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!

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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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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One Choice. One Life.

Written by Sarah Kate Hutchison, Castlewood Alumnus                Do I want to live a life worth living, or do I want to live a life with my eating disorder — one that won’t last very long? This was a question I faced a little over a year ago… a question that I didn’t know the answer to at the time. I had struggled with my eating disorder for many years and had gone to treatment various times, and yet I kept relapsing with little hope and a diminishing desire to get better. I doubted that recovery was possible for me…

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Binge Eating vs. Stress Eating

Many of us know what it is like to eat because we are feeling stressed out; in fact, for a lot of people, stress eating is a fairly common occurrence. Stress eating is not the same thing as binge eating, and it’s certainly not the same thing as having binge eating disorder (BED). It’s important to understand the distinction here, and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of true binge eating disorder. Stress Eating Stress eating is also known as emotional eating, and indeed it can have a big impact on the way we feel. Stress eating can…

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Staff Spotlight: Amy Claire Grisham

Your role at The Highlands: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: Having the privilege working alongside clients who courageously step into their process of learning truth about food, their body, and finding balance where there has been chaos. And being a part of an incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: To see grace cover the brokenness of humanity. To witness redemption and restoration.   Your favorite quote: “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite…

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Bullying and Binge Eating

Last month, we unveiled a new social media campaign that we’re all excited about: The #1LifeAtATime campaign. The role of this campaign is to build awareness and foster a more open and honest dialogue about the ravages of eating disorders, the efficacy of treatment, and the hope of recovery. The basic premise is simple: We believe that empowering even one person with knowledge about eating disorder recovery can make a big difference, and create a ripple effect that touches countless other lives. This month, the #1LifeAtATime campaign has a particular focus: Bullying. Bullying and eating disorders are often talked about…

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Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders

Prejudice is an all-too-real, all-too-tragic hallmark of our culture. There are many individuals who experience prejudice and discrimination on the basis of their skin color, their gender, their sexual orientation, or their expressions of religious belief. There are also those whose experiences with prejudice hinge on their weight, and their failure to conform to culturally prescribed body ideals. This is what’s called weight stigma. It’s a very real and very dangerous part of our culture, and in fact, it can sometimes lead to the development of an eating disorder. That’s why the clinical staff at The Highlands is passionate about…

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For Eating Disorder Awareness, Change Happens #1LifeAtATime

As children, we are taught that a single person can make a big difference. That’s a good lesson, but it’s one that often proves hard to retain as we hit adulthood. In this big, scary world, it can be hard to really believe in the power of one—especially in the face of something as difficult as an eating disorder. Yet, even with regard to eating disorders and other mental health crises, a single life can make all the difference in the world. In fact, it is our belief at Castlewood at The Highlands that if we can educate a single…

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Staff Spotlight: Kenton Bartlett

Your role at The Highlands: I get to hang out with our awesome clients all day, ask weird questions to get conversations going, and do random stuff like pet horses, make art, and get dunked in a dunk tank. AKA Direct Care Staff and Therapy Intern   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: It’s refreshing to be around authentic and emotionally intelligent folks (staff & clients) who have a high threshold for truth and are able to generously understand people. It’s a great group, and it’s really nice that they’re all under one roof.   What…

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