HEALTHY VACATIONS: ResultsBy Destination Spa Guide

Usually around this time people start plannig trips/annual vacations.  Why not lean toward a vactaion for your body, mind & soul.  You may ask, what is a destination spa?  It is a place whose sole purpose is to help individuals develop a healthy lifestyle through:
  • healthy spa cuisine that emphasizes protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and nutritional education
  • a full program of fitness and stress reduction classes
  • therapeutic spa treatments including massage
  • educational lectures that teach you how to bring your healthy habits back home

Destination spas usually require that you stay at least two or three nights to get the full benefit. Some require a longer stay. Prices at destination spas usually include all meals, classes and some spa treatments.

How Destination Spas Differ From Resort Spas?
Traditionally, resort spas offer spa treatments alongside leisure activities like golf and tennis. They offer some spa cuisine menu options and limited health and wellness classes, usually at extra charge.  Recently, though, the lines have been blurring. Some resorts and inns are calling themselves “destination spas” even though they don’t match all the traditional criteria, like extensive fitness programming and education. Other resort spas are taking on the characteristics of destination spas, like offering classes at no extra charge. Your best bet is to decide what you’re looking for and see who offers it.

The People At Destination Spas.
Destination spas have a spirit of camaraderie. You’re with like-minded people who share your interest in health. Many have a small number of guests at any one time and you can get to know people even if you go by yourself. Small groups go on hikes, take exercise classes, and share tables together. There is usually a high staff-to-guest ratio, and staff is enthusiastic.

The Food At Destination Spas.
Destination spas serve healthy food exclusively, but there are different philosophies. Some destination spas are geared towards weight loss, with restricted calories and strict portion control. Others have an all-you-can-eat philosophy. Many don’t serve alcohol, while others serve wine with dinner. While destination spas emphasize healthy, whole foods, it might not necessarily be organic.

Destination Spa Personalities.
Destination spas have different personalities and vary widely in size, price, setting and programming. They can accommodate anywhere from 8 to 250 guests, with an average around 60. They come in a wide variety of prices, from most budget spas that are a few hundred dollars a night to $8,000 a week.  But you can always find a place that suites your budget.

Below are a few spas we recommend, but first here is our FEATURED Destination Spa:

SIX SENSE DESTINATION SPA

Six Sense Destination Spa in Thailand

Six Sense Destination Spa in Thailand

The first wellness retreat created by Six Senses, brings together fifteen years as a global leader – to create the premier destination spa of the 21st century.  Multi-day integrated health programmes focus on preventative wellness, helping to enrich lifestyles through complete immersion into healthy and mindful living. They provide the feeling of wellbeing in a sustainable learning environment that inspires lifestyle choices, creating harmony through nourishing products, transformational treatments and passionate service.

Aquaterra Spa at the Surf and Sand Resort
In Laguna Beach – Skin care, massage (signature, therapeutic, soothing sea, head to toe, back, shoulder and neck, reflexology, maternity, couples), hydrotherapy, and body treatments

Montage Resort & Spa
In Laguna Beach – 20,000 sf oceanfront spa, salon, lap pool, fitness room, yoga/aerobics studio, boutique, 21 treatment rooms, separate locker rooms with indoor/outdoor relaxation areas, fireplaces, shower, steam, sauna, Jacuzzis, cold plunges. Services include herbal and hydrotherapy body treatments, fitness consultation and classes such as aerobics, beachside yoga and Tai Chi.

Spa Xanadu
Voted “Top 10 Spa In LA” Best day spa in San Gabriel Valley

Golden Door
Golden Door in Escondido, Calif., is a women-only spa that serves no more than 40 guests. Wooden walkways link a series of serene garden courtyards inspired by the ancient inns of Japan. It has 377 acres of Japanese gardens, orchards and waterfalls and a Japanese bathhouse. This spa emphasizes individualized service and guiding guests toward a balance of mind, body and spirit. Men are welcome during men-only weeks.

The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, California
This is a converted inn right on Ojai’s main drag, with a real weight-loss focus. It’s about a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles. 800-753-6257

Hopefully you’ll find your perfect destination spa. Next week we will have more.  If you’re looking for a destination spa in another city/town, please don’t hesitate to drop us a question, we’ll be happy to suggest the right place for you.

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Cooking healthy with the ResultsBy chef-Turkish Delight

Turkey was one of my surprisingly favorite places I have been to, the beaches in Bodrum, the ruins in Ephesus, the white salt deposits in Pumukkale which make you feel like you are in Alaska in winter  but with 100 degree weather, the breath taking beauty of Istanbul and the pure culture shock. Each place was so unique, I drove from Bodrum to Ephesus and would have sworn I was driving through the Red lands in Northern California except for the insane drivers. I stayed in the Sultanahmet district in Turkey which was amazing, in one direction I could see the Blue Mosque and in the other just 200 meters away, the Hagia Sofia, two of the most awe inspiring structures I have ever seen!   The real circus in Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar, miles of anything from huka pipes, ginormous rugs, beautiful dishes, Turkish delights… The most pleasing to the eye though was the spice market, the aromas were so good that I did not want to leave, ever.  So when I had the Kabobs I thought I was going to flip, the spices tasted even better than the smell. I wanted to bring back these flavors and every time I have these Kabobs, I’m brought right back to that spice market, smiling and never wanting to leave. So join me in my Turkish delight and let’s cook up some Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kabobs.

Break out the grill and let’s get the ingredients.

What you need:

Let's get the ingredients together
Let’s get the ingredients together

2 tsp. of dried crushed red pepper

2 tsp. of paprika

1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

3 tblsp. of olive oil

2 tblsp of red wine vinegar

2 tblsp of tomato paste

a dash of sea salt

fresh ground pepper

2 lemons, 1 sliced into thin rounds and the other in wedges

2-4 organic fresh chicken breasts

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 zucchini

Lets get prepped!

Let's get prepped
Let’s get prepped

In a large mixing bowl put the dried crushed pepper and paprika in with 2 tblsp. of hot water and stir until it becomes a paste. Then add the yogurt, olive oil, tomato paste red wine vinegar , salt and pepper to taste in  the mixing bowl and stir until  everything is mixed together. Add the chicken and stir and cover and put in the fridge, let it marinate for at least a couple of hours. Then cut the peppers into 1 and a half inch squares and the zucchini into one half inch and thread on the skewers.

Heat up the barbecue on medium heat for 10 minutes and oil up the grill rack. Thread the chicken and lemon circles on the skewers. place the chicken and veggies on the grill for about 12 minutes, flipping the skewers occasionally.

You can serve this on a nice platter with some hummus or just place it on the plates and serve up a beautiful, healthy and delicious meal.

This is my Turkey dish, next time I will do my pistacio sirloin Kabobs but I am sure you will enjoy this. Happy eating all and happy 4th of July!

Let's chop & mix
Let’s chop & mix
Almost ready...let's set up the table.
Almost ready…let’s set up the table.
And here we are :-)
And here we are 🙂
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Cooking with the Results by chef- 4th of July sizzle

Break out the grill, it’s time to barbecue ResultsBy style! This is your guide to healthy burgers for that 4th of July party, if it is at your house…great, if not bring these and you will be the hit of the party while also eating lean. Since it is an Independence day, I wanted to keep it in the good old U.S.A with my famous among my friends Cali burgers. When making burgers or turkey burgers it really is all about the meat, make sure you go to your butcher and get fresh ground lean sirloin or fresh ground turkey breast ESSENTIAL! We will also be making my composed beet salad which is a super food extravaganza and also plate licking good so let’s get to it.

What you'll need

What you'll need

What you will need:

1 lb.lean ground beef or turkey breast ( Again, make sure it is fresh and lean)

Quaker oatmeal

1 egg white

One half of an onion

2 tsp. of garlic powder

1 tsp of pepper

2 tblsp. of Worcestershire sauce

2 tblsp of salt free tomato paste

1 head of iceberg lettuce

For the composed beet salad simple 3 beets and 1 avocado and 2 handfuls of spinach

Lets get prepped!

Chop it up!

Chop it up!

Start by chopping up your onion and then in a large mixing bowl add the beef, egg white, oats, onion, pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and tomato past. With your hands get dirty, mix together until the oats soak up all the juices this will keep your turkey or beef juicy. Make the patties into 4 quarter pound burgers and place in the fridge covered. Preheat the grill on medium heat for 10 minutes. I like my burgers medium so 6-8 minutes a side should do the trick.

For the beet salad you will boil water and add the beets and cook for 30 minutes or until soft, drain the water and cut into cubes. Then cut the avocado in half and then again in cubes and add to the beets and stir.

Place the burgers into the lettuce leaves and add the topping of your choice and serve up the beet salad on a bead of spinach and enjoy.

Being from Kansas I love my beef but this recipe works just as well with the turkey. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy eating all!

 

Happy eating :-)

Happy eating 🙂

We love our Fridays

We love our Fridays

Cooking healthy with the Resultsby chef-Breakfast

A little bonus cooking for you this week. Everyone talks so much about the importance of breakfast and yet there are so few recipes out there for the most important meal of the day, lets change that. Living in southern California the south of the boarder food is amazing. I have had close to a thousand breakfast burritos and yet to find one quite as good as mine, I may be a little bias though. So grab your ingredients and lets cook up the best breaky burrito around!

Your Ingredients

Your Ingredients

What you will need:

 

5 egg whites and 1 whole egg

1 avocado

2 tomatoes

4 pieces of bacon or turkey bacon with no nitrates added (Try to get a good organic reduced sodium bacon)

2% shredded cheddar cheese

organic black beans

Hot sauce of your liking (Challula or Tapitio are may favorites)

Low fat sour cream

Whole wheat tortilla (at least 2 grams of fiber)

Lets get prepped!

Let's Chop!

Let's Chop!

Crack the eggs and seperate the yolks in 5 eggs and and one whole egg and whip up. Dice up the tomatoes, cut the avocado into half and cut long ways and then again in half. Cook up the bacon in a seperate pan with pam, I like it crispy so I cook about 5 minutes a side. In a small pot start heating up the black beans on a low heat. Put the eggs in a separate large frying pan, cook until they are the consistancy you like. Add the avocado and hot sauce and mix together and reduce the heat to low. When the bacon is done remove excess greece by placing on a paper towel and press on each side until dry, then break into bits and add to the eggs and avo and stir again. Add a little cheese on top and let melt. On a seperate burner heat up the tortilla for 20 seconds on each side, put on a plate and add the egg filler, black beans, tomatoes and a tblsp. of sour cream. Wrap it up and enjoy!

Packed with protien, fiber, vitamins and essential fats, this power burrito is perfect for a pre-workout, post-workout or just to start your day. Happy eating all!

Enjoy!

Fitness & Travel

Biking in Belize

 

 

Biking in Belize

When I’m traveling on business or pleasure, I always try to include fitness and a well balanced meal on the road.  

A common resolve: find creative ways to exercise, eat right and reduce stress on your trips.   The need for better fitness while traveling has never been greater. Nearly one-half of travelers polled by USA Today felt that they were in worse shape because they lack the time or the means to exercise properly during travel.  I’ve been blessed with careers that allow me to travel, and over the years I’ve picked up tricks that help me stay in shape while traveling, I decided to share them with you, enjoy:  

  • Once you get to your destination, drag yourself outside and do something active, even for 30 minutes. You’re not only getting a little exercise , but it will also help you recover from jet lag much quicker. 
  • Cabin air is drier than the Sahara. Before you hop the plane, fill your own water bottle. To combat dehydration (and the fatigue it causes), drink two 8-ounce glasses before boarding, then another one each hour in flight. 
  • To preserve your hard-earned fitness level, try to exercise at least every third day while on the road, performing at least a third of your cardio routine at your typical level of intensity and completing your strength training program at least once a week, using the same amount of resistance.  If you don’t have a gym at your disposal, no problem, there are so many things you can  do…try the outdoors – go biking around, walk instead of taking a cab; of course depending on where your trip takes you, just scope out the area, and be creative – there are always things you can do to get some exercise in. 
  • When eating out on the road, especially on vacation, I think you can’t be too hard on yourself  —  you’re going to break down and have some dessert or a great pasta dish, or a few pieces of warm sourdough loaf  —  and that’s OK.  As long as you get back on the track the next day, and do some physical activity.  Or after dinner, instead of getting into a car or a cab, take a 15 min walk. It all counts.  
  • snorkeling in belize

    snorkeling in belize

    Whenever I’m on the road, I get creative and I’m determined.  I work hard to stay in shape, whether on the road or at home.
    Take my trip to Belize (pics included).  It was a beautiful vacation, and I didn’t want to count my calories, plus food in Belize isn’t the healthiest, so I did every possible outdoor activity there was to keep my metabolism on high speed.   I drank a LOT of water, and when I could, I substituted a fried lunch with something simple, like a fruit salad with cottage cheese, and you can find that anywhere.  So just be CREATIVE and when you get to your destination, check out your surroundings, see what is available and if you’re committed to staying or getting yourself in shape, believe me, you will see the opportunities are all around you.  And you will no longer be making the excuses.

    Cooking healthy with the ResultsBy chef-Italian style

    Tim Trost in Ravello

    Tim Trost in Ravello

    The first time I went to Italy, I remember driving from the French Riviera to a little town called Cinque Teerre, where my friend John Carlo lived. I was a little over the heavy foods in France and ready for a nice light meal. John Carlo introduced me to this dish and for the rest of my stay in Italy I would stop off at every market and get bresaola and burrata. I was on a budget — it was cheap and delicious. On my second visit to Italy I went to a little town called Ravello, this time I wasn’t on a budget so I treated myself to the restaurants this time. Again every time I saw this dish on the menu, I would get it and was never disappointed. The presentation was exquisite with the taste to match! I hope you enjoy it.

    Tim Trost in Positano

    Tim Trost in Positano

    This one is simple, all you need is a knife, cutting board and a food processor that is it!

    What you’ll need:

    One half pound of  Bresaola (Go to an italian deli, they should have both Bresaola & Burrata ask them to cut the Besaola thin.)

    8 oz of burrata

    Olive oil

    Balsamic vinaigrette

    Arugula

    2 heirloom tomatoes

    Let's get prepped

    Let's get prepped

    Lets get prepped now:

    Cut the tomatoes into medium slices long ways and then again into halves. Cut the avocado into half  and then slice long ways. Now the art of it is in the presentation, find your inner artist and design the plate how you want or just look at the pictures and follow my guide.

    Homemade pesto

    What you ‘ll need:

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup pine nuts
    • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

      Let's cut'em up

      Let's cut'em up

    Method

    1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

    2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    Makes 1 cup.

    This is a great lunch or light dinner. The smells and tastes bring me right back to beautiful Italy, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

    Enjoy!

    Enjoy!

    hmmm, beautiful & yummy! :-)

    hmmm, beautiful & yummy! 🙂

    10 tips for healthy eating

    1. Buy fruits and veggies that are in season: Be a regular at your local farmers market or get the fruits that are suppose to be at the grocery store (Blueberries and tomatoes do not grow in the winter). Not only do they taste the way nature intended but they are not spray painted to look ripe and have more vitamins. You will actually enjoy your veggies.

    2. Buy quality meats: Become friends with your local butcher, and look to see how clean their station is; try not to buy meats that are stacked together. I always try to buy my meats from the butcher, I don’t like my meats to be wrapped and tagged, your have less chances buying the meat that has been processed with nitrates or salts. Check the color of the meat, your red meats should be a deep red and your white meet should be white or yellowish, bruise free. With good quality meat you will taste the difference and you won’t be pumped with additives you don’t want!

    3. Get in the habit of breakfast: I know, I know, I keep repeating myself on this one but it starts your day right, and a nice bowl of oatmeal and blueberries will give you the fiber to start your day, jump start your metabolism and give you the energy to get to your mid morning snack. The incredible edible egg with spinach will also give you the protein you need.

    4. Plan out your day: If you work at an office that has vending machines filled with candy and chips, pack a bag of almonds an apple or some cottage cheese or  string cheese. Check out the 2nd and 4th meal post for some more ideas on snacks.

    5. Exchange healthy recipes with friends: I get a lot of my cooking ideas from friends and colleagues, variety is the spice of life. I get very tired of chicken salads, egg whites, turkey burgers… You need that variety in your kitchen.

    6. Go get some kitchen gadgets: After I bought my George Foreman grill, great pans and knifes, non stick frying pans… my cooking life became a lot easier, I was excited to cook because I felt like a pro. The more options you give yourself in the kitchen the more likely you will cook healthy fun dinners, oh and have healthy leftovers for lunch.

    7. Incorporate 1 super food in each meal: Trust me, this is not that hard, weather it be the veggies, fruits or meats you will feel more satisfied and your skin and muscles will thank you. Check out come and get some super foods post for a list.

    8. Try a healthy bedtime snack: Your body heals itself while you sleep and the body needs fuel to do that, a few almonds, cottage cheese or a small protein shake should do the trick.

    9. Try healthier restaurants or light fare meals: I am from Kansas city, I know that most restaurants are filled with delicious and not too nutritious foods but there are more popping up and most restaurants do offer a lighter side of the menu. Just be careful of the sauces and added butter, plus a lot of  restaurants do not use the best quality foods so try to pick those that do.

    10. Eat the fruit, don’t drink it: Most fruit juices are packed with added sugar and though we have been pushed to believe that they are healthy – trust me an orange and some water gives you 10 times the vitamins than orange juice.

    These are just a few tips that I hope will help, I have a lot more but I will have to get back to you because I am off to a healthy dinner.  Happy eating all!

    Oh  and one more thing, don’t beat yourself up if you slip, we are all human!