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Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Primary Therapist

The thing you love most about working here: While I haven't worked here that long, I have already learned so much about treating eating disorders including clinical assessment and new interventions. This is really exciting for me! I also love that I get to eat free lunch with my coworkers everyday.

What brings you joy and happiness in your life: My golden retriever, Riggins, spending time in the sun, music, family, and Netflix

Your favorite quote: "Worry about loving yourself instead of loving the idea of other people loving you." - Unknown

6 things you could never do without: Dogs, sun, quesadillas, Billy Joel, Pilates, and soft blankets

Your arena song: "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars

Describe Rachel in three words: empathic, thoughtful, intentional- Amber Parris

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Link: Delicious Watermelon Salad Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 1 ounce balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 8 cups diced watermelon
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup rough chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or more if you like!)
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and diced red onion.
  2. Add the diced watermelon, blueberries, mint and feta cheese to bowl. Gently toss to coat.

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Castlewood at The Highlands has teamed up with King's Stables to provide equine assisted therapy for our clients.

"At King's Stables, the horses are the teachers. Why horses? A horse's herd is its community, and the way they communicate with each other within their herd is similar to the way people communicate. Horses help teach people how to express feelings, handle problems, and open the lines of communication. Riders not only experience the joy a horse can bring, but also work on skills such as balance, strength, independence, and coordination. Working with these beautiful animals is empowering and esteem building ~ plus it's fun!"

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Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist The thing you love most about working here: Working with a positive, pro-active group of people and being able to help our clients establish a healthy relationship with recreation for a better quality of life in recovery What brings you joy and happiness in your life: The outdoors and other people! I love meeting new people and learning what makes each of us unique. Your favorite quote: "Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" - Dr. Seuss 6 things you could never do without:
  1. Faith
  2. My friends/family
  3. my dogs (Loui and Georgia Brown)
  4. My Subaru Outback
  5. Our state and national parks systems
  6. My firsthand experiences with people of different abilities in the great outdoors
Arena Song: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC Meredith Gammon described Alex as: a leader who is compassionate and driven

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Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff The thing you love most about working here: My coworkers, and being able to help others on their journey to recovery! What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Going to the humane society to play with the animals! Your favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take". - Wayne Gretzky/Michael Scott 6 thins you could never do without: My family, my dog, my bed, pizza, my phone, baby pigs Arena song: "Run the World (Girls)" - Beyonce    

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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has announced its next annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—and it’s happening soon. February 26 through March 4 of this year have been set aside for this important event, and the team here at The Highlands is grateful for a chance to participate. What is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? What’s the purpose of this annual event, though—and why is it something that Castlewood at The Highlands is so passionate about? To answer those questions, we look to the NEDA website, which tells us this: “The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting life-saving resources into the hands of those in need,” it says. “Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and will affect 30 million Americans at some point in their lives, but myths and misinformation still keep people from getting the help they need.” There are two important points to make about this description. The first is that eating disorders impact many people, yet they remain widely misunderstood; despite the fact that some 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, the topic remains highly stigmatized. We don’t feel comfortable talking about eating disorders, and thus, misinformation persists. The second point, though, is that this lack of information has a very real, and very lethal effect. Many who struggle with an eating disorder don’t realize that it’s treatable; that therapy works and that recovery can be achieved. They don’t realize that they’re not alone. It’s Time to Talk About Eating Disorders That’s what makes it such a life-and-death matter for us to raise awareness, break the stigma, and talk honestly about eating disorders and what they entail. It’s also why NEDA has chosen this for its 2017 theme: It’s Time to Talk About It. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re passionate about this perfect topic. “NEDA is opening up the conversation about eating disorders as a growing public health priority that affects all kinds of people, regardless of age, gender identity, ethnicity, sexuality, or background,” the NEDA website explains. “By starting conversations, busting myths, sharing the online screening tool, and framing eating disorders in a more holistic way, we can reach new audiences by sharing resources and diverse stories of recovery.” It’s important to talk about eating disorders because the act of doing so helps us to fight false information, and promote real understanding. It also enables us to convey to those who are struggling that hope is out there, and that seeking therapy can be the first step toward lifelong healing. In other words, we need to talk about eating disorders because doing so can save lives. Getting Involved The question is, what can you do to get involved with this important week? Actually, there are many ways in which you can help promote conversation:
  • Share your story on social media, and don’t forget to use the #NEDAwareness hashtag.
  • Offer to speak about your recovery at a local eating disorder support group.
  • Be willing to talk with your friends and loved ones about eating disorder recovery, not fearing the stigma.
  • Share informative articles and blogs about eating disorder treatment and recovery.
  • If you have a friend with an eating disorder, encourage him or her to seek treatment right away.
We encourage you to get involved today—and become a true champion of eating disorder awareness and recovery. Join us! Share your story on Facebook!

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Ingredients Servings: 8 4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (about 1 1/4 pounds) 2 cups mangoes, chunks 2 cups melon, chunks 1 cup pineapple chunk 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder   Directions
  1. In large bowl, combine strawberries, mango, melon and pineapple. Add orange juice, lime juice, sugar, salt and chili powder to taste; mix well.
  2. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
http://www.food.com/recipe/mexican-fruit-salad-170186

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We’re in the month of Valentine’s Day—a holiday that is, at its core, all about showing love to the special people in our lives, and especially to our spouse, partner, or significant other. Loving anyone comes with its challenges, of course, and eating disorders can especially complicate things. When your loved one has an eating disorder, you may not know quite what to do to show them that you care. Fundamentally, it’s all about listening to them, respecting their needs, and being there for them. Anything you can do to encourage them in their recovery—to let them know that they are fiercely loved and passionately cared for—is going to be helpful. Beyond that, we’ve got a few specific ways in which you can show your affection to a loved one who is in eating disorder recovery. How to Show Love to a Partner with an Eating Disorder Spend time together. Really, there’s nothing you can give that’s more precious than your time and attention. Those who have an eating disorder can feel isolated; they can also feel like they are not loved, or that they are not worthy of love. Being eager to spend time with the person can help alleviate both of these problems. Pick an activity that you both like, and make plans to do it together—whether it’s hiking, going to a concert, or simply spending an evening watching movies on the couch. Listen. All of us need to be heard. All of us need to know that our feelings and experiences are validated by others. One way you can show love to your partner who has an eating disorder is just to listen. Ask the person how they are, what’s on their mind, what’s been going on—and then just listen. You don’t have to try to fix things. You just need to pay attention to them, and to give them as much space as they need to talk things out. Pamper. Everyone loves to be pampered, and this is an especially good way to show affection for someone who might have an eating disorder. Give a foot rub. Give a massage. Or, plan a massage appointment or a spa day together. Show some love through creature comforts. Give gifts. Everybody likes receiving gifts! For Valentine’s Day, don’t hesitate to show your love by treating your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, or partner to something special—something you know they’ve been wanting. Say “I love you.” Don’t just assume that the person knows it. Remember that many who have eating disorders struggle with the notion that they are fundamentally unlovable. You’ve got to actively combat that way of thinking, and letting them know, verbally, that you care about them is deeply important. Encourage them in their recovery. Hopefully, your loved one has sought clinical intervention and continues to attend sessions with a therapist, a dietitian, and, possibly, a support group. If this isn’t happening, though, encourage the person to seek this kind of medical care. You can’t force them into it, but you can stress that you are worried about them, care for them deeply, and want to see them get better. You can also pledge to support them through recovery, in whatever way is necessary. This Valentine’s Day, and throughout the month, you can do a lot to show that you care. These are just some suggestions; you may have more ideas of your own. What’s critical is that those with eating disorders are reminded, in no uncertain terms, that they are cherished. Do something to show your love today! Learn more about eating disorder treatment at The Highlands.

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Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu with Parmesan Panko Crust Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Servings 4 servings Ingredients 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 4 slices thin of ham 4 slices thin of Swiss cheese 2 eggs 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan 1 tbsp butter Leaves from 6 sprigs of thyme Salt and Pepper Flour Sauce 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 1/2 cup Sour Cream 1 tbsp Lemon juice Few grinds of fresh ground pepper Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Using a meat mallet, flatten the chicken breasts till they are 1/4" thick. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper on each side. 3. Place slice of ham on laid out chicken, then top with slice of Swiss cheese. 4. Tightly roll the chicken breast and then secure with a toothpick. Trim off any dangling pieces of chicken if desired. 5. Combine melted butter, thyme, breadcrumbs and Parmesan and mix to combine. Add salt till it tastes sufficiently salted. Beat eggs in separate dish. 6. Working in batches, lightly dust the exterior of the rolled chicken with flour, being careful not to flour the interior rolled portion. 7. Dip chicken into beaten eggs and let excess egg drip off. 8. Roll the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture till it is evenly coated and place on greased baking sheet. 9. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until interior reaches 165 degrees. 10. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes and serve. Sauce 1. Combine all ingredients and heat in microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. 2. Serve along side chicken. Recipe Notes Cooking time will vary depending on the meat's thickness and size of the chicken breast. I recommend covering the chicken in plastic wrap when pounding with the meat mallet. This will prevent splattering.   Pasta Salad 1 box (1 lb) rotini pasta 1 bag of shredded carrots 1 pint container of cherry tomatoes, halved. Green beans cut into bite sized pieces and/or Broccoli cut into little chunks Italian dressing

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Your role at The Highlands:  Therapist :) I listen, I support, I challenge, I laugh with, and do all things that involve encouraging humans to be the most real version of themselves.   The thing you love most about working at The Highlands: I can’t choose---I know everyone says that but I truly mean that I equally love working with clients as they journey back towards living a full life. It truly is an honor to be in this position. I also could *not* do this without the support and wisdom from the team. The team makes the work with clients possible…and they are just fun people   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Lately, my happiness comes from the small things. My mantra this year is to “Find the daily good.” because I have come to believe that it is the small, daily things that create days that string together to create a deeper meaning in life—happiness and JOY.   Your favorite quote: "For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald   6 things you could never do without: People I love, God, food + fellowship, fresh air, REALness   Last song you listened to Ooh La La by Faces   Describe Amber in 3 words:  devoted, empathic, exquisite - Amy Claire Grisham

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