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Warning Signs of Over Exercise

Something we often say at Castlewood is that eating disorders are not fundamentally about food; in fact, some of the defining characteristics of eating disorders have little to do with food or with eating. A good example of this is exercise. There are many forms of eating disorder in which over exercise is one of the key symptoms—and a serious symptom, at that. “Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as too much exercise,” notes the Alliance for Eating Disorders. “Compulsive exercise is another way to ‘purge’ calories and it can be as dangerous as Anorexia and Bulimia.…

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How to Cope with Holiday Stress

The holiday season is supposed to be full of good things—but as we all know, it doesn’t always work out that way. Your holiday season may be heavier on stress than on frivolity or good cheer—and if you happen to be in eating disorder recovery, that additional stress can prove truly damaging. Stress can exacerbate any mental health condition, be it an eating disorder, depression, or an anxiety disorder. As such, those who are in recovery often have a particularly hard time during the busy weeks of December. The good news is that there are always steps you can take…

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Handling Food Challenges Over the Holidays

The holiday season can often be full of family, fun, and good cheer. Of course, it can also be full of stress—and above all, it can be full of food. Many holiday traditions and festive gatherings revolve around food and drink. For those who are in eating disorder recovery, navigating these events can be challenging. The good news is that it is more than possible to handle holiday food challenges with your recovery intact—and even to have a sweet and enjoyable holiday season. Today, we’ll offer a few tips that we hope you will find helpful. How to Approach Food…

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Experiencing Life, Love and Recovery

Written by L. M. Castlewood Alumnus  Falling in love makes you vulnerable, it is probably the most vulnerable thing you will ever do in your life to love someone and to allow them to love you in return, the real you, the good and bad and everything that falls in between. Eating disorders are incredibly isolating, I know mine was, I did not think anyone could understand the pain I felt or the sadness I had and I did not think anyone but my eating disorder could help me. That is a convenient story we tell ourselves to keep us…

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Trauma Resolution and Eating Disorder Recovery

All of us have experiences with anxiety and stress, and even with painful situations. For some of us, those painful situations can cause real trauma and lingering pain, sometimes even manifesting in post-traumatic stress disorder. Those who struggle with PTSD, or with any form of ongoing trauma, often seek tools for coping—in some cases turning to substance use and addiction, but in other cases developing eating disorders. It is no coincidence that many of the people who seek eating disorder treatment are also diagnosed with trauma. That’s something we want to draw attention to during the month of December, as…

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Practice Gratitude Daily

It sounds almost platitudinous to say that we should all be more grateful, yet the daily practice of gratitude is more than an empty cliché. Being thankful, as an active state of mind, can have far-flung effects on our mental health, all of them positive. When we make ourselves grateful, it helps us to mitigate anxiety, stress, and internalized negativity; it allows us to be more open to the good things in this world. For those in recovery, it can be an invaluable tool. Practicing gratitude can also be surprisingly easy. Essentially, it boils down to making a mental record…

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Athletes Under Pressure: An Everyday Struggle

By any standard, Gracie Gold is an accomplished skater and an admirable athlete—yet her 2016 hasn’t been quite as smooth as she may have hoped. Gold recently came in fifth place at this year’s Skate America competition, certainly nothing to sneeze at but also not quite the victory she might have imagined. What’s more troubling, though, is her ongoing struggle with body image, weight perceptions, and the pressure imposed by athletic competition. Under Pressure To her credit, Gold has opened up about these issues and really done a lot to fight back against the stigma that so often accompanies discussion…

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Holiday Refocus Program at Castlewood

Even for those in eating disorder recovery, there are seasons of upheaval—ups and downs on your recovery journey. For many, the holidays can bring more downs than ups. There are a number of reasons for this, and they all boil down to one thing: The holiday season can be stressful. It can be stressful for anyone, and when you are already focusing so much of your mental and physical strength on recovery it makes everything more challenging. The good news is that there are ways to fortify your commitment to recovery, and to get the support you need during a…

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Eating Disorders and the LGBT Community

For the month of June, Castlewood is focusing our #ColorfulRecovery Campaign on the issue of eating disorders within the LGBT community. The entire purpose of this campaign is to educate, inform, make aware, and ultimately make a difference—changing minds, one life at a time, and trusting that this will have a ripple effect throughout our world. There is much reason for us to raise awareness for eating disorders among LGBT individuals, as the problem is both rampant and all too often misunderstood. Understanding Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community The common misconception about eating disorders is that they only impact young,…

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Planning for Post-Recovery

Recovery isn’t something you “attain.” It’s an ongoing process, something you work toward every single day. As such, it’s not just something you engage in while in treatment, but also after treatment, once you return to your “normal” life. This is sometimes called the post-recovery phase, and in many ways can be one of the most difficult parts of the recovery journey. Maintaining healthy habits while also dealing with the stresses of everyday life can put a strain on you, which is why it is important to have a post-recovery plan in place. That’s a big part of what the…

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