Mindful Eating Series: Noticing Mouth Hunger

Today is the third post in our series on mindful eating.  We’ve been exploring the seven hungers — eye hunger, nose hunger, mouth hunger, stomach hunger, cellular hunger, mind hunger and heart hunger — as discussed in Jan Chozen Bay’s book Mindful Eating.  Each of these hungers provide a unique lens through which to investigate […]

Mindful Eating Series: How Will You Feed Your Eyes?

As part of our mindful eating series, we have been exploring 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 provides a unique lens through which you can investigate your relationship to food and the […]

Binge and Breath

Binging or mindlessly eating leads us to self loathing and not tasting our food in the moment. The more mindless we are, the more shallowly we breathe. At Green Mountain , women’s weight loss program, we practice remembering to breathe by taking 3 deep breaths every time we go to the bathroom. In this way we […]

Gratitude: Make It Happen In Your Life

Can you imagine starting out your day with a thank you? Imagine connecting with your Green Mountain wins…small successes that you count, notice and hold on to. Imagine starting a sentence with I am thankful____________. Gratitude and appreciation are ways to increase your positive self talk and by definition, decrease your negative self talk. The […]

Fat, Fat, Fat-the critical voice inside

Negative Self-Talk We are so hard on our bodies and just keep focusing on weight loss. I am not talking about the ways we don’t take care of ourselves physically.  I am talking about our negative self talk. Your Inner Critic Could I pay you large sums of money to talk to any child the […]

Weight Loss –The “Should”

There is something about the New Year that invites the word “should” into our hearts and minds.  “I should have de-cluttered my house last year” or “I should be thinking about weight loss as 2012 begins” or I should taking better care of myself”. I was reading  Stepping Out of the Should Trap by Jo […]

Winter Wonderland and Body Rhythm

Our first snow here at Green Mountain …oh so beautiful with sun twinkling off the glistening trees.  A change in season is an opportunity to connect with ourselves in a more hopeful way. One way to enhance our day to day life is by noticing our body rhythms.  What is your best time of day, […]

Fat Talk Free Week

Wake Up to Fat Talk Fat Talk is a conversational trap of habituated and mindless speaking. We not only use  it on others, but it is also how we talk to ourselves.  Frequently it’s used as a starter or how we greet old friends… “Wow, it looks like you have lost weight” or “Gosh, I […]

Overwhelming Fear and Fat Feelings

Fear, often described as anxiety, can sweep in and overtake us. Yikes! It is such a big feeling and leads us to focusing on feeling fat and how our bodies should be different and how our lives would if different “if only I would stop bingeing.” How to step from fear to possibility? I received […]

Feeling Stuck or Overwhelmed?

When you get into feeling stuck and down on yourself about your body, it is like having your feet in quicksand; the more you flail around the deeper you go.  This can lead to inertia, depression and despair. Use Mindfulness To Get Unstuck [div class=”callout-left”]Read This Related Article: Change Your Thinking: Startle Yourself with Surprises![end-div]One step […]

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 […]

Weight Loss Struggle? Get to Know the “I’m the Boss of Me” Inside You

I don’t know about you but one of the things I’ve noticed about myself is that I don’t like to be bossed around. Like any self-confident six-year old I know that “I’m the boss of me,” but there’s that recalcitrant part of me that acts out against obeying orders – from anyone. A sure way […]

Change Your Thinking: Startle Yourself with Surprises!

Let little gems be your big rewards. Savor the surprise of tasting the food at tonight's party and enjoying every bite and noticing when you have had enough. Savor the surprise of achieving your fitness goals for five days in a row with nary an internal nag. Savor the surprise of doing even very small […]

Changing Your Path to Avoid the Holes

Our first Sustain the ChangeTM retreat for Green Mountain alumnae ended yesterday to rave reviews. Darla, our psychologist, led three days of exploration all focused on helping the women who joined us successfully make changes that matter in their lives, to better take care of themselves. I use the plural of the word change hesitantly […]

The Sounds Of Silence and Music

I’ve said many times over the years (wow, we’ve been blogging for years!), that I’m a self-confessed music junkie. And although it’s good once and a while to walk mindfully and silently through a sunlit forest on a cool summer morning, most of the time I like tunes blasting in my ears.   Music really helps […]

It Happened This Week: Counterclockwise, Positive Body Image in Children, Beauty Foods, and More Vitamin D

Crabby McSlacker met Harvard social psychologist, Ellen Langer, who wrote the ground-breaking book Mindfulness, as well as a new book, called Counterclockwise.  Langer’s research on mindfulness and the “psychology of possibility” led her to believe we can use the power of the mind to do things like improve our health and reverse the physical affects […]

It Happened This Week: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Buffet, the Zen of Laundry & the Heirarchy of Food Needs

How’s this for a fab dessert for your July 4th fest?  Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Buffet celebrating those wonderful fruits that are at their best this time of year.  From fellow dietitians Janice & Liz whose website MealMakeoverMoms.com is dedicated to helping busy families eat better. “The Price of Beauty,” Jessica Simpson’s reality show about body image, […]

Eating with Your Eyes Closed

On Friday, I had a brownie for dessert. I remember it clearly because I ate it differently than I normally would. Without even noticing it, I closed my eyes while I was chewing the brownie. All of the sudden, everything else melted away and all of my senses were concentrated on the way the brownie […]