Thursday, December 30, 2010

Enter 2011 with a Spirit of Giving


By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

One of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is how it opens up our hearts to others and fosters a spirit of giving. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could carry this forward into the rest of the year. Here are three ways to plug into abundance consciousness and allow generosity to flow through you into 2011.

First, realize how much giving to others allows abundance to flow to you. Whenever I am feeling anxious or worried about money, I look for some way to share what I have with others. I know that if I focus on what I lack and nurture scarcity consciousness, I will manifest more lack. The easiest way I know to change that negative thinking is to take stock of all that I do have and immediately look for a way to give of my time, talent and resources. It never fails – once I do this, I receive much more than I have given. By unstopping the blockage caused by fear about not having enough, I allow Source’s bounty to flow to me.

Second, ask Source where your giving can be most useful. I have come to realize that we are the conduits for Source’s unlimited abundance. I am not aware of Source dropping off sacks of money to those in need. Instead, Source needs us to do the footwork, and if you earnestly ask for guidance, you will be directed how and where you are needed. If we all do this, the assistance will come when we hit a rough patch.

Finally, when you do receive a nudge to give, do it right away without over thinking it. I know when I receive a pitch for a donation or a request for my time, at first I feel very moved to help. But, if I don’t give or commit right away, I tend to talk myself out of it or whittle down what I am willing to share. I allow fear and scarcity to creep in and reduce my gift, and I deprive myself of the full return on my investment.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Tip from the Chef

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky advises, "Eat smaller amounts of holiday fare to alleviate that overstuffed feeling and 'food hangover' the next day."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Tip from the Chef

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky advises, "If you make turkey gravy, use brown rice flour instead of all purpose flour. Brown rice flour is higher in nutritional values than any wheat flour and is gluten free so people with celiac disease can still enjoy a gravy or cream soup."

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tea Tree Eucalyptus Wellness Soak

If Old Man Winter is getting the best of you this season, try adding five drops each of essential oil of peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus to bath water that’s a little warmer than your normal soaks. Add eight drops of thyme if your chest is congested. Soak for as long as you are comfortable. Afterward, drink plenty of hot water with lemon and honey.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Tip from the Chef

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky advises, "Plan your menu ahead. There are a lot of items that can be prepared the day before the holiday. Have the family assist in preparing the menu."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tip from Chef Dale

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky always uses a spritz bottle for oils. It allows you to control how much oil you use, and you can better disperse it around the pan.

Chef Dale says that oil can become rancid if you don't use it quickly enough. When you put the oil in the bottle, mark the bottle with a piece of masking tape with today's date on it. Throw away the oil if you haven't used it after three months. Be sure to clean the bottle thoroughly with hot, soapy water and dry completely before adding new oil.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Gift of Feeling...


By Andrea Hanson, CEHP, Energy Therapist

Thinking, rationalizing, measuring, manipulating, figuring....all functions of the left hemisphere and gifts of the rational mind, necessary and useful...in certain times. However, when it comes to affairs of the heart and soul, the rational mind pales to intuition and imagination.

We cannot think our way through life choices that involve others. We must feel what is necessary first and then take action based on heart- and soul-felt information. Then the rational mind may implement our decisions.

Weighing the pros and cons of a situation is usually fruitless unless it is put in terms of feelings. Have you ever really made a decision based on a pro and con list? If we weigh our possible choices rationally against outside influences, it becomes a hopeless, unending list of possible scenarios.

If we create a clear image of the desired outcome, we are more in touch with our desired inner reality and more able to move towards it. Feel, feel, feel to deal with challenges and desires. Be clear, detailed, and then let it go and allow it to materialize. Leave the thinking for To Do lists, calculating finances, reading and arranging things.

Emotional Fitness: The ability to feel and express your truth with grace and ease and remain in balance.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Soak the Stress Away

Soothe the mind and rejuvenate the heart with this bath. Plus, it's very healing for tired or overworked muscles.

Place five drops of marjoram and 10 drops of lavender into a warm bath. Lay back and soak for twenty minutes.

(Note: Marjoram may cause drowsiness and also should not be used by pregnant women.)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Protect Your Winter Skin


By Myrna Beardshear
@RedMountainSpa
Director of Spa & Wellness

Wind, cold and indoor heating during the winter can leave skin feeling parched, tight, dry and flaky. Allowing skin to become severely dry means it is less effective at providing a barrier against infection and can split and bleed, creating a greater chance for an infection.

Dry, itchy skin can be prevented with a few simple changes to a skin care routine.

Long, hot showers may make you feel warmer, but as soon as you step out of the water, your skin begins to lose moisture because hot water removes natural oil from the skin, leaving it dry and itchy. Bathe or shower in lukewarm (not hot) water and limit showers to five to ten minutes.

Within three minutes of stepping out of the shower or bath apply a cream, ointment or lotion to your damp skin. This helps to trap water in the upper skin layers and decreases dryness and itching. If you don’t want your skin to feel oily or greasy use a cream or lotion with a light texture.

Exfoliate two or three times a week to remove dry, flaky skin from the surface and allow moisturizer to penetrate better.

The most potent moisturizing treatments contain one or more of the following: botanical oils; antioxidant vitamins A,C, and E; seaweed or algae; and oxygen which helps carry nourishing agents to the skin. Vitamin-rich serums are especially effective for dry, mature facial skin. Their small molecular structure helps them penetrate the skin.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, switch to a thicker more occlusive moisturizer to prove extra protection from wind and cold. Snow can reflect more than 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, so be sure to always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and reapply every two hours for maximum benefit. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm of at least an SPF 15 to prevent chapped lips.

After washing hands always put on hand cream to seal-in moisture.

Remember to drink enough water during the winter months. Like the earth, our bodies are comprised of 70% water. Just as preserving our world’s bodies of water is vital to the planet’s equilibrium, maintaining ideal hydration levels in the human body is one of the simplest ways to balance the entire organism, including the skin.

Here are two home care remedies for extremely dry skin:
Gentle yogurt and aloe cleanser:
2 T fresh plain yogurt
2 T aloe gel

Warm you hands under running water and then gently massage the mixture onto the skin. Remove with a clean washcloth and pat dry.

Follow with this healing mask:
Combine one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of wheat germ oil with a beaten egg yolk. Whip the mixture into two tablespoons of powdered milk or one tablespoon of fresh, whole milk. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove gently with tepid water.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pranayam to Feel Better


By Andrea Hanson, CEHP, Energy Therapist

Pranayam is the use of the breath/lifeforce to balance and heal. Here is a wonderful pranayam to assist you is having the most loving, calm, meaningful Holiday Season.

Become aware of your breath. Take a deep inhale and then exhale and at the "bottom of the breath" rest there in the silence and stillness and begin thinking of all that you love and are grateful for. When your body wishes to inhale again, do so and inhale all that you thought of. Exhale and begin again...resting in the silence and stillness at the "bottom of the breath" and bringing to mind your love and gratitude.

Continue for at least three minutes. Allow your love and gratitude to become alive. Always be comfortable and easy...not ever holding your breath but listening to your body. To end, inhale and hold your breath at the top of the inhale tightening the body to "seal" in the love and gratitude. Exhale and continue with your activities with your new vibration.

Emotional Fitness: The ability to feel and express your truth with grace and ease and remain in balance.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Healthy Detox


By Dr. Brad Crump, Health Services Manager

There are a myriad of plans and programs that health minded individuals seek out in order to “detoxify” the body. Many are based firmly in the science of detoxification and others well, not so much. Ultimately there is one goal in mind and that is to remove foreign and potentially harmful substances from the body.

Any good detoxification program always begins with proper nutrition. There are no exceptions. The following nutritional guidelines should be part of any detoxification program:
  • Whole foods. It is important to eliminate all refined and processed foods. Whole foods contain vital nutrients required for optimal liver function.

  • Eliminate all foods that have the highest inflammatory or allergenic potential. An abbreviated list would include the elimination of all dairy, gluten containing foods such as wheat, rye and barley and, of course, all refined foods (which notoriously contain gluten), soy and soy containing foods, red meat, shellfish and caffeine and alcohol.

  • Lots of water.

Anyone is a candidate for a good nutritionally based detoxification program. Given the state of our environment and our many exposures, a detoxification program should be done at least once per year and for a full month.

Care would be given with those who have health issues, but, in general, there is nothing that would preclude anyone from participation.

The benefits of detoxification are extensive. They usually include weight loss, improved sleep, increased energy and decreased hormonal symptoms seen with menopausal women. Most will see an improvement in cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Overall, a proper detoxification program will improve overall health, decreased health risks and general sense of well being.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goal


By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

Too often people make a mental note to reach a goal, give it a thought or two during the week and are then disappointed when they don't make any real progress.

Three key steps must be taken to stay on track and reach a personal goal. First, the goal must leave the overloaded brain cavity and get written down. Until it is firmly acknowledged and given focus and attention, it will only be a passing thought. Keeping it visible on a sticky note attached to the computer screen or the bathroom mirror is a great way to give it daily care and feeding.

Second, the goal needs to be broken down into manageable, realistic steps. Try to under-promise and over-perform. By asking yourself to accomplish what you can actually get done, you will set yourself up for success and build in positive momentum. Baby steps are fine so long as they actually get done and lead to bigger steps.

Third, don't let a minor setback become a major obstacle. There will be days when things don't go according to the plan. That does not mean you should give yourself permission to take several days off or that you have failed. Those who do reach their goals recognize what went wrong, learn how to avoid the pitfall, forgive themselves, and get back on the path. It is about progress, not perfection!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Tip from the Chef

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky advises, "If you make turkey gravy, use brown rice flour instead of all purpose flour. Brown rice flour is higher in nutritional values than any wheat flour and is gluten free so people with celiac disease can still enjoy a gravy or cream soup."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Exfoliate to Help Winter Skin


By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

Bath or shower only once a day in the winter months if you have dry skin. Take shorter, warm showers, not hot. Hot baths will dry the skin. Air dry or lightly pat skin dry leaving some of the water on your skin. Immediately apply body oil or body butter to hold the moisture in the skin.

Recommended winter baths are seaweed baths, aromatherapy baths or an oatmeal/milk bath. Make your own oatmeal/milk bath by mixing equal parts of oatmeal and whole milk powdered milk.

Avoid antibacterial or deodorant soaps as they can be drying. Choose a mild PH balanced soap, diluted unscented bath gel (50% gel and 50% water), or a seaweed based cleanser to cleanse and hydrate the skin.

Winter is definitely not the time to slack off on sun protection. UV rays are still present even though you are not feeling the warmth of the sun. Use sunscreen or products that contain SPF 15 and if your go skiing use an SPF 30.

How to Exfoliate:
Dead skin builds up faster in the dry of the winter than in the summer heat. We suggest exfoliating at least once a week to slough off the dead skin. Exfoliation not only rids your body of dead skin cells but improves circulation and lymph flow. Using circular motions exfoliate the skin starting on the left leg, in circular movements up the leg. Concentrate on dry heels and knees. Do not exfoliate over varicose veins. Follow the process on the right leg and then do in circular motion over the buttocks and gently over the colon area in a clockwise motion. Move up over the stomach and diaphragm area, moving around the breast area and lightly over the chest area. Then using the same motion, do the left and then right arms. The back can be done, remembering to move toward the heart. Your skin should be slightly pink, slightly tingly. Do not do this treatment in the late afternoon or evening as it's very stimulating and will affect your sleep.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Thanksgiving Feast for the Body


By Myrna Beardshear
Director of Spa, Health & Fitness

It seems that, no matter how hard I try, I cook too much of everything for Thanksgiving dinner. I have found some wonderful ways to indulge myself while not over-indulging over the holiday. I do this by putting aside some of the prepared foods before preparing them for the dinner table.

Pumpkin is my favorite skin treat. It is an excellent treatment for all skin types, especially environmentally damaged or sensitive skin. Rich in Vitamin A (skin healing), C (anti-oxidant) and Zinc, the pumpkin soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results.

Pumpkin puree has enzymes and antioxidants that offer results similar to gentle alpha-hydroxy action; It removes dead dull cells, while its beta-carotene-rich antioxidants nourish your skin. This will moisturize and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth and glowing.

Pumpkin Body Mask
Ingredients:
1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk (Coconut solids are a natural moisturizer)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (ground cinnamon is gently warming, stimulating and antibacterial)

Directions

  • Making sure they are at room temperature, mix ingredients in a bowl.

  • Apply generously to clean skin, massaging gently to work well into the skin. (I like to do this while standing on a towel in the bathtub and then I sit on the towel while waiting for the mask to work).

  • Allow the mask to remain on for about 10 minutes, a good time to do some breathing and meditation to relax you after all those hours in the kitchen.

  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


Pumpkin Pie Face Mask
Ingredients
2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
1/2 teaspoon honey (humectant, regenerative)
1/4 teaspoon milk, or soymilk (alpha hydroxyl acid, enzymes digest skin cells)

Optional Ingredients
For Dry Skin
1/4 teaspoon heavy whipping cream (moisturizing; alpha hydroxy acid)

For Oily Skin
1/4 teaspoon cranberry juice (high in antioxidants critically important to the utilization of essential fatty acids to maintain balanced, nourished skin)

Directions

  • Combine the ingredients for your facemask.

  • Mix gently and apply to your face avoiding the eye area.

  • Relax for 10-15 minutes while your Thanksgiving mask gently exfoliates, nourishes and conditions your face.

  • Rinse with warm water and apply the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type
    and allow the mixture to penetrate for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.


Calming Cranberry and Orange Herbal Bath
To relax and unwind this season, save half a cup of those wonderful fresh cranberries you bought in an overly energetic moment to make fresh cranberry sauce. Tie the cranberries in some clean muslin and crush them slightly before adding them to hot bath water. Allow bath water to cool for about 10 minutes and add 8-10 drops of essential oil of orange. Test that water is not to warm and soak for about 20 minutes.

Soothing Eggnog Soak
If you buy eggnog over the season, save some of it to try yourself to a luxurious bath.

For super hydrated skin this winter, add 4 cups of eggnog and 8-10 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to warm bath water. Relax in the tub for 20 minutes. You’ll enjoy the luxury of the wonderful milk bath and your skin will feel smooth and soft.

Resources for pumpkin recipes:
Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).
Lipman World, newsletter, Issue 2: Volume 1 2004, www.lipman world.com

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you! Have a healthy, adventurous and safe day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Tip from the Chef

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky advises, "Eat smaller amounts of holiday fare to alleviate that overstuffed feeling and 'food hangover' the next day."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

December Activities at Red Mountain

December is filled with activities. We hope you can join the fun.

December 5–10 Eat Well, Feel Well Culinary School
Chef Dale Van Sky, Red Mountain's Executive Chef
Come explore the many rich flavors and creative healthy cuisines from our premier chefs.

December 5-12 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

December 12-19 Fitness Boot Camp
Kim Watters, Red Mountain Fitness Manager
Your mission is to find fitness activities that you'll love so much you stick with your commitment for improved health.

December 12-19 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

December 25 Christmas Dinner Buffet

December 27-29 Align your Health Span with Your Life Span
Dr. Elaine Dembe, best selling author known as "The Passion Doctor"
Dr. Dembe will show you how to lead an enthusiastic and healthy life no matter what you age.

December 31 New Year's Eve Celebration

Monday, November 22, 2010

Relieve Holiday Stress with Stretches

Lying:
Lie on the floor with a small pillow under your head. Your knees should be slightly bent. Put one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest. Draw deep breaths into your abdomen and feel it rise. Your chest should hardly move at all. Belly-breathe without your chest moving and exhale through your nose.

Standing:
Stand with your knees slightly bent but not locked. Many tense people tend to lock their knees, which immobilizes the whole body. Take a position with your feet about eight inches apart and bend your knees so that the weight of your body is in balance between the heels and the balls of your feet. The rest of your body should be in a straight line with your arms hanging loosely at your side. Let your belly hang out. Don’t force it out but do not hold it in either. Breathe from your belly (exercise 1). Your back should be straight but not rigid, and your pelvis should be relaxed. Hold this position for two minutes. While waiting in line or standing at a party, try this stance. Try to keep it whenever you have to stand for any length of time.

Sitting
No matter where you are – at your desk, in a meeting, at home, you can do this exercise unobtrusively. Wiggle your toes, giving special attention to your big toes for one minutes. Then circle your feet by rotating them on your ankles. Next tighten your buttocks, count to five, and relax. Inhale deeply into your abdomen and then exhale.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November Recipe of the Month


Deep Dark Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 3/4 Cups Unsifted Flour
2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Canola Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Boiling Water
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Directions:
  1. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt).

  2. Add the eggs, milk, canola oil and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined.

  3. Mix in the hot water.

  4. Pour into an oil-sprayed 9 x 13 baking pan.

  5. Fold in white chocolate.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Friday, November 19, 2010

De-Stress Your Holiday Eating


By Dr. Reema Sayegh, Nutritionist

Sometimes what we want and what we need are two different things. Case in point: food choices when we are stressed.

What usually calls out to us is some form of sugar and caffeine. What we really require is a more complex form of carbohydrate, PLUS a protein so that we do not get a sugar rush (which is inevitably followed by a sugar dip).

Therefore, a good de-stressing pick-me-up could come in the form of fresh fruit and natural nut butter, or a serving of cut-up veggies, raw nuts and one ounce of low-fat string cheese. If you're multi-tasking, in other words, trying to grab something at the mall, try having protein and vegetables, like a teriyaki unbreaded chicken breast with stir-fried vegetables, or, even better, a salad topped with chicken or fish, and a nice vinaigrette on the side.

These foods will give you staying power, and provide the stress-busting nutrients your body really needs without sabotaging your good eating habits. That way, the cute new outfit you're out buying for the holiday party will still fit when the time comes!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dancing the Holiday Pounds Away


By Kim Watters
Fitness Manager

Here come the holidays, and I am determined to avoid that 5-8 pound holiday weight gain. My intention is to make them healthier and happier by dance, dance, dancing my way through them.

Many Americans, like me, have been inspired by and are tuning in to the highly popular dance shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Americas Got Talent.” These shows remind us that dancing is fun and entertaining; it allows us to socialize and it helps us to fight off those unwanted pounds. In fact, dancing has many health benefits.

The Mayo Clinic researchers reported that social dancing helps to:

  • Reduce stress

  • Increase energy

  • Improve strength

  • Increase muscle tone and coordination


The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) say that dancing can:

  • Lower your risk of coronary heart disease

  • Decrease blood pressure

  • Help you manage your weight

  • Strengthen the bones of your legs and hips


In addition, the New England Journal of Medicine published a 21-year study that found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.

Fortunately for us, now that dancing is growing in popularity we have many more options to get us out on the dance floor. We can find dance lessons for adults in almost every dance studio: Ballroom, Salsa, Tap, Ballet, Square Dancing...

Most fitness clubs have a variety of fitness dance classes: Cardio Salsa, Hip Hop, Nia, Belly Dancing, Ballet workouts, Striptease…

If you like to keep things more private, there are hundreds of dance DVD’s you can purchase. You can even learn Bollywood dance routines in your own living room.

The truth is the holidays are not a good time for weight loss and dieting; there are just too many obstacles that may lead to failure. Instead, we should set a goal of maintaining weight and enjoying the season. So forget the excuses, get inspired, and join me in dance, dance, dancing your way through the Holidays. It’s the perfect time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving, Traditions & Apple Pie


By Myrna Beardshear, Director of Spa & Wellness

The comfort of tradition is important to all of us, and I think that no better example exists than the joyful gathering at our home each Thanksgiving. My family's only stipulation is that the menu not change year-to-year...from the turkey to the pies...everything has to remain the same.

One of my family’s favorites is my homemade apple pie.

This wonderful fruit is so common in our lives that we often take for granted the great benefits it provides.

The skin of the fruit is rich in antioxidants especially quercetin. Each apple has nearly four grams of fiber in its crisp, white flesh – more than a bowl of oatmeal. This is delivered in the soluble form of pectin that lowers cholesterol and steadies blood sugar levels and insoluble (roughage found mostly in the peel) that aids in digestion and elimination. Organically grown varieties of apples have higher levels of fiber, vitamin C and phytonutrients and have better texture and flavor (not to mention the lack of pesticides).

Quick Apple Facts:
  • No artificial coloring

  • Contains less than 1 gram of fat

  • Has almost no sodium

  • Is high in complex carbohydrates

  • Contains cellulose

  • Contains the soluble fiber pectin

  • Supplies vitamin C

  • Supplies potassium

  • Contains the trace mineral boron

  • Has only 81 calories

  • Has other vital nutrients including:

    • calcium

    • iron

    • carotenoids such as vitamin A

    • thiamin

    • magnesium

    • phosphorus

The apple has a surprisingly longstanding role in homegrown beauty regimens. It contains malic acid, which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates, smoothes and brightens the complexion. The fiber-rich pectin in the fruit has skin-soothing, restorative properties.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holiday Tip from the Chef

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky advises, "Plan your menu ahead. There are a lot of items that can be prepared the day before the holiday. Have the family assist in preparing the menu."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cranberry Walnut Apple Salad

Executive Chef Dale Van Sky created this delicious salad for our Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy.

Ingredients:
1 cup blanched fresh cranberries
2 cups diced apples
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup tofu “whipped cream”

Tofu “Whipped Cream” Ingredients:
1/2 cup tofu, soft
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp orange peel, grated
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla
pinch nutmeg, ground

Directions:
1. Mix top five items together.
2. Blend all ingredients for tofu “whipped cream” in a food processor.
3. Add tofu whipped cream to top five items.

Friday, November 12, 2010

With Gratitude from Red Mountain


By Tracey Welsh, General Manager

Entering the resort today, I once again experienced a sense of wonder and joy by the beauty that surrounds Red Mountain. Sun-filled blue skies, crimson red rocks and the crisp fall air make our corner of Southern Utah a wonderful place to call home.

As great as the surrounding beauty is the spirit of the team that makes it happen at Red Mountain each and every day. Each of us combining our knowledge and talents to share our home with our guests to help them live a healthier and longer life, to nurture them while they de-stress and to re-energize them for when they must go home.

Entering this holiday season, I think about what Red Mountain is grateful for and, first and foremost, it’s you - our guest. You trust us with your time and your health, both precious to all. Secondly, it’s our team, who continually works together to create each unique day. We are grateful for our health and our families. As we realize how fragile our lives can truly be, we recognize how important it is to take time to be healthy and loved. We cannot forget to be grateful for our freedom and those that serve to protect it. Finally, we are grateful for our ability to return the favor, by giving to those less fortunate, by taking care of our earth and by being kind to each other.

In closing, I share this quote from Albert Schweitzer. "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."

May you find joy and strength in each day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cream of Mushroom & Leek Soup

Chef Dale Van Sky has created a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving feast. Below is a recipe you are sure to enjoy. Click to see our entire holiday menu.

Cream of Mushroom & Leek Soup
(serves 8)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pure olive oil
1/4 cup leeks, sliced thinly
4 oz brown rice flour
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 lb mushrooms
1 1/2 qt vegetable stock
4 oz coconut milk
2–3 tbs liquid aminos
white pepper

Directions.
1. Bring olive oil to smoke point.
2. Add leeks and sauté 1 minute.
3. Add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté 1 minute.
4. Turn heat off. Add brown rice flour and mix well.
5. Let set 10 minutes.
6. Add vegetable stock, stir and bring to a boil.
7. Add coconut milk, liquid aminos and white pepper to taste.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Don't Try To Do It All

By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

By mid-November decide which holiday rituals you feel like doing this year and which you can skip. It really is fine to choose to bake fabulous treats and fill the house with decorations but skip the cards and hosting the neighborhood party. Pick well and you will have time and energy to truly enjoy the magic of the season.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Life is nothing but a hike…all you need to know is on the trail…


By Anese Cavanaugh, Red Mountain Guest Presenter (Oct. 2010)

I hiked about 28 miles last week. Real “hiked”. Not the kind of hiking you do on flat ground, on a trail, in the park, real, full on, “mountains, boulders, rocks, lava, slick rock, switch backs, mochi ball, cacti, watch for snakes, scorpions, hila monster, heart rate hiiiiighh, altitude adjust please, second skin, hiking boots a good idea, camel backs necessary, need a massage afterwards” hiking…It was great. I’m always in my glory in the mountains (part of the reason I was happy to move back to the West Coast), and I find it a great place to do this work with my clients. Years ago, my first job out of college was as the Fitness Director for a hiking retreat in California. I didn’t realize then how much that job would influence how I evolved my work with clients years later in my own little organization. Every time I hike, and even every time I train period, but hiking especially, I am reminded of how great the metaphor for life hiking actually is. Add in a client or participant or twelve, and the metaphors come flying in! Here are just 7 things to keep in mind on the “hike” of your life…grab your boots and hit a trail and see how these things resonate for you. Read more...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What I’m Reading Now


By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This is a delightful fiction story that is told from the perspective of the family dog. At first it seems to be a light collection of observations from a dog’s perspective, but before you know it you are being swept into a compelling family drama. Be prepared to read it in just a few days as it is hard to put down. The ending really makes you smile, so hang in there for the payoff.

Visit Garth's website to find out more about this and his other books.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Yum....Thanksgiving Day Menu

Join us for a special Thanksgiving Day buffet (Thursday, Nov. 25, 5:30-7:30 pm) created by Executive Chef Dale Van Sky. All the important things are covered...turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie...with a Red Mountain twist!

Soup
Mushroom Leek Soup

Salads & Appetizers
Salad Bar
Cranberry Walnut Apple Salad
Maple Glazed Pecan Carrot Salad
Smoked Salmon with Caper Lemon Dill Sauce

Entrées
Garlic Roasted Buffalo Prime Rib (carved to order) with Horseradish Sauce & Au Jus
Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Poblano Orange Relish
Smoked Ham with Rum Raisin Sauce
Autumn Vegetable Casserole with Smoked Gouda Cheese

Sides
Traditional Sage Bread Stuffing
Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing
Country Style Mashed Potatoes with Chives
Candied Yams
Green Bean Casserole

Dessert
Caramel Apple Cheesecake with Anglaise Sauce
Bumbleberry Pear Pie
Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping
Pumpkin Pot De Crème

Included with Signature and Life-Enhancing packages. A La Carte price is $32. Reservations required so call early to make yours at 435-652-5728.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Spa at Home with Pumpkin


by Myrna Beardshear, Director of Spa & Wellness

Pumpkin is my favorite skin treat. It is an excellent treatment for all skin types, especially environmentally damaged or sensitive skin. Rich in Vitamin A (skin healing), C (anti-oxidant) and Zinc, the pumpkin soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results.

Pumpkin puree has enzymes and antioxidants that offer results similar to gentle alpha-hydroxy action: It removes dead dull cells, while its beta-carotene-rich antioxidants nourish your skin.

Try the pumpkin at-home spa treatments below. They will moisturize and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth and glowing.

Pumpkin Body Mask

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk (Coconut solids are a natural moisturizer.)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (Ground cinnamon is gently warming, stimulating and antibacterial.)

Directions:
  1. Making sure they are at room temperature, mix ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Apply generously to clean skin, massaging gently to work well into the skin. (I like to do this while standing on a towel in the bathtub and then I sit on the towel while waiting for the mask to work.)

  3. Allow the mask to remain on for about 10 minutes, a good time to do some breathing and meditation to relax you after all those hours in the kitchen.

  4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


Pumpkin Pie Face Mask

Ingredients:
2 tsp cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
1/2 tsp honey (Honey is a humectant and is regenerative.)
1/4 tsp milk, or soymilk (The alpha hydroxyl acid digests skin cells.)

Optional Ingredients:
For Dry Skin
1/2 tsp heavy whipping cream (Cream is moisturizing and contains alpha hydroxy acid.)

For Oily Skin
1/4 tsp cranberry juice (Cranberries are high in antioxidants critically important to the utilization of essential fatty acids to maintain balanced, nourished skin.)

Directions:
  1. Combine the ingredients for your face mask.

  2. Mix gently and apply to your face avoiding the eye area.

  3. Relax for 10-15 minutes while your Thanksgiving mask gently exfoliates, nourishes and conditions your face.

  4. Rinse with warm water and apply the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. Allow the mixture to penetrate for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.


Resources for pumpkin recipes:
Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).
Lipman World, newsletter, Issue 2: Volume 1 2004, www.lipman world.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

November Activities at Red Mountain

November is filled with activities. We hope you can join the fun.

November 7–12 Eat Well, Feel Well Culinary School
Chef Dale Van Sky, Red Mountain's Executive Chef
Come explore the many rich flavors and creative healthy cuisines from our premier chefs.

November 7–14 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

November 10-14 Emotional Fitness
Andrea Hanson, Red Mountain Energist (trained and certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra.)
Witness and experience the profound emotional peace and freedom that can be attained through this multi-cultural, multi-dimensional emotional fitness approach to healing.

November 12-15 Release & Renew
Cindy Clemens, Red Mountain Life Coach
Reconnect with what is really important in your life and learn how to eliminate the energy drains and distractions getting in your way.

November 14-21 Fitness Boot Camp
Kim Watters, Red Mountain Fitness Manager
Your mission is to find fitness activities that you'll love so much you stick with your commitment for improved health.

November 14-21 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

November 22-25 Renew. Re-Energize. Re-Engage.
Dr. Bertice Berry
Dr. Berry combines her skills as a sociologist and researcher with her ability to make her audiences think and laugh at the same time. She will redefine wellness and teach you new strategies for how to get there.

November 25 Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
Join us for a special Thanksgiving dinner created by Executive Chef Dale Van Sky.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Honoring Special Dietary Needs at Red Mountain

By Executive Chef Dale Van Sky

Red Mountain guests come from all over the world and we are finding that more and more come to us with special dietary needs. We have guests who are vegans, vegetarians, Kosher and, of course, with many different food allergies.

We want our guests to have the best vacation possible. When we are given advanced notice, we are happy to prepare special meals that can accommodate any diet. Please inform any of our culinary team members that you have food restrictions or special dietary requirements. They will ask you to fill out a simple form with your name, restrictions and date of departure. We post this information in our kitchen so that everyone in the culinary department is aware of your special dietary needs. We also ask that if you have any questions about our prepared food items that you ask any of our staff about the ingredients.

Monday, October 11, 2010

October Recipe of the Month: Char-grilled Margarita Chicken


(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breasts (4 oz. each)
Margarita Marinade
Cilantro Lime Sauce
Crumbled Goat Cheese

Margarita Marinade Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
1/2 tsp. Agave
1/4 tsp. Minced Garlic
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/2 oz. Tequila

Cilantro Lime Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Apple Juice
1 tbsp. Cilantro
1/2 tsp. Agave
1/4 tsp. Guar Gum
Mix all items well. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Directions:
  1. Marinade chicken for at least 1 hour.

  2. Char grill marinated chicken breast.

  3. Top with cilantro lime sauce.

  4. Top with goat cheese crumbles.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Mmmm....Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium, which is vital to bone health and nervous system function. They are also bursting with B vitamins.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Meet Michael Girardot, Executive Sous Chef


@RedMountainSpa

Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Current town: St. George, UT

Age: 44

Birthday: July 28

Favorite color: Forest Green

Favorite sport to watch: Golf, until I fall asleep

Favorite fitness activity: Hiking

How long at Red Mountain: three years

Family info? Married? Kids? Pets? I am single. I have a four-year old Black Lab named Tucker.

Favorite thing about working at RM: Getting to interact with the guests.

If you weren’t in Southern Utah, where would you live? Colorado

Favorite vacation spot: Europe

Favorite food: Sushi and Thai food

Favorite indulgence: Spending a night or two in Mesquite, NV and just lounging by the pool with margarita in hand.

When you aren’t at work, what do you do for fun? Hike, bike and play guitar.

Is there one thing at RM that you haven’t done that you want to? The horseback riding and kayaking would be fun.

Favorite quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

Monday, October 4, 2010

How to Get a (New) Life


We are pleased to announce Dr. Elaine Dembe will be our guest speaker Dec. 27-29. Dr. Dembe is an author, speaker and expert on health and wellness.

Below is an excerpt from her blog.

How to Get a (New) Life

That is the title of the magazine article in the JULY issue of FLARE MAGAZINE where I am quoted as the guest expert on making changes no matter your age or stage in life. The article features three women who transformed their destiny.

There is an effective coaching strategy called APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY, which focuses on what IS working in your life rather than being overburdened with problems and trying to fix them. This method works well for any personal or professional difficulties. Using powerful questions, exceptional moments one can create an image of the future they want. A.I. (the short form) does not ignore the negative, it is a way of seeing the world differently in a validating and reframing way. For example, if I have a patient who is stressed, suffering from back pain, overweight, etc. I might ask, “tell me a time when you felt healthy, energized, in control of your life?” What were you doing that worked then?” We start with the positive and co-create a strategy that worked for them and look at taking small steps to move forward."

Friday, October 1, 2010

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


By Tracey Welsh, General Manager

2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we applaud the numbers of people that will proudly sport the color pink as they walk, run and advocate in honor of this cause. In 2010, nearly 207,000 individuals will receive a breast cancer diagnosis, and the good news is that there are nearly 2.5 million survivors.

Still today, breast cancer is the #2 leading cause of death in women. Whether you are a survivor, a caregiver, or have lost a loved one to cancer, I invite you to take time this month to honor and consider the impact this disease has on your life. Let the flood of pink images in honor of this cause be your sign that it’s time to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Take time to think about how nutrition plays a significant preventative and healing role in your bodies’ biological processes. Consider the mind-body connection, and how important it is to relieve stress through physical activity, getting outdoors and drinking in nature. Add the healing touch of massage as another way to promote good health. This recipe of complementary therapies added to increased awareness and research will help continue to increase breast cancer survival rates.

At Red Mountain each October, we are proud to honor a support group of breast cancer survivors from our local area with a Spa Tapas Survivors Celebration. We dedicate this evening to their mind, body and spirit in hopes that we can play a small part in their continued healing and help them take another step on their path to recovery.

For more information about breast cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society's website.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What Does an Executive Chef Do?


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By Dale Van Sky, Executive Chef

The Executive Chef is much more than the head cook. Just a small glimpse of my responsibilities include developing recipes that are healthy while retaining as much nutritional value as possible; creating menus according to current food trends, seasons, availability and sustainability; controlling food supplies; maintaining the freshness and availability of all menu items; monitoring labor costs; and supervising preparation of all foods to ensure that established recipes and sanitary procedures are followed. Ultimately, the executive chef is responsible for the success of the restaurant.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What I’m Reading Now


By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

While the title might make you think this is about women with food issues, it is really so much more. It is actually one of the best explanations of how harmful the negative self-talk and old tapes are that we play over and over again in our minds and that sabotage our best efforts to love and care for ourselves. The author calls this the The Voice, and she provides practical suggestions for how to separate yourself from The Voice, reclaim your power and make healthy, positive choices for your life, including better food choices. Because she provides lots of stories and examples from her own life and from her retreat participants, it is very easy to read and is more like an exploration than an edict about what must be done.

Visit Geneen's website for more information on this book and her other books and resources.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

October Activities at Red Mountain

October is filled with activities. We hope you can join the fun.

October 3–10 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

October 8-10 Everything Happens for a Reason
Suzane Northrop, Nationally Recognized Trance Medium
Suzane Northrop is a nationally recognized trance medium and expert in psychic phenomena. For the past 27 years, she has worked to bridge the gap between the world of the living and the spirit world.

October 10-17 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

October 14-16 Leading With Boots On™
Anese Cavanaugh, Founder of Bootist Leadership™
Anese will discuss three ways (they're not what you think) of looking at energy and using it intentionally to support you in creating congruent and effective leadership in your life - all the way around.

October 15-18 Release & Renew
Cindy Clemens, Red Mountain Life Coach
Reconnect with what is really important in your life and learn how to eliminate the energy drains and distractions getting in your way.

October 17-24 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

October 17-24 Fitness Boot Camp
Kim Watters, Red Mountain Fitness Manager
Your mission is to find fitness activities that you'll love so much you stick with your commitment for improved health.

October 21-24 Earth, Spa & Spirit
Betina Lindsey, Red Mountain's Shaman Spirit
In the ancient tradition of indigenous healers we will open sacred space to bring alive your connection to the spiritual world of nature for insight, guidance and healing.

October 22-23 SOLA Yoga Stikk™ Workshop
Nicole Hamory, Creator of SOLA Yoga Stikk and Co-founder of Green TREE Yoga
A weekend of creativity, playfulness and an introduction to a style of Yoga that increases strength, length and intuitive alignment.

October 22-26 Finding Your Life Purpose
Todd Hershey, Master Clairvoyant
S.A.G.E. (Self Awakening & Growth Experience) is a new evolution in personal understanding that will give you an understanding to the answer of the purpose of your life.

October 24-31 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Meet Executive Chef Dale Van Sky


@RedMountainSpa

Hometown: Gardena, CA

Current town: La Verkin, UT

Age: 55

Birthday: April 16

Favorite color: Turquoise

Favorite sport to watch: Gymnastics

Favorite fitness activity: Hiking

How long at Red Mountain: Five years

Favorite spa treatment: Any massage

Family info? Married? Kids? Pets? Married 29 years, two children (one boy and one girl), plus Kiki, the cat

Favorite thing about working at RM: All of the wonderful team members and guests

If you weren’t in Southern Utah, where would you live? Perhaps Oregon

Favorite vacation spot: The mountains

Best RM memory: I have had several guests who have returned to Red Mountain tell me that they have made life changes to their eating habits because of the cooking demonstrations that they attended in the past. I can’t think of a better compliment.

Favorite food: Anything Mexican

Favorite indulgence: Chocolate chip cookies and milk (skim milk of course)

Where did you go to college? Spokane Community College, WA

When you aren’t at work, what do you do for fun? I love to take long drives and sight see.

Is there one thing at RM that you haven’t done that you want to? I would love to experience a pedicure and manicure.

Favorite quote: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." ~ Mark Twain

Monday, September 13, 2010

Surgeon General Visits Red Mountain on way to Grand Canyon

Last week we were proud to host the US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and national fitness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke as they prepared to hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim. Their 26-mile trek through the national park was a continuation of the Surgeon General's Walks for a Healthy and Fit Nation, launched in June at the American College of Sport's Medicine's (ACSM) annual meeting in Baltimore. Joining Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Peeke were a group of women determined to make this hike an experience of a life time.

The photo above (courtesy of Dr. Peeke) was taken on a training hike in Snow Canyon State Park near Red Mountain Resort & Spa the day before the Grand Canyon hike.

That night the group was blessed by the Elder Clarence John of the Shivwits band of the Paiute tribe in a private ceremony. Following the ceremony the Shivwits Dancers entertained the group and Red Mountain guests. It was important to Dr. Benjamin to meet with several Native American tribes during her visit to the area to discuss their healthy and wellness concerns. Dr. Benjamin also met with the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, AZ following her Grand Canyon hike.



You can read about Dr. Peeke's experience and more about her hiking partners and their motivation on her "Everyday Fitness" blog on WebMD.com. If you have hiked rim to rim or just want to learn more about it, visit RimtoRim.org, a new website started by a recent rim to rim hiker whose life was changed by the experience.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Food May Be Hazardous to Your Health

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By Dale Van Sky, Executive Chef

It sounds scary doesn’t it? Well it is. We must know the proper ways to handle and prepare our foods for our own safety. These bacteria can make you very sick, and they can even be deadly.

Cold foods should be kept at or below 40 degrees while hot foods should be held above 140 degrees. Bacteria grow the fastest when food temperatures are between these extremes. Freezing does not kill bacteria but only slows the growth.

The most common food borne illnesses in our country are salmonella followed by E.coli and botulism. Salmonella is destroyed when cooked above 165 degrees. E.coli is destroyed above 185 degrees or with chemical sanitizers such as bleach, soap and hot water. Always use some type of sanitizer solution to clean work surfaces, utensils and equipment. Nothing destroys botulism.

Salmonella is most common from under cooking chicken and turkey (internal temperature below 165 degrees) and from cross contamination. E.coli is most commonly found in ground meats and manure (natural) fertilizers. Botulism is usually from unsanitary canning or damaged can products.

For more information on food safety visit www.recalls.gov/food.html or www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Solo Travelers at Red Mountain

We were recently asked if Red Mountain is a good place for solo travelers. One of our recent guests answers the question better than we could.

Last summer, I went to Red Mountain alone and found that it was the perfect place for a solo woman traveler - not only were the accommodations, activities and staff wonderful, but I felt safe and comfortable, both physically and emotionally. I thoroughly enjoyed the activities and the spa experience, and I met some wonderful people on the hikes and at the community dining tables. This year, I returned with a group of friends, and found Red Mountain to be as delightful to share with friends as it was as a solo experience. ~ June from Altadena, CA

Thanks, June! We appreciate your kind words and are delighted you enjoyed both your stays.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Focus on the Good Possibilities


By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

Isn’t it interesting that whenever we are faced with choosing a new direction in life, whether it is a career change, a new relationship or even a healthier lifestyle, we seem to focus most of our thoughts on all the things that might go wrong and the reasons why it won’t be successful.

I am continually amazed by the conversations I have with clients where they spend five minutes describing what they really want to have more of in life, but then they spend the next 30 minutes explaining all the reasons it won’t or can’t happen. When I notice this happening, I stop them and ask them to tell me about what it would be like if it did work out, if they could have the new job or the relationship did work out.

I am not saying that we should all be Pollyannas and ignore the challenges or obstacles we face when breaking through new ground. But, we need to spend more time thinking about, visualizing and feeling how it will be if things work out than we do on the excuses, fears and possible negative outcomes. Let me give you two recent examples of this.

One of my clients is looking at leaving the safety and comfort of a secure government job to take a new job with the private sector. He had lots of reasons why this could be a risky financial move, why he was worried about disappointing his current boss, and how his father would not understand his taking this chance. After listening to him paint a picture about why it might not work out, I then asked him if he had spent any time thinking about what it would be like if the new position worked out positively. His voice changed – he became very animated, explaining that he knew he could work less hours, make more money, test drive his ambition to run for public office, and even imagine bringing his wife into the new work to create their own consulting business. I urged him to write those very exciting reasons down and keep then visible so when the fears and doubts crept in, he could switch gears and focus on the very realistic picture of what it could look like.

Another client was filling me in on a new romantic relationship. This was an old boyfriend from twenty years ago who had reappeared in her life by surprise. Because she had broken off their relationship in the past, she was worried that if they got involved again, she would once again want to break things off and end up hurting him all over. Plus, she was concerned that because she had changed a lot in the last twenty years, it would be like going backwards in life. I asked her if she had given any thought to the possibility that he had changed as well, and they might forge a new relationship based on who they both were now. Perhaps it could be a fresh beginning. She agreed to stop fixating on what might go wrong and experience him as he is now, with an eye toward creating something new.

If you are finding yourself wanting to take some forward motion in life but getting stuck in how it might not work out and why it won’t happen, try switching gears. Spend some time immersed in what it could be like if it did work out positively. Once you start to see it and believe it, you will send out possibility energy. And that possibility energy will attract the resources you will need to manifest your heart’s desires. It’s up to you!

Cindy can help you find your life direction at a Life Compass or Release & Renew retreat at Red Mountain Resort & Spa.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Braised Lamb Chops

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. Pure Olive Oil
12 Lamb Rib Chops
1/2 cup Yellow Onions, diced small
1/2 cup Roma Tomatoes, seeded, diced small
1/2 cup Mild Green Chilies, diced small
1/2 cup Nopalitos, diced small
1 tbsp. Garlic, minced
2 cups Vegetable Stock
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions:
  1. Spritz medium sauté pan with pure olive oil (bring to smoke point).

  2. Lightly sprinkle lamb chops with salt and pepper, sear for two minutes, turn over and sear two minutes.

  3. Transfer to baking dish.

  4. Add yellow onions, tomatoes, green chilies, nopalitos and garlic.

  5. Add vegetable stock.

  6. Place in 350 degree preheated oven 15-20 minutes until sauce reduces by half.

  7. Place lamb chops on plates.

  8. Pour vegetables and sauce on lamb chops.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's Just My Nature! with Carol Tuttle


Join Energist Carol Tuttle at Red Mountain Resort & Spa Sept. 22-23.

Carol Tuttle is the best-selling author of "Remembering Wholeness: A Personal Handbook for Thriving in the 21st Century" and "It's Just My Nature! A Guide to Knowing and Living Your True Nature." She is the creator of Energy Profiling, an intuitive personality profiling system that is based in scientific principles. Carol has been a personal development pioneer and lifestyle coach for over 20 years. Carol has assisted thousands of people in developing their true nature to optimize their gifts and talents to create a high level of personal freedom and wealth in all areas of their lives.

The Science of Energy Profiling: The 4 Expressions of Human Nature
September 22

This class will introduce you to the four elements that create everything in the Nature Kingdom and also influence the four expressions of Human Nature. You will discover what your natural gifts and talents are, your strengths and "so called" perceived weaknesses. You will be able to identify your truest nature using Carol's groundbreaking Energy Profiling system. You are sure to view your world through a new set of lenses after spending this hour with Carol.

The Science of Body Profiling: What is Your Body Saying About Who You Are?
September 23

There is a parallel between your personality traits and your physical traits. Carol will teach you what your face and body language is saying about who you really are. You will begin to learn the art of facial analysis to learn more about other people's true nature. With this insight you are able to communicate more effectively and have greater rapport with others. Energy Profiling and Body Profiling has assisted thousands of people in developing more harmony and understanding in their marriages, parenting and even careers.

Private Energy Profiling Readings
Private readings with Carol include a personal Energy Profile including an Energy Draping to determine your true Type and a personal Body Profile assessment. Learn your dominant Energy Type to learn more about yourself and others and how to create more harmony in your life. Readings are 30 minutes and are $150.

About Carol
Carol Tuttle is recognized worldwide for her innovative and groundbreaking books and self-help tools. Considered a Master Life Coach, Carol provides a strong foundation to give each student a rewarding experience in self-discovery that can never be experienced in other programs. Her remarkable intuitive insights and teachings give you access to understandings and acceptance of yourself in unparalleled ways.

To sign-up contact the Concierge at 435.652.5724 or 877.246.HIKE (4453).

Complimentary and open to all guests.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Positive Energy and Beliefs = Positive Impact


By Anese Cavanaugh, Guest Blogger

Simple leadership musings from the trenches: energy & impact

We’re having an impact in every moment – what that impact is is totally up to us – it is a choice. “They may not remember what you did, they may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” The energy and beliefs that you bring to your life, your relationships, and your organization are showing up as impact in one way or another – intended or unintended. If something’s working – or something’s not – a great place to start is to evaluate the energy you’re bringing and the beliefs you’re holding. No matter how great we are at something, if the energy underneath it, and the way we make others feel, is negative, we’ve lost a big opportunity for creating trust, connection, and sustainable positive impact.

Anese will be at Red Mountain Resort & Spa on October 14-16. For more information on her "Leading With Boots On™" event, visit our website.

About Anese
Anese Cavanaugh, President of Dare To Engage, Inc., Founder of Bootist Leadership®, and mother of two, gets people "in their boots." Using energy, mindset, mission and action, cornerstones of her "Bootist" philosophy, she helps forward-thinking individuals and organizations create positive energy, successful relationships, congruent leadership, and joyful results - wherever they go.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yes, Sweat the Small Stuff


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By Dr. Brad Crump, Health Services Manager

A healthy and effective detoxification program involves many supportive strategies from nutrition and supplementation to stress management and reducing our environmental exposures. One area that is sometimes overlooked is the importance and benefit of sweating.

Sweating helps to support the function of our nervous system, lowers stress, helps to remove harmful chemicals such as pesticides and even heavy metals through the skin, can support healthy blood sugar levels and can, of course, help us burn more calories and support metabolic rate.

The best ways to support healthy detoxification through sweating should include exercise, saunas or steam bath as well as infrared sauna. These are safe and convenient ways to support healthy elimination of toxins. They can also be very relaxing!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Iyengar Yoga Workshop at Red Mountain

Join us at Red Mountain Resort & Spa for a special Iyengar Yoga workshop with expert instructor Nancy Stechert on September 17–19. This weekend of Yoga classes is designed to stabilize and strengthen experienced Yoga students.

Workshops include:

Stabilizing the Pelvis & Strengthening the Spine
Friday, Sept. 17, 4:00-6:30 pm

Standing Poses: Restoring Balance Connection & Strength in the Whole Body
Saturday, Sept. 18, 9:00-11:30 am

Inverted & Restorative Poses for Emotional Balance
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2:00-4:30 pm

Opening the Heart: Finding the Strength & Compassion of an Open Heart Through Backbends & Forward Bends
Sunday, Sept. 19 9:00-11:30 am

This 3-day/2-night Iyengar Yoga Workshop Package starts at $465 per person based on double occupancy in our Deluxe Accommodations.

To reserve your room and place in the workshop, please contact Lori Munk at lmunk@redmtn.com or call 435.652.5706 or 800.944.3488.

Package includes:
  • Four Iyengar Sessions

  • Daily Guided Morning Hikes

  • Three Delicious & Nutritious Meals Daily

  • Deluxe Accommodations

  • Unlimited Fitness Classes

  • Healthy Life Classes & Events at the Wellness Center

  • Personal Discovery Activities

  • Eat Well, Feel Well Cooking Demonstrations

  • Complimentary In-Room High-Speed Internet

  • Use of Resort Amenities including Indoor and Seasonal Outdoor Pools, Bicycles, Walking Trails, Strength & Cardio Studios

Guests not staying at Red Mountain may sign up for workshops individually through Sagestone Spa & Salon at 435.652.5736. Participate in all 4 workshops for $169, or a single workshop for $45.

About Nancy
Nancy Crum Stechert began practicing yoga in 1976 in San Francisco. She holds a Senior Intermediate level certificate in the Iyengar method. She made her first trip to India to study with the Iyengars in 1983. She founded the Colorado School of Yoga in 1987 and the International Yoga Center of Tokyo in 1993 and the Yoga Tree in Colorado in 2006.

She has taught in the Iyengar centers in San Francisco and New York and served as an assessor for the Iyengar certification process for several years. She has served as president of IMIYA, a regional Iyengar association, and was Treasurer of the national Iyengar Association in its beginning. Nancy attends and serves with the few other senior teachers for the Iyengars when they come to the United States for their conferences. For the last seven years, she has conducted teacher-training classes in Colorado. Nancy also holds assessment trainings at her studio for teacher trainees who come from all over the world.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Benefits of Yoga

When incorporating Yoga into your life, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits:

Yoga Benefits for the Physical Body
  • Increases flexibility.

  • Increases lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons.

  • Massages and stimulates the organs and glands of the body.

  • Detoxifies the body by flushing out toxins.

  • Increases muscle tone and strength.

Yoga Benefits for the Mind & Spirit
  • Reduces stress.

  • Introduces the harmonization of the mind and body.

  • Improves emotional wellness.

  • Improves self esteem.

  • Increases clarity of mind.

Experience a full week of Yoga at Red Mountain Resort & Spa. We are offering 36 different yoga classes, lectures and workshops as well as daily guided hikes and a variety of fitness classes. Let us create the environment you need to clear your mind, strengthen your body and lengthen your muscles. Inner peace and happiness is your gift to yourself as you progress through the week. Click to view our daily schedule for class times and descriptions.These extra activities are complimentary to our Signature and Life-Enhancing Package guests.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Core Strengthening Exercise

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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)

Friday, August 20, 2010

What Do I Need to Take On a Hike?


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At Red Mountain Resort & Spa, we enjoy year-round hiking in the red rocks. For summer hiking in the desert, be sure to take the following items to make your hike as safe and enjoyable as possible.

  1. Water
    We can’t stress enough to drink lots of water - at least 8 ounces every 15 minutes. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink. By then, you could be on your way to dehydration.

  2. Hat & Sunglasses
    A good pair of sunglasses and hat are great protection for your eyes. Even your eyeballs can get burned by the sun or glare off of rocks and sand.

  3. Sunscreen
    Apply sunscreen before starting your hike and reapply it every few hours.

  4. Lightweight, Light-colored Clothing & Proper Footwear
    Dress for the hike. The desert is hot with little protection from the sun. Light-colored clothing reflects the sun's rays. Also, be sure to wear proper footwear. Yes, it’s sandy, but you’re not on the beach. Leave the flip flops in the car and wear lightweight hiking boots that give you good ankle support and stability on potentially loose and rocky terrain.

  5. Snacks with Salt & Sugar
    As well as drinking lots of water, you should be snacking on food containing salt and sugar to compensate for electrolyte loss from sweating.

  6. Personal First Aid Kit

  7. A Planned Route
    Before going on any hike, plan your route. Getting lost can be very dangerous.

  8. Tell Someone Your Hiking Plan
    Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. If you haven’t returned by the expected time, someone knows where to look for you. Don’t depend upon a cell phone. You may be out of range for service.

  9. Small Trash Bag
    What do you do with those apple cores, banana peels and other refuse from your snacking? Hopefully, you remembered to bring a small plastic bag to practice your "Leave No Trace" ethics by packing out what you pack in.

  10. Camera
    Finally, take your camera, as every hike has its "Kodak" moment and you want to bring those memories back to share with others.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Don't Just Sit There! Stretch!

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Hamstring & Calf Stretch
Sit towards the front edge of your chair. Straighten your legs, and pull your toes towards your shins. Lean forward with your hands on the tops of your thighs for support (flexing at your hip joints).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Trainer


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By Kim Watters, Fitness Manager

Hiring a personal trainer is just that, it’s personal. You will be spending a lot of one-on-one time with this person, so look for someone you can respect, trust and genuinely like.

Here are some questions to help you get started.
  1. What certifications do you have?
    Some reputable certification associations include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Council on Exercise (ACE). There is plenty of information online if you choose to research these organizations or any others.

  2. Do you stay up-to-date with what’s new in the fitness industry?
    You will want someone who continues to educate themselves no matter how long they have been a trainer.

  3. What is your training philosophy?
    Look for answers including how they plan to motivate you, and how they assess their clients.

  4. Do you have references from current clients?
    Take the time to contact a few of these clients; talking to just one could be misleading.

  5. Where do you train your clients?
    If you want to train at your gym, at home or outside make sure your trainer can accommodate your needs. Some trainers will expect you to get a membership at their gym and this will be an additional cost to you.

There are a variety of personal trainers available, so whether you want your trainer to be a drill sergeant, nurturer or cheerleader choose wisely. You will depend on them to educate you, motivate you and help you reach your goals.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Get Up and Move!

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Straight Leg Lift: Stand in front of a desk to hold on to for balance. Bend forward from the hips and extend your right leg back with your toes touching the floor. Lift your leg upward with the knee and toes pointing down and hold 2-3 seconds. Repeat with the left leg. 8-12 repetitions. If your lower back arches you may be lifting your leg too high.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

September Activities at Red Mountain Resort & Spa

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September is filled with activities. We hope you can join the fun.

September 3-6 Release & Renew
Cindy Clemens, Red Mountain Life Coach
Reconnect with what is really important in your life and learn how to eliminate the energy drains and distractions getting in your way.

September 3-7 Finding Your Life Purpose
Todd Hershey, Master Clairvoyant
S.A.G.E. (Self Awakening & Growth Experience) is a new evolution in personal understanding that will give you an understanding to the answer of the purpose of your life.

September 5–12 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

September 8–12 Emotional Fitness
Andrea Hanson, Red Mountain Energist
Witness and experience the profound emotional peace and freedom that can be attained through this multi-cultural, multi-dimensional emotional fitness approach to healing.

September 17–19 Iyengar Yoga Workshop
Nancy Stechert
Join Nancy for a weekend of Yoga classes designed to stabilize and strengthen experienced Yoga students.

September 19-26 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

September 19-26 Fitness Boot Camp
Kim Watters, Red Mountain Fitness Manager
Your mission is to find fitness activities that you'll love so much you stick with your commitment for improved health.

September 22-24 It's Just My Nature!
Carol Tuttle, Energist and Author
Carol's remarkable intuitive insights and teachings give you access to understanding and accpetance of yourself in unparalleled ways.

September 26-October 1 Life Compass Retreat
Cindy Clemens, Red Mountain Life Coach
Helps you find the direction you want your life to take and gives you the tools to get started.

September 26-October 3 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What is Detox at Red Mountain?


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By Dr. Brad Crump, Health Services Manager

There is a dramatic and powerful connection between your mind and body, and between your body and your mind. For this reason, I feel it is important to discuss the benefits of a proper detoxification program as a way to improve not just our physical health but also our emotional wellness.

The role of detoxification in reducing stress and other emotional issues is most effective if we understand the basics of detoxification, which is the process of eliminating foreign substances found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Without a properly functioning detoxification system (mainly the liver and intestinal track), these unwanted substances (ex. heavy metals) remain “stored” in our tissues such as our body fat and even our brains.

The storage of toxins can often result in many symptoms of emotional distress that according to leading physicians such as Dr. Mark Hyman are classified as “Broken Brains” when in reality they are symptoms of a “Broken Body.” These signs and symptoms are seen as depression, anxiety, stress, mood swings and memory issues, learning disabilities and Autism and ADHD in children.

A healthy detoxification program includes the following for at least thirty days:
  • Eliminate refined and processed foods such as packaged foods and foods high in sugar.

  • Remove from the diet foods considered inflammatory and allergenic such as gluten containing grains i.e. wheat, barley and rye.

  • Eat anti-oxidant rich foods such as colorful fruits and vegetable.

  • Eliminate dairy.

  • Eat only small, cold water fish like salmon and sardines and avoid tuna and swordfish and other large fish due to their heavy metal levels.

  • Supplement with high grade multi-vitamin.

  • Consider supplementing with a medical food designed for supporting detoxification.


Click to find out more about Red Mountain's Detoxification & Renewal Program.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Food for Wellness Week Wrap-Up

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We've had a lot of fun this week with our first Food for Wellness Week. Our guests have enjoyed cooking demonstrations on everything from grains and sushi to retaining nutritional values and maximizing flavors without adding calories.

Tomorrow's demo topic is "Re-Energize with Food" and the highlight will be recipes for Green Smoothies, which are very popular right now. Executive Sous Chef Michael Girardot suggests using a ratio of 60% fruit to 40% fresh leafy vegetables. Fresh veggies will have the most nutrients (which is the goal with a green smoothie). Michael's favorite is spinach, with kale running a close second. Other options include celery, chard, romaine, alfalfa (or any type of sprout), parsley, mint, beet greens, Brussels sprouts and collard greens.

Tips:
  • The addition of vanilla extract helps cut the vegetable flavor.

  • Use a good blender otherwise you will have lumpy smoothies.

  • Try not to use the same vegetable twice in a row. Also, try different combinations.

  • Children love green smoothies - as long as they don’t know what’s in them!

Orange-Pineapple-Spinach Smoothie
Servings: 2

1 Handful Fresh Spinach
1 Cup Fresh Watercress
1/2 Cup Packed Fresh Parsley
3/4 Cup Apple Cider
2 Oranges + Add 1/2 inch piece of the peel
1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple
3 Tbsp. Agave Syrup
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch Salt

Thai Banana-Coconut Green Smoothie
Servings: 2

1 Handful Mixed Greens
3/4 Cup Apple Cider
1 Banana
1-1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
1/2 Cup Packed Fresh Parsley
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch Salt
2 Kaffir Lime Leaves
1 tsp. Cardamom (optional)