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Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders

5 Top New Things to Know About Residential Treatment at The Emily Program

January 28, 2015.
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    At The Emily Program, our residential treatment is available for individuals of all ages, genders, and diagnoses. Our residential services purpose is simple: to care for clients when they come in, and give them enough tools so that when they step down to a lower level of care they can continue their recovery process.

    Over the years we've grown, expanded programs, and transitioned our focus to stay current with evidence-based eating disorder treatment and insurance regulations. All while continuing to maintain and improve the personal experience individuals have while being treated within residential.

    There are five pieces of information that anyone considering residential care at The Emily Program should know.

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Anorexia vs. Activism

January 20, 2015.
  • 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 Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    I don't consider myself "an anorexic." I do consider myself to be someone who lives with anorexia. Even today, when I'm at a healthy weight, I live with an eating disorder. It's like a demon or a monster that sleeps deep within me and feeds on my shame, insecurities, and fears about myself. My eating disorder is something I live with, not who I am.

    I do consider myself an activist. I'm someone who believes that my actions can matter, and that bad situations can improve if we refuse to accept them and instead work to change them.

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Defining “Healthy”

January 13, 2015.
  • By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, RYT
    Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager at The Emily Program

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    Eating and living in a healthy manner is great – it can make you feel good and gives you pride in taking care of yourself. During this time of year in our country we are marketed with all the ways in which we can “Be healthy”. However, “being healthy” can mean a lot of different things to different people, and can be taken to a point of being an obsession by itself. Some people define healthy by looking at different properties of the food they eat – Is it fat free? It is free of artificial colors? Is it organic? Is it raised locally? Some define being healthy as exercise that needs to be done a certain number of times per week for a certain number of minutes. Others feel that being healthy is about your emotional well-being. 

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Our 2015 Group Catalogs are Now Available

January 13, 2015.
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    The new group catalogs are now available in the reception area at each location.

    For those who have been with The Emily Program for a while, the new version of the printed catalog functions slightly differently than in the past.

    We want our groups to be flexible and the information provided to be accurate. To accomplish this, our printed catalogs contain all group descriptions so you can peruse the offerings and learn a little about the focus of each group. If you see something that sparks your interest, speak with your individual therapist about the group. 

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Emotional Casserole

January 08, 2015.
  • By Tiffany Hammer, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

    Today I read an article on Slate by a man who described the overwhelming support he and his family received while his wife battled cancer. Casseroles, volunteer rides to appointments, people asking about her progress and how the family was coping, served as much needed emotional support. When his daughter started battling a crippling addiction, the same friends who provided such loving support for his wife were noticeably absent. He reflected on the stigma of mental illness and the apparent isolation from community.

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When Does Exercising Become Unhealthy?

January 06, 2015.
  • By Joanna Hardis, LISW-S at The Emily Program-Cleveland

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    As we enter a new year, everywhere I turn I’m seeing commercials for home video programs promising body transformations; I’m receiving countless offers for weight-loss and fitness programs; and I cannot open a magazine without being inundated with exercises guaranteeing a better, leaner body.

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Tips for the Holidays: Planning For and Enjoying the Gathering

December 18, 2014.
  • PineconeInTree-ForHolidayPart1Special occasions or holidays often involve family rituals and traditions with food as an integral part of the gathering. With the hectic schedules that many people have today, these may be one of the few times that a family comes together to eat. However, holidays pose unique challenges for people with eating disorders that often disrupt the joyful part of the holiday celebration. In this three part series we'll cover everything from planning to enjoying some non-food experiences.

    Today let's discuss planning. Planning ahead may be the key to the challenges of holiday meals and helping you be able to enjoy the conversation and good times with friends and family at your holiday celebrations. Following are some tips to help you prepare…

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Are You Pregnant?

December 16, 2014.
  • 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 Tiffany Hammer, outreach specialist at The Emily Program

    In my last blog I talked about the importance of "I choose to be happy" in my life. That affirmation helped me to break the vicious cycle of negative self-talk that plagued my thoughts and tormented my relationship with food. I punished myself with large quantities of food and thought that no matter how hard I worked on my healthy lifestyle goals, it all felt hopeless. I very strongly believe that recovery is possible, even some days when it can be a struggle. Recovery is a journey, and it gets easier.

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Vegan and In Recovery

December 11, 2014.
  • 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 Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    What does vegan mean to you? This is a question I ask people all the time, as it's my job to educate others about veganism. In the nineteen years I've been vegan, the word has gone from completely foreign to a household term and as the word has increased in use, perceptions about what it means are all over the map.

    When I ask people what vegan means to them, most immediately launch into listing off all of the things that vegans don't eat. "Vegans don't eat meat, dairy, or eggs, right?" Right. But that's not the end or the beginning of the story.

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“Ask Emily” Social Media

December 09, 2014.
  • Some information shared on social media sites can be triggering for those who struggle with an eating disorder or body image issues. In this edition of "Ask Emily" Social Media, Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses some ideas about how to balance the desire to stay connected with friends and families and continue on a healthful path.

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Butterfly Love 2

December 04, 2014.
  • This is one person's experience; 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 Alexandra Miles, a former The Emily Program client in recovery

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    Alexandra Butterfly love  PastedGraphic-1Transcendence from fear to unconditional love is the path of awakening. When we see with the heart, spread our wings, and learn to fly we become beings of radiant light.

    The month of December is the month of snowflakes, giving, receiving, and playing. It is the month of unconditional love, light, and joy. When we tap into our heart and love ourself unconditionally we can spread love and light to our community during a month of dark nights and short days. This month is a month to ignite the light within and shine it onto ourselves and others.

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Telling Our Truths

December 02, 2014. Written by Cami Applequist
  • 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 Cami Applequist, a former TEP client and woman in recovery

    Telling your own truth out loud is powerful. I have always thought so, but not until I started telling the truth about my own eating disorder did I realize how powerful it actually is.

    The first day of inpatient treatment I sat with a group of women and said out loud for the first time that I didn’t think I should ever eat and I meant it. I also said out loud that most of the time I hated myself whenever I ate. Then I cried. For the first time I wasn’t cracking a joke about my weight, making that my humorous excuse for not accepting dessert.

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