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

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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 the peacefulness and focus without these omnipresent devices.

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

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Posted in: News, Spa

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 wines for friends and colleagues, then spent the next fourteen years building and managing two of the largest and most diverse wine programs in the world.

Highlighting this extraordinary week will be a joyous Garden Dinner in our three-acre organic garden against the backdrop of the setting sun and beneath a canopy of sparkling lights.

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By Nick Poggi

Three Fitness Secrets From the Golden Door

By Nick Poggi
Posted in: Fitness

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) Â 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 itself? Studies show that you should be working out intensely no more than three days per week.  Adding an extra stretch day in place of a challenging workout might just be what your body needs to re-energize and recover.

3) Interval Training– Tired of spending thirty minutes per day on the treadmill or elliptical and not seeing results? It’s probably because your body has adapted to your workout. Adding in short bouts of more intense work followed by bouts of recovery will not only shorten your workout, it will burn more calories in the end.


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How and Why to Reduce Sugar Intake-Part I

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By Susan Piergeorge, MS, RDN

Many of us have a sweet tooth of some sort. While consuming foods that contain sugar can be a treat, it is also worth taking a look at what it can do to the body over time. Let’s start with some basics. Carbohydrates come in two forms: Simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are a smaller molecule and break down more quickly (hence the term simple). Sugar is a simple carbohydrate. Other names for sugar include sucrose (table sugar), glucose, fructose, corn syrup, honey, molasses, brown sugar, dextrose and malt syrup to name of few. When it comes to metabolism, simple sugars can make blood sugar rise and fall quickly, which can start a hunger and response cycle. This cycle can lead to overeating, because our bodies are truly “craving for more.” Elevated blood sugar levels can wreak havoc on our bodies over the long term, especially if you have diabetes or metabolic syndrome. A few examples include:

– Increase in infections, such as yeast or urinary tract
– Vision loss or impairment
– Impaired wound healing
– Elevated blood lipid levels
– Impaired kidney function and damage
– Impaired nerve function and damage
– Circulatory problems
– Play a role in the development of wrinkles

What to do? A few tips include:

– Reduce sugar intake. Start by cutting back or eliminating it.
– Switch to fruit or dried fruit in cereals and oatmeal.
– If you are a juice drinker, cut the juice in your glass to half the amount and add sparkling water.
– Try adding herbs to a beverage instead of sugar. Basil, mint, rosemary all have wonderful flavor and also pack some nutrition. Or, a splash of fruit juice in your iced tea    can make for a refreshing change.
– In baking try cutting back on sugar in your cookies by about a third. Substitute with spices such as cinnamon, cloves or anise seed, depending on the recipe. Cinnamon has been shown to help with managing blood sugar, blood cholesterol and blood pressure in some individuals. Experiment and see what works for you.
– Read food and beverage labels
– Names for sugar include anything with a word ending in ose, which stands for sugar. Also, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, glucose syrup are a few others.

In Part II, we will review more information about sugar and carbohydrates.

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