Eating Healthier the Canyon Ranch Spa Way
The top chef for the world-famous Canyon Ranch chain of spas offers tips for eating and living well.
If you're eager to begin a new healthy eating regime, or get back in shape
after too much holiday indulgence, Canyon Ranch spa is the place to go. Since
1979, people have visited the original Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. for rest,
restoration, and support in developing -- and maintaining -- a healthy
lifestyle. Today, Canyon Ranch has a sister site in Lenox, Mass.,
as well as spa clubs in Las Vegas, Kissimmee, Fla., and on board the Queen Mary
Even if you can't drop everything and take a trip to one of it's facilities,
you can still practice the Canyon Ranch way -- right in your own home. WebMD
consulted Canyon Ranch corporate chef Scott Uehlein for tips on how to
develop a healthy eating lifestyle.
Uehlein's first piece of advice: Don't diet.
"Don't do it," Uehlein told WebMD. "Don't tell yourself you are going to
commit to a diet for a certain number of weeks or months and once you lose
weight, then worry about what's next,"
Instead, Uehlein, who oversees menu development for the kitchens at all
Canyon Ranch locations, suggests making lifestyle changes. Make small
commitments, such as walking every morning or working out after work a couple
of times a week. And when it comes to -- eating, "moderation not
deprivation" should be the focus.
"If you try to deprive yourself of something, you will eventually want
to have that thing you are depriving yourself of," Uehlein points out.
"In the '80s, we deprived ourselves of fat, then starting in the '90s, it
was carbs. Finally, I think we are coming around to pledging to lead a
healthier, balanced lifestyle."
A good place to start is to simply eat less. "Whatever you are used to
eating, cut by a third," Uehlein suggests.
In the spa's most recent cookbook, Canyon Ranch Cooks, Uehlein and
colleagues established guiding principles for a healthy lifestyle. The book
also offers advice on how to stock your kitchen for healthy cooking, and
includes 214 recipes (and sample menus) so you can create fresh, flavorful
Canyon Ranch-style meals at home.