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 […]

Is It Really Self Sabotage?

What if self sabotage of healthy behaviors isn’t self sabotage, but rebel behavior? And rebel behavior is trying to protect you from self criticism and deprivation. Rebel behavior hides the candy or cookies so nobody will see you eating what you love. Makes you eat fast so you won’t be caught. There doesn’t even have […]

Are You Addicted to Food? Maybe It Deserves a Second Look

I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this past week where, among other things, I took a workshop on food photography.  Now if I can only find the time to focus (bad pun intended) on that. But that’s not what I wanted to write about today. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Creating and Maintaining Sacred Space within Your Life

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. Nearly ten years ago, I began facing my emotional eating head-on. I made the necessary changes. […]

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 […]

Weight Stigma and Loneliness

Weight Stigma Can Lead To Isolation Weight stigma enhances feeling fat and uncomfortable in public and can lead to greater and greater isolation. At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we know that loneliness can interrupt self care and increase isolation. Harriet Brown discusses in Science Times how, in a time of public acceptance and tolerance […]

Emotional Eating Book Review: Eating With Fierce Kindness

Green Mountain alum and blogger Jill C is back with another book review, this one on the topic of emotional eating, “Eating with Fierce Kindness.” At some point in your life, you may have found it necessary to self-soothe with food. And maybe, like me, you are ready to change that story. If so, it’s […]

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 […]

Stop Emotional Eating Even When the Sh#$%t is Hitting the Fan

Negative self talk, body hate, and being overwhelmed are common feelings for women who use food to cope. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that anything can change, that you can stop emotional eating, that you can change your eating patterns. We use food in so many different ways, but one we have been discussing at  […]

Mindful Eating Series: Feeding Heart Hunger

This is the last post in our mindful eating series where we explore the seven hungers as discussed in Jan Chozen Bay’s book, “Mindful Eating.” Eye hunger, nose hunger, mouth hunger, stomach hunger, cellular hunger, mind hunger and heart hunger, each provide a unique lens through which we can investigate our relationship to food and […]

Mindful Eating Series: Is This Real Stomach Hunger?

Today is the fourth post in our series on mindful eating and the seven hungers, as identified by Jan Chozen Bays. Eye hunger, nose hunger, mouth hunger, stomach hunger, cellular hunger, mind hunger and heart hunger — each of these hungers provide a unique lens through which to investigate your relationship to food and the […]

Mindful Eating Series: Noticing Mouth Hunger

Today is the third post in our series on mindful eating.  We’ve been exploring the seven hungers — eye hunger, nose hunger, mouth hunger, stomach hunger, cellular hunger, mind hunger and heart hunger — as discussed in Jan Chozen Bay’s book Mindful Eating.  Each of these hungers provide a unique lens through which to investigate […]

From Ice Cream to I Scream: Coping with Feelings

Today’s post is from Green Mountain alum Jill C, who shares her journey to overcome emotional eating. Since leaving Green Mountain, my life has changed. I enjoy movement and incorporate it into my life regularly. I’m experimenting with Cooking 101. My binge eating has lessened. I’m becoming more and more aware that food is just […]

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 […]

Emotional Eating: Understanding Your Emotional Style

Emotional eating can lead to yucky feelings or negative emotions which just seem to imbue our lives. But by training our brains through neuroplasticity, understanding our emotional style and getting support to break out of isolation, there is hope for deep, meaningful change and beginning to live life instead of just “weighting”. Happily, I discovered […]