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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 21, 2017
In the April 2017 issue of Vogue magazine, Selena Gomez opens up about her experiences with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Gomez states in the Vogue interview, “DBT has completely changed my life.” If you're wondering what DBT is, our expert explains.
DocumentID: 1924
DocumentTags: alumni, dbt, "dialectical behavior therapy", "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", "insight behavioral health center", patients, "selena gomez"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2017/Selena-Gomez-Loves-DBT-(and-We-Do,-Too)
March 09, 2017
Here’s what I found most unsettling that day: one of the biggest messages that my eating disorder was telling me was that, based on what I saw in the mirror, I didn’t deserve to have fun on the beautiful beaches during my family’s upcoming vacation.
DocumentID: 1923
DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2017/Facing-Our-Eating-Disorders-in-Dressing-Room-Mirrors-–-Kelli-Evans
March 07, 2017
Society tells us that there is a right and wrong way to eat, that certain foods are “good” and others are “bad.” But, food is just food; it doesn’t have a moral value. If I eat intuitively and take perfectionism out of the kitchen, I will eat in a balanced way. And my body will achieve its own ideal weight, which is not a perfect number in a magazine.
DocumentID: 1922
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "insight behavioral health centers", "jenni schaefer", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2017/How-to-Let-Go-of-Perfectionism-for-Good
March 02, 2017
Ever since my girls have been able to feed themselves, I have been teaching them how to have a relationship with their body and the food they put in it. Keeping the communication lines open will help to build trust and if — no, when — any issues arise — and let’s face it, issues will arise in life — we will have the tools to deal with it… together. Here's how.
DocumentID: 1920
DocumentTags: #caregiverscorner, "child & adolescent", families, "jen lombardi", patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2017/Can-We-Protect-Our-Children-from-Eating-Disorders-–-Robyn-Cruze
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
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