Try A 30 Day Yoga Challenge (Yes, Even Beginners!)

Driving home from a yoga class a few months ago I realized how peacefully happy I felt. The car tailgating me didn’t really bother me, and waiting in line to pay for my groceries felt more amusing than inconvenient. My legs and core felt strong, and my shoulders felt relaxed; I felt taller. I decided […]

My Solution to Overeating After “Happy Hour”

I did it again! Another family weekend where I ate like a maniac and drank like a sailor! I thought I had this one figured out after the ski trip last February. Remember, the one where I had decided not to let peer pressure dictate my food choices? The one where I was going to […]

Body Respect: Book Review and Giveaway

Finding Peace In The War Against Obesity There’s a revolution afoot. It takes on ingrained notions about eating, exercise, weight, health. That counting calories is the best way to avoid consistent overeating and weight gain. That the “no-pain, no gain” approach to exercise is the best way to get fit. That healthy weights are primarily determined by what […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014 Starts Monday!

Next week marks the third annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (of which I am privileged to serve as a board member). Weight Stigma: Judging People By Their Body Size Weight stigma is an insidious yet pervasive problem in today’s world. It comes out of the judgment about body […]

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 […]

Did You See Her Thigh Gap?

Model Robyn Lawley Doesn’t Have A Thigh Gap Some Say This Model Is Fat. She Gives Such A Perfect Response That Even Ellen Degeneres Applauds. Okay, this is a thing now apparently. Like a thing young women are striving for when they go on diets – getting the perfect thigh gap. So, now the body ideal we […]

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 […]

Diana Nyad: Never, Ever Give Up

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Diana Nyad before yesterday. But as news updates kept popping up on my screen about her Cuba-to-Key West swim, I became increasingly interested and inspired. When it was reported she could be the first person to complete the swim without a shark cage, I admired her […]

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 […]

Acknowledging the Legitimacy of Binge Eating Disorder

I Bullied Myself Because Binge Eating Disorder Wasn’t ‘Real’ Maybe one reason I have self-bullied for so long is that I grew to believe what the rest of the world was saying…or not saying. Until this month, Binge Eating Disorder was a secret – free of a definition, uncategorized, and ignored. Until this month, I was diagnosed with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Swimsuit Season: Try on Self Compassion

Memorial Day, officially founded to remember the sacrifices by those in the military who have died while serving their country, has unofficially come to mark the beginning of swimsuit season. As well as the calendar date many women have circled in red for when they want to be “bikini ready.” As it often goes with […]

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 […]

11 Ideas to Help You Fly in 2013

New Year, here we come. Yet again we can spend precious time focusing on weight loss or we can explore other ways to  live more fully this year, and yes, even reduce stress. When expectations are unrealistic, or the clutter gets too great, or the to-do list gets too long, it is easy to move […]

Fitness Friday: Experiencing My First Nia Class

Today’s post is by Green Mountain fitness intern Melissa on experiencing her first Nia class. During my first week as a fitness intern at Green Mountain, I was fortunate to be able to go through the Green Mountain program with our participants. Looking at the schedule, one of the classes that intrigued me the most […]

Fashion Friday: Clothing for Curvy Girls

Clothing options for curvy girls have have gotten immeasurably better in the past few years. More and more designers are making plus-size clothing, even though they may be sold only online and aren’t always easy to find. I really believe that wearing nice clothes that fit my body today, not when or if I lose […]

Can Kindness Stop Weight Gain?

Sing, Cheer, Pray. Creating positive self talk in your head is a step toward kindness, which interrupts the cycle of self loathing – overeating – self loathing that can lead to weight gain. The more negative self talk and self hate we engage in, the worse we feel, the more we eat to cope, the […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

This blog is about my journey. A journey that I’m sharing in hopes that what I’ve gone through with binge eating will give all of you some comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. We can make our individual changes and achieve our personal goals… together. I’ve been proactive with my campaign that changes are […]