Stressed? Try Magnesium, the Ultimate Chill Pill

Could optimizing our magnesium levels help with emotional overeating? Stress in our bodies, whether physical or psychological, uses up our magnesium stores. And the more magnesium our body loses, the more stressed the system can become. It, like most things, is a cycle. But look on the bright side! When magnesium stores within our bodies […]

3 Strategies to Self-Soothe & Stop Eating When You’re Stressed

Often we go through our day-to-day lives tripping and stumbling through daily stressors, trials and tribulations. If we’re someone who worries about our weight, this can send us straight to food. And that only complicates things. So how can we help ourselves? Turning off the Auto-Pilot Response to Stress Perhaps if we took just one moment (or […]

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 […]

How Naming Your Emotions Helps to Better Cope With Stress

In order to make a change, we need to actually know what we’re feeling in each moment, to have awareness of what’s going on in our bodies, so we can deal with it positively. I teach a class called ’Stress and our Bodies’ here at Green Mountain at Fox Run where we talk about how […]

Is Your Relationship Stressing You Out?

Let’s face it; relationships can be a source of immense joy followed by bang-your-head-against-the-wall frustration. Especially in long term relationships when what started out as adorable quirks may have slowly turned into idiosyncrasies, and then aggravations, and finally potential deal-breakers that have you reading self-help books or landed you into therapy. Relationship Challenges: Focus On Yourself […]

Prevent Overeating with Just One Word?

I had an epiphany about my overeating One of my favorite bloggers, Karen Anderson, chooses a word of the year as an alternative to making goals and resolutions. Last year, she told the readers of this blog how you can choose your own word of the year. I didn’t do it then, but this year, […]

The Daily Essentials During Life Transitions, Part II

….Continued from The Daily Essentials During Life Transitions, Part I, in which Lisa Claudia Briggs discusses the daily practices of self care that help support her as she moves through life transitions. It’s comforting when everything is changing to have certain things that stay the same. I have a yoga mat for Vermont and one […]

The Daily Essentials During Life Transitions, Part I

As much as we know lots of things on an intellectual level, when push comes to shove (and sometimes it really does feel like that), what we know can go missing… Gone baby gone. People that know me know that I have just undergone more than a few life transitions. Big ones. Downsized from our […]

Relationship Patterns that Show Up at Green Mountain

I love patterns of all kinds and my eye tends to pick them out very quickly. This of course makes me well-suited for the work I do with the women here at Green Mountain. It’s not a surprise, at least to me, that what happens in relationships among participants here often follows what happens at […]

Video Interview: Rest without Guilt

Today, Mara Glatzel and Christie Inge of the podcast series, “Your Self Love Adjustment,” interview each other exclusively for our blog about what rest looks like and how we, as women, can include it in our self-care and self-love regimens without guilt. A Day of Rest This past Sunday, I had every intention of either […]

40 Ideas for Incorporating Self-Care into Your Life

Self-Care Influences Emotional Overeating We say it often at Green Mountain: When stress increases, self-care decreases. But adding self-care strategies into your life can make a serious impact on emotional overeating. 40 Self-Care Ideas In keeping up our top-40 series, we present 40 Ideas for Incorporating Self-Care into Your Life: Work with professionals, e.g., personal trainers, nutritionists […]

Do You Have the Healing Touch?

When stress goes up, self care goes down. One way to implement self-care and self soothe (instead of stress eat) in stressful times is through healing touch. Touch can help you to calm, reduce your heart rate and decrease anxiety. As our world gets consumed by iPhones, social media, texting and e-mailing, it’s not uncommon […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Relaxing into Life and Your Healthy Weight

We are pleased to feature a guest post by founder of the Institute for Psychology of Eating, Marc David. Join the first global online Eating Psychology Conference Aug. 5-9 to hear Marc David interview Green Mountain co-owner and president, Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD on why dieting doesn’t work. Other featured interviews include Geneen Roth, Linda […]

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 […]

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 […]

Six Holiday Energy Booster Tips

Do you already feel worn out from the holidays? Are you wishing you could fast forward through December to a time you won’t feel as stressed or tired? Even in the midst of all the holiday madness, there are a few easy things you can do to prevent stress, create energy and feel great. #1 […]

Weight Stigma and Loneliness

Weight Stigma Can Lead To Isolation Weight stigma enhances feeling fat and uncomfortable in public and can lead to greater and greater isolation. At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we know that loneliness can interrupt self care and increase isolation. Harriet Brown discusses in Science Times how, in a time of public acceptance and tolerance […]

Fitness Friday: Five Reasons to “Go Take a Hike”

Many women who come to Green Mountain reconnect to exercise and rediscover their joy of movement by just being more active outdoors again. Volleyball games, walking the logging trail, and shorter hikes are among the most popular activities here. I personally love hiking – you can take in the beauty of nature and the health […]

Fitness Friday Video: Relax with a Neck Roll

What a pain in the neck! It’s the end of the week, and chances are you might be carrying stress in your neck and shoulders. Neck tension is uncomfortable and relaxing with a neck roll can feel like the next best thing to a massage, but it’s important to do it the right way to […]