Improve Your Health With Pleasures

In Healthy Pleasures, our signature lifestyle enhancement and wellness program, we invite guests to decrease their stress levels by practicing simple habits that lead to better health. We encourage guests first to leave behind negative behaviors (“Stop”) and then move on to focus on pleasurable experiences (“Look” and “Listen”).

These three strategies can help you make great strides in a short period of time. You can take them with you anywhere. Share them with family and friends and everyone can reap the benefits.

  1. Stop.  Stop judging with prejudice. Stop drawing conclusions before you have all the facts. Stop saying yes when you mean no. Stop procrastinating. Stop rushing. Stop saying you’re sorry when there’s nothing to be sorry about. Stop offering unsolicited advice.  Stop skipping meals. Stop overeating. Stop regretting.  Stop putting your needs behind others when it is at your expense.  Stop feeing guilty. Stop.

  2. Look. Look at something with awe and wonder each day.  Look to turn your stress into strength.  Look at your environment with gratitude.  Look at your food with gratefulness. Look at how you handle conflict.  Look at how you greet the day.  Look at your circle of influence with compassion and joy.  Look at how you argue.  Look at how you laugh.  Look at battles as growth opportunities.  Look to see if you are dismissive or engaged.  Look at how you are kind.  Look at how you react to kindness.  Look. 

  3. Listen. Listen to your heart.  Listen to your body.  Listen to your intuition. Listen with total attention to those speaking to you. Listen with your body and your eyes.  Listen with patience.  Listen to laughter.  Listen to the quiet.  Listen to your breathing.  Listen to the wind and rain.  Listen to music you love.  Listen to your excuses.  Listen to yourself singing. Listen to how you praise. Listen to how you criticize.  Listen to your inner voice.  Listen.

P.S. There is one positive pathway that starts with Stop: Stop and smell the roses!



Fall Holiday Cleaning Tips

Do you have burnt-on grease on the outside or inside of a stainless steel cooking pan (or pans) when Thanksgiving dinner is done? Run hot water over the entire pan, then spray it with oven cleaner and put it in a plastic bag. Wrap up the bag and set aside for the next morning. You will find that whatever was on the pot will come out shiny and new with very little effort.

Having house guests for the holidays? To clean ceramic bathroom tiles and tubs, Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is excellent.  Soap scum disappears with little effort, and tiles and tubs are sparkly clean. An added bonus: you’re not using chemicals.

Want to make your dining room furniture shine? Never spray furniture polishes directly on furniture, because they will leave an ugly build-up on the wood.  Always spray polish on a dusting cloth, then apply.



Boost Your Immune System and Tune Up Your Metabolism for Fall

As fall approaches, plants undergo a profound preparation for the coming cold. Vital nutrients and minerals are packed into seeds and nuts, as well as into roots and tubers.  Likewise, this is a time where we can begin to prepare our body’s immune system for stress and attack from bacteria and viruses during the winter.  Eating a variety of roots, nuts and seeds feeds our body very high quality energy in the form of calories but also in the form of minerals and micronutrients.  These give a boost to our immune system and tune our metabolism for the change in season.  Locally produced foods, as well as organics, are wise choices that are planet-friendly.

Kitchen Tips – As the days become cooler, the honey in your pantry will pour a little slower.  To keep your honey flowing and your patience in check, put the honey jar above the stove or find the warmest place in the kitchen.  The warmth will help the honey pour better.

Our Recipe for the Season

Roasted Apple & Ginger Root Bisque with Fresh Apple Salsa
By Executive Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez

Serves 6    
Amount Measure Ingredient
2 cups seeded, chopped red delicious apples
2 cups apple cider
1 cup water
1 cup peeled diced Yukon Gold potato
1 tbsp peeled, chopped ginger root
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tsp vegetable base
1 tbsp

olive oil

    salt and white pepper
For the Salsa:    
1 each red delicious apple
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp finely diced red onion
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp salt

1.  Heat a thick-bottomed soup pot to medium-high heat.
2.  Add the oil, apples and vegetables and cook until lightly brown.
3.  Stir in the vegetable base and cook for 5 additional minutes.
4.  Add the water and cider and bring to a simmer - cook for 15 minutes.
5.  Remove from the heat and purée to a smooth consistency.
6.  Pass through a strainer - serve very hot.
7.  Garnish each soup with 1 tablespoon of apple salsa.

For the salsa:
1.  Combine all ingredients.

Nutrition Fact per one cup - Calories: 125, Fat: 4 g, Protein: trace, Carbohydrates: 22g



Fall Fashion from The Spa Boutique

Fall 2006 is marked by a fresh direction in styling and ready-to–wear trends. Look for gauchos, leggings, and longer tops.
The colors are rich and beautiful, including   aubergine, dark brown, moss, brick, classic black and athletic gray. Multi-functional clothing is key, whether it is for yoga, shopping, or vacationing. The details are new, too. You will find an MP3 pocket, built-in hand warmers, zippered stash pockets for keys, and reflective zippers and piping for safety.
Don’t forget to update your T-shirt wardrobe! Choose from a variety of colors and styles, including “THE UNIVERSE KNOWS”, with inspirational or wry messages such as  “cherish the journey,” “rewrite your script,” “stretch your boundaries,” and more.

This season there are unlimited outfit options. Let our Boutique staff help you choose!