Weighing In on Weighing In: Tales of Recovery from the Scale

I’m in recovery from scale abuse. You know what I’m talking about — constantly weighing myself, trying to figure out my eating and my life based on how much I weigh. [div class=”callout-left”]Read This Related Article: Why the Scale Sucks: A Cautionary Tale[end-div]I’ve been in recovery for decades. I like to even think that I’m […]

Nuts for Weight Loss?

Increased Nut Consumption, Decreased Waist Circumference According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, you might benefit from eating nuts more often.  This study on nuts examined the association between frequent consumption of nuts by reviewing dietary habits of close to 119,000 men and women. The most exciting finding was that as nut consumption increased, rates […]

It Happened This Week: Detoxifying Foods, Toxic Gyms & Getting Out There

If you haven’t heard of glutathione yet, you probably will.  The most powerful antioxidant in the body, it’s a “triple threat to toxins,” which makes it key to health and healthy aging.  The bad news is that it’s depleted by everything from stress to poor food choices to medications.  Read more about it and what […]

Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic

I recently ran across an article titled “Why Should You Buy Organic Produce” that listed the top 10 reasons to do this.  It brought to mind that  we began featuring organic produce as well as locally-raised meats on our menus at Green Mountain a couple years ago.  We did this because of increasing evidence that […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Quick Maple Dijon Slaw

Cruciferous vegetables are reaaaaaalllly good for you.  Most experts reccommend eating at least one serving of cruciferous veg per day, which is the minimum we serve at our healthy weight loss spa.  They are lauded for cancer-fighting properties as well as awesome vitamins and minerals like C, A, and even calcium. So what is a […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Mustards that Make the Cut

I’m often asked by the ladies who visit our healthy weight loss spa what I have in my pantry at home. That’s a pretty multicultural spot, as I’m a fan of many different cuisines, but I try to keep to the basics without too many excessive specialty items. One place where I crave variety, however, […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Goat Cheese Snacks

Glorious Chevre, I love you so.  Goat cheese is an ingredient some people are frightened to try; maybe it’s too “exotic” or they fear the “gamey” flavor expected from a product of a goat.  I have converted dozens of people to chevre lovers, often by being sneaky about it and putting it on a nice cracker with something […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Super Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  While this holiday has inspired drinkables such as green beer and, ahem, Shamrock Shakes, here at Green Mountain, I can’t think of any way better to celebrate than one of Robyn’s liquid salads. It may sound odd, but I love these!  To be honest, sometimes even I don’t feel like eating my vegetables.  […]

It Happened This Week – Anorexia’s Collateral Damage, Taco Bell’s “Meat”, and a Blueberry Scandal

Marie Caro, mother of model Isabelle Caro, took her own life last week, reportedly due to the guilt she felt over Isabelle's death last November from complications due to anorexia.  In an article for The Observer, Barbara Ellen discusses a mother's guilt over her daughter's disease and whether parents of children with eating disorders should […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Curried Lentil Soup

Let's set aside deliciousness for a moment and consider why it might be a great idea to have more curry in your life.  First of all, curries are a great way to utilize vegetarian protein sources, perfect for a celebration of Meatless Mondays.  Secondly, many curries involve coconut milk, and it seems that everywhere you turn these days, nutritionists are talking […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Blood Oranges

For a brief window of time in my neck of the woods, blood oranges are available in the supermarket.  And every time I spot them, I gasp in glee, balk at the price tag (usually well over a dollar more a pound than their orange-y orange counterparts), then buy up a few.  I do the same thing […]

It Happened This Week: Ultraprocessed Foods, Happy Meals & Salty Soup

Are processed foods contributing to American's problems with weight?  Or is it ultraprocessing that's the problem? Marion Nestle reviews the difference as explained in Journal of the World Public Health Association. San Francisco officials decided this week to limit calories, require fruits and vegetables, and prohibit sugary beverages in any restaurant meal<!–more–> that contains a […]

Is Clean Eating Just Another Fad?

  I’m feeling my weekend of less-than-stellar meals this morning.  Actually, I started feeling them Saturday morning when I woke up with puffy eyes and generally feeling off.  I was out of town, and while we thought we were choosing good restaurants to dine in, we were wrong.   Friday night’s dinner was particularly bad, both […]

It Happened This Week: Green Tea, Eating Your Sunscreen & Dieting Daughters

Have you been drinking green tea to speed weight loss?  If so, read what the LA Times has to say about the claims. Summer may be coming to a close but there's still plenty of sun in our future.  And that means, of course, that we still need to watch out for those damaging rays.  […]

Changing for Me, Not for Others

A component of our new Food As Medicine Program at Green Mountain is food sensitivity testing.  We use LEAP (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) MRT (Mediator Release Testing) to assess for food and food-chemical sensitivities.  People experience a wide range of symptoms from food sensitivities, the most common of which are headaches, migraines, IBS, diarrhea, and fibromyalgia.  […]

It Happened This Week: Detox!

It's been so busy at Green Mountain this week, I haven't done anything about today's post.  And as I write this, I sit in a hotel room, waiting in anticipation for a conference to begin on Understanding Biotransformation & Recognizing Toxicity.  It's part of my continuing education in functional nutrition/medicine that is giving us at […]

Low Levels of Magnesium May Increase Risk of Weight Struggles

It seems everywhere I look, folks are talking about how using food as medicine can help solve weight struggles.  Okay, so mostly I'm looking at professional nutrition journals.  Everything is relative…. Still, it's exciting how much research is pointing to nutritional deficiencies as major players in the development of problematic obesity.*  Because that moves the […]

What The Heck Is Self-Acceptance

Last summer Karen C.L. Anderson of the blog Why Weight: A Real Life “Before” and After Story shared on A Weight Lifted a story of her personal journey towards self-acceptance.  Her post today looks at how things have changed in a little less than a year.  What a difference a year makes…. We’re excited for […]

Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Kitchen

I had a wonderful weekend at home.  My schedule of late has been nothing but travel.  But this weekend, I spent my time puttering, trying to put some order to the chaos of my home, which includes piles of paper that define my home working area and which continually encroach on other areas.  While I […]

Mindfully Fooling a Sweet Tooth

When I first started cooking at Green Mountain at Fox Run in 2006, I had just left a job at a southern Vermont inn that involved making pastry.  Tea cookies, desserts, breads, cinnamon buns, doughnuts, coffee cakes, you name it.  When you’re in a job like that, it’s hard to avoid quality control duty eating […]