Here we go again…the New Year is almost upon us, and you know what that means: DIET TIME.
Let’s go, ladies, you got this. This is the one. Now is the time. A little research on the latest and greatest. Some calorie counting, meticulous meal planning, rigorous exercise. This is the one that will get you there and keep you there. LET’S DO THIS! Are you ready? Are you pumped? C’mon!!
Hello? Are you there? Hmm…for some reason I feel like I hear the sound of deflation, eye rolling even.
Let’s get real for a minute.
How many diets have you tried? How many resolutions have you made? Maybe they got you there, but did they keep you there?
Here’s the deal – we need to get to the root of this. Sure, it may be about weight loss, but what’s really underneath weight struggles? Why do we really have a hard time with eating behavior?
The reality is that this is about more than weight. This is really a stress issue. We overeat because food has become the main (or only) coping mechanism for difficult emotions…aka…stress.
It’s not about hunger (usually), it’s about stress.
Stress creates certain physiological processes within us that actually encourage weight storing. We store fat, muscle building decreases, and appetite hormones increase. That’s why we turn to high ‘load’ foods when we’re stressed. What’s a better way to survive being chased by a tiger than filling up with the energy you need to outrun it?
On the flip side, mindfulness activates an exact opposite response within us, the relaxation response.
When people think about health, it’s usually “what am I gonna eat (or not eat)?” and “how am I gonna move?” Nutrition and fitness. Well, of course. What we put in our bodies DOES impact health; yes, nutrition is important. And moving and fitness also impacts health and is important.
But what about the mind?
We need to think about the health of our minds. The mind actually controls the body. When we’re mindful through meditation, mindful eating, and managing our emotions, our inner physiology actually changes, which brings us closer to true, optimal, WHOLE health – health of the body AND mind.
When we let go of stress, our bodies can let go…of fear…maybe even let go of weight, if that’s what’s needed.
With that in mind, Green Mountain at Fox Run is doing what we’ve been doing best for over 40 years – this New Year’s, instead of doing the same thing over and over, do what works. Join us for an exclusive mindfulness retreat for women who struggle with weight.
Mindfulness for Women Who Struggle With Weight – A Meditative Retreat
This special program focuses on mindfulness-focused classes, workshops and activities related to food, mind and body. Join us for an immersive mindfulness retreat to learn:
- How stress impacts us and how mindfulness can change that
- About mindfulness and mindful eating
- To jump start your own mindfulness practice
Come immerse yourself in meditative practices that will truly jumpstart a year of WHOLE health. Join us January 4 – 7, 2017 in the beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains, along with other women who get it and address the roots of weight struggles, working from the inside out.