Affirmations: Make Them Your Own

Negative self talk is often out of our awareness and we don’t realize the impact it can have on mood. Affirmations are a great tool to help you decrease negative self talk or binge thinking about your body, food or your weight. Thoughts influence feelings. And the more frequent and negative our unconscious or conscious […]

Overeaters, There Is Hope

Overeaters, there is hope. There is hope to change your out of control feelings around food. There is hope to move again. There is hope to stop hating your body. There is some hopeful new research by Boehm JK, Kubzansy LD at Harvard School of Public Health that links positive psychological well-being with a decrease […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: Reclaim Your Body Image

Join Green Mountain at Fox Run as we blog about Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Today, BEDA encourages us to reclaim our body image as our own and engage in positive body talk. When I first decided I would write today’s Weight Stigma Awareness blog post about reclaiming […]

4 Ways to Self Soothe Instead of Stress Eat

When we are stressed, self soothing with food is often the  go-to strategy.  And it works and it is part of normal eating.  But when we move into stress eating, it can become a way to numb out rather than soothe. Music can offer the magic of self soothing without stress eating. It is easily […]

Stop Hating, Stop Waiting and Start Living

In honor of Mara Glatzel, who will be doing a special workshop next week at Green Mountain called “Stop Hating, Stop Waiting and Start Living,” today we are reposting a beautiful piece she wrote for after her guest stay in January about the importance of losing the body fantasy. I think we all have one. […]

Resistant to Exercise? It May Be How You Think About It

“I don’t want to go to my appointment with my trainer.” “I hate walking.” “I should go swimming, but I’d rather not.” It is statements like these that take us down the slippery slope into inertia, funky feelings, “the pits”.  We can feel pressured, required, and “shoulded” to do what is good for us. So […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Learning to Forgive Myself

This is 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 challenges and victories of recovery. Forgiveness is often one of the hardest things to give, especially to ourselves. I still haven’t forgiven myself for turning to food during […]

Body Loving Homework: Preview and Giveaway

Today’s guest post is from Self-Love Body Coach, Mara Glatzel, who will be hosting a workshop at Green Mountain from Sept. 9-15 called “Stop Waiting, Stop Hating and Start Living” on creating the life you were meant to lead. For days I struggled in writing this post, working to find the best words to describe […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: My Inner Battles

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 challenges and victories of recovery. Sometimes I feel like Miss Jekyll and Miss Hyde. In my case I guess we’ll say I’m Miss Jaclyn and Miss Hyper-Sensitive-Over-Emotional-Where’s-The-Pasta-Monaco. It’s exhausting. I […]

Create a Better Life: Healing Your Relationship with Your Body

Today’s guest post is from Self-Love Body Coach, Mara Glatzel, who will be hosting a workshop at Green Mountain from Sept. 9-15 called “Stop Waiting, Stop Hating and Start Living” on creating the life you were meant to lead. When I first realized the enormous gap between the life that I was living and the […]

Celebrate The Journey, Not Merely The Destination

This is a guest post by Self-Love Body Coach, Mara Glatzel, who will be hosting a workshop at Green Mountain from Sept. 9-15 called “Stop Waiting, Stop Hating and Start Living” on living the life you were meant to lead today — not tomorrow, not Monday. How many times have you conjured up your newest […]

A Losing Battle: Comparing Ourselves to Others

Last week, I was obsessed with the news about Google executive, Marissa Mayer, being named the new CEO of Yahoo! Not only is Marissa a millionaire (she was Google employee #20), she’s pretty, brilliant, pregnant, and….. 37 years old.  Up until I read the part about her age, I read the story with interest like […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Food Over Friends

“The Binge Eating Diaries” is a series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her experience overcoming binge eating disorder. Follow Jacki every other Thursday as she shares her story. Solitude and binge eating went hand in hand for me. Unless I knew a “bingeing party” with an equally food-obsessed friend was going to occur, […]

Stress: Restricting Self Care

As stress increases, self care decreases. So the more stress we have, the less likely we are to make time for ourselves. As food restriction increases, bingeing increases. So the more we restrict, the more vulnerable we are to bingeing. Learning how to habituate self care is so important when working to manage stress and […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Letting Go of Food Spaces & Places

“The Binge Eating Diaries” is a series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her experience with binge eating disorder. Follow Jacki every other Thursday as she shares discoveries, challenges and successes on her journey to health and happiness. The end of this month marks one year since I started my month-long stay at Green Mountain. […]

Healthy Eating Book Review & Giveaway: But I Deserve This Chocolate

Alum Jill C reviews “But I Deserve This Chocolate,” a book on the excuses we make that prevent us from living a healthy life. We’ll be giving away one copy on Friday, April 20, through random drawing, which you can enter by leaving a VALID e-mail address and telling us why you want the book […]

Where Successful Weight Management Starts

Successful weight management starts with befriending yourself — body and mind.  That’s the focus of two special weeks at Green Mountain later this month.  They will feature special guest Elesa Commerse, founder of National Meditation Month and co-founder and director of Touching Earth, a Chicago-based mindfulness learning center.  The subject is one that Green Mountain […]

Fat, Fat, Fat-the critical voice inside

Negative Self-Talk We are so hard on our bodies and just keep focusing on weight loss. I am not talking about the ways we don’t take care of ourselves physically.  I am talking about our negative self talk. Your Inner Critic Could I pay you large sums of money to talk to any child the […]

Where the Magic Happens

Do one thing every day that scares you. ~Eleanor Roosevelt Thanks to Quan Yin on Facebook for this.

Feeling Fat? Visualize Your Way To Healthy Thinking

Visualization is a powerful tool to make change happen.  Many women have a picture in their mind of how they want their body to look.  This picture almost always includes weight loss. Their self talk is critcal, demoralizing and can include self hate.   “If only I could  think myself thin rather than obsessing about food […]