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Westwind 2016 Blog Entries

Navigating Food and Social Events this Christmas Holiday Season
Navigating Food and Social Events this Christmas Holiday Season Posted December 19, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
The holidays are a wonderful time to connect with friends and family, enjoy a variety of delicious foods, and have fun at parties. If you are in recovery, or are struggling with an eating disorder, these experiences can bring an equal amount of joy and distress. Here are some tips for navigating the different situations that can come up when you are celebrating Christmas time.

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Broken Armor
Broken Armor Posted November 28, 2016 by Kristin, a former Westwind Client
This week, we turn the blog over to Kristin, a former Westwind Client, who talks about her recovery.

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Diets Don't Work… Let's Try a Different Approach
Diets Don't Work… Let's Try a Different Approach Posted November 17, 2016 by Michelle Reichert, RD
Health At Every Size® or HAES™ is a movement that is spreading quickly across the nation. However surprisingly for some, it is a catchphrase that carries little meaning. So, what is HAES™?
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Meet The Westwind Staff - Lauren Paquette
Meet The Westwind Staff - Lauren Paquette Posted October 18, 2016 by Lauren Paquette R.D.
In this edition of "Meet The Westwind Staff", we are asking five questions of one of Westwind's Registered Dietitians, Lauren Paquette.
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Gratitude
Gratitude Posted October 5, 2016 by Tresa Clemmensen M.SC. CCC
Cultivating gratitude is a very valuable practice that can increase our sense of well-being. It has been linked to increased joy and increased feelings of connectedness.
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At the Heart of it All: The 5th EDAC-ATAC Biennial Conference
5th EDAC-ATAC Biennial Conference Posted September 26, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
Westwind is really excited to be participating in the 5th EDAC-ATAC Biennial Conference: At the Heart of it All, to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 29th and 30th, 2016. This conference will provide an opportunity to learn of cutting edge research in Child and Adolescent and Adult Eating Disorders, as well as to network with colleagues from across the nation.
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5 Keys to Improving Self-esteem
5 Keys to Improving Self-esteem Posted September 12, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
Positive self-esteem is a hard thing to come by these days. Many people live with a constant feeling of low self-worth and dissatisfaction towards themselves and their life. Here are some keys that could help you unlock the door to better self-esteem.
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Approaching a loved one about disordered eating
Approaching a loved one about disordered eating Posted August 29, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
Watching someone you love struggle can be incredibly difficult. Not knowing what to say or how to broach the subject, worrying that you’ll say something wrong and make it worse – we have all been there.
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Meet The Westwind Staff - Jennifer Lagimodiere
Meet The Westwind Staff - Jennifer Lagimodiere Posted August 15, 2016 by Jennifer Lagimodiere, Senior Support Staff
In this edition of "Meet The Westwind Staff", we are asking five questions of Westwind's Senior Support Staff, Jennifer Lagimodiere.
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The 4 Types of Hunger
The 4 Types of Hunger Posted August 4, 2016 by Michelle Reichert R.D.
Summer has arrived!!! And along with it all the wonderful perks of family & friend gatherings including BBQ's, potlucks, Bonfire treats and sinking our teeth into some of Mother Nature's finest in season fruits and vegetables.
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Summer - Swim Suit Season & Body Acceptance
Summer - Swim Suit Season and Body Acceptance Posted July 11, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
The signs of summer are here. Birds chirping, grass turning from brown to a lush green, temperatures slowly creeping up. And of course, the appearance of ads and "tips" geared to getting ready for swim-suit season.
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Meet The Westwind Staff - Katrina Wilson
Meet The Westwind Staff - Katrina Wilson Posted June 27, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
In our next edition of "Meet The Westwind Staff", we are asking five questions of one of Westwind's Counsellors, Katrina Wilson.
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Meet The Westwind Staff - Tresa Clemmensen
Meet The Westwind Staff - Tresa Clemmensen Posted June 13, 2016 by Tresa Clemmensen M.SC. CCC
In our second edition of "Meet The Westwind Staff", we are asking five questions of one of Westwind's Directors, Tresa Clemmensen.
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Meet The Westwind Staff - Valarie Bittner
Meet The Westwind Staff - Valarie Bittner Posted June 7, 2016 by Valarie Bittner M.A. CPC
In this edition of "Meet The Westwind Staff", we are asking five questions of one of Westwind's Directors, Valarie Bittner.
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World Eating Disorders Action Day
World Eating Disorders Action Day Posted May 31, 2016 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
Since the 1970s, information about eating disorders and their treatment has become more available to clinicians, family members, people who are struggling, and the general population. Despite this, very few people have access to accurate, real-life information about eating disorders. That's why on June 2, 2016, numerous organizations from around the world are banding together to raise awareness about this mental illness that affects so many people. This is World Eating Disorders Action Day.
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Intuitive Eating, No Better Time Than Today
food and guilt do not belong together Posted May 10, 2016 by Lauren Paquette RD
Our culture is obsessed with dieting! We see and hear messages everywhere telling us what and how to eat. In this weeks post we want to help give you some information about how you can let go of dieting, and start eating intuitively. Intuitive eating is basically listening to your body and eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full.
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Welcome!
Valarie and Tresa welcome you to our new blog Posted April 26, 2016 by Valarie Bittner M.A. CPC
Welcome to our opening blog entry! We hope to inspire you, our readers, on your journeys towards healthy eating, body acceptance, self esteem and overall emotional wellness. We're also excited to use these entries to increase awareness about eating disorders and related struggles, and be a tool on the road to recovery.
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