The Highlands Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Nutrition Therapy

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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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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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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When is it safe to exercise once you are close to your maintenance weight?

Great question, but not an easy answer. Bottom line: only your treatment team can answer that question for you specifically, based on your personal history, the eating disorder behaviors that you used most frequently, your weight patterns before, during and after eating disorder behaviors, and your recovery journey itself. But let’s talk about why… Physical activity has many positive benefits for both physical and mental well-being, all supported by research; however, the negative consequences that occur when physical activity becomes dysfunctional are also many, and supported by research. (Calogero, R and Pedrotty-Stump, K (2010). Incorporating exercise into eating disorder treatment…

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How can I stay focused on recovery when all I hear is, “What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

No matter how grounded you may feel in your recovery journey, the holiday season can add stress and anxiety surrounding family dynamics and the abundance of foods. Now is the time to make a recovery plan for the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving.  This is an important time to remind yourself of how far you have come in your journey. No positive change you have made in either thought patterns or food-related behaviors is too small.  Every tiny step you have made towards full recovery is significant, and each one builds on the next to create a solid foundation of recovery…

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Why Normalized Eating is Important for Eating Disorder Recovery

Something we often say, with regard to Castlewood’s nutritional philosophy, is that we strive to restore our clients to a place of normalized eating. That is a phrase that warrants some explanation: What is normalized eating, and why does it matter? In our view, normalized eating is characterized by two things—nourishment and pleasure. We want to help those in eating disorder recovery strike a balance between the two. As for the former, we want to help individuals ensure a diet that provides them with all the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle; specific caloric recommendations may vary from one client…

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Staff Spotlight: Amy Claire Grisham

Your role at The Highlands: Dietitian Nutritionist; to provide education, support, and nurturing guidance as clients let go of their eating disorder behaviors and distorted thoughts regarding food and weight. AKA: lover of balance and moderation when it comes to all things nutrition and physical activity. The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: Having the honor to walk along each client’s journey as they build a non-judgmental, healthful, and sustainable relationship with food, their body, and physical activity. Also, working daily with a passionate team that embodies compassion and excellence in our work. What brings you joy…

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The Importance of Self-Care during College

College is a compelling opportunity to discover interests and passions, but it can also take a toll on your health and well-being. Some students suffer from the unsaid assumption that if you’re not overwhelmingly busy, you’re not on top of your responsibilities. In addition to the excitement and possibilities found during college, developing healthy living and self-care habits are equally as important to managing life. Self-care will be different for everyone, and it’s important to find methods that work best for you. This being said, there are a few general ways healthy self-care applies to everyone, the first of which…

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Diabetes Alert Day 2014: Know Your Risk & the Eating Disorder Connection

Diabetes Alert Day: Know Your Risk & the Eating Disorder Connection

Let’s be direct. Don’t wait. Support the Diabetes Alert Day on March 25th by making one quick click and taking the American Diabetes Association Risk Test. Many people aren’t aware of the symptoms and signs of pre-diabetes and diabetes. For those with eating disorders, the risks rise. Research suggests that eating disorders are more common among women with diabetes than women without diabetes, and this is of great concern to eating disorder professionals. Because diabetes requires attention to food intake, weight and body state, some diabetics develop a pattern in which they use their disease to camouflage or justify an…

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