Bariatric Surgery & Binge Eating: You Didn’t Fail

In this video blog I delve into the challenging topic of life after bariatric surgery. Many people who get bariatric surgery still struggle immensely with food and their body post-surgery. Often, this leaves people feeling like a total failure. So in this vlog I explain why the surgery failed YOU and not the other way […]

Stress = Emotional Eating: The All-Too-Common Equation

Perhaps the most common struggle we hear among the women who come to Green Mountain at Fox Run is emotional eating.

(Quiz) Do You Binge or Emotionally Eat? What’s the Difference?

Women often relate to emotional eating, but don’t see themselves as someone with binge eating disorder.

The Binge Eating Diaries: I Am More Than What I Eat 

I forgot how to swim. Tidal waves of never-ending, all-consuming thoughts knocked me down. There was no calm in my ocean – just an overflow of terror, shame, and guilt. I couldn’t carry the weight of my fear or the weight of my body. No matter how hard I tried to float… I kept on sinking. […]

A Letter of Self-Compassion to Understand a Binge

I’m in a slump. The Bingeing Episode Here’s what happened; despite having a restless night due to a persistent cough, I woke feeling positive and eager to get my workout in. I finished up around 11:30 and felt hungry. It seemed a little early for lunch but I figured I’d have an early lunch rather […]

Awakening: How ‘Waking-Up’ Helps Us Manage Emotional Eating

As we enter the month of April, we are truly stepping into spring. Here in Vermont it will still be some time before we actually see green grass, but as the snow melts and the ground begins to thaw, the earth begins to reawaken. As it starts to wake up from its winter sleep, the […]

The Healing Power of Community for Binge Eating

In the reflective weeks after our second Binge and Emotional Eating Weekend Intensive at Green Mountain at Fox Run, I continue to be struck by the power of connection and community. Other people matter. Weight Stigma and Emotional Eating Those of us who struggle with binge and emotional eating live lonely and isolated lives. We […]

Mindful Eating and The Process of Learning How to Feed Myself

Beth continues her cha-cha but then takes a giant leap forward. One step forward, two steps back?  Or is it two steps forward and one step back? If I find the learning in a “step back”, then it’s actually a step forward. Okay, no more “who’s on first” babble – here’s what I’m referring to. […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Freedom from Too Tight Clothes

Who Wears the Pants? Once we kick the concept of diets to the curb, say goodbye to calorie counting, and stop restricting… there’s a period of bliss. The chains are gone. Our wings start growing back. We’re free. We’re FREE. We start enjoying things we had scribbled on the “bad” list for years. Our taste […]

Help for Binge Eating Disorder: New Drug Approved by FDA

Vyvanse Approved To Treat Binge Eating Disorder Va va voom, here comes Vyvanse, a new drug just approved to treat Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant  that was first released in 2007 to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has now been shown to “help curb binge eating episodes” and […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Stop Waiting for Cheat Days

Have you ever thought of food like you do about saving money — eat less now so you can have more or something richer later? Jacki shares how that thinking can lead to an overdrawn account. Our Bodies Are Not Bank Accounts I’ve often thought of my body like a bank account. If I just keep saving […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: To Eat… or Sleep? That Was The Question

Jacki’s back with a few good questions. And answers to boot. To eat or sleep? …That was the question. It was my night off with my partner and we had made glorious plans to watch movies, savor our precious time together, and veg out. Just the two of us. I had been looking forward to that […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Emotional and Binge Eating Intensive Workshop 2014

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 […]

Stop Obsessing: Keeping the Peace through the Holiday and Beyond

Today’s post is by Kari Anderson, DBH, our binge eating specialist at Green Mountain. Last weekend, she led our first emotional and binge eating intensive weekend retreat. She’ll be a regular contributor to A Weight Lifted, where you’ll learn more about her trademark “of course!”  Obsessing, Holiday Stress and Binge Eating As I reflect on the […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Getting Through the Holidays

Okay ladies (and gents!). We made it through Thanksgiving… one of (if not THE) biggest “food” holidays out there. And as a recovering binge eater, it remains one of the most challenging days of the year for me. For a lot of people, it’s the ONE day of the year when it feels socially acceptable […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: How to Turn Free Time into ME Time

As someone who suffered from binge eating disorder and is now well into recovery, Jacki Monaco regularly shares her journey on A Weight Lifted in her column “The Binge Eating Diaries.” One of the great things about getting laid off is the excessive amount of free time! One of the worst things about getting laid […]

Are You a Night Eater or a Binge Eater?

It’s 9 pm and once again, Jerri has found herself standing in front of the refrigerator, searching for something to satisfy. It’s a pattern she knows all too well. Just about every night, even when she eats a substantial dinner, she starts thinking about food halfway through the evening. And then the night eating starts…and […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: It’s Not All About Me

The Binge Eating Diaries are a regular column written by Jacki Monaco, who came to Green Mountain several years ago struggling with binge eating. We hope that sharing her insights and experiences as she overcomes binge eating will help you. People who don’t know me very well probably wouldn’t guess the truth. I’m a good […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Enough Already!

Changing My Relationship With Food — And Myself — Takes A Lot Of Energy When I think about my ever-evolving relationship with food, my body, my weight, and my binging – I instantly feel like I need a nap. I’ve been scrutinizing my eating habits and my reflection since before puberty. I’m exhausted. Who knew that one […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: I’ve Been Having An Affair

I’ve been having an affair. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. It makes me feel like I’m on top of the world.  Time stops when I’m with “him”. I feel desired, dangerous, and daring. But as soon as the heat of the moment has passed – I realize what I’ve done. I’ve cheated on myself… again…with Food. […]