Change Your Approach to Stress by Reframing Your Thoughts

If you are feeling stressed these days, you’re  not  alone. Research as recent as October of 2015, reported the leading causes of stress among Americans to be job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload, and sleep deprivation. That about covers the entire day from sunrise to sunset, nearly every day, for many Americans. […]

5-Minute Meditations: Opening Up & Letting Go

[quote]The 5-Minute Meditations series was created to help us fit in time for meditation, relaxation, and looking inward – even when we’re busy. You guessed it, meditations are usually 5 minutes or less, meaning only .04% of your day. The 5-Minute Meditations series is a great introduction to meditation for beginners, and a helpful resource for more experienced practitioners.[/quote] This second […]

5-Minute Meditations: Thinking and Observing Meditation

This Thinking and Observing Meditation is the first in our new 5-Minute Meditations Series! [quote]The 5-Minute Meditations series was created to help us fit in time for meditation, relaxation, and looking inward – even when we’re busy. You guessed it, meditations are usually 5 minutes or less, meaning only .04% of your day. The 5-Minute […]

Healthy Weight Week 2015 Starts Monday!

Hang on to your hats, folks. It’s Healthy Weight Week next week! Okay, maybe we’re a little more excited than you are at this point. But we’ve been working on this for a while now and are excited with all we’ve got to share. About Healthy Weight Week If you’re not familiar with Healthy Weight […]

A Mindless Evening Leads to a Mindful Morning

Today’s post is another from alum Lisa Ann Citarella. We were supposed to have her authorship up on the blog today, but somehow that fell through the cracks. But we’re letting you know to expect more from Lisa as she shares her experiences moving to a better place with her eating and herself. This morning […]

How to Keep Your Exercise Going

A Q&A with Green Mountain’s Program Director Erin Risius, MA, joined Green Mountain at Fox Run at the end of 2013 as program director. She brings a dual background in fitness and counseling and discusses how Green Mountain’s fitness program helps women make liveable, doable lifestyle changes.  How does Green Mountain help women make fitness […]

The Changes Mindfulness Meditation Brings

Being Okay with What Is We’ve been practicing bits of mindfulness meditation in many of my classes the last few months. Also in a more extended form in the weekly Wednesday 4 pm class on Meditation. I love being with women as they learn to meditate and move into mindfulness. Within the space of as […]

Fretting about Weddings: Stop Comparing, Start Celebrating

At a wedding this weekend I spoke with three single women of varying ages. There was a great deal of fretting displayed by these women as they worked to negotiate the dance floor, the bouquet toss, and shapes and sizes of the other women. But we don’t think you need to be single (or the […]

Change Your Brain with Mindfulness

Have you ever felt so stressed out or frozen from fear that you that you couldn’t think or move or make any decision? This kind of flight or fight stress helps us when our very survival feels threatened. This can be because of too heavy a work load too much of the time, from being […]

A Letter to Chris Christie on His Weight Loss Surgery

So Governor Chris Christie had stomach surgery – the weight loss kind. No surprise there. The poor man has been vilified for his weight — which has nothing to do with his abilities.  It’s no wonder he is looking for help. This isn’t a vote for or against Christie, or weight loss surgery for that […]

40 Ways to Feed Your Spiritual Hunger

Filling Up With Something Other Than Food Today’s blog post is part of our top-40 series to mark Green Mountain’s 40th anniversary. Sometimes it’s just really hard to imagine how to fill yourself up in lieu of food.  Eating in mindless ways can be an attempt to help yourself feel better, but what if the food […]

Taking a Walk with Intention

Now that it’s FINALLY warming up, taking a walk everyday may be more realistic for some of us. Walking soothes your mind; connects you with your body; and helps you manage anxiety, cope with the blues, and improve your happiness. Here are a few ideas about how to conceptualize taking a walk without having it be […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Are You Feeding The Body or Mind?

A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of repairing her relationships with food, her body and herself. For the last few weeks I’ve been toying with an idea that has seemed out of reach […]

Creating Space to Move from Reaction to Response

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you just keep hanging in a situation that is uncomfortable? Sometimes as women we don’t feel we are permitted to step away from a difficult situation, e.g., criticism at work, an argument at home, or an upsetting political discussion. And a lot of times, using food to cope when […]

Seven Tips for Learning to Meditate

Today’s post on learning to meditate is by guest blogger Elesa Commerse, founder of Touching Earth, a Chicago-based mindfulness center. Elesa will be leading a workshop at Green Mountain from March 24-30, called Befriending the Body, Befriending the Mind.® Anything we do takes on enhanced vigor and purpose when we bring mindfulness to it. That’s […]

The Next Time You Reach for The Cookie Jar

I just walked by a group of women at Green Mountain who were making cookie jars. Yeah, I know, doesn’t seem like the kind of thing we would do here, does it? Well, a Green Mountain cookie jar is not your mother’s cookie jar. In fact, it’s a fun play on the idea that when […]

Weight and Depression: ‘Tis the Season

Many of us carry the Hallmark variety of pictures in our heads of how the holiday season is supposed to be.  And yet, what often happens at this time of year is that we hyper-focus on weight and depression. The more we wish for weight loss and a different body, the more down, unhappy and […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Thanksgiving Commandments

A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of recovery. Thanksgiving is just around the cornucopia Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, rejoice, and overindulge until we loosen the top button before it pops off. […]

Emotional Eating Strategy: The QTIP

QTIP=Quit Taking It Personally!! I learned about the QTIP technique from a participant at Green Mountain at Fox Run.  She kept a Q-tip® taped to her computer so she would remember…. remember to not make all of it all about her failings. Usually her self talk was: It is all my fault I should have […]

Mindful Eating Series: Feeding Heart Hunger

This is the last post in our mindful eating series where we explore the seven hungers as discussed in Jan Chozen Bay’s book, “Mindful Eating.” Eye hunger, nose hunger, mouth hunger, stomach hunger, cellular hunger, mind hunger and heart hunger, each provide a unique lens through which we can investigate our relationship to food and […]