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Debra
Executive Director, Destination Spa Group
Interests: Healthy living and all things spa!
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Time to get those resolutions going and we bet that exercising is on your list! The team at Canyon Ranch, Lenox in Massachusetts wants to make winter workouts fun. Here's some advice: -Because calories are a measure of energy (heat),... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Did you indulge a lot over the past few days? If so, you can begin a quest toward healthier eating before the end of 2012 with this recipe from The Oaks at Ojai. The Parmesan Pita Crisps will help you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Want to feel slimmer by New Year's Day? The following tips from Red Mountain Spa & Resort's Fitness Manager Kim Watters will help you consume less food and expend more calories. 1. Encourage yourself to move more. For as little... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Whether looking for a dessert for the holiday feast or something to serve during get-togethers, the Apple Strudel from Canyon Ranch, Lenox will hit the spot. Happy holidays! Apple Strudel (10 servings) -1 1/4 lb apples (such as Granny Smith... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Do you feel like you have been eating and shopping since Halloween? I plan to start a month-long cleanse in January and encourage you to find ways to start 2013 on a healthy note. Here are some ideas to get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Looking for a non-dairy alternative for the holiday feast or parties? The Pumpkin Mousse from Destination Spa The Oaks at Ojai is non-dairy and delicious. Pumpkin Mousse -3 cups pumpkin puree -12 oz. soft or silken tofu -1 TBS. gelatin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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You may have put the kids or your partner in "time out" recently, but how about yourself? A few minutes of personal time during the holiday season can be a life saver. The pros at Destination Spa Birdwing suggest a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Chocolate was originally developed by the Mayan people of southern Mexico, long before the Spanish conquest. In small quantities, dark chocolate offers real health benefits. This creamy sorbet from Rancho La Puerta is based on an authentic Mexican drink recipe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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'Tis the season for consumption. With so many delicious holiday treats, it's tough to watch your weight. How about if you could "fix" your metabolism for the tastiest holiday season ever?! Here are some tips from Destination Spa The Heartland... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Want to spice up breakfast this weekend? Sweet Potatoes definitely say autumn and are a hit with young and old alike. The Sweet Potato Pancakes from Canyon Ranch add a burst of sunshine to any day. Sweet Potato Pancakes (makes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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The Turkey is gone. The shopping has started. Folks, there's no turning back! The holiday season is upon us. If, like me, you are vowing to make this year easier and less stressful than year's past, here's some advice: Destination... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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For our followers in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! Ready for the feast? If you are still looking for a dessert for today or would like one to serve with leftovers throughout the weekend, this recipe is a winner. Enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Turkey in the oven. China on the table. Germs everywhere? You are sure to be surrounded by friends and family over the next month. Let's keep the interactions germ-free. To prevent tossing illnesses back and forth: 1. During the holiday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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It's almost time for the Thanksgiving feast, which is certain to contain sweet potatoes. For me, sweet potatoes are a year-round favorite! This healthy recipe from Canyon Ranch helps you start the holiday off with sweet potatoes - we can't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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A week out from Thanksgiving and, for a lot of folks, the stress is building, the weather is iffy, and the in-laws may be coming soon. What can you do? Take a dog for a walk.. your dog, a neighbor's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Planning the Thanksgiving feast? The flavors of the season shine through in this Butternut Squash Soup recipe from The Heartland Spa. We'll be adding it to our menu! Butternut Squash Soup -4 cups combined total: cubed butternut, acorn and zucchini... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Thanksgiving is a few weeks away and then the rush to Christmas. This year, I plan to take things slowly and savor every minute. What about you? If you follow the advice of Chef Christine Denney from The Oaks at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Did you can any veggies this summer? If so, break out the cans for this salad. Of course, you can also use frozen green beans. Thanks to our friends at The Oaks at Ojai for this healthy recipe. Green Bean... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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I love Halloween! Although, my children are now young adults, I have fond memories of many years of trick-or-treating. However, the stomachaches from too much candy are not such fond memories! There's no doubt that Halloween is an exciting time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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Green Apples are a wonderful autumn treat. The creative chefs at Destination Spa Lake Austin thought of pairing apples with one of our favorite seafood items - scallops. Sounds like a match made in heaven! Seared Scallops and Green Apple... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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It’s not a stretch to say that our pets really do improve our health and overall outlook. My cat Karma is a loving, calm companion. Though, since October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, this post has a canine focus.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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A Heartland Spa favorite, our Grape Chicken Salad recipe is sure to please and makes the perfect addition to your summer lunch menu. Serve it on top of a fresh garden salad or enjoy it as a sandwich with lettuce... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
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"Yoga calms the fluctuations of the mind." -Patanjali, between 200 and 500 B.C. Written more than 2,000 years ago, sutras like this one still inspire teachers and students to get on a mat and put themselves into unfamiliar poses, breathe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations
Rooibos tea is not made from a tea plant. Unlike black and green teas, rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free. It does not cause unwanted side effects of caffeinated teas, such as insomnia, sleep disturbances or upset stomach. Rooibos is also free of tannins, chemicals in black and green tea that cause upset stomach and gastrointestinal pain in some individuals.
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Bread Pudding has always been on my list for comfort foods. This recipe from Red Mountain Resort & Spa is sure to satisfy your taste buds! Enjoy! Apple Walnut Bread Pudding (Serves 8) 1/4 tsp. vanilla beans, split 1/2 cup... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Destination Spa Vacations