Food, Body, & Mind

FOOD: At Canyon Ranch they take pride in the natural, organic aspects of food, believe in proper portion size, and they keep you informed of the nutrition data of what you are eating-giving you the ability to track your food intake properly. You can also see the importance of meal composition because each entree on the menu has a fat, protein, and high quality carbohydrate.

For some helpful information on serving sizes, check out: A Serving Size, Defined.

BODY: All day, seven days a week you can participate in various types of exercise classes that cater to people of all fitness levels. My favorite thing about this part of the ranch is that it enables people to try something new and keep variety in their workouts, which in turn keeps you interested and your body awake. It is important for everyone to incorporate strength 2-3 days a week, flexibility at least once per week, and cardiovascular exercise 3-5 days a week in their fitness regimen.

MIND: Mindfulness is something I have not mastered, but I absolutely love to attend lectures and learn about stress management, happiness, and spirituality in order to improve upon my inner self. If you are not at peace on the inside, you will see the physical affects in the long run. 

I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say that stress affects every single person on a daily basis in this country, but how you deal with it is the key to leading a healthy life. Stress can negatively affect your sleeping patterns, relationships, work performance, food intake, and overall health. 

Did you know that someone has a heart attack every 70 seconds? I attended a lecture about heart disease and it was somewhat of a shock when the cardiologist told us that all other indicators of heart disease aside, stress and depression can be leading causes of heart disease.

Stress literally can be a killer, so if there is anything you start with when improving your health, it is working on your stress management skills. Some coping skills include: practicing breathing exercises, seeking therapy, taking 10 minutes to meditate every day, counting to three before reacting in situations, and using a journal to jot down your negative thoughts.

These three pillars of health may be difficult for you to manage, but it is the balance between all three that is the key to staying healthy. Being at Canyon Ranch always allows me to see that it is possible to be well-balanced on a daily basis and how to apply this in real-life off of the ranch as well.