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.

Eating for Pleasure: Dive Right In!

By on 07/31/2014

The following post is by Paula Shulman, a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with us at Green Mountain for several weeks. She’s found our approach to healthy eating intriguing to say the least. This post is where she “went” after one of our classes.

mindful eating - eating for pleasureOne of the principles of healthy eating is pleasure!

Through mindful eating you learn:

  • how to experience the full sensations of the food
  • how it looks, smells
  • all the flavors
  • how it feels in your mouth.

You find a pace that is right for you. You might eat slower. You don’t wait until you are too hungry because you have come to understand that if you restrict your eating, it might trigger a binge and the impulse to eat quickly turns into loss of control.

But what about the pleasure of experiencing in a mindful way the initial savoring and “attack” of the food when you are ready to eat? This experience is part of mindful eating too.

  • Sinking your teeth into a fresh piece of corn.
  • Tearing meat off a beef rib.
  • Pulling off the leaves an artichoke and pulling them through your teeth.

Diving Into Food Mindfully Is Not The Same As Bingeing

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Mindful Eating for Healthy Living
As you listen to satiety cues, this diving into the food affect is normal and not the same as bingeing, although it might feel a little too familiar.  If you can accept that it will be there and greet it with pleasure, not fear, you are more likely to enjoy it in a mindful way.  As your initial hunger begins to soften, you will shift and begin to slow down and savor the more subtle flavors and essences of the food.

So many times women have been made to feel self-conscious to let anyone see them enjoying eating, let alone diving right in.  Part of the secret binge then allows for the pleasure of letting go.

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The Mindful Eating Experiment
When we give ourselves permission to experience “diving in” in a mindful way instead of panic or fear, it allows us to slow down when we want and to find our own balance.

Find opportunities where you feel free to experiment without worry what anyone thinks.  Don’t be afraid of foods that might be more hands on, or messy.   Define for yourself what is right for you.

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From Shame to Binge Eating to Body Acceptance: One Woman’s Journey

By on 07/30/2014

The following post originally appeared on the Health at Every Size® (HAES) blog, which is owned and operated by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). ASDAH is an international organization that works tirelessly to promote a new “peace movement” — one that measures health by many factors, including the right to be peaceful in your body. ASDAH is the creator […] Read more »


Stress-Linked Weight Gain Not All About Calories, Study Suggests

By on 07/29/2014

Stress Shown To Slow Metabolic Rate In Women It’s normal to eat when you’re stressed sometimes.  You’ve had a hard day at work so you go to a drive through restaurant for a cheeseburger and fries and try to unwind. Doing that time and time again, you notice your weight begin to creep up.  You think to yourself, “Geez, I really need to cut […] Read more »

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The Binge Eating Diaries: Making The Switch To A Healthy Lifestyle

By on 07/24/2014

It hasn’t been an easy road. There have been hurdles to jump over, rocks to trip over, and mountains to climb… or shall I say – cakes to jump over, spaghetti to trip over, and ice cream sundaes to climb? (Just some good old-fashioned food humor to start us off today, eh?) Over the past few years, people have asked […] Read more »

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How to Awaken Your “Inner Athlete” (yeah, she’s in there)

By on 07/23/2014

Connect With Your Body Through Movement A big part of the Green Mountain at Fox Run healthy living program is fitness. Or a better term might be “movement.” Read Our Most Frequently Asked QuestionsThe idea is that through movement, we connect with our bodies. And the more connected we are, the more our bodies can intuitively tell us what we need—especially […] Read more »

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