Today's yoga blog is a practice which is near and dear to my heart. It's what I call the "Tree of Hope" practice.
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 Rebecca Haerin Erickson, MA, former Emily Program client continuing her recovery process. Rebecca is pursuing her license in Marriage in Family Therapy in Minneapolis, MN.
Food is a part of my brain and is always on my mind. In 2012, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder—compulsive overeating. I would sit in front of Netflix and eat bowls and bowls of Ramen noodles. I would also finish off an entire economy-sized bag of cereal in one sitting. I usually ate because I was burying a terrible feeling: loneliness. Sometimes I ate not because of loneliness, but out of boredom, or stress, or hatred for my body. I gained a lot of weight, but my eating was also a gradual decay of my spirit and my self-worth. I could never numb myself enough. I never became bulimic, but I did go through moments where I restricted food intentionally.
Kent State University Independent Films (KSUIF), a student-run production company in Ohio, recently released a public service announcement about the eating disorder thoughts that can take over a person's life. Writer Rachel Ramras said that the inner monologue in the film was pulled from her personal experience.
The Emily Program offers a wide array of treatment options for clients at all levels of care. Today, let's take a closer look at our binge eating disorder (BED) intensive outpatient program (IOP). We sat down with Katelyn Burrows, BED IOP Program Coordinator in Cleveland, to learn more.
Before seeking care, many people wonder if eating disorder treatment is the right fit for them. They may question if their struggle with food actually qualifies as an eating disorder, or maybe they don't think experiences they've heard about from others sound like a good fit for their situation.