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Summer Selfies, Social Media & You
Summer Selfies, Social Media & You Posted July 3, 2017 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
Social media can be an amazing tool for connection, learning, and sharing – it allows us to have access to information, people, and images that we may otherwise never get to experience. But while platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can enrich our lives in many ways, they are also rife with negative messages and unhelpful photos. For someone struggling with an eating disorder and negative body image, this can be particularly difficult.

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Assertive Communication
Assertive Communication Posted June 19, 2017 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
The ways in which we communicate with others can be an important part of our personality, our self-image, and our relationships. While there is nothing inherently wrong with any one communication style, passive /submissive communication can develop into people-pleasing, which can drive unhelpful behaviors for someone struggling with an eating disorder.

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Letting go of Perfectionism
Letting go of Perfectionism Posted May 23, 2017 by Valarie Bittner M.A. CPC
Perfection is an impossible goal. The pursuit of perfection leaves us feeling fearful, self critical, and disconnected from others and the activities we love.

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International No Diet Day 2017
International No Diet Day 2017 Posted May 5, 2017 by Michelle Reichert R.D.
Saturday May 6th, 2017 is International No Diet Day. It is an annual celebration of body acceptance and and to raise awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success.
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#GetLoud - CMHA Mental Health Week 2017
#GetLoud - CMHA Mental Health Week 2017 Posted May 1, 2017 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
CMHA Mental Health week is May 1-7 and the message is powerful. #GetLoud about mental health – talk about it, ask about it, and demand help with it.
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Physical vs. Emotional Hunger - To eat or not to eat: that is the question
Physical vs. Emotional Hunger - To eat or not to eat: that is the question Posted April 18, 2017 by Michelle Reichert R.D.
Determining when to eat should be a simple decision but for many the question "to eat or not to eat?" is a stressful decision. What was once a simple question of responding to a biological cue of physical hunger has transformed into a misguided, mistrusted, and shameful decision, and more often than not we are choosing to eat for the wrong reasons.
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Values: Work on Being Yourself
Values: Work on Being Yourself Posted March 20, 2017 by Tresa Clemmensen M.SC. CCC
Recovery from an eating disorder includes many different areas and one area that Westwind feels is important to address is that of values. When we speak of values, we are not referring to morals necessarily, but more about what you want your life to be about. What do you want to be meaningful in your life? Ultimately one would aspire to lead a value-driven existence, that is, living according to your values.
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International Women's Day - #BeBoldForChange - Recovery & the Stages of Change
International Women's Day 2017 Posted March 6, 2017 by Jennifer Lagimodiere
March 8th marks the global celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) and brings recognition and praise to all the achievements women have attained in our society’s social, economic, cultural and political areas.

The campaign theme for IWD 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. Along with supporting women and girls on their journeys to be successful in their ambitions, IWD hopes to bring more awareness and action with bold movements towards a greater change for women and gender parity. By reflecting on today’s importance, the trials and tribulations women have encountered and continue to endure women can unite together, empower, encourage and inspire one another in helping shape the future of women in our world.
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Meet The Westwind Staff - Michelle Reichert
Meet Michelle Reichert Posted February 27, 2017 by Michelle Reichert R.D.
In this edition of "Meet The Westwind Staff", we are asking five questions of one of Westwind's Registered Dietitians, Michelle Reichert.


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This year, be your own Valentine
This year, be your own Valentine Posted February 13, 2017 by Katrina Wilson M.A. RPC
Valentine’s Day. The day when you express appreciation for the relationships in your life. But there's one relationship that usually gets left out and ignored – the relationship you have with your self.
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Three Misconceptions about Eating Disorders - EDAW 2017
Three Misconceptions about Eating Disorders - EDAW 2017 Posted February 1, 2017 by Valarie Bittner M.A. CPC
February 1-7 is Eating Disorder Awareness Week across Canada. We want to address three common misconceptions about eating disorders that perpetuate stigma, and can hinder support for people in recovery and their loved ones.
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Bell Let's Talk Day
Bell Let's Talk Day Posted January 23, 2017 by Tresa Clemmensen M.SC. CCC
On January 25 it is the official Bell Let’s Talk day! Bell is committed to moving mental health forward in Canada by promoting awareness. On January 25th, Bell will donate 5 cents every time you talk, text and join in on social media to mental health initiatives, so please join in.

Find out why we feel it is important to help support ending the stigma around mental illness in this blog post.
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3 Tips for Reframing your New Year's Resolutions
3 Tips for Reframing your New Year's Resolutions Posted January 10, 2017 by Valarie Bittner M.A. CPC
As the new year starts, we're all aware of the bombardment in advertising and social media, promising a "new you" with the right new year's resolution. If you're like many people, you've experienced the let down that comes a few weeks after these resolutions are made, that leaves a feeling of failure and disappointment when the results you wanted didn't happen. This can leave us feeling incapable and unmotivated.

Today we talk tips for setting goals that reflect your passions, priorities and values in life, without setting yourself up for self-sabotage!
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