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Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders

Why Practice Yoga as Part of Eating Disorder Treatment?

November 05, 2015. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT

    Words aren't the only way to connect to memories and feelings stored in the body. This is why we incorporate integrative therapies, including yoga, into treatment at The Emily Program.

    Yoga is a practice of specific postures (asanas) linked with breath while incorporating a focused intention of moving inward for self-exploration or reflection, and decreased anxiety and depression. In yoga, the mind is not separate from the body nor is the body separate from the mind. The Breath is the mechanism that bridges the gap between the two. When we discuss yoga here, we are referring to mind, body, and breath. When yoga is practiced with traditional methods, it is a practice of wholeness.

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You Are Enough.

November 03, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Elizabeth Capper, intern at The Emily Program

    Several nights a week, I find myself lying wide-awake at 4 a.m. struggling to persuade myself back to sleep. Perhaps what really is on my mind during these sleepless nights is everyone's biggest nightmare: our insecurities.

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The Neuroplasticity of the Brain

October 29, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
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    In the last 10 years, the notion that eating disorders are biologically based illnesses has begun to gain significant traction both inside and outside the eating disorder community.

    Following "The Decade of the Brain" in the '90s and the explosion of research in brain chemistry, anatomy and function, we now better understand how we are susceptible to eating disorders based on a pre-existing neurological status and how our personalities, behaviors and experiences in eating disorders are all linked.

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Interested in Free CEUs? Join Us for Mindful Eating: Addressing Nutrition Needs with Individuals with Eating Disorders in Ohio or Minnesota

October 27, 2015.
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    As the year comes to a close, The Emily Program has just a couple more eating disorder trainings we're excited to share with the professional community in 2015.

    The Mindful Eating: Addressing Nutrition Needs with Individuals with Eating Disorders seminar will be held in Warrensville Heights, OH and Minneapolis, MN.

    More information about the free training is below. We hope you can join us. RSVP soon. Seating is limited.

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The Emily Program – Spokane Offers a Wide Array of Eating Disorder Treatment for Adolescents and Adults

October 20, 2015.
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    Our Spokane clinic continues to grow and add services for individuals of all ages and genders who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or related mental health and body image issues.

    At The Emily Program – Spokane, our multidisciplinary approach ensures that individuals receive the level of care and therapeutic and/or medical services that meet their specific needs. From outpatient to partial plus lodging, our therapists, dietitians, and medical staff provide treatment with each client's recovery and needs in mind.

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Amy Klobuchar and The Emily Program to host Press Conference in Support of Anna Westin Act

October 17, 2015.
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    Saint Paul, MN – October 16, 2015 – Senator Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] along with Kitty Westin, Board Member of The Emily Program Foundation, and Jillian Lampert, Chief Strategy Officer at The Emily Program, will host a press conference on Sunday, October 18th at 3pm in support of the Anna Westin Act. The press conference will take place at The Emily Program's St. Louis Park location (5354 Parkdale Drive, 2nd Floor St. Louis Park, MN 55416).

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Talking About Bodies

October 15, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    Occasionally, a coworker or an acquaintance will tell me about her new weight-loss diet, or she'll make some kind of self-deprecating joke about how she shouldn't have that second cookie. At work, at the store, at the park with other moms, it happens all the time. It's so ordinary that it seems mundane, expected—especially among women (though I do hear it from men, too). Sometimes it feels like I'm expected to reassure the person who is making the negative comment about their body by directing the attention to my own body, in order to share the feeling of self-disapproval. I used to do this fluently. Without missing a beat, I would reassure the woman who was joking about her body or detailing her new diet, and then I would point at myself, as if to say, "You see? I feel bad about my body, too. You're not alone. We're doing what we're supposed to do."

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What Do Genetics Have To Do With Eating Disorders?

October 08, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
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    A common fact shared with clients and their families is that eating disorders are genetic. When we use terms like "genetic," it often makes people wonder exactly how this illness might be inherited, especially if no close family members have the same illness. It also may make a parent wonder if there are hidden genetic factors that he/she passed onto the child, which could make a parent feel responsible for causing this illness.

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The Emily Program - Cleveland offers Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

October 06, 2015.
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    It is estimated 95 percent of those who suffer from an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 and 25, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

    That's why The Emily Program – Cleveland has tailored its programs to meet the individual needs of children and teens, in addition to adults.

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Uncertainty

September 29, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    My toddler is learning how to assert himself. He'll run over to me, holding on to a pair of red shoes while exclaiming, "Toes! Toes! Toes!" This means that he wants me to put the shoes on his toes. I'll sit down with him on the floor, his wiggly body in my lap, and I'll work hard to get those red shoes on his feet. As soon as the shoes are on, he'll run back to his room, little flashes of red pattering across the hardwood floor, and then he'll return with a pair of green sandals. "Toes, Mommy!" So I'll sit down with him again and work hard to get those red shoes off and the green sandals on, all while he's squirming and moving and happily watching his feet. And then, as soon as the Velcro is attached, he cheerfully demands the red shoes again.

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Day Treatment vs. IOP – What’s the difference?

September 15, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Like many other eating disorder facilities, The Emily Program offers multiple levels of care for adolescents and adults. What makes The Emily Program different is that our services are based in outpatient treatment. As The Emily Program founder Dirk Miller says, "We didn't start as an inpatient program and develop outpatient services to support that model. The reason is pretty simple: most change occurs as an outpatient. We live our lives as 'outpatients.' Ultimately we must apply what's learned to a life of recovery that we live outside the treatment program."

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