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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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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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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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Staff Spotlight: Allison Burnett

Your role at The Highlands: Anything from therapy to social media (go like our pages, thanks) The thing you love most about working for Castlewood at The Highlands: It is a place where your differences and authenticity are celebrated.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: All the animals, Saturdays in the fall, my lobster and our 3 furbabies Your favorite quote: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu 6 Things you could never do without: Chapstick, caffeine, microwaves, laughter, college football, saying Roll Tide Your ultimate…

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