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What is Balanced Nutrition in Eating Disorder Recovery?

At Castlewood Treatment Centers, we work with clients to develop a balanced approach to nutrition—but what exactly does that mean? Most basically, it means we want to help our clients gain a normalized approach to eating. We want them to be able to eat without any food-related anxiety, stress, judgment or shame. That obviously encompasses the food on the plate, but it is not just about the food on the plate. It is also about eating rituals, habits and socialization. Let’s talk about food, first. What we tell clients at Castlewood is that “all foods fit.” In other words, we…

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Don’t Skip Sleep

When you struggle with restlessness or insomnia, the very thought of laying in bed, tossing and turning and trying to fall to sleep, can be maddening. It’s enough to make you want to get up, turn on the coffee, and just move on with your life—but that would be very dangerous indeed. Your body needs sleep. Forgoing it can have a disastrous impact on your health—and for that matter, on your eating disorder recovery. Sleep provides the body and mind with needed opportunities to heal and to recharge. The consequences of missing sleep can include irritability, lethargy, poor concentration, a…

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How Do Eating Disorders Affect Athletes?

There is no group of people exempt from the risk of eating disorders—and that includes athletes. At first, this may seem a bit surprising. After all, participation in an organized sport can offer many benefits—benefits like positive self-esteem, body image, and a general sense of empowerment—that can combat eating disorders. But there’s another side of the coin, and for some individuals, athletics can contribute significant levels of physical and psychological stress, which can, in turn, either exacerbate eating disorder tendencies or aide in the develop of an eating disorder. In fact, there are many eating disorder risk factors for athletes.…

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Eating Disorder Relapse

Going through the eating disorder recovery process does not mean that you are “fixed” or “cured.” Recovery is a lifelong process, one that will entail both good days and bad. As such, eating disorder relapse can happen, and it is important to be aware of its implications. First, why do relapses happen? To understand this, remember that eating disorders are not primarily about food. They are generally rooted in genetic and biological factors, but external stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger or exacerbate them. Transitioning from eating disorder treatment program back into your “normal” life—and all the struggles associated with…

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Overcoming Shame in Eating Disorder Recovery

It is difficult to talk about eating disorders without talking about shame. For the person with an eating disorder, shame can be a vicious cycle—both causing the disorder but also stemming from it, the nature of the disease resulting in feelings of guilt and self-hatred. Recovery from an eating disorder requires you to overcome shame—but doing so is anything but easy. A big part of overcoming shame is learning to trust other people. This doesn’t mean broadcasting all your innermost problems and fears to the world, but it does mean opening up and being honest with a few key people.…

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Friendly and Helpful

I felt the team was friendly and helpful. I could relate and connect to the clients too. I enjoyed cooking with the chefs Joseph and Nick in the kitchen and they were really friendly. The direct care staff was always willing to check in with me and make me feel welcome. I enjoyed talking to everyone here. It felt good to push myself to get better in this environment. ~ A Castlewood II Alumnus, 2/26/16

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Setting Up for Success: Navigating Eating Disorder Recovery in the Workplace

Recovery from an eating disorder takes time, patience and commitment; in many ways, it is a lifelong journey. Eventually, though, you will have to return to your normal life—including your job. The transition back into the workforce can be a little daunting, but it does not have to be. The trick is to be strategic in creating an environment where your recovery comes first—where you can remain committed to finishing the journey you have started. What can you do to position yourself for success in the workplace—not just career success, but health success? Consider these tips: Time it right. Some…

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3 Minutes Can Save a Life. Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.

Though eating disorders are common, they are also hidden behind stigma and misinformation. That’s what makes National Eating Disorder Awareness Week so significant, so vitally important. Occurring this year on the last week of February, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week serves as a critical season of insight, education and awareness raising. You can learn more about the week, and the role you can play in it, by visiting nedawareness.org. But we want to highlight something in particular about this year’s week—namely, its theme. The tagline for 2016’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is this: 3 Minutes Can Save a Life.…

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Most Difficult Decision

Coming to Castlewood was without a doubt one of the most difficult decisions of my life. But reflecting on it now, despite it being the hardest thing I have ever done, I have never been more grateful for the support of the staff and entire treatment team. Without their dedication, knowledge, and 24/7 help, there is no way I would ever feel confident in discharging. I can never thank them enough for what they have done in literally saving my life. ~ A Castlewood IOP Alumnus, 2/18/16

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Eating Disorders in the Workplace

A common misconception about eating disorders is that they are primarily or entirely about food. In truth, eating disorders aren’t really about food, nor are they necessarily about body image. Actually, eating disorders are mental health issues that typically manifest due to stress and anxiety. As such, it is not at all uncommon for eating disorders to be triggered by particularly stressful, volatile environments—including many places of work. Yes, it is more than possible that someone in your office could be struggling with an eating disorder. Remember that eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders; they can impact men and women,…

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