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!

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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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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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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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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If Not Now… When? by Paul Beuttenmuller Castlewood Alumnus

“Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable” – Tom Robbins For the longest time, I thought I was comfortable with where I was in life. I gave off the impression that I was happy and satisfied. But after some time, I came to realize that I was really just settling because I did not believe (and I was too afraid) that life could get any better. I was too set in my beliefs and my comfort zone to really open up and admit that…

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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 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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Staff Spotlight: Katherine Jordan

Your role at The Highlands: Dietitian. I come alongside clients to help them on their journey with food while they learn how to honor their body with balanced food choices, and how to honor their mind with freedom to enjoy all foods without self-judgment or shame. The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: I have two things that come to mind as to what I love most about The Highlands. First, seeing the hope clients experience in their recovery process when they meet their nutrition goals, no matter how big or small. It is such a joy…

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