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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 29, 2018
Songwriting is such a powerful tool because it allows for expression and creativity. Most people think that it is harder than it actually is, but the wonderful thing about songwriting is… there are NO rules! It is your chance to create whatever you want and to write down feelings you may be going through. I encourage you all to individually, or with a peer, try writing a song. Here are some prompts to help you come up with your own songwriting ideas:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
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March 29, 2018
For anyone who exercises, it’s important to ask ourselves broadly: are there any negative consequences occurring from exercise? A number of patients in treatment for eating disorders have, at some point, struggled with compulsive exercise. It is important for those in treatment to assess their views of exercise and to identify when exercise is getting to be unhealthy or compulsive — and to help prevent getting to the point where physical health consequences occur.
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DocumentTags: "alex colianni", alumni, "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "erc illinois", families, patients, professionals
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March 28, 2018
You do NOT need to be sick for people to see you. You do NOT need to be sick to be loved. You do NOT need to be sick in order to feel noticed or not alone. It is okay to let go of the sickness, because I promise you will STILL be loved by people, you will STILL be seen by others, you will STILL be cared for, just in a different way. And even better, you will learn to SEE and LOVE and CARE for yourself. Which I will tell you, is truly extraordinary.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc denver co", patients, testimonials, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/March-2018/It’s-Okay-to-Be-Okay-–-Madi-M
March 21, 2018
Dietitian Jean Curran shares six strategies to help you overcome binge eating and compulsive eating habits. Recovery is a process, and while you can rest assured it won’t be perfect, there is always progress to celebrate. Remember: recovery is possible!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "jean curran", patients, treatment
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March 21, 2018
Recovery wouldn’t have been recovery without tears, breakdowns, anxiety or depression. But, recovery was so worth it. Recovery gave me something my eating disorder could never give me: true happiness. The idea of “not being sick enough” to have an eating disorder or of not being worthy of recovery could not be more ludicrous. Everyone is worthy of recovery and there are no requirements to pursue recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "alyssa gutierrez", "child & adolescent", families, patients
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March 15, 2018
Most of us start out with a strong, intuitive sense of our bodies' physiological needs; our bodies give us signals of hunger and fullness, and we start or stop eating accordingly. For many of us, though, the hungry/full signal-response pattern is more complicated. And, if we have a history of disordered eating behaviors, like restricting our food or binge eating, our ability to detect and respond to our body’s cues can really suffer.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/March-2018/I-Can’t-Tell-When-I’m-Full”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
March 09, 2018
Thankfully, there are steps we can take each day to help us strengthen our own self-compassion. You can start a self-compassion practice by taking just a few minutes each day to show some kindness to yourself. Here’s how:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr andi stone", "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health centers", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
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February 26, 2018
Binge eating disorder is both under-diagnosed and yet the most prevalent eating disorder. In fact, there are 2.5 times more people with binge eating disorder than with anorexia and bulimia combined. When we are willing to acknowledge that binge eating disorder is a real illness, we can also be willing to do the work necessary to beat it — and, thankfully, there are resources in place to help us do the work.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", events, "kara richardson whitely", "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-Binge-Eating-Disorder-is-a-Real-Eating-Disorder-—-Kara-Richardson-Whitely
February 26, 2018
Before the 1970s and 1980s, little was known about eating disorders. Eating disorders were present, of course, but they were not identified as such or treated appropriately. Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Emmett Bishop shares a brief history of how far the field of eating disorder treatment has come, how therapy for eating disorders has evolved — and where the field is going:
 
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DocumentTags: anorexia, bulimia, "dr emmett bishop", events, "national eating disorder awareness week", results, treatment
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February 26, 2018
Recovery truly is a full-time job for our bodies and our minds. When I think about eating disorder recovery in my day-to-day life, I think about the tiny moments throughout my journey which have added up to create large strides of progress in my recovery. I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned.
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DocumentTags: alumni, events, "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, prognosis, "recovery ambassador"
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