The Highlands Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

The Highlands Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

The Highlands eating disorder articles are here to inform and inspire! We hope you’ll check in often, and share your comments and experiences. We feature frequent empowerment statements to support recovery, and perspectives on eating disorders that bring hope. Explore news, recovery tools, important events and celebrations of success!

Watermelon Salad Recipe

Link: Delicious Watermelon Salad Ingredients: 2 ounces olive oil 1 ounce balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup finely diced red onion 8 cups diced watermelon 2 cups fresh blueberries 1/4 cup rough chopped fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or more if you like!) Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and diced red onion. Add the diced watermelon, blueberries, mint and feta cheese to bowl. Gently toss to coat.

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Equine Therapy

Castlewood at The Highlands has teamed up with King’s Stables to provide equine assisted therapy for our clients. “At King’s Stables, the horses are the teachers. Why horses? A horse’s herd is its community, and the way they communicate with each other within their herd is similar to the way people communicate. Horses help teach people how to express feelings, handle problems, and open the lines of communication. Riders not only experience the joy a horse can bring, but also work on skills such as balance, strength, independence, and coordination. Working with these beautiful animals is empowering and esteem building ~…

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Staff Spotlight: Alex Dumais

Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist The thing you love most about working here: Working with a positive, pro-active group of people and being able to help our clients establish a healthy relationship with recreation for a better quality of life in recovery What brings you joy and happiness in your life: The outdoors and other people! I love meeting new people and learning what makes each of us unique. Your favorite quote: “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr.…

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Staff Spotlight: Sarah Smith

Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff The thing you love most about working here: My coworkers, and being able to help others on their journey to recovery! What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Going to the humane society to play with the animals! Your favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. – Wayne Gretzky/Michael Scott 6 thins you could never do without: My family, my dog, my bed, pizza, my phone, baby pigs Arena song: “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyonce    

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Why National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Matters

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has announced its next annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—and it’s happening soon. February 26 through March 4 of this year have been set aside for this important event, and the team here at The Highlands is grateful for a chance to participate. What is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? What’s the purpose of this annual event, though—and why is it something that Castlewood at The Highlands is so passionate about? To answer those questions, we look to the NEDA website, which tells us this: “The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness)…

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Client Creations: Mexican Fruit Salad

Ingredients Servings: 8 4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (about 1 1/4 pounds) 2 cups mangoes, chunks 2 cups melon, chunks 1 cup pineapple chunk 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder   Directions In large bowl, combine strawberries, mango, melon and pineapple. Add orange juice, lime juice, sugar, salt and chili powder to taste; mix well. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. http://www.food.com/recipe/mexican-fruit-salad-170186

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Showing Love to Someone with an Eating Disorder

We’re in the month of Valentine’s Day—a holiday that is, at its core, all about showing love to the special people in our lives, and especially to our spouse, partner, or significant other. Loving anyone comes with its challenges, of course, and eating disorders can especially complicate things. When your loved one has an eating disorder, you may not know quite what to do to show them that you care. Fundamentally, it’s all about listening to them, respecting their needs, and being there for them. Anything you can do to encourage them in their recovery—to let them know that they…

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Client Creations: Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu with Parmesan Panko Crust Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Servings 4 servings Ingredients 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 4 slices thin of ham 4 slices thin of Swiss cheese 2 eggs 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan 1 tbsp butter Leaves from 6 sprigs of thyme Salt and Pepper Flour Sauce 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 1/2 cup Sour Cream 1 tbsp Lemon juice Few grinds of fresh ground pepper Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Using a meat mallet, flatten the chicken breasts…

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Staff Spotlight: Amber Parris

Your role at The Highlands:  Therapist :) I listen, I support, I challenge, I laugh with, and do all things that involve encouraging humans to be the most real version of themselves.   The thing you love most about working at The Highlands: I can’t choose—I know everyone says that but I truly mean that I equally love working with clients as they journey back towards living a full life. It truly is an honor to be in this position. I also could *not* do this without the support and wisdom from the team. The team makes the work with…

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How to Help Someone with Anxiety

All of us feel anxious from time to time—but for some, anxiety is much more than a feeling. Anxiety can be a true disorder, a mental health problem with debilitating effects. Those who struggle with clinical anxiety may sometimes feel isolated from those around them, as if their anxiety leaves them utterly alone. Of course, this is not true, yet it’s a feeling that can be profound and despairing. As the loved one of someone with anxiety, then, one of the best things you can do is reach out to show them that they are not alone—that they have your…

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