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July 11, 2005

Taming Your Chew

Taming_the_chew Conquering that insatiable desire to eat is a compulsion that many of us face as we try, often in vain, to overcome our obsession with food.  In Denise Lamothe's critically acclaimed book, "The Taming of the Chew", she describes the enemy as 'the Chew', that "hurtful, persistent, out-of-control part of each of us." According to Dr. Denise, 'the Chew' is what keeps overeaters from sticking with a healthy eating plan and can compel them to go on eating binges.

This summer Dr. Denise Lamothe PsyD, HHD will be a featured lecturer at Green Mountain at Fox Run during their regularly scheduled program on the following dates:

August 21 - 24, 2005 - September 11 - 14, 2005 - September 18 - 21, 2005
 
Here are some program highlights:

  • Understand causes of food control issues from physical, emotional, and spiritual perspectives.
  • Realize how our socialization process creates a context in which it is nearly impossible to avoid food control problems.
  • Know what a holistic approach is and how to incorporate it in planning and implementing personal care for yourself and others.
  • Appreciate physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental reasons why so many people today struggle with food control and other substance abuse issues.
  • Develop powerful strategies for achieving and maintaining emotional and spiritual health.
  • Gain a breadth and depth of knowledge about your personal relationship with food and appetite.
  • Learn many ways to eliminate guilt and shame, to take responsibility for choices and to implement health-promoting changes.
  • Design a personal, individualized plan to take control of your health and to achieve and maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
  • Discover renewed zest for life and to formulate a plan for maintaining balance and approaching life creatively, positively and joyfully.

For more information about this special program and others, visit the Green Mountain at Fox Run  homepage.

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Posted by Cindy on July 11, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


July 07, 2005

Country-Style Frittata

This frittata makes an easy and appealing lunch or brunch dish. Start with eggs and cheese, then add vegetables and herbs from the late summer's garden for an endless number of combinations. Garnish with chunky tomato salsa and serve with a mixed green salad or waldorf salad and a whole grain roll for lunch. Or pair with a fresh fruit cup and an oat muffin for a Sunday brunch.

(Makes 4-6 wedges)

    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1 teaspoon oil
    1 cup thinly sliced cooked potatoes
    1 cup thinly sliced summer and/or zucchini squash
    6 eggs
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup regular or reduced-fat shredded Cheddar/Jack cheese mix
    1/2 cup chopped red pepper
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
    Salt
    Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oil and onion in a large (10") oven-proof skillet; sauté onion over medium-low heat until onion is soft (about 3-4  minutes). Remove onion from skillet. Layer potatoes in bottom of skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper; layer squash on top of potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In medium bowl, beat eggs; stir in onion, cheeses, red pepper, basil, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the potato and squash. Place skillet on low-medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake about 15-20 minutes until the top is set.

Remove from oven. Garnish with fresh herbs. Serve either warm or at room temperature.

Variations: Substitute or combine any variety of vegetables such as chopped tomatoes, chopped spinach, and sautéed mushrooms for squash and peppers. Also try other fresh herbs such as oregano, parsley or chives instead of basil.

If you enjoyed this recipe, come and enjoy our complete collection of healthy eating recipes.

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Posted by Laura on July 7, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


July 06, 2005

Recognizing the Diet Mentality

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it's on your plate - that's my philosophy.
~ Thorton Wilder
 

Listening to National Public Radio yesterday, I heard an announcer introduce a comedic piece by an NPR staffer/aspiring actress on her struggles to stay thin.  I guess it was funny, although I had a hard time laughing because her story was painfully familiar - overarching concern over every calorie that entered her mouth and what she did to ‘make up’ for trespasses.  I swear - I do have a sense of humor, but this was so close to everyday attitudes for millions of American women (and increasing numbers outside the U.S.), I wondered if other listeners would hear the humor the author intended.  I think - not sure - that she was making fun of the situation while admittedly buying into it because she was trying to make it in Hollywood.

But what struck me even more was the short story the announcer used to intro the piece.  She related how she promised herself every July 4 that she would only have a hot dog (sans bun) and salad, but ended up giving into the temptations of the celebration.  A little potato salad would sneak on her plate; she’d find herself nibbling on a double fudge chocolate cake that Aunt Susie made.  The trouble is, I don’t think she saw any humor in this story beyond the fact that she didn’t have the ‘willpower’ to stay away from the goodies.  Whatever humor there is in that.

The diet mentality has become so much a part of our landscape, many of us don’t even recognize it.  What’s worse, it’s fueling a nation of disordered eaters - primarily women - who are wasting their lives worrying about food and weight.  Take it farther, and it becomes an eating disorder with results that clearly show the waste of life.  Terri Schiavo’s case, for instance.  News reports weren’t always clear that a potassium deficiency caused by bulimia was reportedly behind the cardiac arrest that damaged her brain.

Per Thornton Wilder’s quote above, enjoyment may just well be the critical factor in helping us eat well.  To be clear, it’s enjoyment without guilt (can there be true enjoyment if there’s guilt involved?).  This piece on holiday eating can help you delight in the summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and chocolate cake and feel great, too.

Happy rest of the summer!      

Posted by Marsha on July 6, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


July 05, 2005

Does This Make Me Look Fat?

Apples2oranges The idea of “comparing” has really been on my mind lately – I’ve realized that most of my posts are really about women comparing themselves to ideals or to others and always finding that they are coming up short.

When you start to think about it, comparing is a way of life for Americans. We rely on BizRate, CNET, NexTag, PriceGrabber, PriceScan and according to Google, 46 million other sites. Hand in hand with comparing is “opinions” – and if we don’t have enough of our own, we can turn to eOpinions, Consumer Reports and eight million other sites.

But when unchecked, “comparing” and “opinions” turned loose on individuals (especially ourselves) they can become powerful enemies in defeating our ability to live better lives.

I often overhear women talking – not just at Green Mountain at Fox Run but in restaurants, malls, in the dressing rooms at Filene’s, everywhere – and the conversation always turns to this type of thing, “I wish my thighs were like yours,” “Did you see Susie at the party? She eats and eats and never gains an ounce, I hate her!” or what I consider the worst, “you lost xx pounds this week and I only lost (some amount less than x).”

Why do I say that the weight comparison is the worst comparison, in terms of being a healthy lifestyle killer? When you give your scale power, you’ve just given your power to a hunk of metal which is a cruel taskmaster, inaccurate and not a real measure of success. When the scale becomes a demi-god, able to influence and determine the outcome of your life based on a number, the things that really matter in terms of your health and happiness are lost. (Remember my post, “Count What Counts”?)

Example – say you’ve committed to creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself. You walk consistently for a Peoplescale month, you’re eating mindfully, you’ve found pleasure in moving your body in ways that aren’t purely “exercise” – you played on the swings with your kids, walked the dog, and went swimming too. Your stress level is decreased, you feel better, each day your body feels more limber and your clothes are fitting looser. But then you get on the scale…secretly you’ve hoped that you could lose 30 pounds in 30 days, but you want to be reasonable, so you’re really pulling for 15 pounds…but the merciless scale comes up “short”.

If you’re not prepared for the demigod Scale’s very powerful weapons of trickery, it would be easy to get lured into the “why bother” mode, and ultimately derailing your fitness and health goals. Anything that makes you lose sight of feeling better, looking better, and being more metabolically fit, is something not to tolerate! Besides, these types of thoughts can often lead to binge eating or other disordered eating patterns including problems with managing emotional eating.

If we accept ourselves as individuals, we don’t have to compare to anyone or anything else, it’s a great feeling when just being you is enough.

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Posted by Gina V. on July 5, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


July 04, 2005

Same Old Weight Loss Hype

I was waiting in line at the grocery store a couple days ago when a woman turned to me and said, "Look how many magazines have something about dieting on the cover". Standing there amongst the candy bars, breath mints and beef jerky, we counted eight. We didn't know each other, but in that moment she reached out to me as if to say, 'do people really buy into that stuff?' Even though our better judgment says not to, haven't we all?

This time of year I envision magazine editors all across America temporarily filing away their 'Top 20 Summer Dieting Tips', only to be churned out again next year, with the same weight loss promise of 'miracle bikini butts before labor day!'  So why are some women still tempted to pick magazines that promise, 'lose 20 pounds in one month by eating 10 fat burning foods', or whatever tempting misinformation or claim?

The Canadian website, Media Awareness Network published this excerpt from an article, 'Beauty and Body Image in the Media'.

"Researchers report that women's magazines have ten and one-half times more ads and articles promoting weight loss than men's magazines do, and over three-quarters of the covers of women's magazines include at least one message about how to change a woman's bodily appearance-by diet, exercise or cosmetic surgery."

Some of the biggest weight loss hype comes from the diet pill industry. Is it my imagination or are diet pills advertised by actors posing as medical authorities on my television almost every 10 minutes?  The FTC does seems to be taking notice although nothing much seems to be happening. If anything, advertisements for drugs seem to be on the rise.

For more interesting reading on the subject of women and advertising, pick up, Deadly Persuasion - Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive Power of Advertising by Jean Kilbourne

Posted by Cindy on July 4, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


July 01, 2005

Every Day Celebrations

Goddess_cards I very much enjoy being flesh and blood, a real woman, so I'm not big on the idea of comparing myself to goddesses (or anyone else - more on that later), but I very much like the sentiments expressed by the greeting cards at Goddess Cards.

No comparisions - just feeling good, celebrating the moment as welll as being "lovely, luscious, opulent."

I'm posting next week about women comparing themselves to others, only to feel worse and worse about themselves. Interestingly, the Goddess Card site has an article about loving your body - while it explores the relationship between women, society, body dissatisfaction and eating disorders, it has plenty of relevance to women that do not have eating disorders, but rather disordered relationship with food, eating, and their bodies.

Have a good weekend celebrating the lovely, luscious, and opulent.

Picture courtesy of Goddess Cards

Posted by Gina V. on July 1, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack