It s a pleasing outcome although maybe I subconsciously paced my scribbles. Even if I hadn’t heard something, the trip could have been worthwhile just for the fun of writing things down all day long like a nerd.
However, BONUS, I did learn stuff! During my last week, the beautiful Jo asked on my Facebook page: What’s the most valuable thing you have learnt during your stay?
“… I am leaving with a deeper understanding of why I do what I do – what’s happening in my brain and body or overeating.
And that it is not one answer but a selection of small tools and practices that collectively can help – mindfulness, consistent movement, mindful eating, self compassion, small moments of pleasure, gratitude etc..
A good deal of stuff that I’ve previously believed ‘yeah wonderful idea’ but hadn’t realised how important it is for helping us stay less likely to swing into the darker places and more focused. ”
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It was so useful to gain a deeper comprehension of the why, after decades of occasionally finding myself surrounded by a bunch of food wrappers frustrated and befuddled at how I wound up there again.
The why is a bit of a cocktail – it can be habitual (the brain following old, profound neural pathways… cue > reaction > benefit ), it may be a reaction to stress, it can be a reaction to restriction; it can be all of these at once.
But when it happens it s for good reason. On some level it serves a purpose even though it may not feel that way. It may be to soothe, to numb, to feel safe. Until it doesn’t.
As we began to learn about the practices that can help heal this stuff – the new habit construction etc –, the mindfulness, the movement, the food stuff, self compassion I realised that this is going to be a sloooooow process. After all, I’ve been on the diet/binge treadmill for over 30 years. A few of those pathways are more like trenches.
“Like the cleaning of a house… It Never Ends. ”
But that’s a thought that is more liberating than depressing. I’ve got time! Unlike dieting, I don’t have any deadline that is arbitrary. I can experiment and perform and fail and try and try again.
This post from their website has a nice summary:
“Here is the magic Green Mountain Formula for wellness and well-being:
Eating + Moving + Living, with a focus on Feeling Good = Health, of the mind and body.
It might sound scary at first to focus on feeling good. We think that if we allow ourselves to feel great, then we will not be guilted into what we think are healthy behaviors. If we let ourselves rest as it feels good, how will we ever get to the gym? How do we ever make ourselves eat veggies if we allow ourselves eat pizza as it feels good?
But here is the key: When we concentrate on feeling good — when our aim is to eat, move, and reside in a manner that gives us more pleasure, more energy, more life — we’ll find ourselves attracted to these things unconsciously.
The truth is: When we aren’t taking care of ourselves, that doesn’t feel good. That doesn’t feel great, because we’re taking on too many jobs, when our stress isn’t well-managed. When we restrict or binge because we’re hung up on diets, that doesn’t feel great. That doesn’t feel great, when we’re not engaging in activity that is joyful.
The reality is that Eating + Moving + Living, with a focus on Feeling Good = Health, will bring us more of what we are after. ”
Read the full post – If Not Diets, Then What?
Coming up next: The importance of pleasure. Then a Day In The Life in Green Mountain post. Woohoo!
I’ve partnered with Green Mountain at Fox Run, where I received a three week stay at Green Mountain in February 2018, in exchange for writing about my experience. The stay included the Green Mountain core app and Pathway program at the Women’s Center for Binge & Emotional Eating. I covered my own travel expenses. All ideas and opinions are my own. Browse all my Green Mountain posts here.