Wine & Weight: Reasons a Bit is Good & More is Not

‘Tis the season of family gatherings, cocktail parties and festivities galore. We hear from a lot of women that they are worried about holiday weight gain. Not just from the abundance of food at the holidays – but from alcohol. The truth is, many of us enjoy the merriment so much more with a glass […]

Can Sensuality Help Body Dissatisfaction?

“I hate my body” is a refrain I hear from women of all sizes. Body dissatisfaction oozes through our culture, bombards us with social media and chips away at our fragments of tender self esteem. As the holidays approach we are often visited by the ghosts of the past that invite us to compare ourselves […]

“Fat: The Owner’s Manual” Book Review

Ragen Chastain is a former national dance champion and choreographer. She is also fat. And she’s got a lot to say about fat acceptance and the Health at Every Size movement. I’ve read a few books about how to live your life as a fat person and was not impressed. Ragen’s book, “Fat: The Owner’s […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: Notice Your Own Behavior First

Join Green Mountain at Fox Run as we blog about Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Today, we encourage you to recognize and notice your own behavior. How might you be contributing to weight stigma unknowingly? Augh! I am SO fat!! I wonder how she ever got into those […]

Back-to-School Lessons: Preventing Chaotic Eating

If you haven’t noticed, school is back in session! Whether you are a brand new college student, a mother and “manager” of your own students, or you’re perhaps taking evening classes as you pursue a second degree, getting back in the school mindset and in a routine can take some time. While you adjust to […]

Resistant to Exercise? It May Be How You Think About It

“I don’t want to go to my appointment with my trainer.” “I hate walking.” “I should go swimming, but I’d rather not.” It is statements like these that take us down the slippery slope into inertia, funky feelings, “the pits”.  We can feel pressured, required, and “shoulded” to do what is good for us. So […]

Fitness Friday: I Love Hiking in Vermont

Hands down, one of the best parts of being a participant at Green Mountain (definitely not a typical weight loss camp) for me was hiking in Vermont and all of the “Vermontings” (usually long walks through forests, picturesque country roads, etc) we did. These excursions helped me discover that I do like to exercise and enjoy being active, […]

Foodie Friday Video: Find YOUR Filling Breakfast

One of the many life-changing things I learned at Green Mountain (what I call a weight loss retreat, not a weight loss spa, because it is so much more than that) was to eat a satisfying and filling breakfast – one preferably consisting of 2-3 servings of carbohydrates and 1-2 proteins, depending on what works for you […]

Bingeing: Use Mindful Eating

Bingeing…day three….feeling trapped and reaching mindlessly for the next mouthful.  Enter mindful , even in the midst of a binge. “Try this: place a forkful of food in your mouth. It doesn’t matter what the food is, but make it something you love — let’s say it’s the  first nibble of three hot, fragrant, perfectly […]

Where the Magic Happens

Do one thing every day that scares you. ~Eleanor Roosevelt Thanks to Quan Yin on Facebook for this.

Fitness Friday: Standing Abdominals

We talk a lot about strength training for the abs and back in our Fitness Friday posts. The primary reason is that lower back pain is one of the most common complaints we hear from women who come to Green Mountain at Fox Run. If your ab muscles are weak, then undue pressure is probably […]

Winter Wonderland and Body Rhythm

Our first snow here at Green Mountain …oh so beautiful with sun twinkling off the glistening trees.  A change in season is an opportunity to connect with ourselves in a more hopeful way. One way to enhance our day to day life is by noticing our body rhythms.  What is your best time of day, […]

Mix it Up – Variety with Exercise

This year has been a physically challenging one for me. I’ve suffered 2 broken bones and a knee injury, but something positive came out of the experience. I was forced to do things outside of my normal routine in order to work around the injury. Mainly the knee injury has been the most frustrating since […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 […]