Great Trip for All (Even for Health Addicts Like Me!)

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My hubby and I had a little weekend getaway this past week and we stayed at The Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert.  We have stayed there many times and I have to say that this resort is by far and away my favorite!!!  It is a wonderful escape for all: kids, adults and even for health addicts like me!

Let’s start with activities for the kids!  There are so many things to entertain your little ones and various pools to choose from!  First, there is a small pool that has a volleyball net and basketball hoop so that the whole family can participate in water sports.  There is an adjacent pool that has one of the most epic pool slides I have ever seen (don’t worry, adults are allowed on it too!) and there are slide contests throughout the day.  In addition, there are games for all that are led by the enthusiastic staff members: BINGO by the pool, arts and crafts and even movie night in the water.  And don’t worry Mom and Dad…there are mandatory pool breaks to make sure that your children come out of the water for sunscreen application, hydration and food. 🙂

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Ok adults, I know what you’re thinking.  I don’t have kids (or my kids are at home), and the last thing I want to do is be in the pool with a bunch of loud kids on my vacation.  Well then this next section is for you!  I too enjoy some peace and quiet on my vacation and we were able to enjoy it by the more quiet pool on the upper deck.  Here is the place for us to lounge on our floaties, enjoy poolside service, drink from the poolside bar (under misters, I might add!), and to read on our lounge chairs.  My husband and I even rented a private cabana for the day and spent the day under the shade, fan and by our own refrigerator.  This is the place to be!

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I was extremely nervous about going on vacation and not being able to find anything to eat.  Since my Lyme diagnosis, my diet has become extremely limited so we came prepared with all kinds of food to cook in our kitchen in our villa.  However, we didn’t use any of it (the resort has a food donation program, so it didn’t even go to waste)!  I was so excited to find food that I could eat and not get sick from.  And I could continue to eat clean.  For health addicts like me, The Westin has tons of options to make us happy! 

The first thing that I noticed that I thought was extremely unique was the “Sleep Well Menu” located on our bedside table.  It not only offered all kinds of calming teas but also offered supplements to help you sleep: magnesium and melatonin to name a few.  Who does that?!  The next item that I was delighted with was the Superfoods Rx Menu which was offered for room service, poolside and in the resort restaurant.  It offered all of my favorites: avocado, garlic, broccoli and more.  Every menu has gluten free, vegan and healthy options for the whole family!  As if that weren’t enough to keep this health nut happy, the resort also has a fitness studio, fitness classes, tennis courts, golf and running trails.  Okay, I think I am in Heaven!

 

I absolutely cannot say enough about The Westin Desert Willow Villas.  The staff is extremely accommodating and friendly and they truly have thought of everything.  My one criticism (if I had to find one) is that the bathroom is pretty far away from the pool on the upper deck.  That’s it though.  That’s all I can think of.  🙂

I highly recommend visiting them on your next desert vacation.  I will definitely be back next year…and the year after….and the year after 🙂

 

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6 Ways to Beat The Heat This Summer

Today marks the first official day of summer and here in Southern California (at 109 degrees in my backyard), we are feeling the heat!  Sometimes it feels almost impossible to beat the warm weather, but here are some tips to try to make it better 🙂

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  1.  This one is the most obvious:  try to stay inside, out of the sun, and in your AC!  Wait until the sun has set to try to do any work or exercise outdoors.
  2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!!  Not only is a good idea to drink plenty of water during the heat, but it is important to drink prior to those hot days.  Once you are feeling the effects of being dehydrated, it’ll be hard to catch up.  Also, remember that tea, coffee and alcohol do not count for hydration.  Your body needs H2O!  Try adding some mint, cucumber, or cold berries to your water to make it more refreshing.
  3. The last thing we want to do during these hot days is to eat.  However, your body is burning calories just trying to keep you cool and it needs the nourishment.  Stick to cold foods: salads and smoothies.
  4. If you don’t have AC in your house, this one is a must!  Fill up a spray bottle with cold water and give yourself a good spritz throughout the day 🙂
  5. For night time relief from the heat this tip is my favorite and something that my husband and I did constantly when we didn’t have AC.  A few hours prior to bed, wet a washcloth, stick it in a zip lock bag, and freeze it.  You can also freeze a water bottle.  Snuggle up to it when you go to bed and it’ll keep you cool until you fall asleep.
  6. If you are able to sleep with your bedroom window open, this one is for you.  Once it has cooled down a bit, take your fan and face it with the blades facing out.  It’ll suck the warm air out of the house and pull the cool air in.

 

I hope that these tips will help keep everyone cool so that you can enjoy the summer!  Please don’t forget to take care of your fur babies during the heat as well 🙂

Creamy-avocado potato salad

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This is by far one of my all time favorite recipes!! I love the simplicity of it; yet, it is extremely delicious and comforting. It can be a side dish or add some protein for a full entree.

**I cannot take credit for this recipe. It is from the phenomenal, and highly recommended, cookbook Oh She Glows.

Serves 3, prep time: 25 minutes, cook time: 30-35 minutes.

Ingredients:

-1 1/2 to 2 pounds yellow potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

-3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

-1/2 teaspoon fine-grain seat salt

-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

-1 bunch asparagus, woody ends broken off, stalks chopped into 1-inch pieces

-1/2 cup chopped green onions

For the dressing:

-1/2 cup avocado

-2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

-4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

-1 green onion, roughly chopped

-1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, or to taste, plus more for serving

-Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on one of the prepared baking sheets and drizzle them with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the asparagus on the second baking sheet and drizzle with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. Season with the remaining salt and pepper.

3. Roast the potatoes for 15 minutes, flip them, and roast for 15 to 20 minutes more, until golden and fork tender. During the last 15 minutes of roasting the potatoes, place the asparagus in the oven and roast for 9 to 12 minutes, until tender. Transfer the roasted potatoes and asparagus to a large bowl and stir in the green onions.

4. Make the Dressing: In a mini food processor, combine the avocado, dill, lemon juice, green onion, salt, pepper, to taste, and 1/4 cup water and process until smooth.

5. Add the dressing to the bowl with the potatoes and asparagus and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. The salad is also good chilled and will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

10 Minute Leg Workout. No Equipment Needed.

10 Minute Leg Workout to kick off your weekend!  No equipment needed and no charge for the extra helper in the video 🙂

Do each move for 1 minute. Repeat circuit 2x.

*Special Surrenders (surrender, squat, calf raise)

*Squat Jumps

*Wall Sit

*Seated Leg Lift on each side (1 minute each)

Looking for more exercises to try at home.  Ask me about our individualized online programs!

Are you drinking enough water?

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Are you drinking enough water?

Did you know that you should be drinking half your body weight (in oz.) of water per day?! To make the math simple, let’s pretend I’m 100 pounds. That means that I should be drinking 50 oz. of water EVERY day!

This is extremely important to remember, especially while experiencing HOT weather like we are in San Diego. Signs of dehydration can include low energy, headaches, cravings, brain fog and constipation. Also, sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water and wait 20 minutes to see if you are actually hungry.

Try sprucing your water up by adding cucumber, lemon, mint or berries. And NO, I’m sorry, but tea, coffee, and juice do not count as water.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate 🙂