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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.

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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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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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Tuesdays With Tammy: Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure

At Castlewood, we believe that balancing nourishment and pleasure respects both health and taste. Respecting your health embraces fueling the body with a variety of food that provides carbohydrate energy, protein building blocks, and foundation fats. Respecting your taste embraces enjoyment of food as equally valuable and important. Perfection is not necessary or required to respect your health and nourish your body because our bodies have an amazing capability of balancing. Example: If we do not put enough water from the outside in, our body will balance by holding more fluids from the inside out.  Another example: If we eat…

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Cyberbullying and Eating Disorders

Anyone who has ever been bullied knows that it can be a traumatizing experience; indeed, it can have a ruinous impact on confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, bullying comes in many different forms, including cyberbullying—and each form of bullying can be linked to eating disorders. What is cyberbullying? It’s a pretty broad term, describing any kind of bullying that takes place via electronic media. Social media sites, email, and text messages can all be vehicles for cyberbullying. As with any other form of traumatic, victimizing behavior, cyberbullying can ultimately lead to the development of mental health issues, among them eating disorders.…

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What’s Your Holiday Stress Strategy?

When you’re in recovery, you’ve got to be vigilant—ready to protect yourself against any external factors that might prove triggering, even if that simply means avoiding those factors altogether. Something that can often be triggering to those in eating disorder recovery is stress. Unfortunately, the holiday season tends to bring much stress along with it. Though it may be impossible to cancel the holidays, there are ways to develop a stress management plan, and to prepare yourself to stay strong in your recovery all season long. We’ll share some of our favorite stress management tips below. How to Beat Stress…

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Trauma Resolution and Eating Disorder Recovery

For eating disorder treatment to be effective, it has to address not only the external signs and symptoms, but also the disorder’s underlying causes. In some cases, that means addressing trauma, or even PTSD. While not all individuals who struggle with eating disorders also struggle with trauma, these conditions are commonly linked. Here at Castlewood at The Highlands, many of our residents receive treatment for both of these conditions in conjunction. Trauma also happens to be the focus of December’s #1LifeAtATime campaign, which is why we are devoting a little bit of space today to explain the intersection between trauma…

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Eating Disorder Recovery: Get Refocused for the Holidays

Some people really look forward to the holiday season; for them, it’s a season of fun and frivolity, of camaraderie and cheer. For others, the holidays season isn’t something to anticipate at all. It’s a time of the year that is characterized by stress, anxiety, and the resurgence of unpleasant memories. All of this can make it difficult to make it through the holidays at all—but imagine how much more difficult it must be to navigate the holiday season while also dealing with an eating disorder. This is a reality that many of our clients, old and new, must contend…

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How Eating Disorders Impact the LGBT Community

Each month, Castlewood at The Highlands uses our #1LifeAtATime campaign to highlight a specific facet of eating disorder recovery—an issue that needs to be showcased, or a community that needs to be better served. For the month of November, we’re focusing on how eating disorders impact members of the LGBT community. This is a major problem, and one where lives hang in the balance—but the good news is that we can all make a difference; we can spread the message of hope and recovery, changing things #1LifeAtATime. That process all starts with education and understanding, so please join us in…

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