Keeping Fit: 12 ways to stay more active without even trying!

November 5, 2014 by Melinda Nelson

Finding time to work out can be challenging. Busy schedules don’t seem to leave much time for workouts, but with a little creativity you can make exercise part of your daily life no matter how daunting your to-do list is. Use these simple tricks to sneak some intensity into your routine: 1. Jump Squats while microwaving or heating leftovers to help build bone density. 2. Try counter push-ups (bathroom or kitchen) while your hair straightner is warming up.  For more advance ones make them explosive on the way up. 3. Keep those abs awake and active by holding them in while you commute into work. 4. The quickest way to look younger is having good posture habits.  Place a colorful post it note on your computer monitor stating “Sit up straight” to motivate and remind you of good tall posture. 5. Make a resolution now to park your car far away from your office to add a few more steps into your …


November: Harvesting Positivity

November 17, 2014 by Carol Tibbetts

This month of Thanksgiving, when gratitude is in our minds, is an ideal time to focus on harvesting positivity. I learned this concept from Rick Hanson’s book Buddha’s Brain.  Prior to that I had expressed daily gratitude, and even kept a list at times, but fostering positive experiences took me to a deeper level. Here’s my adaptation of Hanson’s theories: 1.Actively Seek the Positive:  Most of the time our minds are so occupied that small, pleasurable everyday experiences just skitter by, unnoticed. Choose to actively seek the good, and you will slow down and increase your awareness of the world around you – a smile from a stranger, a baby’s face, an act of kindness, a minor success, subtle aspects of nature. 2. Savor It:  Make it last by giving positive experiences your full attention for 5, 10, even 20 seconds.  Truly take it in.  Relax your body.  Breathe.  Feel …


Introducing the New Golden Door Skin Care

November 19, 2014 by Golden Door

Golden Door Skin Care is pleased to announce the launch of our new skin care line. These amazing products uphold the integrity that Golden Door Skin Care has always provided and are now even more natural, more effective and results driven! Our products feature all-natural, antioxidant-rich plant extracts and essential oils inspired by our grounds such as Citrus Stem Cells which are loaded with amino acids, peptides and proteins which help repair and prevent signs of aging and Avocado Oil which is very nourishing and moisturizing without clogging the pores. In addition to our gentle, yet effective face care products, we are excited about our two new signature therapeutic, aromatherapy-based bath and hair care lines – Hinoki, a Japanese Cedar blend which is grounding, and Yuzu, a Japanese citrus blend which is uplifting. As we makes this transition, you can stock up on your favorite original Golden Door Skin Care …


Lemon Crab Cake Recipe

November 20, 2014 by Golden Door

Are you dreaming of the perfect crab cake? We’ve got you covered! This week’s Lemon Crab Cake recipe from Executive Chef Greg Frey Jr. is a staple on the Golden Door menu. It’s as simple to prepare as a classic crab cake, but with less mayonnaise and lots of fresh flavor. Golden Door Lemon Crab Cake Ingredients: 1pound picked baja stone crab 1 TBSP mayonnaise ½  cup panko bread crumbs 2TBSP chopped parsley 2tsp Dijon mustard juice of one lemon (aprox 2 TBSP) zest of one lemon micro-planed or fine dice 1 ½ tsp old bay seasoning ¼ tsp minced garlic (1 clove) 1 TBSP minced shallot Salt and Pepper to taste 2 TBSP Extra virgin Olive Oil Assembling: Heat your oven to 350 degrees. If you bought already picked crab I suggest rechecking for shells and cartilage pieces by rubbing small batches of the crab in your fingertips. Have a shallow bowl of …


The Nutrition Benefits of the Thanksgiving Meal

November 24, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

The holiday season is upon us. With all the information of how to curb the weight gain over the holidays, let’s take a look at some of the nutrition benefits of the actual meal. Start off with a little of each and then sit back and wait a while before you have seconds (or thirds!). First off, there’s the turkey. Turkey is an excellent, lean source of protein. Contrary to what many think, it is not the tryptophan in the turkey that makes us sleepy (protein actually interferes with the release of serotonin and tryptophan)—it’s the meal itself and likely the quantity. Turkey contains vitamins such as B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12, along with minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc and selenium. Aim for a 4 ounce serving. Next is the stuffing. Stuffing can be a vehicle for all types of nutritious additions. Onion and garlic are great for …


Stuffed Red Apples with Cardamom Fennel Chutney

November 4, 2014 by Golden Door

Warm, Stuffed Apples – an easy fall treat for a crowd, or for just a few! This recipe features Red Vein Apples paired with cardamom fennel chutney. These tasty bites are awaiting guests to nibble on them before dinner. Recipe: Red Vein Apples 2 bulbs of fennel cored and diced 1/4 tsp ground cardamom 1tsp EVOO 1 TBSP lemon juice   Halve the apples and remove the core. Season with salt & pepper, sear flesh side down in a Teflon coated sauté pan on med heat. Remove once they begin to brown 2 min. In the same pan add oil and fennel sauté till tender. Add cardamom and cook an additional 2 minures. Add lemon juice mix and remove from the heat. Let mixture cool and then fill the apples. Garnish with fennel frond.