Structure House Blog

Structure House at 39 ½: Evolving Perspectives and Practices

Do you ever take time around birthdays or other milestones for self-reflection – assessing how you’re living, what’s meaningful to you, how you’re contributing to your important relationships, what you want the next phase of your life to be about? “Pauses” involving this type of reflection can be valuable for providing a sense of direction, setting new intentions, simplifying, and making sure that your actions, energy, and resources are aligned... Read More

Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating

When it comes to hunger, can you tell the difference between a psychological need for comfort and a biological need for nourishment? Emotional hunger can be quite powerful. As a result, it is easy to mistake it for physical hunger. And, let’s be honest—eating is an easier and simpler solution than meeting complex psychological needs. However, emotional eating doesn’t solve emotional problems. So even if you eat, you are not... Read More

How to Really Enjoy a Mindful Meal

We talk a lot about mindful eating here at Structure House. You’ve probably heard of it. What do you think? Does it scare you because you don’t feel like you know what hunger and fullness is? Does it make you squirm because you’re afraid you’re going to have to meditate? Do you brush off the idea because you feel like you don’t have time to eat any differently than you... Read More

How Do You Measure Success?

How do you measure success when it comes to your health? Is it a clothing size? A number on the scale? Or is it on how you are moving the needle toward better self-care? Maybe it’s all of the above. Although, if your success is only measured by a number…beware. In our size-obsessed society it’s easy to get sucked into that trap of measuring our success, heck – even our... Read More

Deprivation: The Saboteur of Weight Loss

You will never win the deprivation war that you wage against yourself.  Yet, so many folks who struggle with weight have engaged in these futile tactics during previous weight loss attempts. Some describe the internal battle as an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. The angel whispers “Don’t touch that cookie!” and the devil counters, “How dare you tell me what to do! I’ll show you... Read More

5 Tips for Setting up a Home Meditation Practice

Starting a home meditation practice can be challenging, but the rewards are well worth the effort it takes. While attending a meditation center or a retreat is a great option for some, for many, the convenience of a home practice means that they are more likely to meditate consistently. Even a few minutes a day can be beneficial—you will reap more rewards from this than sporadically practicing for longer stretches.... Read More

Feeding the Real Need

July marked my 10th anniversary at Structure House. That fact truly delights me – I love being part of this community – my colleagues and co-workers, on-campus participants, locally-residing participants, and the hundreds of alumni who have taken parts of Structure House into their lives. As I reflect on the decade that has passed (quickly, I might add), I offer thanks to all of you.  For your thoughtful, engaging, vulnerable... Read More

5 Strategies for Lifelong Fitness

Our goal at Structure House is to help participants embrace one of the most fundamental aspects of what it is to be human: Moving the Body.  We are here to guide others in discovering the potential and capability each person has to bring health, empowerment, and joy to their life using movement.  With this in mind here are 5 key strategies that we teach for helping people to tap in... Read More

PCOS, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Many people are interested in the factors that affect their metabolism, but don’t know what they can do to make a difference. One, major factor that influences the body’s metabolism is the endocrine system, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age 1. WHAT IS PCOS? There is still a lot we don’t fully understand about PCOS, but it is currently diagnosed... Read More

Train Your Brain with Mindfulness

We used to think that the brain stopped growing and developing in early adulthood, and then after that it was supposedly all downhill from there.  We now know from neuroscience research that the brain continues to change in response to experiences we have throughout our life span; a phenomenon called neuroplasticity.  Research shows that the brain can be developed and trained in the same way we build our muscles in... Read More

7 Habits of Emotionally Intelligent Eaters

It’s a familiar situation: you planned to order a healthy dinner, you know what the healthy choice is and why you should have it, and yet you choose the cheeseburger instead of the salad. When it comes to making food choices, many people experience a gap between their intention to eat well and their ability to do it. It usually has little to do with a lack of knowledge about... Read More

Dis-Empower the Scale

Maybe you’ve had the experience of waking up one morning after several days of nutritious eating, energetic work-outs, and excitement about some compliments you received about the “glow” you seem to have lately since you have been paying more attention to your self-care.  You use the bathroom, strip down to your birthday suit, and step on the scale, expecting to see a lower number than you saw the last time... Read More

5 Tips for Breaking Free of Mindless Eating

We all slip into auto-pilot mode at times throughout our day. When we engage in activities that we have done repeatedly such as eating, driving, or taking a shower, our minds tend to drift and we don’t pay full attention to what we are doing in the moment. We are often preoccupied with the past or thinking about the future, so that we miss what is right in front of... Read More

Addicted to Eating But Not to Foods

What was Mother Nature thinking? Somehow our brains were created in a way that makes it possible to become addicted to substances such as heroin, cocaine, tobacco and alcohol. I assure you, this was not Mother Nature’s intention. Long before humans began to use these addictive substances, our brains were designed to foster the survival of our species. The feel-good chemical, dopamine, released by the reward centers of our brains,... Read More

Below the Surface of a Binge

“Within dysfunction, there is function.” This is one of my favorite lines in psychology, from Marsha Linehan, PhD, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This line, so simply stated, says so much. It tells us that behaviors that appear dysfunctional, harmful, wrong, negative, abnormal, etc., have their own functional purpose underneath the unhealthy and possibly ”destructive”’ visible surface. The “function” of an ultimately unhealthy behavior or habit can be hard... Read More