Got Mindfulness?

July 24, 2014 by Carol Tibbetts

Mindfulness is the new buzzword.  Although we hear it often, I’ve discovered – through the Twelve Mindful Months class I teach weekly at Golden Door – that a lot of people aren’t exactly sure what it is or how to go about it.  In this post, I hope to demystify it. But first, let me tell you why I got into mindfulness.  Over time, I observed – as a fitness instructor/trainer for 30 years and a yoga teacher for 10 – that most people had adapted to a healthier diet, followed a cardio and strength program, but had not incorporated the weekly one hour mindfulness component (like meditation, yoga, T’ai Chi) that ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)  recommends for stress management and total body/mind/spirit wellness.  Usually it was the last activity to be added (if at all) and the first to go when time was limited.  Many people have …


How and Why to Reduce Sugar Intake Part II

July 16, 2014 by Golden Door

By Susan Piergeorge, MS, RDN The next step in reducing sugar intake is to switch the type of carbohydrate you consume. Complex carbohydrates are a larger molecule, made up of more complex chains of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They include starches and fiber and take longer to digest. Examples include fruits*, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (such as lentils, edamame, peas, starchy beans such as black, kidney, garbanzo, pinto, navy). Legumes are also a source of protein. Some dairy products such as milk and plain yogurt also contain complex carbohydrates as well as protein. Consuming complex carbohydrates are beneficial in so many ways. They have more fiber, which is healthy for the heart and digestive system. They maintain blood sugar for a longer period of time; they provide quick and sustained energy. Additionally, complex carbohydrates contain the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants we need every day. They also are a …


Three Fitness Secrets From the Golden Door

July 1, 2014 by Nick Poggi

The famous Golden Door is renowned for its expertise in fitness, so too are its experienced trainer’s in their approach to creating personal programs for each individual guest. Here are three secrets that will help you not only achieve your fitness goals, but will keep you healthy and happy along the way. 1)  Customize your workouts– we are all different in the way we walk, talk and move. Just because one exercise plan works for a friend, doesn’t mean it is right for you. Lunges might be a great toning exercise for a one person, but might result in sore knees for someone else. Work with a trainer to come up with a unique routine to compliment the way your body moves. Your workouts will be optimized, and your joints will be happy. 2) Harder is not always better– Did you know that rest and recovery is as important as the exercise …


Golden Door Presents California Wines Week: July 20-27, 2014

July 8, 2014 by Golden Door

The Golden Door is the destination of celebrities, dignitaries, and anyone who wishes to put the world behind them for seven days and embark on a life-changing journey that places them firmly on the path to renewed health, greater fitness, and enhanced mindfulness. While most weeks each year are for women only, on a few occasions the Golden Door is open to both men and women. During the month of July, our most popular coed event is our California Wines Week. We are so pleased this year to be welcoming Leoness Cellars and looking forward eagerly to their “Evening with the Rhones”. Bonaccorsi Wine Company will also be joining us to showcase their Pinots, Chardonnays, and Syrahs rendered in the style and spirit of a small Burgundy domaine. Your host for California Wines Week is Danielle Price—a 17-year wine-industry veteran. Danielle began as a source for the highest quality rare and fine …


DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT WOMEN’S WEEK: The Labyrinth as a Path to Focused Attention

July 11, 2014 by Golden Door

On a beautiful summer morning, Golden Door guests were treated to a wonderful breakfast on the mountain summit facilitated by special guest presenter Reverend Lauren Artress, founder of Veriditas: The Worldwide Labyrinth Movement.  After hiking to the mountaintop and walking the labyrinth with the ancient sound of the didgeridoo, breakfast was served. The tables were beautifully set, the breakfast burrito was warm and nourishing and the fresh fruit was beautifully displayed along with the fresh Golden Door tea.  After breakfast, guests gathered to tell their stories and all had meaningful insights to share. During Disconnect to Reconnect Week, guests said goodbye to tablets, laptops, cellphones, all of which were safely stored in a beautiful box of their own making.  Instead of the chirping of electronics, guests enjoyed the chirping of birds.  Rather than counting emails, they counted their breaths on a morning hike; living truly in the moment, uninterrupted.  Imagine …


5 Reasons Why Women Should Do Resistance Training

July 14, 2014 by Golden Door Fitness

Resistance training will make you the best woman you can be. Here are 5 reasons why: 1)  Resistance training builds muscle. When people lift weights, their bodies create more muscle. This in turn will create a boost in self-confidence and well-being. 2) Resistance training increases your metabolism. No matter what type of exercise you do in the gym, you will burn calories. The extra benefit to a weight routine is that your metabolism will be spiked for many hours after you go home. This is due to the extra energy your body needs to repair those sore muscles. 3) A weight routine can actually make your skin look younger. Looking for the fountain of youth? You may have just found it. According to Dr. Len Kravitz an IDEA fitness instructor of the year, and Golden Door Path Member, a regular weight training routine helps to improve the elasticity of the largest organ in the human body, …