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Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders

Examining emotion regulation in anorexia patients

March 10, 2015. Written by Lucene Wisniewski, PhD
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    Without effective treatment, eating disorders can be chronic and life threatening. Therefore as patients, we should be well-informed consumers of the treatment we receive. In fact, being armed with accurate information about what constitutes best practices in treatment could be the difference between life and death.

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Now Open in Pittsburgh, PA!

March 02, 2015.
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    The Emily Program is excited to announce that our Pittsburgh location is now open and accepting new clients.

    Eating disorders disrupt the lives of some 130,000 males and 296,000 females in Pennsylvania every day. The Pittsburgh office is being led by eating disorder expert Liz McCabe, who is committed to helping individuals in the area recover.

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Yoga: Breath of Joy

February 23, 2015.
  • By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT, Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager

    Today's focus is a popular pose at TEP- Breath of Joy! When I ask our students what they like about the pose I often hear responses like: "It makes me smile", "I feel less stressed after doing it", "I am not as crabby", "It's silly and fun." Well, what's not to love about that?!

    A few benefits of Breath of Joy you may experience: Less Stress or anxious feeling, increased circulation in the body, increased energy levels or increased number of smiles.

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Zumba: An Unexpected Weapon

February 17, 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

    My eating disorder, like so many others, loves numbers. It loves everything from calories to weight to clothing size. But the numbers it really gets worked up about are numbers associated with exercise.

    When my eating disorder was at full volume, it would make unending noise about "exercise numbers." If these numbers didn't grow (as opposed to the smaller set of numbers that I wanted to shrink), my eating disorder would pummel me with horrible self-image beliefs and I would feel the need to punish myself in order to appease it.

    It won't come as a surprise, then, that part of my recovery plan was to cancel my gym membership.

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What is Your Gut Telling You?

February 17, 2015.
  • By Lisa Diers, RD,LD, E-RYT Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager

    Many of us are familiar with the phrase "trust your gut" and now science is starting to show us why that saying couldn't be more relevant or important. In fact, the gut has been coined as "the second brain" because we are beginning to fully understand the complexity of the gut, the important role it plays in communication to the brain and the mechanisms by which the two are linked -- driving many bodily functions from nutrient absorption to serotonin production. As the importance of gut health and it's relation to overall health continues to unfold, you may find yourself both curious and confused about your own gut health. When it comes to the complexities of the gut, I equate it to the complexity of our galaxy. I know my spatial orientation and I can identify the big and little dipper. Beyond that I need to stop, pull out my astronomy guide and consult with someone more knowledgeable in this area. If you are suspecting you are suffering from gut related distress, it is important you track your symptoms and find a resourceful navigator like a registered dietitian, physician, gastroenterologist or another trained health care provider as you start your journey to healing your GI tract.

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Butterfly Love 3

February 12, 2015.
  • 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

    Self-acceptance and Self-nurturance

    As I align myself more clearly than ever before with my heart-space, and live with humility, grace, and compassion, I am reminded of my own eternal freedom, my true heart-space, and I begin to believe that each living creature is only a heartbeat away from flying FREE. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  – Author Unknown

    Red roses, hearts, and love fill the month of February, the month of Valentine’s Day. As the day of red roses approaches I am reminded of the beauty of self-love, the seed of Valentine’s Day. A heartfelt relationship begins with deep self-love, self-nourishment, self-trust, and self-acceptance. Unconditional love between two beings begins with unconditional love within one’s heart. As we cultivate love for ourself, then we can love another.

    Valentine’s Day symbols a day of romantic love. Often there is external pressures to have a perfect relationship, be in a relationship, or have an exquisite date on Valentine’s Day. If we shift the focus from the external to the internal, we can utilize Valentine’s Day to celebrate the beauty of self -love.

    We can utilize Valentine’s Day to be grateful for what we have, instead of feel sad for what we do not have. On Valentine’s Day we can treat ourself, adore ourself, and nourish ourself in all forms. The day of red roses, hearts, and love is a day to fill our own hearts with the roses of life and spiritual nourishment. Valentine’s Day can be a day to deepen our connection to our own soul and heighten our spiritual awareness. We can spend the morning of Valentine’s Day meditating on spiritual love.

    If we have a partner in our life we can share the love in our hearts with another being. We can extend our own generosity to another. If we are alone, we can bask in the light within our own heart and soul. Whether single or in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be viewed as a day of deep, soul love. On Valentine’s Day we can remember the deep love our soul has for us. I look forward to the day of soul love and red roses and invite you to as well.

    Tips and Advice:

    • Rejoice in nature
    • Spend time walking through the woods or by a lake, and allow nature to speak to you
    • Spend time listening to your heart and soul
    • Spend time with friends
    • Buy yourself flowers
    • Keep a gratitude journal
    • Surround yourself with loving music
    • Make friends with all of you, even the parts you may not like
    • Open your heart every morning through giving yourself a morning hug

    Alexandra is a survivor of anorexia, asthma, severe anxiety, and chronic pneumonia. Through her own personal healing journey she dedicated her life to living in alignment with her heart. Today she smiles often, rides her horse, paints, writes, teaches Yoga, and has her own healing practice. She is in the process of publishing her book The Beauty of Wings, a personal healing memoir.

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What is the best treatment at any given time when recovering from an eating disorder?

February 10, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • By: Mark Warren, MD, chief medical officer at The Emily Program

    What is the best treatment at any given time when recovering from an eating disorder? This is one of the great questions providers, clients, and families alike struggle to answer.

    We know there are significant scientifically based therapies that deliver positive outcomes, including weight restoration and behavior cessation. In fact, The Emily Program incorporates these therapies in our programs — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family-Based Therapy — and has experienced much success through them.

    Having said that, however, we also know that many clients who are able to cease behaviors and achieve weight restoration may continue to experience physiological distress, urges, body dissatisfaction, and anxiety, among other eating disorder symptoms.

    Further complicating the issue, eating disorders often occur in secret and many clients may not reveal the intensity of their behaviors, thoughts and feelings during treatment.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Month 2015

February 09, 2015.
  • February marks our chance to amplify the work we do throughout the year. We have the unique opportunity to partner with colleges, universities, and other community members who also want to build awareness around eating disorders.

    This month our staff will be working coast-to-coast to discuss eating disorders and their devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. And to let people know that recovery is possible.

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Experiencing Recovery

February 03, 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 Jenn Friedman, a woman in recovery

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    I want to talk.

    I want to talk but I don't know what to say. I want to say something that sounds purposeful but I don't want to force it. I want to say something that sounds smart but I don't want to fake it. I want to say something that will reach the people reading but I don't know what, in this moment, you'd like to hear. I want to say the right thing, hit on the perfect elemental blend, and in doing so share a sacred space with you on this page. But I don't know how, and I don't know where to start, and I don't know how to weave it all together. What I am looking at it is a blank space and I don't know how to fill it.

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    I wanted to recover.

    I wanted to recover but I didn't know what to do. I wanted to recover purposefully but I didn't want to force it. I wanted to recover intelligently but I didn't want to fake it. I wanted to recover in a way that would let me connect with people but I didn't know how they would receive me. I wanted to recover the right way, hit on the perfect elemental blend, and in doing so share a sacred community with others in this world. But I didn't know how, and I didn't know where to start, and I didn't know how to weave it all together. What I was looking at was a blank space and I didn't know how to fill it.

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    Without meaning to, I spoke. Without meaning to, I started a conversation. Without meaning to, there are more words on this page, and they have meaning that I didn't initially intend to assign them.

    Now I know where this is going. Now I see a parallel that couldn't have existed had I never started - unsure as I was. Now I see that my words have meaning, and inspire engagement, and shed light on the heart of a process. Now I can direct it, because I know that important material exists, I know that I created it, and I know I have the power to continue. I choose to go on speaking.

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Yoga: Legs Up the Wall

January 29, 2015.
  • 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.

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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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