Discouraged About Your Weight: Increase Self Care

Once you get discouraged about reaching your healthy weight, you increase negative self talk about your body, feel out of control around your eating and start shutting down. In last week’s blog we talked about how to increase self-care. Here is a fun, effective technique for the 911 situations which may lead to shut down […]

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 […]

It Happened Last January: The Truth About the Health Risks of Fat

Playing a little catch-up here, the result of a presentation I debuted yesterday at Green Mountain. In it, I reviewed a few of the conclusions from a paper published last January (hence the title of this post) in the Nutrition Journal by Linda Bacon of HAES fame and Lucy Aphramor.  It’s titled “Weight Science: Evaluating […]

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-Women’s Day, George Michael’s Un-Marijuana Diet, Lily Allen’s Bulimia Struggle

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day occurred this week, and many organizations seized the opportunity to highlight women’s continuing struggles across the globe, including in regards to health. In the U.S., 61.2% of women are “overweight” and 35.5% are “obese.” While weight is hardly the only indicator of health, those percentages are a bit […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – My Top Ten Healthy Kitchen Tools

It can be difficult to wade through the myriad kitchen supply stores in an attempt to build an arsenal of tools for your kitchen, especially when so much of the equipment out there is so specialized. Do you really need a quesadilla maker, a strawberry huller, or a garlic press? In my 15 years of […]

It Happened This Week – Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow Criticized During NEDA Week

In honor of this being National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, today the focus is on women’s body image in the public eye. And there has been plenty of talk on this topic recently… On his radio show on Monday, Rush Limbaugh criticized Michelle Obama’s dinner. The First Lady, whose wellness initiatives hope to teach children about fitness […]

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 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – How Do I Make These Grains Delicious?

Recently, Robyn (as well as the US government) suggested reducing refined grains for numerous healthy reasons.  But there’s a reason that many folks avoid barley, quinoa, millet, amaranth, oats, brown rice, and all their whole grain buddies; many people find them hard to make delicious, aside from adding tons of fat and sodium to them.  Here […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

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 […]

Stop Dieting & Start to Lose Weight: Guest Post

Today’s post is courtesy of Sheryl Kraft, a freelance writer who recently visited Green Mountain to learn more about how we help women who struggle with eating, weight, body image and self esteem.  She originally posted it on healthywomen.org, a website whose name and tagline — “informed. empowered” — is right up our alley! I’m […]

Can You Lose Weight with Mindful Eating?

The subject of weight loss is hotly debated among advocates of mindful eating or intuitive eating.  The core issue revolves around the fact that a focus on weight loss tends to take us away from listening to our internal cues.  We worry about what and how much we eat, rather than letting our bodies guide […]