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 […]

Halloween Hang-Over

Last night I awoke at 2:00 AM hungry.  This is not a normal occurrence for me, but it’s also not the norm for me to eat salad and candy for dinner either.  Last night being Halloween I was able to enjoy quite a few mini peanut butter cups.  I didn’t feel too hungry for a regular dinner, […]

Feeling Fat and Frustrated? Coffee as Meditation

As a lover of coffee I have a habit of drinking mine first thing every morning. Oftentimes, I am zipping out to my car, not mindfully, mind you. The adrenaline rushes through me as the day floods in and my to do list shouts in my head. Meditation is a mindfulness tool we use a […]

Ice Cream, Chocolate, Apple: Choose One

Change is what we are want. Often we wait for a change in weight to start living again. When we use food to cope, we eat in secret, wishing it wasn’t happening, believing that we really do deserve a treat for the hard day, month or life that we have had and then blame ourselves […]

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 […]

Overcoming Binge Eating: Moving from Self-Loathing to Self-Care

Moving from self-loathing to self-care can seem an impossible task when binge eating has a grip on your life.  At the MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorder Association) conference this past week, Marsha Hudnall and I presented on this topic and here are a few highlights. Binge eating leads many women towards self-loathing and hopelessness. The binge […]

Old-School in the Kitchen

This week I've been doing all my dishes by hand at home and I'm not too happy about it.  There are certain luxuries, such as a functioning dishwasher, that I've gotten used to having.  At first it was a little fun/novel doing dishes the old-school way, but that quickly wore off.  I will say however, […]

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 […]

Breakfast for Dinner?

 Last week I wrote about simplifying meal planning.  This morning as I stood in front of my fridge thinking that traditional breakfast foods like eggs or cereal were just not appealing, I got to thinking about how locked in we get to eating certain foods at certain times of the day.  I don't HAVE TO […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Stir Fry as Meditation

Few things get my head straight like doing detailed knife work.  So when I'm having an off day, I will often turn to the vegetables in my fridge for clarity.  Executing brunoise (dicing things really small), chiffonade (cutting leafy things into thin ribbons), or even a simple julienne (slicing into strips) can force me to get my head out […]

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.  […]

If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It

One of the strategies we discuss in our Mindful Eating class is to reduce multi-tasking while eating.  All too often we may find ourselves doing a host of other things while we eat.  Very common activities are: watching TV reading driving working using a computer talking on the phone feeding children cleaning sorting mail, paying […]

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 […]

Managing Cravings by Catering to Your Senses

In case you avid readers haven’t figured it out yet, each week I’m trying to play off of Darla’s Monday blog post theme.  This week she talked about tuning into the senses and it reminded me of our class on dealing with challenging foods.  One of the classes in our binge eating series includes an […]

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 […]

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 […]

It Happened This Week: Imagining Eating, Stress and Weight Gain, & Vermonting at Buttermilk Falls

Interesting research out this week about the potential benefits of imagining you're eating something, instead of really eating it. It may help you eat it more mindfully when you do partake. Exercise before breakfast might help ameliorate the after-effects of too much holiday indulgence, according to a study reviewed in this New York Times article. […]

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 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 […]