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 […]

Be Better, Not Perfect

Yesterday on A Weight Lifted, Darla presented a theme we will be working with during 2011 of Green Mountain KISSes.  These Green Mountain: Keep it Simple, Sweetheart Tips will hopefully help you take on 2011 and make it a year of change and self-improvement with a focus on health and wellness.  Yesterday Darla focused on […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Butternut Macaroni and Cheese

Behold, one of my happiest accidents. This recipe was born when I didn't have a lot of food in the house and needed to come up with dinner. I forget what I served it with because, frankly, this side dish was so delicious it eclipsed anything else from the meal. I recommend using a type […]

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 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – The Secret Ingredient is Love

The title of this post is something I often find myself saying to the ladies who come to Green Mountain. There is no greater truth than this, that if you do not truly love what you are doing, there is no reason that you will find satisfaction in it. This goes for when you are […]

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 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Calamari Salad

As some of you out there know, one of my favorite things about the holidays is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, my husband Jamie's family tradition which I have co-opted into a week of seafood leading up to Christmas Day.  While it may seem like it's easy to eat healthy when seafood is all […]

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 Wednesday-Fruit Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

We’ve been going crazy playing with cranberries in the Green Mountain at Fox Run kitchen these days. You might have seen my grown-up gravy alternative, the Cranberry Balsamic Jus, which I’ve enjoyed on turkey, pears, salmon, butternut squash puree, and rice since its development a couple of weeks ago. It’s a keeper…as is this one, […]

Weighing Our Lives

Reflections On Weight Watchers In The Family My stepfather died a few weeks ago and I flew to California to help my mom begin to gather together her belongings, in preparation for moving back to Texas to be closer to family.  She’s 82 years young, and while still very capable of being independent, she needs […]

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 […]

Sitting Out The Summer — A Diet From Fun?

When Body Image Makes Your Summer A Bummer It’s ironic that so many of us yearn for Old Man Winter to take a hike, only to trade in some low-grade depression after deciding to sit out another summer because of how we feel about our bodies. There’s no bigger bummer than sitting in your house all summer long because […]

If The Tennis Shoe Fits…

  I went shopping this weekend for some new workout threads and was reminded how invigorating it can be tossing out the old and bringing in something brand spanky new.  Even exchanging my dingey socks with a fresh pair of crispy white ones can put a skip in my step and help me stay the path to a […]

When ‘Working Out’ Becomes Work

I wish that getting and staying fit was as simple as a walk in the park or as inspirational as frolicking through a field of wildflowers. The truth is, shouldn’t it be? I return to this topic time and again because months, even years go by, when I’m really feeling great about excercise.   Then, out of the blue  (*poof*)  the love is […]