By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, ERYT
Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager, The Emily Program
The first of our Emily Program yoga series begins with a classic pose for cultivating relaxation, aiding in stress reduction, and promoting a gentle stretch in the legs. In this video, you will see the pose in its more traditional form. However, there are several variations that can be taken to meet your current needs. Some physical modifications may include relaxing in this pose while lying in your bed, or by placing a folded blanket under your low back or head for added support. Other options could include using an eye pillow or incorporating aromatherapy. It's all about doing what feels good in your body and listening to what it needs.
Blog Archives: January 2015
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.
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Jillian Lampert responds to a question about purging and why it's so dangerous.
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.
By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, RYT
Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager at The Emily Program
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.
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.
By Joanna Hardis, LISW-S at The Emily Program-Cleveland
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.