Our New 3-Day Healthy Weight & Health Program: Food as Medicine

By Marsha Hudnall on 12/07/2009
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Food as MedicineWe’re so excited to announce Food as Medicine, our new healthy weight and health program at Green Mountain.  We’re introducing it as part of a 3-day workshop January 6-9, 2010, which may make it easier both financially and time-wise for many women.

It’s the outcome of looking closely at why some women, no matter how hard they try, continue to struggle with successfully adopting a healthy lifestyle, which leads them to healthy weights.  Sure, we know sometimes it’s emotional, but we are convinced that’s not the reason for many women.  Plus, there’s evidence that what we eat and how we take care of ourselves and our resulting physical status may drive emotional eating in some people.  It’s a matter of the chicken and the egg for some of us — which came first?

Our new program is designed to help women discover the physical root of their struggles.  It calls on the emerging discipline of functional medicine, which has healthy eating at its core.  It also recognizes the critical importance of living well overall, something that for years we’ve been helping women begin to appreciate and practice.

Food as Medicine can help women who:

  • Find it harder and harder to lose or manage weight, even when they try to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Struggle with food cravings that regularly derail healthy eating efforts.
  • Are so tired, they can’t seem to stay physically active, or for that matter, do other things they want to do.
  • Repeatedly overeat or binge in response to stress
  • Have gastrointestinal problems such as feeling bloated, gassy, constipated or suffering with diarrhea.
  • Suffer from unexplained joint pain.
  • Sleep poorly, never seeming to get a good night’s sleep to wake up rested and ready to live fully.
  • Suffer from insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
  • Take multiple prescription medicines to treat medical problems.

I’m going to be heading up the nutrition component of the program.  It will mark my return to teaching at Green Mountain, something I haven’t done for a  while.  It also reflects my passion for this area.  It’s something I believe strongly in and have personally benefited from.  I want to be actively involved in helping women discover and put it into place in their own lives if they are interested.

Mark Logan, MD, friend and founder and medical director of Sanctuary Integrative Medicine here in Vermont, will also be a part of the program, helping participants understand how a functional medicine approach can help manage or even eliminate health and weight problems.

If you’re interested in joining us, check out our Food as Medicine program.  It’s a great time to be in Vermont, too.  With the possibility of snow, that means snowshoeing (my personal fav)!

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