Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center is dedicated to those who are affected by eating disorders, and in providing expert preventative and interventional education to the general public. Our blog covers new treatments and trends, statistics and public initiatives, inspirational successes, therapeutic trends and solid science. Visit often and comment!
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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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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…

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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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Facebook LIVE Discussion: Maintaining Recovery During The Holidays

Hosts: Chelsea Martin, RD & Travis Stewart, LPC Protecting your recovery during the holiday season can be difficult. It is important to brush up on relapse prevention skills and be mindful of complicated situations that can occur around food, body image and exercise. In this discussion, we will identify ways to put your recovery first by planning ahead and being proactive. It will include ways to cope with overwhelming situations and how to manage your meal plan at holiday get togethers. There will be discussion on how to utilize your support system as well as reminders of internal resources. This…

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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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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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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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