Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time Management

By Cindy Clemens
Life Coach

Time management is a misnomer. Everyone has the same 24 hours each day, and there is nothing you can do to create more time. But, you can get better at self-management. Learning how to say both "yes" and "no" with clarity and confidence is the critical step. By focusing on the top five items on your YES List, you will find it easier to pass on those time requests that conflict with your priorities. And remember - "NO" is a complete sentence."

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An Interview with Shaman Betina Lindsey

@RedMountainSpa Red Mountain’s nationally awarded author and spiritual guide, Betina Lindsey is known for her Shaman Spirit Programs which explore personal writing, healing sound and the rediscovery of our personal and planetary soul.

1. How would you describe what you do at Red Mountain?
I offer spiritual guidance for those on the path of rediscovery of our personal and planetary soul. Whether it is healing sound, soul retrieval, or a life path reading, Shaman Spirit is for those who are looking for balance, harmony and peace in their lives. For example, “Writing Your Life” is a three day workshop adventure on how you became the person you are. We walk the spiral of experience where you create a timeline of your life so you can step into your destiny to bring healing and beauty to yourself, to your loved ones, and to the world. You might be walking your destiny, but are you aware of it?

2. Are your offerings popular with guests, and if so, why?
Yes, I so enjoy the guests who come to my sessions…they are spiritual explorers who want to bring balance to the body, to the soul and to the earth.

3. What is the most spiritual offering you provide?
In a trusting environment, I pass on what has been passed on to me from the ancient healing lineages, energies that support us to live protected and free of fear in our transcendent natures.

4. What do you think spa guests are looking for these days from services such as yours?
I feel they are looking for sustainable spiritual ecology that supports a sane and healthy human community.

5. What is the best part of your job?
Hands down! The resilient, gifted people I have met! You might ask what is a shaman? It is those who have the courage to find, heal and change what is not working. The people I meet are the earth keepers, the wisdom keepers and the creators that envision their selves and the world as healed. These are the shamans!

6. How does what you do complement Red Mountain and vice versa?
Shaman Spirit is a spiritual adventure where we not only climb rocks...we listen and talk to that is complementary!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Reiki and Stress Relief

By Bud Howard
Reiki Therapist

The Basics of Reiki:
At birth, we bring into this life, a supply of Ki/chi energy to fuel the body’s natural healing capabilities. That universal life energy supply is used up during the course of daily life, and needs to be replenished. When we are unable to replenish that energy for a prolonged period, we may become physically or emotionally ill. Tension/stress not released is stored in the fibers of the body’s organs, muscles, and connective tissue. Over time, this stored tension becomes a toxic form of energy, blocking the flow of this energy through the body, as well as the body’s ability to absorb it, eventually causing any of the preventable diseases encountered in the Western World.

A Reiki treatment provides the recipient with a concentrated, powerful infusion/booster shot of this life force/Reiki energy, and balances its flow and absorption in the body. The practitioner providing the therapy acts as a channel, or conduit for the concentrated flow of this energy from the practitioner’s hands into the recipient’s body. The recipient, then, applies that energy however, and where ever it is needed. No personal energy is drawn from the practitioner. On the contrary, the practitioner is simultaneously recharged and strengthened.

Training to be a Reiki Channel/practitioner is conducted in three steps/attunements. The first degree (Level 1) gives the practitioner the tools for self healing. The second degree (Level 2) provides the tools to support others in their healing efforts. The third degree (Level 3) provides the tools as well as the strength of practice to teach others.

The Origins of Reiki:
This natural healing system is described in 2,500-year old Sanskrit writings. That places its practice at roughly 600 years BCE, in the India-Tibet area. That would be within 100 years or so of when Lao Tsu is said to have written or coordinated the writing of the Tao Te Ching. No one knows how old the practice actually is.

In the 19th century, a Japanese monk or college professor (depending on who you read), Dr. Mikao Usui, rediscovered the practice as a result of his personal 20-year quest to learn the basis for the practice of healing with the hands. Dr. Mikao is said to have brought the practice back to Japan, where he proceeded to teach and practice the technique for the remainder of his life. This “Usui system” of energy healing has since been passed down by Reiki Masters, and is now practiced on a world-wide basis.

Dr. Usui coined the Japanese phrase, Reiki, which describes this healing technique. Reiki is actually two words, or characters in kanji. The character, Rei, describes the cosmic, universal aspect of the energy in question, and the character, ki, represents the fundamental life force that flows naturally through all things.

How Reiki Effects Your Body:
The body has its own natural healing capabilities that are fueled by this universal life/Reiki energy. Reiki therapy replenishes the recipient’s Reiki energy supply, while removing blockages to the energy flow, and balancing its absorption by each and every cell of the body. During this process, the recipient moves into a deep state of relaxation, softening and relaxing every muscle, connective tissue, and organ in the body. That softening removes the blockages of energy flow and makes all fibers and cells in the body more absorbent to the Reiki energy and nutrients ingested and breathed.

The body enlarges its capacity to breath. The heart rate drops. More effective oxygen transfer results in a greater quantity of oxygen being delivered to the brain, as well as every other organ in the body. The body’s metabolism works just like every other combustion system. The more oxygen is delivered the more effective the process. Thinking becomes clearer. Insights into particular questions or problems occur more readily. The natural chemicals produced by the body become those associated with resisting infection and disease, as opposed to those that support the fight/flight scenario, such as the stress hormone, adrenaline.

The Benefits and/or Drawbacks of Reiki:
A normal Reiki treatment takes about an hour. In the face of a stressful event or situation, though, a level 1 practitioner can reduce the body’s production of the stress hormone, adrenaline, in just a few minutes, by placing the hands over the kidneys – that’s very near the adrenal gland that produces that hormone when conditions become stressful.

A level 1 practitioner, over time, becomes very aware of events/sensations occurring in their own body, and can, therefore, more quickly spot internal tension as it begins to occur in the face of a stressful situation. When that awareness occurs, releasing the tension is as easy and quick as a deep sigh with the hands placed over the heart, the sternum, or the kidneys.

Practitioners giving treatment experience the same rejuvenating recharge as is experienced by the recipient often leaving the treatment with the same feelings of peace and well-being.

Self healing is a crucial first step to becoming a channel for Reiki energy. Only when you have taken responsibility for your own health and well-being can you position yourself to assist others in their own healing processes. Self treatment reduces stress, relaxes you, and strengthens your power to resist illness. At a higher level, it also brings harmony and well-being into your life.

How Reiki Can Help You Manage Your Stress Level:
A Reiki self treatment early in the day enables you to begin your day with no tension stored in the body. At the end of the day, a quick self treatment enables you to spot tension stored in the body from the events of the day. You can then quickly release that tension. In most cases this insures a restful, continuous, night’s sleep.

During the day, as events occur, the self awareness a Reiki practice provides will enable you to spot tension as it begins – often times even before it begins - to build in the body. Releasing becomes an automatic reaction rather than something that takes time, focus, and a private spot.

Barring the above, a Reiki treatment provided by a practitioner releases all the tension/emotions/memories stored in the body, replenishes and balances the healing energy, and promotes clearer, more insightful thinking, reduces the heart rate, and strengthens the immune system.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year Resolution?

By Cindy Clemens
Life Coach

Now that the new year is fully here, and you've had some time to recover from the holidays, I bet you have started to think about something you'd like to modify, eliminate or adjust in your life. Could be about diet, exercise, a job situation, a relationship or your home environment. There is definitely something in the air this time of year that calls for change. While it may be fairly easy to identify what you would like to change, the actual process of change may not be as clear for you. To assist you in your life update endeavors, I offer the following ideas that I have learned about the change process.

First, don't sabotage the process by taking too big of steps. Set very realistic goals and see how good positive momentum feels. A common goal this time of year is to start a new exercise program. Pick a target that you can comfortably reach the first week. Underpromise, and then surprise yourself by over performing. If your realistic goal is to walk twice a week, and you find you can do it three times, you will be exceeding your expectations. This sets up a much better mindset than setting an unrealistic goal of four times a week, and being disappointed with three walks. Remember, change is a process, not an event. Positive forward motion is what you are looking for.

Second, understand the dynamics of the change process. In my experience and my work with coaching clients, I find life changes that are lasting and meaningful tend to follow a four-step process, namely: noticing what is not working and what needs to be tweaked; gathering information, ideas, and feelings around this aspect of life; setting a clear direction and actions steps that will get you what you would like to have more, or less, of in your life; and revisiting this area of your life often to see how things are going and to make adjustments. Much like a young plant needs to be tended and nurtured, so do your goals and intentions need your conscious energy, focus, and attention on a consistent basis.

Third, create a theme that will guide you all year long. It might be The Year of Healthier Food Choices, or the Year of Moving My Body, or The Year of Discovering A new Career Path that Aligns with My Passions. You can even create a vision board of your theme, and throughout the year add the positive steps you take toward that theme. At the end of the year you will be able to see, and celebrate, what you have accomplished.

Fourth and finally, develop a change support system. Don't try to go it alone. Find someone else looking to make a similar change who can become your change buddy. Share your theme and progress, and ask your buddy to check in with you. By creating camaraderie and accountability, you will get where you want to go faster and with a lot more fun.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


@RedMountainSpa A wonderful alternative to beef, this form of red meat does not contain any rBGH or antibiotics, and is not an inflammatory food.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


@RedMountainSpa This ancient grain provides the body with the all essential amino acids for protein building, is a complex carbohydrate to fuel the body, and is gluten-free and typically non-allergenic.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Red Mountain Resort & Spa = Stress Relief

By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

Reactions to stress can vary enormously, and some of these reactions are not healthy. The most frequent undesirable reaction is anxiety. The degree of anxiety is much more a function of the individual than of the degree of stress. This means that some people cope with the stress of daily living better than others, and the degree of anxiety can show how well a person is coping.

People are anxious about the current economy and how it may affect them, terrorism and war weigh on the minds of others and some have seemingly lost their way on the paths they have chosen. The interesting thing about anxiety is that it is often created from our thoughts about the future.

We have guests who are coming to Red Mountain to enjoy our astonishing scenery and world-famous outdoor program and are discovering paths towards a deeper consciousness and ways to manage stress and regain direction in their lives. Through Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and some of these being taken out onto the rocks in the magnificent Snow Canyon Park, guests are finding physical and emotional relief.

Our Self Discovery Services inspire and motivate guests in new ways so that they leave Red Mountain with renewed energy and focus in their life. Life Coaching, Energy Therapy, Native American Card reading are some of the ways that guests have discovered their paths.

Stress aggravates many conditions including allergies, arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, colitis, diabetes, emphysema, gastritis, hypertension, low back pain, neurosis, neuromuscular syndromes, speech problems, and ulcers. The toxins released due to these ailments and the chemicals we take to treat them harm the body in many more ways.

Red Mountain Spa offers the Detoxification and Renewal program, an 8-day/7-night stay which has helped hundreds of people to rid their body of these toxins through a healthy nutrition approach, removing the foods that cause inflammation and allergic reaction. This package includes spa therapies, yoga workshops, and nutrition consultations along with our daily hiking, three nutritious and delicious meals and fitness classes, which allow the guest to customize their detoxification experience.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sweet Feet

By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

Our feet need as much love as the rest of our body. Many times we forget that we also need to pamper them, mainly if we've had a hard day at work.

To nurture your feet, combine an even amount of honey and sugar. Apply the mixture to your feet and soak your feet in warm water. The scrub is helpful to alleviate callus formation and also acts as a powerful antibacterial agent. Results will be smooth, healthy and clean sweet feet.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reflections on Self Criticism & Fitness

@RedMountainSpa It is an accepted truism that very few people are able to be objective about themselves. At no time is this more apparent than when discussing weight management and dietary habits.

What we observe is that all too often people are hyper critical of themselves. While a tremendous marketing success, the “just do it” philosophy can generate a sense of failure for those struggling with fitness. Often despondent clients will ask rhetorically, “why can’t I just do it?”

While some people thrive on big challenges, most wellness counselors appreciate the wisdom of starting with small, realistic lifestyle changes. Having incremental success creates greater confidence and a sense of accomplishment. True, the ultimate long range fitness goals may require changing one’s all thinking and behavior around food and exercise, but the process still begins with small steps.

Ironically, the same lack of objectivity also prevents us from our seeing our fitness foibles. We can be simultaneously – too hard and too easy on ourselves. This is where a food and activity log comes in. Hardly anyone enjoys daily tracking, but it is an essential tool for recognizing downfalls. This log should be kept in real time – no one is good at recalling details at the end of the day. Furthermore, it should also include a brief personal entry regarding state of mind and emotions that day. It is not just a matter of accounting – the process is one of self-awareness and enlightenment. It forces us to be honest with ourselves in many ways.

While it is true that every action begins as a thought, we must not get stuck in thought. Action is required for change. Be a good parent to yourself. Create an environment of loving, balanced and healthy discipline and health benefits will follow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Phytomer Philosophy

By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

Located in St. Malo, on the Brittany coast of France, Phytomer Laboratories specializes in the research and development of marine products. In 1971, Jean Gedouin founded Phytomer Laboratories. While striving to achieve his goal of providing salons, day spas and resorts with the healing benefits of the sea, he recognized lyophilization as the most superior method of processing. Phytomer became the first to successfully apply this freeze-drying method to the production of a cosmetic line.

Mr. Gedouin was not satisfied to just create products – his goals were much higher. He cultivated a philosophy based on treating the underlying causes of skin disorders, not merely the symptoms. This philosophy resulted in the development of treatments specific to each individuals needs, and the delicate balance between dietetics and cosmetics.

Today Phytomer is recognized by professionals all over the world as an undisputed leader of marine-based beauty therapy. This reputation arose from Phytomer emphasis on education, and the development of the highest quality products possible.

Phytomer, meaning literally “Plant of the Sea,” is located on the western coast of France. It was the therapeutic powers of the ocean, which brought way to the Phytomer concept and philosophy of “Beauty through Health.” The Phytomer Method encompasses a carefully designed treatment program to individualize the needs of each person through the use of skin care, body care, thalassotherapy, solar products, dietetics and so on. Through this avenue, Phytomer is available to offer balance and harmony to the body, which leads way to a new sense of well-being.

Currently, Phytomer products are available in over 70 countries worldwide. As a leader in the esthetics field for more than twenty years, Phytomer has adopted strict standards for product quality and effectiveness. Through unique and patented ingredients as well as use of the most proficient preservation methods, Phytomer is available to achieve remarkable results with each product creation.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Foods to Help Ease PMS Symptoms

@RedMountainSpa While the medical community is not in complete agreement about the causes of PMS, there is little doubt that the mood swings, energy drain, cramping, aching breasts and belly aches are a severe problem for many women. If your symptoms are interfering with your life, you may need help from your physician, but many women find relief with self-help, food & lifestyle changes.

Fluid Retention
Many experts suspect that the fluid retention associated with the menstrual cycle is either directly or indirectly responsible for a great deal of symptoms. This is good news to some extent, because there are several lifestyle and dietary habits that may help modulate fluid retention.

The primary goal would be to develop overall healthy habits to achieve a good fluid balance. The basic recommendations would include: regular exercise, drink plenty of water, avoid sugar, salt and too much caffeine. Also, for most people a boost in the quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables (5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily) will improve digestive regularity, provide powerful nutrients and help regulate fluid balance.

Furthermore, there are several foods that have a significant diuretic effect. By including these foods during the time of the worst symptoms, some relief may be provided: celery (seed and plant), parsley, dandelion greens, asparagus, artichoke, melon (all kinds), watercress, and to a lesser degree: cucumbers and strawberries.
Caffeine is also a powerful diuretic, but should be used with caution during menstrual distress because too much caffeine may increase stress levels and contribute to irritability. Many teas have a diuretic effect, such as: licorice, astragulus and teas especially formulate as PMS supportive. These are generally safe, but use in moderation (2-3 cups per day) because too much diuretic may back-fire and cause a craving for salty foods.

A modest increase in protein consumption also serves as a mild diuretic, and when combined with carbohydrates, may have the added benefit of providing sustained hunger satisfaction and energy.

Carbohydrate Cravings
One of the best ways to calm carbohydrate cravings is to consume the right amount of good, whole grain, complex carbohydrates. While the high protein trend has moderated, many people still shy away from eating adequate complex carbohydrates and then find themselves craving sugar.

Find and use a reliable tool for estimating an appropriate amount of wholesome carbohydrate foods like While you may not consume that amount of carbohydrate foods on a regular basis, you can use the amount as a guide during the difficult time of the month to provide some “insurance” against craving sugars and other simple carbohydrates.

There are many wonderful complex carbohydrates that are naturally sweet, packed with beneficial nutrients, high in fiber and provide sustained blood sugar energy: sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats, winter squashes, quinoa and all types of legumes.

Hormonal Balance
Essential fatty acids have shown positive impact on the balance of blood sugar and there is some evidence that they may help fight depression. Essential fatty acids can be taken in supplements, but are found in many wonderful foods, such as: nuts, seeds, flax seeds and fatty fish.

Having an appropriate amount of healthy fats daily will also keep your hunger satisfied, aid in regularity and keep you from craving “bad fats.”

Sample Meal Plan for PMS
Breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 hard boiled egg, Licorice tea

Snack: Cucumber & watercress sandwich on 2 slices whole grain bread with light mayonnaise, 12 cashews

Lunch: Big salad: mix 1 cup of dandelion greens with your regular greens, tomatoes, celery, any other veggies, 2-3 ounces of lean protein, ½ cup of any type of bean (garbanzo, kidney, pinto), 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds and 2 Tablespoons of a light salad dressing.

Snack: Chocolate 2 whole grain crackers with ½ Tablespoon almond butter & a protein shake (1-2 scoop of protein powder and 8 oz of skim or soy milk)

Dinner: 3-4 oz. Salmon, ½ cup sweet potato, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup broccoli (optional- cook up the rest of the dandelion greens- 1 cup cooked)
After dinner treat: ½ cup sorbet, 3-4 graham crackers, 1 cup fresh fruit

While this type of menu will not cure all your symptoms, it may help to minimize the discomfort. The mix of good, complex carbohydrates, substantial protein, high fiber, high nutrition, essential fatty acids and diuretic foods should help ease symptoms.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


@RedMountainSpa These legumes are loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of protein), iron, B-vitamins, fiber and minerals. They’re also relatively low in calories and contain a trace amount of fat.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sunflower Seeds:

@RedMountainSpa A nutritional power pack, Sunflower seeds are a great source of healthy fat, protein and fiber and are loaded with vital nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, selenium, folate and iron.

Friday, December 18, 2009

How to Nudge Your Loved Ones Toward Healthier Lifestyle Habits


It is nearly impossible to “help” close friends and family members with their health and fitness issues. The best way to help loved ones is 1.) Be a positive power of example and 2.) Detach with love from their bad habits (and really mean it). In other words, you can’t change them. What you can do is take care of your own health and express your love and concern. In other words, if your spouse is overweight with subsequent health problems, tell them about your desire to have a long and happy, active life with them well into the future. Then, put on your exercise clothes and go out and take care of yourself!

If you notice attempts at positive changes, you might want to reinforce the changes without seeming condescending. If you usually go for a long run, and your spouse has finally started going for walks, be careful not to overshadow their accomplishment. Pay attention and pick up on cues for how you can support them.

In any case, while taking care of yourself you can ask for their support. This may involve certain considerations and adjustments to support your health choices. For example, if you are working hard at weight management, you may ask that your loved ones support your efforts by not bringing junk food into the house. Or you may need to ask for understanding when you take time away from the family to do your exercise. In being transparent about the real effort that is required to make difficult changes you are showing your loved ones how they might make changes as well.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


By Kim Watters
Fitness Manager

Red Mountain is proud to introduce a TRXTM class, the TRX which stands for Total-body Resistance Exercise.

TRX Suspension Trainer allows you to use your body weight to perform hundreds of exercise progressions for every body part and plane of motion. The class is facilitated outside in our scenic southwest environment. The TRX is easily utilized outside, by connecting it to a tree branch, tall fence, or playground equipment. The exercises performed using the TRX cause the total body to stabilize so the specific exercise can be completed. This program is an efficient way to work the total body and is a challenging workout for anybody.

The goal of this type of class is to increase balance and strength which helps us maintain the quality of life as we age. For example, falling is a common fear that we can overcome through specific training on the TRX.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cooling Cucumber Eye Compress

By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

Cucumber is helpful for soothing irritated, red, swollen eyes. To prepare, dice a cucumber and place the chunks in a food processor with a tablespoon of mineral water. Turn on the processor just long enough to mash the cucumber into a water paste. Spoon the mixture into cheesecloth or gauze squares, wrapping each square into individual eye-pads. Stack the eye-pads in a sealed plastic container and refrigerate to have on hand for a soothing, relaxing eye treat.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nordic Walking

By Kim Watters
Fitness Manger

Here at Red Mountain we are always looking for the next adventure, and an outdoor adventure is even better. So we were pumped when we discovered Nordic Walking, also known as ski walking. This exciting activity combines the two methods of traditional fitness walking and cross country skiing, including the use of modified ski poles.

Nordic Walking was first used as a summer training method to keep cross-country skiers in tip top shape through the snow-less days of summer. Later a group of professionals consisting of researchers in sports medicine, and other fitness professionals developed it into a fitness exercise. Nordic Walking was first launched in Finland in 1997. It has rapidly increased in popularity and today Nordic Walking is well-known fitness sports.

According to the International Nordic Walking Association there are many benefits to Nordic walking, here are a few that stand out when compared to traditional fitness walking:

  • Heart rate is 5-17 beats per minute higher (for example in normal walking heart rate is 130 beats/minute and in Nordic Walking 147 beats per minute i.e. increase is 13%)

  • Energy consumption increases when using poles by an average of 20% compared with ordinary walking without poles

  • Up to a 46% increase in energy consumption (Cooper Institute research, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports 2002 publication)

  • Releases pain and muscle tension in the neck/shoulder region

  • The lateral mobility of the neck and spine increases significantly

  • The muscles most actively involved are the forearm extensor and flexor muscles, the rear part of the shoulder muscles, the large pectoral muscles and the broad back muscles

  • Does not aggravate joints and knees

  • Reduces the load on knees and other joints

  • Consumes approximately 400 calories per hour (compared with 280 calories per hour for normal walking)

  • Poles are a safety factor on slippery surfaces

Red Mountain invites you to Nordic Walk with us among the beautiful red rocks of Snow Canyon State Park. Our Fitness staff is ready and can help you reap the benefits of Nordic Walking as we lead you into our next new adventure.

Love Your Body – Now!

By Cindy Clemens
Life Coach

A few days ago I was looking through some old photographs and I saw a picture of myself in a – gasp – bathing suit from about ten years ago. I remember looking at that picture shortly after it was taken, focusing on the flaws in my body. The not-so-flat stomach, a waist that was not very svelte, and a small piece of back fat were all that I could see or think about at that time.

But now, looking at that same photograph ten years later, I was stunned by how good my body did look. I did not have my current face wrinkles, arm flappers, or general lowering of everything. How I would love to have that body now. It made me seriously ponder why ten years ago I had been so ready to let the perceived flaws prevent me from enjoying my beautiful, strong, healthy body.

Of course this led me to wonder how much I was still doing this. Was I enjoying my body right now? Because I am sure that in ten years I would be very happy to have this body. And a further question was how much I was able to allow my husband to enjoy my body right now. He honestly did seem to enjoy looking at and touching my body, but I often discounted his compliments with my negative thoughts about how my body appeared to me.

Certainly my body has changed over the years. So has my husband's, and since we have been together for over 30 years, I have witnessed his changes. Yet I still love the feel, the warmth and the sensuality of his body. Perhaps I should assume he feels the same about me and move on with fully loving, caring for and pampering my body just as it is.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weight Loss Tips

By Dr. Brad Crump
Health Services Manager

Contrary to most thinking, small changes we make in our lifestyle choices such as nutrition and exercise make significant improvements in our overall health and wellness. Experience shows that individuals who gravitate to an "all or nothing" attitude tend to experience the most failure and tend to be the most discouraged. This usually leads to a return of unhealthy habits. Building a solid foundation through small progressive and consistent steps usually leads to more realistic and long term changes. Enjoy the journey!

Red Mountain Resort & Spa focuses on personal evaluations so that specific and individualized action plans can be put into place. We are then able to design a nutrition program or an exercise program that is tailor made for that individual. Red Mountain also offers a wide variety of programs and services that help each individual identify areas of need as well as find activities that they are passionate about. This tends to increase their sense of purpose, motivates them and provides them a network of professionals to help encourage and follow up with their progress.

The most important steps for weight loss and healthy eating habits really revolve around understanding personal needs. It is also important to help an individual determine what their specific goals are and to establish a time frame that is realistic to achieving those goals. In addition, scheduling those activities becomes important. Just as we schedule work related activities, we need to schedule exercise time and eating times and be consistent and true to those “appointments.”

To become a habit, an activity must be performed consistently over a period of time. The reason most people stop exercising or eating right is that they do not see results, the find it too challenging (feels like too much work), they feel they do not have the time or they lack family or social support.

Here are some ways to take small steps and implement the spa experience at home:
  • Schedule exercise and eating times. Make sure that these times are realistic and obtainable. Rome was not built in day. Enjoy the small changes and the experience of change.

  • Involve the family. Find activities that the family can do together and that everyone enjoys. Join a walking group or get friends together a few times a week for group exercise. There tends to be strength in numbers as well as accountability and support.

  • Think positive. The surest way to fail is negative “self talk.” Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right. The universe tends to give us what we ask for.

  • Choose a healthy recipe to prepare each week. This will get you into a more healthy way of eating and will help see how healthy eating can be delicious as well.

There are a number of books and resources available. Here are a few that can be of great benefit:
  • “Organizing from the inside out” by Julie Morgenstern

  • “Life is a do over” by Cindy Clemens

  • “Grocery shopping made easy” by Chris Mohr and Kara Mohr (DVD)

  • “Ultra prevention” and “The ultra simple diet” by Mark Hyman

  • The Red Mountain Spa cookbook

Friday, December 11, 2009

Broccoli and Cauliflower:

These cruciferous vegetables are known for their role in reducing cancer risk. In addition, they contain high amounts of vitamin c, folate and fiber.

Core Strengthening Exercise

Torso Twists
Hold your hands together at chest level. Keep your knees and hips squared forward; gently twist to the left, tightening the abs as you twist. Return back to center and repeat to the right side. (8-12 repetitions)

Mom, I'm Bored

By Kim Watters
Fitness Manager

It can be a challenge to keep the kids entertained past the first few days of a school break. It seems that once the newness of sleeping in and playing videogames has worn off, parents feel compelled to entertain them or find something new for them to do. Instead of joining them on the couch with a bag of chips, try these fun and fit activities for both you and the kids,

Hula Hoops are Hot, hot, hot again
Moms, the new weighted sports hoops ($12-$20) will shape your waist, hips, thighs and arms in no time, and the kids will have a great time trying to perfect these new moves and tricks with their own hula hoops. There are DVD's, instructional books you can purchase or just search "Hula Hoop exercises" online and get some great tips for free. Make sure you get the right size hoop; generally the hoop should reach between your waist and chest when held in front of your legs and tipped on its side.

Jumping rope like the Joes at the gym
Jumping rope has always been a great cardiovascular workout in the gym; you can plan on burning up to 135 calories in just 10 minutes. Don't get bored, spice it up with some tricks and games from the school yard. Just ask your kids, they'll love to show you how it is done on their playground.

Too cold outside? Glide inside instead.
Gliding disks add intensity and resistance to your workout and are made for use on carpet. But let's face it, they are slippery and fun to play with, too. There are a few different styles of disks that you can choose to buy, or you can just use paper plates with a wax coating. Again, there are many free exercises to choose from on line as well as DVD's and instructional books to purchase. However, just playing tag, racing, dancing or playing "Simon Says" with them will give you an excellent workout and you can't find a much cheaper piece of exercise equipment than a paper plate.

Playing knocks boredom out of your winter break; it promotes your health and maintains your sanity. Get ready, get set, get fit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tips for Cooking Bison

By Dale Van Sky
Executive Chef

Bison and grain fed beef have a lower fat content so lowering the temperature by 25 degrees will slow the cooking process. This allows the internal temperature to reach the desired doneness without over cooking the exterior.

Cooking times will vary in accordance to the cut on meat; I recommend a meat thermometer to check doneness.

Never press any meat, burger, steak or chicken; this will squeeze out the juices producing a dryer product. When cooking roasts you should let them rest because while they are cooking the juices are forced towards the middle of the meat. Letting it rest allows those juices to rejuvenate through the meat.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sleep Tricks

By Mryna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

  • A steady daily amount of exercise in the morning or afternoon deepens sleep.

  • Insulate your room against sound and light.

  • Keep your room temperature moderate. Excessively warm or cold temperatures can disturb sleep.

  • Both hunger and excessive fullness can disturb sleep. A light snack at bedtime may help you sleep. Tryptophan, found in warm milk or bananas, assist somnolence.

  • I keep a journal next to my bed. Before going to sleep at night, I write in my journal all the things I have on my mind. It might be a conflict, a job left undone or a concern for health or business. After writing everything negative down, I take time to write three things that happened in my day about which I feel good – my daily blessings. Most times they are very ordinary things that I have may have missed thinking about if I wasn’t taking this special time to end my day. In closing my journal I do so consciously, symbolically closing my day, with the thought of the last blessing written still on my mind. My journal is placed in a drawer where I cannot be tempted to re-open it.

  • I then close my eyes, breathe deeply and contemplating blessings. I make my commitment to let go of all my concerns and give thanks for the blessings of the day. At this stage I am ready to focus my thoughts inward using visualization and breathing to relax and go to my own very special place before falling asleep.

Monday, December 7, 2009

An Interview with Life Coach Cindy Clemens

Why do you think life coaching is growing in popularity?

As a profession, life coaching is gaining popularity because so many people are tired of being stressed, strained and exhausted from their out of control lives. They know there is a better way to live, but they need a guide to help them set priorities, say no to the energy drains in their lives, and overcome the fears and doubts that keep them stuck. A life coach is that guide. Since so many guests visit spas to get a break from their overwhelming lives, it makes sense they would enjoy connecting with a life coach to learn ways to reduce the overwhelm when they return home.

What are people looking for when you start working with them?

Guests have usually heard the term "life coach" but most are not sure what it means. So their first interest is to find out more about what a life coach does. That is why Red Mountain provides the guests with a chance to have Lunch with a Professional or attend the Fire Ceremony to ask questions and find out more. Many of them do decide to attend the life strategy workshops or have a private session. They are looking for concrete tools to take back home to make more room for themselves and a plan for implementing their heartfelt dreams and goals. I am able to really listen to them, provide feedback and probing questions and motivate them to take action – that’s what they want to happen.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Re-Energize Your Day

Ab Curls:

Sit with your back about 4 inches away from your chair. Cross your arms over your chest and sit up straight. Tighten your abdominal muscles and press the middle of your spine in to the back of the chair. Your shoulders should curl towards your hip bones. Hold for 2-3 seconds, and then return to sitting up straight. (8-12 repetitions)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

What Do You Reflect?

By Dr. Brad Crump
Health Services Manager

Once again, we find ourselves asking “Where did the year go? What happened to all of the goals I set, the ones I said would transform my life once and for all?”

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Not just what is reflected in the mirror, but beneath the surface? Like an iceberg, only a third of that iceberg is seen above water. In addition, all icebergs are different in shape and size. Now is the time to see that we are uniquely different and, therefore, need a more unique approach.

Let’s reflect on one of the most common goals people set. If you are like the majority of Americans, one of those unachieved goals was changing your diet and losing weight. Given the fact that you had found success with earlier popular diets, along with the expected return of the lost weight, you felt it wise to do it again. Unfortunately, you may have been through this scenario numerous times with the accompanying feelings of guilt and despair, throwing your arms up in the air and proclaiming, “What’s the use?”

This reminds me of the popular definition of insanity, which is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Maybe it is time to start adopting the old counsel “If it sounds too good to be true….”

Let’s make a goal to return back to the healthful dietary habits that are proven and sound and, unlike many “flash in the pan” programs, actually lead to long lasting weight loss and health. Let’s revisit some healthy nutrition principles that if followed, will lead to healthy weight loss.

  • Jumpstart your day with a nutritious breakfast. One should never skip this meal.

  • Always have protein and good fats with all your meals.

  • Increase fiber intake to 30 to 50 grams daily.

  • Eat detoxifying foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts.

  • Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day.

  • Go “wild” with salmon.

  • Eat more nuts, seeds and legumes.

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners.

  • Make sure that you eat enough calories to meet your Resting Metabolic Rate.

  • Refrain from eating at least two hours before going to bed.

  • Eat a colorful diversity of low-glycemic fruits and vegetables.

  • Minimize or eliminate refined and processed flours and sugars.

Reflecting back on our successes as well as failures helps us to identify those approaches that will most benefit us. Start looking beneath the surface and you will find answers leading to health and happiness.

Here’s looking at you kid!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Creative Ways to Cut Calories

  • Mix a puffed cereal with your favorite granola – ¼ cup of average low fat granola has 150-250 calories; 1 cup of puffed cereal is 50-90 calories. Since ¼ cup of granola is never enough, have the granola, but mix with some puffed cereal for volume. Save 100-140 calories versus having a ½ cup of granola.

  • Choose vegetables that fulfill the need for starchy foods instead of instead of having rice, potato or pasta. For example: Turnip ½ cup cubes = 17 calories, Turnip mashed, 1 cup = 51 calories, Spaghetti squash 19 calories per ½ cup; Butternut squash = ½ cup = 40 calories. One half cup of mashed potato without any milk, butter or margarine has 119 calories and a half cup of brown rice has 109 calories.

  • Can’t resist blue cheese dressing? Add a one inch cube of blue cheese to one 8 oz. package of silken tofu, mix with a little garlic salt, dry mustard, add vinegar to taste, then refrigerate for 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Makes 4 – 2 oz servings (that’s A LOT of blue cheese dressing) and has only 50 calories whereas a mere one tablespoon of standard blue cheese dressing has 73 calories.

  • Want a decadent dessert? Mix 1 T peanut butter with 1 T milk, then blend into 1 cup low fat non-dairy topping – It will satisfy your craving for a peanut butter cup when you put a dollop on top of low fat chocolate pudding.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Puppies Aren't Products"

Red Mountain will give $1 to Best Friends Animal Society's "Puppies Aren't Products" campaign for every new newsletter sign-up in December.

Help us support this worthwhile campaign. "Adopt, Don't Shop"

Visit for more information.

About Best Friends Animal Society
The Best Friends Animal Society at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends. Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

Best Friends had its origin in the late 1970s with a group of friends who worked with their local humane societies to care for homeless pets with special needs. In the mid-1980s, they started a sanctuary in Kanab that soon led to the founding of Best Friends Animal Society, a nationwide organization promoting rescue, adoption, spay/neuter and education programs.

Tofu Chocolate Orange Mousse

By Dale Van Sky
Executive Chef

Yield: About 16 oz Servings: 4 Serving Size: 4 oz

12.5 oz Soft Tofu
3 oz Dark Chocolate
1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Boiling Water
1 T Orange Zest
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar

1. Melt Dark Chocolate with Boiling Water.
2. Place all ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth.
3. Top with Fructose Candied Orange Zest.