Interpreting Holiday Eating Advice with an Intuitive Eye

It wouldn’t be December without the songs, sparkly decorations, and yes, advice about what to eat during the holidays.  Much of which you might want to ignore if you’re trying to become a normal, intuitive eater, or if you are already one and want to stay that way. No matter which description fits you, it […]

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 […]

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 – You Eat With Your Eyes First, Part Two

(This is a continuation of last Thursday's post on increasing the satiety qualities of a healthy meal.) If you are careful about pasta, you know that the portion of 2 ounces of cooked spaghetti can be downright depressing, it looks so small. Use hollow pasta shapes such as penne and ziti instead. The same 2 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – You Eat With Your Eyes First

Here at our healthy weight loss spa, we talk a lot about satiety. Satiety is more than just satisfaction, it refers to that feeling of being gratified from what you’ve experienced. And eating a nutritionally appropriate meal just might not be enough to cause that feeling. For example, consider a perfectly healthy meal of baked […]

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.  […]

When to Stop Eating

Our blog post yesterday was on the topic of determining when you’ve had enough, of anything.  One thing that can be challenging for those of us who’ve dieted in the past, is determining when we’ve had enough food. Overeating on low calorie foods until we are stuffed, starving ourselves until it triggers binge eating, previous […]

Variety or Repetition, Which is Best?

Last week someone asked me if she should try to branch out with new breakfast ideas or keep eating the same breakfast every morning because she knew it worked for her.  My response was “both.”  When it come to feeding ourselves well for health, energy, weight loss, etc.. we may find that through the practice […]

It Happened This Week: Heartburn, Happiness & Informed Intuition

Do you take drugs to tame heartburn?  While experts generally agree they're good on a temporary basis, there's growing concern over their chronic use.  Check out this article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. Looks like we don't need expensive vegetable washes to remove pesticide residues from fresh produce.  Scientists have found tap water works […]

It Happened This Week: Living to Eat, Intuitive Eating & Trust

Do you eat to live or live to eat?  The Wall Street Journal reviews research into why fatter folks might fall in with the latter camp.  We'd love to see research included that looks at the effects of deprivation on brain signals. Weightless blog interviews Christie from Honoring Health about intuitive eating and includes a […]

Learning Our Lesson: Forget Fake Foods for Healthy Weight Loss

I woke up the other day to a spot on a major morning television show featuring a weight loss "expert" who shall remain unnamed.  While the expert has no professional credentials, I don't always see professional credentials as the be all and end all.  I do look for common sense and wisdom, however, and in […]

Another Hapless Birthday

Another ‘come and gone’ birthday has just rolled by. Once you’ve successfully hurdled the mid-century mark, who wants to celebrate, right? (I have to admit, I haven’t been aging as gracefully as I’d hoped). Well, yesterday I realized something.  I miss the celebration that was once so much a party of my birthday. I’m still a bit of […]

It’s Not Nice To Label…Or Is It?

With the Obamas on the healthcare case, Americans may find themselves thinking twice before ordering a Frappuccino or coffee cake at Starbucks. Buried deep within the Presidents health care reform bill there lays a mandate which requires big food chains to come up with the goods on their goods. This new federal law obligates restaurant chains […]

Raising Healthy Eaters: Feeding Teenagers

Today my youngest child begins his last year as a teenager.  He’s off at college and I’m not dealing with the day-to-day responsibilities of child rearing anymore.  But many of us still are, and I thought I’d celebrate Jake’s birthday by pointing readers to Ellyn Satter’s latest newsletter talking about the division of responsibility in […]

Spinning Food Rules

I’ve been on a book-buying frenzy lately, picking up new and older books about healthy eating that I haven’t had a chance to review yet.  In coming weeks, I plan to present my non-diet two cents about what’s said in these books — particularly how they fit with the idea of intuitive eating and mindful […]

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: Feeding Children

And now for the third question posed to me last week at the Mompreneur Twitter party. Q3:  I’m concerned about my children stuffing themselves with so many holiday sweets, they won’t eat the healthy meals I prepare.  Any tips? Children are great regulators of their eating if we set up their environment to support them.  […]

How to Avoid Weight Gain during the Holidays, Q2

Continuing on yesterday’s theme, here’s the second question that was posed to me during the Mompreneurs Twitter party last week. Q2:  I can’t resist Christmas cookies and eggnog.  If I indulge, how can I make up for it? First, stop thinking u have to make up for it. Our bodies are resilient. They adjust naturally […]

How to Avoid Weight Gain during the Holidays

I was pleased to be a part of a Twitter party last week on the website Mompreneurs Online. The party was all about the holidays — shopping, crafts, even make-up tips from Avon.  I was there to provide advice about  making it through the holidays without gaining a lot of weight. A topic that’s on […]

Finding What Works for You: Thoughts on Food Journals

Robyn Priebe, RD, nutrition director at Green Mountain, is back today with a bit of a twist on my Monday post on listening to yourself. All too often I see people respond to the same situation so differently.  For example, I frequently get questions about the benefit of food journaling.  Typically I do not recommend […]

Respecting Your Uniqueness: Are Low-Carbohydrate Diets Right for You?

I’ve been reading quite a bit recently since my foray into the food as medicine world, and one of themes that keeps hitting home to me is how we are all biochemically unique.  Yet when many of us set out to clean up our eating, we often try to follow guidelines that may not work […]