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Category Archives: Nutrition

Why do I need an ED-informed dietitian?

Looking for an outpatient registered dietitian (RD) can be difficult for any client with an eating disorder (ED). The search requires follow-through and commitment to recovery that may be difficult to tap into at times. Engaging the help of another treatment team member to find a suitable dietitian will make the task easier. The search can be complicated by two factors: 1) limited dietitian choices in the area in which you live and 2) financial resources that are available. Many dietitians do not have the option of taking insurance due to limited availability to do so. Finding one that understands…

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Why I Choose to Be Mindful

Have you ever been watching TV or in a high stress meeting and all of the sudden your hand reaches the bottom of the bag of chips and all you can remember is eating the first bite? So many times, we become disconnected from our food intake and our nourishment experience because of distractions and the fast paced world existing around us. Discovering a way to connect to these Mindless moments, involves choosing to be Mindful. I like to think of Mindful eating as “Filling My Mind” with the food I’m about to eat, the experience I’m about to have,…

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Simple Steps for Meal Planning

Planning a balanced meal can feel like a daunting task. At Castlewood, we strive to balance nourishment and pleasure to create delicious and nutritious meals for our clients and staff. Each meal is planned using these three checkpoints: Checkpoint #1: Does each meal contain three to four fuel groups including energy, protein, and a foundation fat? Fuel groups that provide carbohydrate energy include: Grains/starches Fruits Vegetables Fuel groups that provide protein include: Animal Plant protein Dairy protein Hint: meals can have more than one type of food within the same fuel group. Example: Turkey sandwich with avocado, pretzels and fruit…

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Diet Chatter

Living in this world and trying not to be defined by what you eat or the size of your body is really hard. The diet talk is everywhere we look. Whether you’re scrolling through Instagram, glancing at magazine covers while standing at the grocery store check-out, talking to co-workers in the break room, or watching the commercials during your favorite show, you’re bound to run into disordered messages. And then when we throw an eating disorder into the mix, things get really messy. The ED turns the volume way up on the disordered thoughts and completely tunes you out from…

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Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

During a rotation of my dietetic internship, a preceptor asked me, “What is your nutritional philosophy? Before you start to practice, you should know where you are coming from.” Her words have stayed with me as I have pursued my career path into Eating Disorder treatment. I believe in helping a client navigate his or her individual path to embrace the idea that all foods fit and to seek balance, nourishment, and eventually joy from the foods they eat. What about Castlewood’s Nutritional Philosophy? So often with my clients, I see a struggle to find balance among the rigidity and…

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National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Its focus is to put attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. The nutritional experts at Castlewood are excited to share their thoughts, news and updates during National Nutrition Month. What is a diet? Google defines the…

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Much More than Food: Chef Mary’s Holiday Favorite

Chef Mary Russo at Castlewood’s Monarch Cove location was recently promoted to National Director, Culinary Services. She uses her expertise in crafting delicious and nutritionally balanced meals to help our clients restore healthy relationships with food. The holidays are finally here! For me, as for many people, holiday traditions and memories are tightly intertwined with special meals and exceptional foods. In fact, my love for cooking developed over years of preparing meals for holidays, parties and other family gatherings. It’s not only the food, but also the movement of hearts and minds at dinner tables that makes cooking such a…

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Castlewood Cooking Experiences:  Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure with Chef Mary

Introducing Chef Mary at Castlewood Treatment Center at Monarch Cove   What do you love most about working at Monarch Cove? Being able to utilize the creativity and artistry of cooking to develop my craft on an ongoing basis is something that I’m grateful for every day. What I love most about working at Monarch Cove is that I’m able to use that daily inspiration to nourish our clients and be instrumental in developing or restoring their relationship with food. What made you decide to become a Chef? I’ve always been someone who wanted to cook. I spent many years…

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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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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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