” That’s exactly what Lindsey did.
DocumentID: 1909
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jenni schaefer", patients, "social anxiety", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/Yes,-You-Can-Beat-Social-Anxiety-and-Your-Eating-Disorder!-–-Jenni-Schaefer
February 03, 2017
To those of you who think you are too old to get help, please know that the many directions you feel pulled in can be put on pause, you can take a breath, and learn how to live life to the fullest without the eating disorder. You can take care of yourself.
DocumentID: 1907
DocumentTags: #communityconnection, adult, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/It’s-Never-Too-Late-to-Get-Help-for-an-Eating-Disorder;-I-Did-it-at-42-–-Kelli-Evans
February 03, 2017
Treatment is very hard work, and not just for the person with the eating disorder. Partners and parents struggle tremendously as their loved ones get well. It’s stressful to watch your loved one navigate the twists and turns of recovery, and particularly so when you when you’re navigating all of this too.
DocumentID: 1904
DocumentTags: #caregiverscorner, "child & adolescent", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/Keeping-Your-Partnership-Strong-When-Your-Loved-One-is-in-Treatment-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
February 01, 2017
I have occasionally heard eating disorders likened to a relationship and recovery to a break up. I find this comparison apt. My eating disorder caused me tremendous grief, and breaking up with my eating disorder also caused me grief. Here are three things that I found helpful during this grieving process.
DocumentID: 1901
DocumentTags: #communityconnection, alumni, families, "laura patterson", patients, "recovery ambassador", "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/How-to-Grieve-the-Loss-of-an-Eating-Disorder-–-Laura-Patterson
January 31, 2017
Our media presence is a direct reflection of our passion and our commitment. Take a moment to check out a few stories with ERC experts and alumni:
DocumentID: 1899
DocumentTags: alumni, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/2017/ERC-in-the-News-January-2017
Tags: alumni  patients  professionals  
January 25, 2017
Rampant heart health messages about diet and weight loss may also inadvertently prompt disordered thinking about “good” and “bad” foods and restrictive eating, which ultimately tend to fuel food cravings and out-of-control eating. Here's what to do instead.
DocumentID: 1896
DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", causes, "erc chicago il", "jean alves", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/2017/How-to-Focus-on-Heart-Health-in-Binge-Eating-Recov
January 25, 2017
As we enter a new year full of new hope and new possibilities, we’d like to share this sweet letter written by a former ERC patient. Her words show us all how important recovery is.
DocumentID: 1895
DocumentTags: #communityconnection, alumni, families, patients, testimonials, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/2017/The-Work-of-Recovery-is-SO-Worth-it-–-Madi-M
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