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 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Winter Produce Choices

At this time of year, with the snow piled high and the temperatures just barely starting to rise into the thirties again (balmy!), it can be hard foraging in your grocery store's produce section.  Eating seasonally becomes tricky mid-winter if you are focused on healthy eating and trying to get all your fruits and veggies in.  Luckily, […]

It Happened This Week – New Dietary Guidelines, Lousy Labeling, and Wearing Red

New dietary guidelines were released by the US Government on Monday, encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies, mind their portion sizes, drink more water, and consume less salt. Also stressed are increased exercise, switching to low or fat free milk based products, consuming more whole grains, and choosing seafood over meat. Sounds like […]

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 […]

It Happened This Week – Breastfeeding is Good, Pets Eat Well, & the #gmKISS

US Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released guidelines this week for healthy breastfeeding.  In her report, Benjamin outlines the importance of continuing breastfeeding throughout an infant's first six months, stating "Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, and those […]

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 – Food Trends for 2011, Resolutions and Revolutions

Resolutions?  Nah.  We prefer revolutions, such as the one encouraged by the Health at Every Size movement.  Instead of making shallow promises to diet, why not switch perspective to that of health, well-being, and loving yourself no matter what?  Model Isabelle Caro's death due to complications from anorexia was announced this week.  She was 28.  Known […]

Routine for Health and Weight Loss

As my 3 week break from work is winding down, I'm surprised at how quickly I've gotten out of my typical work-day routine.  Normally I'd rise at 5:15, go for a run, get ready for work, and have breakfast before heading out the door by 8:15.  In the past 3 weeks I've only been awake […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Sesame Peanut Sauce

When our friend Monika over at the great PCOS blog, inCYST on the Best! asked me for a recipe involving tea, I immediately thought of my sesame peanut noodles. She posted it on a blog about teas and bees, which worked nicely, since both are represented in this recipe. I share it with you now […]

Easy Holiday Planning – Taking Care of Your Needs

One of the things I’ve had validated by a fantastic member of our behavior staff, Darla Breckenridge, is to put yourself at the top of your to-do list. What I used to call “selfishness,” Darla has reframed for me as “selfness.” I’ve always explained it as “I am my top priority.” Sounds somewhat selfish, but […]

It Happened This Week – Baby Spanx, Healthy Vermont, Food Allergy Awareness

A friend of our blog, FitBottomedGirl, wrote this week about babies on diets, baby Spanx, and disordered eating in children, which is sadly on the rise.  But she offers better ideas to develop a healthy relationship with food for your children, too. Speaking of kids, the "Pink Stinks" campaign for greater gender equality in children's toys […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Healthy Holiday Snacking Ideas

Oh the temptations of the holidays…  Whether your weaknesses lie in the platefuls of Christmas cookies or in the salty goodness of a party mix, there are plenty of minefields to navigate around at this time of year.  It can be difficult to be mindful about making smart choices when there's easy accessibility to so many delicious and […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Spiced Mulled Wine

Here it comes…that [family…office…neighborhood] party where [Aunt Millie…Diane from accounting…that busybody Rachel] always makes her famous egg nog. That famous and delicious egg nog that's chock full of fat and calories, in addition to too much rum. Yikes! I don't know about you, but when I come across a great egg nog (or, to be […]

Healthy Cooking Friday – Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

In the midst of yesterday’s holiday of feasting, one thing was for certain; there would be an aftermath to deal with. And in this case, I’m not referring to the negative self-talk which might occur following “too much” enjoying. (I’ll leave my friend Darla to address those issues!)  But these leftovers need to be dealt with, stat. So how can […]

Thankful for Health

A very happy Thanksgiving to our virtual community!  We are very grateful for each one of you.  As my mom always says in greeting today, "Gobble Gobble Gobble!"  When we sit down to enjoy the feast this holiday, it is inevitable that minds and conversation will turn to what are we thankful for.  When I […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Patriotic Panini

A common question asked by the busy modern women who come to Green Mountain at Fox Run is how to prepare quick, healthy, and satisfying lunches when life far too often gets in the way of quality time in the kitchen.  I have a few fast favorites in the arsenal, one of which is panini […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Unconventional Breakfasts

I believe in breakfast.  It's just awesome.  I could get into why you should eat breakfast or how important protein is at breakfast, but, as you can see, we've covered this a few times already here at A Weight Lifted.  Besides, most of our readers seem to be pretty smart and knowledgeable about a thing or […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Strategies for Indulgence

Happy International No Diet Day, everyone!  Started in 1992 by Mary Evans Young, the director of Diet Breakers in the U.K., this holiday seeks to do what we at Green Mountain at Fox Run try to do on a daily basis: help people practice permission in regards to food consumption, and let go of diet mentality.  […]