Self-Bullying Isn’t Just About Us

Self-Bullying, on the surface, is about a person hurting just themselves. Or is it? What I sometimes fail to recognize when I’m in a self-bullying battle is that I’m not the only person that I hurt. When I talk down to myself, neglect my desires and needs, and push my self-esteem down with all of my […]

When the Urge Hits: Questions to Ask

I have this particular blog post by Darla printed out and hanging on my wall. Since being at Green Mountain, I am so much better at connecting my overeating with negative feelings like frustration, jealousy or inadequacy. But I forget that sometimes the urge to eat may not be so complex. Maybe it isn’t always […]

An Introduction to Self-Bullying

For the longest time I thought that most people treated themselves the way that I used to, and unfortunately sometimes still do treat myself. I was confused between “being hard on myself” in order to better the concept of “me” and bullying myself. When I think of the word “bully” I think of a playground, […]

Not Eating Leads to Binge Eating

Today, I’m pondering what my life would be like had I never dieted. If you know me, you might be aware that I battled with disordered eating when I was younger. I truly believe that if I never dieted, I would never have struggled with binge eating. For me, dieting: led to anorexia which led to binge eating which […]

Q&A Part II: Making Peace with Food and Eating

Last week, we reposted an article about women who make peace with eating and food by Lisa Claudia Briggs. In Lisa’s practice, she sees two eating styles that women take on when they get to a better place with food and their bodies: those who treasure simplicity and practicality, and those who evolve into so-called […]

Q&A: Making Peace with Food and Eating

Yesterday, we reposted an article about women who make peace with eating and food by Lisa Claudia Briggs. In Lisa’s practice, she sees two eating styles that women take on when they get to a better place with food and their bodies: those who treasure simplicity and practicality, and those who evolve into so-called foodies. […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Are You Feeding The Body or Mind?

A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of repairing her relationships with food, her body and herself. For the last few weeks I’ve been toying with an idea that has seemed out of reach […]

Creating Space to Move from Reaction to Response

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you just keep hanging in a situation that is uncomfortable? Sometimes as women we don’t feel we are permitted to step away from a difficult situation, e.g., criticism at work, an argument at home, or an upsetting political discussion. And a lot of times, using food to cope when […]

Does Body Positivity Seem Impossible To You?

Positive Body Image Is Difficult In Today’s Society I’m looking at the cover of a popular magazine. Here are a few of the headlines: “Drop 5 Pounds Superfast,” “The Top Anti-Aging Products,” and “25 Secrets of Women Who Eat, Drink and Shrink.” Our culture supports women fixating on what’s “wrong” with our appearance… our weight, […]

Do Something Different, Be Your Own Valentine

Valentine’s Day is quite popularly known as a day of binging, not necessarily on food, but on feelings (although a fair amount of chocolate is famously involved). For single ladies, which I have been many years in a row, sometimes the feelings can lead to the hunt for a food outlet, and for those of […]

The Arrival of Winter Storm Nemo & A Binge

It occurred to me as winter storm Nemo (as dubbed by The Weather Channel) bore down on much of New England last week, that I had written a blog that compared the arrival of a big storm and the anticipation of a binge. New Englanders – tell me if you can relate to this after […]

The Next Time You Reach for The Cookie Jar

I just walked by a group of women at Green Mountain who were making cookie jars. Yeah, I know, doesn’t seem like the kind of thing we would do here, does it? Well, a Green Mountain cookie jar is not your mother’s cookie jar. In fact, it’s a fun play on the idea that when […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: The “F” in Food

  A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of recovery. I’m a lousy cook.Scratch that – I’m inexperienced. I’ve dabbled here and there with safe foods like chicken, vegetables, brown rice – foods I […]

Book Review: Have You Tried Urge Surfing?

A big part of developing a healthy relationship with food, is realizing it’s not actually about the food! It’s that other F-word: feelings. I really struggle with being with my feelings, as I’ve talked about in many other posts. I will do anything to avoid dealing with them, including using food to escape them. I […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: After the Resolutions (Or Not)

Whether you made one New Year’s resolution, five New Year’s resolutions, or decided that resolutions don’t work for you, this time of year is a transitional period for each and every one of us. The holidays have ended, and with them the seasonal food torture. Now relatives are out of sight, leftovers are no longer […]

Food is No Longer My BFF

Most recently, I’ve been working on sitting with the uncomfortable feelings of loss, the loss of a very dear friend. You may have met her. Her name is Food. The first time there was a rift in our relationship is when I stopped binge eating. I had to sit with very extreme feelings in order […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Holiday Indulgence

A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of recovery. My Thanksgiving was a bit non-traditional, but nevertheless, there was turkey, stuffing, and there was pie. Oh, and I seem to have forgotten to mention […]

Desserts Spelled Backward is Stressed

Stressed spelled backward is desserts. For many of us, what may be more true is desserts spelled backward is stressed. As thoughts of “forbidden foods” like pumpkin pie, apple pie and ice cream dance through your head and inevitably make many of you think this is the start of your holiday weight gain, I would […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Thanksgiving Commandments

A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of recovery. Thanksgiving is just around the cornucopia Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, rejoice, and overindulge until we loosen the top button before it pops off. […]

Can Kindness Stop Weight Gain?

Sing, Cheer, Pray. Creating positive self talk in your head is a step toward kindness, which interrupts the cycle of self loathing – overeating – self loathing that can lead to weight gain. The more negative self talk and self hate we engage in, the worse we feel, the more we eat to cope, the […]