Remove the Labels & Heal Your Binge Eating

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and many practitioners and organizations are in the midst of supporting women that struggle with their bodies and managing their eating. If you don’t know me, I can tell you that I struggled with binge eating disorder beginning when my dad […]

Did You See Her Thigh Gap?

Model Robyn Lawley Doesn’t Have A Thigh Gap Some Say This Model Is Fat. She Gives Such A Perfect Response That Even Ellen Degeneres Applauds. Okay, this is a thing now apparently. Like a thing young women are striving for when they go on diets – getting the perfect thigh gap. So, now the body ideal we […]

Fiona Apple: Is Her Weight Anyone’s Business?

Fiona Apple is one of my favorite female artists. Very rarely do I click on any of the headlines from my MSN home page, but seeing that she had fans commenting about her health status during one of her recent shows piqued my interest. Apparently, mid-set the fan yelled out “Fiona get healthy, we want to see […]

Fat Talk Carries a Price Tag

Fat talk assails us in dressing rooms, mirror looking and on the stage between our ears. Frequently and for some of us constantly. These jeans look terrible on me.  My thighs are just huge.  Do you think I look fat?  In the NY Times article Fat Talk Compels but Carries a Cost Jan Hoffman writes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reduce Overeating with Healthy Rebel Behavior

Easier to add behaviors than remove them When you want to make a change, such as overcoming overeating, it is easier to add a behavior than to take one away. One thing I suggest is to experiment with adding healthy rebel behavior to your life. In my last blog I talked about how rebel behavior […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Did I Just Binge or Overeat?

Even though I haven’t had what I qualify as a binge since I left Green Mountain, this does not mean I have magically acquired perfect eating habits. I still overeat more than I would like (these things take time, people). It’s hard to find a balance between sustaining life with food and harming ourselves with […]

What is Emotional Eating? 3 Ways to Find Real Comfort

What is emotional eating?  Emotional eating is an attempt to help yourself feel better or not feel. If you are an emotional eater you know there are many things can trigger emotional eating. Here are some of the reasons women at our healthy weight loss spa emotionally eat: Tired Anxious Bored Habit Self-loathing Numbing Self […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Explaining A Binge to A Non-Binger

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. At some point for most binge eaters, it’s a possibility someone will ask – out of concern for our health due to rapid weight gain, […]

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 […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: What’s Your Number?

This post is an installment in “The Binge Eating Diaries” series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her experience with binge eating disorder. Follow Jacki every other Thursday as she shares the discoveries she’s made on her journey to health and happiness. The scale has never been my friend. But in all honesty, has […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Why I Recommend an Alter Ego

This post is the second installment in “The Binge Eating Diaries” series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her experience with binge eating disorder. Follow Jacki every other Thursday as she shares the discoveries she’s made on her journey to health and happiness. In my first blog post, I introduced myself and my journey […]

National Eating Disorder Awareness Next Week & Sunshine

It is a beautiful sunny day as I start writing my blog and I am feeling gratitude for how the sparkly light energizes me. I realize that sunshine offers the threads of hope and possibility after the gloom of gray days. Next week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW). We at Green Mountain want […]

Binge Eating to Numb Out

Binge eating is a frequently discussed  topic with Green Mountain alums. One woman was telling me about her desire to just numb out at the end of the day.  She was looking to the binge to help her cope with feelings, but she didn’t have a clue about what the feelings were. I call the  […]

Binge Eating and Emotional Health

Binge eating affects mental and emotional health by inviting  feelings of self loathing and hopelessness and depression.   The percentage of people who binge eat is greater than individuals suffering from anorexia and bulimia combined. It helps to unshackle binge eating  from weight loss to create behavior change. Bingeing is a natural response to restriction; however,  […]

It Happened This Week-Women’s Day, George Michael’s Un-Marijuana Diet, Lily Allen’s Bulimia Struggle

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day occurred this week, and many organizations seized the opportunity to highlight women’s continuing struggles across the globe, including in regards to health. In the U.S., 61.2% of women are “overweight” and 35.5% are “obese.” While weight is hardly the only indicator of health, those percentages are a bit […]

It Happened This Week – Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow Criticized During NEDA Week

In honor of this being National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, today the focus is on women’s body image in the public eye. And there has been plenty of talk on this topic recently… On his radio show on Monday, Rush Limbaugh criticized Michelle Obama’s dinner. The First Lady, whose wellness initiatives hope to teach children about fitness […]

It Happened This Week – Title X Funding, Aretha Franklin, and Simple Changes for Weight Loss

Many critics this week were decrying the effect proposed legislation might have on women’s health care. Several bills have been proposed recently that would decrease funding or even eradicate the Title X Family Planning program, which Nixon signed into law in 1970 to fund health clinics. One bill would stop all funding to any clinic […]

It Happened This Week – Love Yourself First

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” ~ Veronica A. Shoffstall A very happy Valentine’s Day weekend to our readers.  Be your own Valentine this year; change negative body image and realize your own beauty.  As Aimee Mullins said, “Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman […]