‘Beach Body’ Ad Sparks Controversy: #AerieReal, Dove & Lane Bryant Challenge Weight Stigma

Here we go again Another ad promoting the perfect ‘beach body’ and defining it by parameters that most women can’t attain naturally, let alone healthfully. Dietary supplement maker Protein World is getting international publicity for an ad that’s gone viral – and not in a way they intended. “Are You Beach Body Ready?” This company’s […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Dressing for Today

Exposing Body Image Issues and their Impact on Binge Eating [div class=”callout-right”]Jacki Monaco is a Green Mountain alum who blogs about  overcoming binge eating disorder. Her story was featured on CNN.com.[end-div] I vividly remember being 70 pounds heavier than I am now in long sleeves and long pants… when it was hot as hell outside. […]

Feeling Good by Connecting to our Bodies

Whenever I ask a classful of women here to pull up favorite memories, they pretty much always recall times when they were in their bodies. Foamy waves and salt water and bright sun. Beautiful days on vacation. Walking outside and smelling the breeze and seeing the bright new green of freshly unfurled leaves. Watching the […]

Is This All About Shame?

Having worked with clients for decades around many, many things, including how to calm down dynamics around the ways we feed ourselves and how we feel toward our bodies, I’ve long wondered, “Is this all about shame?” In every woman’s story of how she feels betrayed by her own hand when she hurts herself with […]

Optimism: A Detour to Emotional Wellbeing

I watched a movie this weekend starring Jude Law who plays a psychiatrist. The third act was a little lame, but I’m a sucker for Jude Law, so I hung in there until the end even though you could see it coming from a mile away. The reason I reference this movie is there was a line Law […]

A Note of Encouragement to lululemon

There’s a story making its way around the Internet this week about a former lululemon employee who disclosed that shunning plus-size shoppers is part of the company’s business strategy (plus-size apparently is anything over size 12). Sadly, the news is reminiscent of the recent Abercrombie & Fitch fiasco, in which the CEO unapologetically admitted that […]

To Love Your Body, Try This with a Mirror

“Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year“ tells the story of UCLA doctoral student Kjerstin Gruy’s quest for personal growth and self-acceptance. As she started shopping for wedding dresses during her engagement, she found herself struggling to maintain a positive body image […]

Fat Talk Carries a Price Tag

Fat talk assails us in dressing rooms, mirror looking and on the stage between our ears. Frequently and for some of us constantly. These jeans look terrible on me.  My thighs are just huge.  Do you think I look fat?  In the NY Times article Fat Talk Compels but Carries a Cost Jan Hoffman writes […]

Our Turn to B**ch about Abercrombie & Fitch

Okay, so it’s not likely that many of us are shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch to start with (I think the pulsing music and disco lights may be a deterrent to the 20+ crowd), but this week it was confirmed that the CEO doesn’t want the majority of us there anyway. According to an article […]

Is Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign Sketchy?

There’s a lot of buzz on the internet over the new Dove ad, “Real Beauty Sketches.” If you haven’t seen it, take a look. Many are questioning whether the commercial in its attempt to address real women’s issues around self-esteem and body image is actually depicting the average woman at all. Some are asking us […]

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Six Ways to Leave Self-Defeat Behind

Lately, we’ve been talking about what you can do when body positivity feels impossible. Today we feature a guest post from author Rosie Molinary on six ways to leave self-defeat behind and move toward self-belief. Too many of us do it: berate and belittle ourselves until what’s left is simply defeat. Eradicating negative self-talk (from […]

Self-Bullying: Can I Get A Witness?

Can I get a witness? One intervention that can help stop bullying is educating the witnesses, the people who observe the bullying, to speak up in situations in which they feel safe or get help if they don’t feel safe. The issue of bullying is so widespread, there are even educational campaigns to help witnesses […]

Move that body!

Find a friend. Take a walk.  Have a conversation. Move that body!  It helps manage emotions and feels good. Exercise is becoming the new medicine. It increases life span; prevents heart disease, stroke and diabetes; lowers cancer rates and blood pressure; improves cholesterol; treats glaucoma, arthritis and osteoporosis; fights Alzheimer’s, depression and dementia; writes David […]

Can Sensuality Help Body Dissatisfaction?

“I hate my body” is a refrain I hear from women of all sizes. Body dissatisfaction oozes through our culture, bombards us with social media and chips away at our fragments of tender self esteem. As the holidays approach we are often visited by the ghosts of the past that invite us to compare ourselves […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: Reclaim Your Body Image

Join Green Mountain at Fox Run as we blog about Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Today, BEDA encourages us to reclaim our body image as our own and engage in positive body talk. When I first decided I would write today’s Weight Stigma Awareness blog post about reclaiming […]

Stop Hating, Stop Waiting and Start Living

In honor of Mara Glatzel, who will be doing a special workshop next week at Green Mountain called “Stop Hating, Stop Waiting and Start Living,” today we are reposting a beautiful piece she wrote for after her guest stay in January about the importance of losing the body fantasy. I think we all have one. […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Learning to Forgive Myself

This is 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 challenges and victories of recovery. Forgiveness is often one of the hardest things to give, especially to ourselves. I still haven’t forgiven myself for turning to food during […]

Create a Better Life: Healing Your Relationship with Your Body

Today’s guest post is from Self-Love Body Coach, Mara Glatzel, who will be hosting a workshop at Green Mountain from Sept. 9-15 called “Stop Waiting, Stop Hating and Start Living” on creating the life you were meant to lead. When I first realized the enormous gap between the life that I was living and the […]

Too Fat For Yoga? Think Again!

There are more resources than ever about yoga for plus-size women. Green Mountain at Fox Run interviews Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, about why it’s great for every shape, size and ability. Namaste! Anna, why did you start practicing yoga? I think some kind of bodily discomfort (pain, injury, inflexibility, etc.) brings many people […]

Feeling Good about Ourselves: Does Dove’s Ad Makeover Do It For You?

Dove is at it again. Their campaigns in recent years have taken on women’s issues with the media and body image, and they’ve made quite a splash doing it.  What do you think of this most recent one? Does it have the power to make you feel more beautiful? What do you think about Dove’s […]