Green Mountain at Fox Run » Blog http://www.fitwoman.com Women's Weight Loss Spa Retreat for Healthy Living Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:38:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Glycemic Index Diet In Weight Loss News http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/19/glycemic-index-diet-weight-loss/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/19/glycemic-index-diet-weight-loss/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:30:06 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=29675 A Brief Tweet on Recent Glycemic Index (GI) Research In hopes to not defeat my purpose, I’m keeping this brief. Fact. The average web reader reads at most 28% of the words in an online article. And since 28% is the high end of the curve, 20% is really more like it. That’s why I get a little worried about […] Read more »

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A Brief Tweet on Recent Glycemic Index (GI) Research

In hopes to not defeat my purpose, I’m keeping this brief.

Fact. The average web reader reads at most 28% of the words in an online article. And since 28% is the high end of the curve, 20% is really more like it. That’s why I get a little worried about headlines like this one –

No Advantage for Low Glycemic Index Diet

You can find the very brief article published on forbes.com here. It very briefly explains the recent work done by Sacks and colleagues published in this month’s JAMA.

JAMA - The Journal of the American Medial Association
But here’s the thing. That’s not really what they learned at all.

The title almost makes glycemic index (GI) sound like a bad idea but if you go to the study itself and read the authors conclusions and relevance you get actual point.

Here’s what they concluded in my own words:

When u eat foods that are health supportive u don’t need to focus on quantitative info like the specific GI of each food you consume.


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The Binge Eating Diaries: Emotional and Binge Eating Intensive Workshop 2014 http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/18/emotional-and-binge-eating-intensive-workshop/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/18/emotional-and-binge-eating-intensive-workshop/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:23 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=29594 It’s about 1:00 pm when I pull into Green Mountain. It’s the third time in four years that I’ve made my way up Fox Lane, heading toward the place that would, did, and still is changing my life. The sky is clear and the ground is coated in a thin layer of vanilla snow. It looks magical from the outside, […] Read more »

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It’s about 1:00 pm when I pull into Green Mountain.

It’s the third time in four years that I’ve made my way up Fox Lane, heading toward the place that would, did, and still is changing my life.

The sky is clear and the ground is coated in a thin layer of vanilla snow. It looks magical from the outside, and as soon as I open the doors – I feel at ease.

I’m home again.

Emotional And Binge Eating Workshop Experience

Connection, Inspiration, and Understanding

hunger eating emotional overeating binge eating quoteTwo weeks ago, I attended Green Mountain’s first ever Emotional and Binge Eating Intensive Workshop with nearly 20 other women – all incredible, strong, and beautiful in their own unique ways.

And I’m not just saying this because it’s what I’m “supposed to say.” I fell in love with their energy, their humor, their compassion… and most of all – their strength.

Now, there were a lot of differences among us –

  • How old we were
  • Where we came from
  • How our stories started
  • What moments or events lead us up Fox Lane on that particular December day

But we all had one thing in common – emotional eating, emotional overeating, or binge eating is a part of our lives in one way or another.

Whether it was someone’s first time or she was a seasoned alum looking for a safe place to recharge, we were there together – no judgment, no pressure, no expectations.

Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, we talked and listened, laughed and cried. We found an effortless connection with people who had been strangers – just minutes, hours, or days before.

But at Green Mountain, time doesn’t have the same meaning. It can take just one caring look, one honest word, or one welcomed embrace to create an unbreakable bond.

On top of that hill, you can find yourself surrounded by a type of understanding you never thought possible. At least that has been my experience, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Someone Else Gets Me!

How often do you struggle with Emotional or Binge Eating?
All day, every day
At least once a day
Occasionally during the week
A couple times a month
Periodically throughout the year
Hardly ever

Poll Maker

Throughout the weekend, women responded to each other’s anxieties, fears, and hopes. As validation flooded the room you could hear waves of excitement, joy, and relief wash over a dozen and a half brave bodies.


I thought I was the only one.
Me too!
You do that, too??
I’m so relieved it’s not just me.
You have no idea how much better it makes me feel just knowing someone else does that!

For the first time, many women finally got to say the things they don’t always feel comfortable saying out loud – even to their closest family members or friends back home.

While these people in our daily lives get us… they can’t always understand what we’re going through when it comes to our complicated relationships with food and the process of eating, overeating, or bingeing.

Our loved ones can sympathize, yes. And many do the best they can to help us feel heard and accepted. I have a handful of wonderful people who will give me an ear or a shoulder any time, any place, any day.

But empathy is an entirely different story. By no fault of their own, our parents, coworkers, best friends, or partners aren’t always able to swaddle us in the kind of support and understanding we sometimes need.

The Freedom Of Reconnecting With Myself Again

That’s why Green Mountain can feel so good for the soul – we can fully immerse ourselves in unadulterated healing. We can reflect without extrinsic interruption, we can breathe at our own pace, and we can learn how to take care of ourselves starting from the very core.

Every time I leave Green Mountain, I feel a sense of freedom. I head back to “real life” with a polished enthusiasm for my life.

And I’m reminded once again – that I matter… to myself.

Just The Right Amount of “Intense”

When I say that weekend was intensive – I mean it. We took part in 14 classes… in less than 2 ½ days! We learned (or refreshed our memories) on such topics as:

  • Managing Your Life Without Turning to Food (it’s possible. It’s not easy but it’s possible.)
  • Healing Your Relationship With Your Body (my most difficult task to date…)
  • Self-Compassion (…what’s THAT? Sadly, I admit that I had nearly forgotten…)
  • Change (and how friggin’ hard it can be)

It was a lot to discuss in such a short time and yet it wasn’t too much. Many topics, concepts, and strategies were written down and given to us in a binder so that we could take home a physical copy of all of the new knowledge we’d discovered.

The experience, education, and wisdom that the Green Mountain experts brought to each class were inspiring. I didn’t feel like I was being fed any (pardon my language) bullsh*t. When we had questions – they had answers. When we needed to cry it out – they passed the tissues. When we started a chain of laughter – they joined in. They were there with us and for us.

Finally, after years of dieting, emotionally overeating, or binging – we were handed tools that didn’t involve restricting, living by the scale, counting calories, or berating ourselves for our coping skills. If I had to boil it down into one sentence – that weekend was about learning how to eat to live, instead of living to eat.

A Part of Something Revolutionary

I’ve believed in this program since my first visit in 2011, but this weekend I was able to step outside of my own head here and there to witness the experiences of others. I felt like was a part of something important, something revolutionary. And I can’t help but think that the sea of faces and the chorus of voices that surrounded me – felt similarly.

If I met you that weekend and you happen to be reading this post – thank you being part of an experience my inner child will never forget and that my healing soul with always remember. You have impacted my life. You have changed me.

Until Next Time,

Jace


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I Feel Good! Taking a Different Approach to Weight Loss http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/17/different-approach-to-weight-loss/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/17/different-approach-to-weight-loss/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=29571 I feel good.  Go figure. I mean, really, I didn’t expect to feel so good.  When I enrolled in Green Mountain’s program, I expected to find a new diet, a new miracle cure or some secret equation to help me lose weight.  There, I admit it! A Different Approach to Weight Loss My focus when I decided to go to […] Read more »

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I feel good.  Go figure.

I mean, really, I didn’t expect to feel so good.  When I enrolled in Green Mountain’s program, I expected to find a new diet, a new miracle cure or some secret equation to help me lose weight.  There, I admit it!

A Different Approach to Weight Loss

My focus when I decided to go to Green Mountain was to lose weight without thought at all of learning anything else; certainly not a holistic approach to health or a lifestyle pattern of healthy thinking coupled with exercise and support.

diet quoteNope, I just wanted to be skinny.  And I was willing to sacrifice to be skinny. I ponied up the dough to enroll and was willing to suffer for my goal.

I mean, in the past, every diet I have ever been on required some form of self-sacrificing torture…

Unbelievable hunger pangs, really bad breath, debilitating fatigue, increased moodiness, insomnia, mental fogginess, not to mention the time and effort I put into weighing, measuring, shopping for bizarre foods, getting shots (growth hormone and placenta), calculating and charting.  It’s exhausting just recounting all the insanity.

Things are different this time around.

Moving Past the Diet & Fitness Mentality

It kind of snuck up on me — not on my cerebral radar, so to speak.

  • I’ve been concentrating on the plate model and healthier forms of food when shopping and mindful eating.
  • I’ve been dedicated to getting in some meaningful exercise and working the psychology of my relationship to food.
  • I’ve been keeping my eye on my long-term goal of improved health through a sane relationship with food when, yesterday, I sat down to lunch and, while taking my five deep breaths and centering myself for the meal, realized that I feel good!

Just that simple, I feel good.  I feel healthy.  I feel alert.  I feel rested and energetic and positive and enthused and committed and comfortable.

How ‘bout that one!  Yes, I feel comfortable with my body, its size and shape, and I feel optimistic about the future of my mind/body relationship. I don’t feel pressured or challenged or deprived or inadequate or unattractive or any of the other feelings that diets have made me feel.  It’s downright strange to be on a path toward health that doesn’t hurt, doesn’t deprive, doesn’t diminish or judge.

A Comfortable Sense of Healthiness

The holidays are coming and, now that I’m starting to feel some of the positive changes taking place in my life, I’m hoping that this sense of healthiness will steer me toward healthy choices throughout the holiday season.

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Health at My Size
I’m hoping that remembering how lousy I felt before Green Mountain is in the fore of my thinking when deciding to make time for the treadmill or have a second glass of eggnog because, like James Brown said, I feel good!


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It’s the Most Wonderful…Wait…Really? Putting the Holidays into Perspective http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/16/wonderfulwaitreally-putting-holidays-perspective/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/12/16/wonderfulwaitreally-putting-holidays-perspective/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=29569 Does the hustle and bustle of this time of year bring on warm, nostalgic feelings? Or are we overloaded with expectations and riddled with stress? I wish the former for anyone, but unfortunately many of us are dealing with the latter. Most Feel Increased Stress During The Holidays And most often women bear more of the brunt of this stress. Sorry […] Read more »

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Does the hustle and bustle of this time of year bring on warm, nostalgic feelings?

Or are we overloaded with expectations and riddled with stress?

I wish the former for anyone, but unfortunately many of us are dealing with the latter.

Most Feel Increased Stress During The Holidays

And most often women bear more of the brunt of this stress. Sorry guys, but it’s true.  According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 61% of people report often feeling stress during the holidays and 44% of women report feeling an increase in stress this time of year as opposed to 31% of men feeling an increase.

holiday-stressOur lists of things to do, to buy, gatherings to go to are so long, there’s very little time to settle into what the holidays are supposed to be all about.

And what is that, by the way?  Many believe this time of year is supposed to be about connection and generosity.  Instead though, we are burdened with lack of time, lots of money spent and the overwhelming commercial hype making us strive to make the holidays the best for our families…no pressure!

Coping With Holiday Stress

How Much Extra Stress Do You Feel This Holiday?
1 – No more than usual
2 – A little, but it’s ok
3 – It’s an extra burden
4 – I’m having trouble coping
5 – Overwhelmed with stress

Poll Maker

Going through this time of year in ‘deer in the headlights’ mode is not warm and nostalgic at all, but in fact quite stressful.  As a matter of fact, we know that when this stress response is activated, we’re actually in fight-or-flight mode on some level as though it’s a life or death matter to get those holiday cards sent or bake the perfect pie for the party.  It’s no wonder we turn to food or that extra glass of wine to calm down.

It’s important, however, to learn to control how we cope with stress – no matter the time of year – by learning how to respond rather than react in the moment.

If we can notice that we’re experiencing stress and are in high alert, we’re already pausing and reactivating our rational, thinking mind.

Putting The Holidays Into Perspective

If you have paused and noticed, consider asking yourself these questions to put things in perspective:

  • What are the holidays all about for you?
  • Are you doing each of the things on our list because you want to?  Or feel you have to?
  • Are you trying to measure up to someone else’s expectations?
  • Do you have to go to every gathering?  Or can you say no thank you to some invitations?
  • Are you volunteering to help others at your own expense?
  • What about customs?  Are there any that you don’t truly subscribe to, that don’t really suit your family values or your life?
  • Does everyone in your life need to have a gift?  Or would a kind gesture of appreciation be enough for some?
  • Are there any corners you can cut, like buying prepared food for a gathering instead of cooking from scratch?

Perhaps answering these questions has allowed you to cross a couple of things off the list, so why not consider a truly silent night and add the gift of some much needed self-care instead?

I know…now we’re adding to the list again, but by adding the antidote of peace and calm, we’re genuinely combating stress. We’re actually activating the parts of our brain that experience pleasure.  Don’t we deserve this gift?  Wouldn’t our loved ones want that for us?

Give Yourself A Gift This Holiday

Here are some ideas:

  • Sit and have a cup of tea
  • Take a bath
  • Meditate
  • Look at the beautifully decorated tree
  • Enjoy watching the candles on the menorah
  • Do a craft
  • Play music
  • Watch a funny movie alone or with loved ones

As you consider these options, I’ll leave you with a couple of holiday watch list suggestions that may shed new light on your lists:

For those who celebrate Christmas, the History Channel’s documentary The History of Christmas goes over the many Christmas traditions and customs and how they came to be.  For my family it was liberating, we realized we really could pick-our-own.

Watch Video: The History of Christmas (Part One) 45 Minutes

Watch Video: The History of Christmas (Part Two) 45 Minutes


Also, an eco-minded short documentary, The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute look at production and consumption that makes us think about buying stuff in a different light:

No matter how you choose to celebrate this holiday season, may your season be sprinkled with peace and joy!

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