Break out of Your Comfort Zone to Get the Results You Want

Are you in the (comfort) zone? If you are sick of plodding along doing the same things as always and hoping to get the results you have been aiming for, you are in good company. It’s hard to really face the fact that to have a breakthrough in your way of eating or relationship with […]

Inspirational Resources for Shifting Painful Thoughts

Who Do You Choose to Inspire You? I’ve long believed that we need a separate source of information, of inspiration, to move beyond whatever we struggle with. Unfortunately, we’re not always so good at shifting our perceptual lenses, at taking in the “information” or ways of seeing people, relationships or our selves. We get stuck… […]

Shaking Good-or-Bad Thinking (and Weight Struggles?) for Good

We talk a lot about all-or-nothing thinking and good-or-bad thinking on our blog because it’s a big deal. After so many years of subscribing to this school of thought, whether we even know it or not, it’s hard to shake – like a lingering cold. But shake it we must, for it only draws out […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Candy, Buffets and Weddings… Oh My!

The Binge Eating Diaries is a monthly column by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on surviving and thriving with Binge Eating Disorder.  It’s been quite the month, ladies and gentlemen. I’ve been to Las Vegas to visit my parents, taken my first trip to Disneyland, and attended a dear friend’s wedding (oh, and then there […]

Relationship Patterns that Show Up at Green Mountain

I love patterns of all kinds and my eye tends to pick them out very quickly. This of course makes me well-suited for the work I do with the women here at Green Mountain. It’s not a surprise, at least to me, that what happens in relationships among participants here often follows what happens at […]

Food and Money, Part I

A month ago I stood in the middle of my favorite clothing store completely buzzed. Not on alcohol. Not on food this time. Simply put, I was high on spending. With a change of weight comes a change in wardrobe. Trips to Ann Taylor Loft, Lucy, Gap and more. Perhaps I took it a step […]

Guest Post: Relaxing into Life and Your Healthy Weight

We are pleased to feature a guest post by founder of the Institute for Psychology of Eating, Marc David. Join the first global online Eating Psychology Conference Aug. 5-9 to hear Marc David interview Green Mountain co-owner and president, Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD on why dieting doesn’t work. Other featured interviews include Geneen Roth, Linda […]

Fretting about Weddings: Stop Comparing, Start Celebrating

At a wedding this weekend I spoke with three single women of varying ages. There was a great deal of fretting displayed by these women as they worked to negotiate the dance floor, the bouquet toss, and shapes and sizes of the other women. But we don’t think you need to be single (or the […]

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 […]

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Six Ways to Leave Self-Defeat Behind

Lately, we’ve been talking about what you can do when body positivity feels impossible. Today we feature a guest post from author Rosie Molinary on six ways to leave self-defeat behind and move toward self-belief. Too many of us do it: berate and belittle ourselves until what’s left is simply defeat. Eradicating negative self-talk (from […]

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, […]

Committed to Keeping A Commitment

Two weeks ago I did something crazy. I declared on Facebook that I was starting Jillian Michaels’ (yes, that Jillian Michaels) “30 Day Shred” video. The promise is that you can “lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days.” Well, I know better than that. That’s not why I wanted to do the video. It’s […]

Excuse Me, Where’s Your Affirmation Room?

“Excuse me, I need to use my affirmation room,” I said to a friend on the phone the other night. She laughed and asked me what the heck an affirmation room is. “The bathroom,” I clarified…”It’s a Green Mountain thing.” Darla, Green Mountain’s behavioral psychologist, encourages us to use the bathroom as our “affirmation room,” […]

Weight Loss Expectations: Stop “Shoulding” Yourself

We ran this post last year at this time – about the time that women start beating themselves up for not sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. If that sounds like you, then today’s post by Darla can provide some helpful insights. There is something about the New Year that invites the word “should” into […]

Fashion Friday: Inspirational Jewelry for Exercise Motivation!

Fitspiration: Wearable Motivation One of my friends tattooed her wrist with the letters M-O-V-E. What a great idea, I thought! Body art as fitness inspiration and exercise motivation! But for those of us less bold or afraid of needles, I think inspirational jewelry can serve as a continuous reminder to take care of ourselves in […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Mind, Body & Food

A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other week as she blogs about the victories and challenges of overcoming emotional overeating. First and foremost – Happy Holidays to every brave person who comes to this site, finds this blog, and feels the honesty with which every […]

On NOT Setting New Year’s Goals

One of amazing things about our program at Green Mountain is that it opens our eyes to what most of us consider to be universal truths. One of those so many of us subscribe to is that we must be a certain weight to be healthy. It was a tremendous relief for me to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach or answer to weight and […]

Weight and Depression: ‘Tis the Season

Many of us carry the Hallmark variety of pictures in our heads of how the holiday season is supposed to be.  And yet, what often happens at this time of year is that we hyper-focus on weight and depression. The more we wish for weight loss and a different body, the more down, unhappy and […]

Go Ask Alice: Body, Partners and Sex

Feeling disturbed about your body image, what your partner thinks or wondering if you could ever let someone touch you or see you naked? Do you have tons of questions about disordered eating, sexuality and relationships  that you don’t know who to ask? Go Ask Alice is an a great web site created by Columbia […]

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 […]