Over the past four decades, Green Mountain at Fox Run has helped thousands of women end weight loss struggles with eating, exercise and body image, make long-term healthy lifestyle changes and lose weight permanently. This weight loss blog helps women navigate these changes.

Holiday Webinar: Take the Fear Out of Food!

By on 10/15/2014

Say the word “holidays” and women with weight worries start to fidget.

  • holiday webinar - take the fear out of foodHow will I be able to avoid all the foods I love but that are so high in X (fill in the blank as to the food ingredient of worry).
  • How can I avoid those holiday parties — I’m too fat and I hate how I look.
  • All my fitness plans go out the window during the holidays — and that definitely means I’ll gain weight.
  • That means the family is going to get together. I’m so tired of my family’s comments on my eating and weight.

Clearly, for many of us the holidays aren’t what they were meant to be.

Is Holiday Weight Gain Inevitable?

This wasn’t always the case. Not until people started dieting did issues like the above become such a problem.

In truth, the problems above still only occur for those who worry about their weight.

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Top Reasons For Holiday Weight Gain
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine a few years ago showed that Americans gain, on average, only one pound between Thanksgiving and New Years. And if you’re up on a mindful, intuitive eating approach, you’ll know that that extra pound easily disappears when people return to their normal way of eating.


As Dr. Alan Wayler, our executive director, has long said, “It’s not what happens between Thanksgiving and New Years. It’s what goes on the rest of the year.”

It’s Different for Weight Worriers

The study showed, however, that higher-weight people were likely to gain more weight during that time — more than 5 pounds on average.

Why the difference?

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There are no studies that I know of that answer that question. But my guess would be that higher-weight people are often dieters. And dieting means restricting. And restricting means overeating.

Combine that with the wonderful foods and stresses of the holidays and you definitely have a recipe for weight gain.

Learn How To Change The Picture This Holiday Season

Join us next Wednesday, October 22, at 12:30 pm ET, for our webinar on how to take the fear out of eating this holiday season and add back in the F-U-N.

webinar scheduleWe’ll discuss:

  • How letting your body guide you in what you really want to eat helps you eat those special treats of the holidays in a way that leaves you feeling good.
  • Why fitness routines fizzle during the holidays and why something is better than nothing.
  • How to manage holiday food choices based on what you enjoy without feeling out of control.
  • How the pressure about what you “should” and “shouldn’t” eat only enhances the “forbidden fruit” response.

Hope you’ll join us!


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Body Respect: Book Review and Giveaway

By on 10/14/2014

Finding Peace In The War Against Obesity There’s a revolution afoot. It takes on ingrained notions about eating, exercise, weight, health. That counting calories is the best way to avoid consistent overeating and weight gain. That the “no-pain, no gain” approach to exercise is the best way to get fit. That healthy weights are primarily determined by what you eat and how much […] Read more »

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The Binge Eating Diaries: Am I Restricting?

By on 10/09/2014

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation that uprooted some feelings and set off some alarms…I still have difficult days, but overall I thought that I was on a steady path. But I left that conversation feeling uncertain. And yet, it was exactly the kind of uncertainty I needed to feel at that moment – as I continue on my individual […] Read more »

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Learning to Eat and Live Mindfully: Beth’s Blog

By on 10/08/2014

Today’s post is by Beth Turchi, who has offered to blog her journey to mindful, intuitive eating, exercising and all-around living of life following her eye-opening experience participating in Green Mountain’s program. We hope it will give you some insight into how you can live your life differently and well, without the diet mentality. I’m home!  It was an amazing […] Read more »

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Fall Fitness: 8 Tips for Autumn Activities

By on 10/07/2014

Fall has arrived here at Green Mountain at Fox Run.  The mountains are turning their glorious shades of oranges and yellows.  The faint smell of wood smoke is in the cooler air, with bluer skies and silver-gray lined clouds.  You can feel the anticipation of the colder weather to come. By taking advantage of the warm sunny afternoons, fall is […] Read more »

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