Do You Need a Detox Diet?

Detox diets continue to make headlines.  Indeed, the women who come to Green Mountain frequently ask about whether a detox diet is something they should consider.  I always answer that what we’re feeding them at Green Mountain provides the best support for helping your body eliminate toxins.  This article I wrote for Spry Living tells […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Grilled Watermelon Salad

Continuing our theme of featuring yummy recipes from around the web, today we bring you another seasonal delight.   We can pretty much get watermelon any time of year now but there’s nothing like watermelon to kick off the summer.  Combine that with the wonders of the grill (or grill pan as this recipe suggests), and […]

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 – An Idea for Lousy Fruit

Sometimes, no matter how conscientiously you pick out your produce, you end up with something that just isn’t delicious. Twice this summer, I have carefully selected melons which were unblemished, seemed heavy and hollow, and then cut them open only to find they were just icky.  The watermelon had a rubbery texture; the cantaloupe was […]

Discover Greek Yogurt

If I had to pick one food that seems to be gracing more tables these days, it’s Greek yogurt.  Thick, creamy, tangy, it’s a  perfect base for many a food. Today, Nicole Rohrig, soon-to-be-RD who is interning with us this summer, tells us all about it.  You can also find Nicole on her own blog […]

Ice Cream, Chocolate, Apple: Choose One

Change is what we are want. Often we wait for a change in weight to start living again. When we use food to cope, we eat in secret, wishing it wasn’t happening, believing that we really do deserve a treat for the hard day, month or life that we have had and then blame ourselves […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Sensory Deprivation for Mindfulness

At first glance, the title of today’s blog might have thrown you for a loop.  After all, doesn’t mindfulness mean to be in the moment, experiencing it for all it’s worth?  Of course!  Which is why sometimes it’s best to take the moment one piece at a time, as we do in Darla’s guided eating […]

Top 10 Diet Rules to Forget

Actually, we say to ignore all diet rules.  But Spry Living asked me to pick out 10 that rank at the top of the list.  Here’s what I came up with. Ask the average person to describe healthy eating, and it’s likely they’ll mention advice they learned from diets. Diet rules have become so ingrained […]

Eating Out of Control & Hopeless

Hopelessness can lead you down the path of inactivity and which leads to sinking roots into the couch.  Food becomes the panacea, the escape mechanism, the food addiction. Obsessing about what to eat next, using food to cope with emotional upset and feeling out of control with eating increase negative self talk and feelings of […]

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 – Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

Don’t you hate when you discover an old package of blueberries in the back of your fridge, looking a lot less sexy than they did two weeks ago when you picked them up at the store? Sigh. Never fear, those soft and nearly wrinkled berries need not head to the compost pile just yet.  Pretty much […]

Balance: The Plate Model for Food and Soul

Balance is the opposite of busyness. Busyness increases stress, interrupts self-care and distracts us from adding balance to our lives. In today’s post we’ll check out the plate model for the body and the healthy platter model for the mind and see how both  can show us a way to calibrate without counting calories or […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Quinoa Tabouli

At our healthy weight loss spa, we’re constantly seeking out ways to make whole grains more interesting. Quinoa is pretty interesting on its own, with a fascinating place in history among the Incan empire and a relatively high amount of protein content. But many people wouldn’t consider making a cold salad with it, which is […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Cheddar Chive Muffins

This recipe was born when I felt like baking breakfast for my hubby. Problem is, he doesn’t like sweets first thing in the morning (remember my unconventional breakfasts post?), so I wanted to do something on the savory side. I considered the young chives striving in my garden and the amazing Grafton Cheddar (one of […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Making Fruit Sexier

As summertime arrives, the fruit selection in markets is improving. There’s a lot of inspiration for delicious treats in the produce section, but sometimes even a great variety of sweet fruit just isn’t enough for a meal-ending indulgence. However, there are a lot of quick and easy ways to enhance your fruit enjoyment. Here are […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Grow Your Herb Garden

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the gardening season in Vermont, so I thought I would dedicate this week’s post to the easiest edibles you could grow. After all, I don’t pretend to have a very green thumb, and even I haven’t killed too many herb plants! Why grow herbs? For one thing, herbs […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Chickpea and Sausage Sauté

Being a tree-hugging Vermont chef means that I like to get my food directly from local farmers whenever I can. Luckily the breakfast cook at our healthy weight loss spa, Millicent, has a wonderful farm tucked into the rolling hills where she raises laying and meat chickens, heirloom turkeys, dairy and meat cattle, and pigs. […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – My Kitchen Inventory

The ladies at our healthy weight loss spa often ask if I eat at home the way I cook at Green Mountain. The answer is absolutely! I want to feel good, and I know that eating well can make that happen. Here are the ingredients I usually keep in my arsenal at home to make […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – A Better Fudgy Brownie

By popular demand, here is the brownie which we serve at our healthy weight loss spa.  (Yes, really!)  When we deprive ourselves of life's little treats, like the occasional great brownie, it can lead to negative consequences.  An indulgence every now and then can be a very healthy habit indeed. That doesn't mean we didn't play with […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Fast Vegetarian Quesadilla

Healthy fast food recipes are very important to have in your arsenal.  Time is far too precious to the average 21st century working girl, which is why so many of us take the easy way out and stop for that tempting take-out on the way home from a hard day.  But with recipes like this […]