It’s been a great week at Green Mountain at Fox Run! If you have not read my earlier posts, please catch yourself up!
I wanted to describe what a typical day is like here… so here it goes. You wake up and get ready for the day – workout clothes is the attire of choice as you’ll be sweating before 11 a.m. for sure! If you like your morning coffee, you can get that bright and early at 7 a.m. and breakfast will begin anywhere from 7:15/7:45 depending on the schedule of the day. This is a great time to practice eating for hunger and mindfulness while eating. (I learned quickly to leave my blackberry and laptop in the room or I wouldn’t get food – how’s that for conditioning?!)
After breakfast you either have education classes on behavior, fitness, or nutrition or you have a workout. Each day you will do strength and cardio, with flexibility weaved in those classes. There is also yoga and pilates through the week. You pretty much learn or work until lunch, where the chef will prepare an organic, free-range and well-balanced meal… the food is delicious! Check out the pics…
A balanced dinner plate.
After lunch, there are more workouts, hikes, or education classes. There is an optional afternoon snack if you are hungry. The snack will provide protein, carb and fat. So for example one day we had a delicious half apple with peanut butter that had dried milk, millet cereal and raisins mixed in… it was SO GOOD… the kind of thing your kids would LOVE and you would feel good about giving them. (no cereal or sugary granola bars here…)
Then its is more classes and exercises before dinner, which will again be delicious and well-balanced. I think that may be a big fear… if you are used to “dieting” don’t think that you will starve here… you won’t but it is a well-balanced placed to ensure you get good nutrition and it is calorie controlled. So, if you’re coming from eating very little veggies, fruits, and whole grains and lots of sugar and carbs, your body will need a few days to adjust… but you will soon realize that diety foods, fat free processed stuff, and whatever else you THINK you need is partially what is keeping you malnourished and overweight. When you eat whole foods, minimally processed you get energy and you feel the difference!
After dinner… guess what?! More workouts and education classes followed by an optional evening snack, which… I love this… costs about $1. The reason they do this is they want you to be able to eat when you are hungry, but they also want you “checking in” and making sure you ARE hungry and be willing to pay for it. It also encourages “the apple test” where you ask yourself “if this were an apple would I eat it” – that’s a good way to see if you are really physically hungry. So they offer fruit with nut butter or popcorn or cheese and crackers. No soda here, but you can get seltzer with an ice cube of fruit juice. Oh, and no alcohol…
But if you ask ANYONE here they will tell you they leave feeling energized and amazing – way better than when they came. You should check it out if you are sick of dieting and want to figure out how to live a long, healthy life in your body. I loved my experience.