Archive for February, 2019

Our Favorite Recovery Podcasts

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Here at The Emily Program we love recovery resources and believe that creating a community is vital to keeping individuals on track with recovery. One of our current favorite ways to find support outside of direct treatment is podcasts! We wanted to share our love of recovery podcasts with you, so we compiled a list of our favorite eating disorder recovery podcasts.

Peace Meal

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Staff Spotlight, Steven Micko

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TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Steven: Hi! My name is Steven Micko, and I’m a Technical Analyst at the Atrium, where I’ve been for the last two years! You can also find me moving around at the other MN locations as well, taking care of any IT needs that come up and making sure everything is working as expected. Outside of working at The Emily Program, I’m still probably tinkering with a computer, but you can also find me playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, or unicycling!

TEP: What’s it like working in IT for The Emily Program?

Steven: You never know what’s gonna happen next! Beyond all the technical things I work with, I also get to visit all of the clinics and meet with staff there, so I get to see what’s happening all over the organization and end up learning a lot about how we help our patients. It’s very rewarding, more than I think most IT jobs are, because of the impact I can have supporting the work our doctors and clinicians do. Seeing the work that they do at each of our sites and hearing about the incredible impact we have in our community isn’t something every company can offer. Even though I don’t work directly with our clients, doing work behind the scenes to support our staff who do is something I’m thankful to be a part of!

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New Study Sheds Light on Overeating

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Most of us have had the experience of having a strong craving for something at one time or another. Some food item or beverage that sounds particularly good. A new study brings forward a possible reason why we sometimes overconsume that food or beverage.

In a study conducted in Cologne, Germany (1), researchers used PET scan technology to see the areas of the brain that were activated by dopamine release, a brain chemical associated with pleasure, reward and satisfaction. The study subjects were given either a milkshake or a tasteless beverage, and then the PET scan tracked dopamine release once when the beverage was first tasted and then again when it reached the stomach.

In an interesting and somewhat counterintuitive finding, the researchers found that the higher the desire for the milkshake, the lower the release of dopamine from the stomach.

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Jessie Diggins: Facing my Fears and Finding Recovery

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**This guest blog was written by Olympic gold medalist and eating disorder recovery advocate, Jessie Diggins.

I sat down today in the lobby of our hotel in Ulricehamn, Sweden, to talk with a local newspaper journalist, mostly about ski racing. But at some point in the interview, she asked me about why I decided to share my history with an eating disorder, as I knew -and hoped -she would. Most reporters want to know why I would ever want to share my story, but that’s an easy answer. I want people struggling with disordered eating to know that there’s always hope. That recovery isn’t only possible but closer than they might think, and that contrary to how it feels in the moment, you can not only survive without your eating disorder as a crutch in professional sports…but you can thrive without it. My story is proof that the eating disorder I once turned to in order to try to race faster did in fact hurt my career short-term, but it didn’t ruin my life, and my racing took off once I got healthy again. The harder story to tell is what it was really like, 9 years ago when I was too scared and ashamed to even admit that I had a problem.

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