Green Mountain at Fox Run: It Never Ends

I took a lot of notes during my three weeks at Green Mountain and I will ’t tell you how gratifying it was that they fit just in my small laptop, with one page to spare!

Notes from Green Mountain at Fox Run

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?

My answer:

“… 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. ”

(Paragraph breaks added for the sake of your eyeballs!)

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. ”

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!

The Green Mountain Feel Good Formula

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.

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Continuing on with discussion of:
Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance: randomized trial

In Part I, I discussed some issues with methodology, mostly focusing on the decreased Run-In Phase that probably compromised the outcomes irreparably.

In Part II, I highlighted a critical issue with the Run-In Stage, the purpose of which was to produce a somewhat homogeneous"reduced weight condition" to test various diets in maintenance of the state.

Finally, since randomization to the a variety of test diets occurred after weight loss (PWL) randomization to maintenance evaluation diet wouldn't influence the effects of various BSL (pre-weight loss baseline) measures on the Run-In outcome -- target = 12% ± 2% weight loss -- on a standard composition diet for all:  45% Carb / 30% Fat / 25% Protein.

The researchers appear to have made minimal adjustments, if any, during the Run-In Weight Loss in order to produce a result that is uniform.  Rather, the result was a wide range of weight loss (5.6 to 16.0%, roughly 10.5% ± 5 percent ). 

Thus we've got an"accidental" test-within-a-test of this CIH/TWICHOO from these"early" results.

In the long run, I provide these scatter plots for all 105 subjects who successfully completed the analysis, for whom complete data for energy expenditure and insulin measures were available at all time points.


The Carb-Insulin Hypothesis (aka TWICHOO) predicts that weight loss will vary inversely with insulin levels:  The higher the insulin levels, the lower the weight loss.  The Run-In Stage data supports no such connection (indeed, if anything, complete weight loss was higher for those with higher baseline insulin steps.

Meanwhile, differences in weight loss can easily be explained by variation in caloric deficit throughout the calorie restricted Run-In due to rough estimation of baseline energy expenditure (vs. rigorous measure).

This post expands on some relationships of baseline (BSL) and post-weight loss (PWL) steps as detected during the weight loss part of this Run-In Phase.

Bottom Line:  Baseline insulin status seems to be irrelevant to weight loss on a"high carb" calorie-restricted diet.  



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Vegan Key Lime Mousse

Vegan Key Lime Mousse

This Vegan Key Lime Mousse is tasty enough to serve to everybody and fits many different special dietary needs. It's a wonderful dish to serve at parties because it's dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, vegan and more!

When I was a child growing up in New Jersey, we'd spend our winter holidays in the Florida Keys. I fell in love with the things key lime flavored like key lime dish , key lime ice cream, key lime sauce, key lime slushies, key lime candy -- you name it!

I particularly love key lime pie. However, I am unable to deal with the sweetened condensed milk in the majority of key lime pie recipes. It gives me the worse stomach ache ever!

This vegan mousse is so delicious you'd never know it's made with tofu. Vegan Key Lime Mousse is also sugar-free and gluten-free. #vegan #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #mousse #recipe #easy #recipeoftheday #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #easyrecipes #desserts #dessertrecipes #dessertideas #lime #keylime #tofu #sugarfree

My solution was to create a key lime mousse made with tofu. It has all of the great taste and creaminess of key lime pie with no dairy!

It's super easy to make because you combine all the ingredients in your blender just like you would a smoothie. Then you pour the dairy free mousse into bowls, chill and serve. Easy!

Best of all, this is a 100% vegan mousse -- no milk, no honey, no eggs!

This vegan mousse is so delicious you'd never know it's made with tofu. Vegan Key Lime Mousse is also sugar-free and gluten-free. #vegan #veganrecipes #vegandesserts #mousse #recipe #easy #recipeoftheday #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #easyrecipes #desserts #dessertrecipes #dessertideas #lime #keylime #tofu #sugarfree

This is a wonderful dessert to serve at a Mother's Day brunch, especially if your mother her sugar intake. That is because I use a powdered monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar.

My favorite brand is Monk Fruit from the Raw. (You can use powdered sugar if you don't mind the calories.)

As there's no pie crust to worry about, it's gluten free, too. But this Vegan Key Lime Mousse creates a terrific pie filling. To keep it gluten free, I like using Mi-Del Gluten Free Pie Crusts. These are not vegan however.

The key lime mousse 15 minutes to make, but you have to let it cool and set up for an hour or so in the refrigerator.

Vegan Mousse

This sugar free mousse can quickly be made for a dinner party if you keep the ingredients on hand, since they keep in the fridge for months at a time.

But don't tell anyone at the brunch that the dessert is made of tofu, unless they have a food allergy of some sort and need to know the ingredients. That's because some people think tofu is yuck and will not eat it.

My children thought the key lime mousse was created with it was yogurt and said it was delicious and just produced"yuck faces" after I let the tofu cat out of the bag.

Vegan Key Lime Mousse

More tips making sausage key lime mousse

DON'T substitute regular lime juice to it. Your results will not be exactly the same.

Your guests will flip over the presentation!

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I served the vegan mousse at my husband's"Tofu vs. Bacon" work celebration . It came in second place with several accolades.

Since limes can be pricey, after zesting and using the limes as garnish, cut the skillet up to use in cocktails, seltzer or ice water. Or squeeze the limes over fish or chicken dishes. Don't let them go to waste!

Vegan Key Lime Mousse

Vegan Key Lime Mousse

Ingredients

  • 3 fluid ounces Nellie and Joe's Famous Key Lime Juice
  • 8 oz Tofutti non-dairy cream cheese
  • 16 ounces Nasoya Organic Silken Tofu
  • 3/4 cup powdered monk fruit
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free pure vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest (from approximately 3 limes) -- store Additional zest and lime slices for garnish
  • Raspberries for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients except garnish in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour key lime mousse into four bowls. Chill in refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Garnish with additional zest, lime slices and raspberries just before serving.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4
  • Serving size: 1/4 of recipe

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The $12M NuSI/Ludwig Study ~ Part V: Intake, REE and TEE Measures


In this study, all participants were paid to participate, AND provided free meals for ~8 months.  Said food was professionally and prepped, weighed, measured, individualized to supply some exact level and macronutrient composition to each subject.  The evaluation phase (in other words, the analysis appropriate ) involved maintaining a consistent weight (to within ±2 kg), for a substantial length of time:  20 weeks, assessed at the midpoint and the end.

A roughly 300 growth in TEE was detected during 4 months of isocaloric feeding, producing no fat loss.  This was basically dismissed as"not enough time to show weight loss"  paraphrase....  So in the present study, the average change in TEE masks the often wild swings of up to 2000 calories per day involving 10 week care time points.   If this increase (or decrease) in expenditure is truly real, the subjects would HAVE to have adjusted intake accordingly over the course of several weeks in order to maintain consistent weight.  






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A roughly 300 growth in TEE was detected during 4 months of isocaloric feeding, producing no fat loss.  This was basically dismissed as"not enough time to show weight loss"  paraphrase....  So in the present study, the average change in TEE masks the often wild swings of up to 2000 calories per day involving 10 week care time points.   If this increase (or decrease) in expenditure is truly real, the subjects would HAVE to have adjusted intake accordingly over the course of several weeks in order to maintain consistent weight.  






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