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.
The Canyon Ranch Way: Meal by Meal continued...
Lunch can be "the most dangerous meal" of the day, Uhelein warns.
The temptation is to grab fast food or, in the spirit of healthiness, go to a
salad bar. "A salad bar can kill you," Uhelein says. "You can load up on
calories before you know it and those fat-free dressings are loaded with gums
and all kinds of stuff."
If you want to make a good healthy-eating resolution, Uhelein suggests you
take your lunch at least three times a week, instead of going to a restaurant.
You can make it quick and simple; for example, you can wrap sliced turkey
breast in a whole wheat tortilla and pair with a veggie and some fruit. Go for
balance. "If you can pack it, pack it," Uhelein urges. "You will gain
so much more control that way and you'll see a huge impact."
Snacks and Beverages
If you have to wait a long time between lunch and dinner, you will likely
need a snack. Nuts and fresh fruit are the best options, according to Uehlein,
but have no more than one ounce of nuts. (Uehlein himself prefers almonds
because they "give you a full
visits to the vending machine for sugary soft drinks and highly-processed
snacks. "I won't tell you to never drink a soda. That's a diet,"
Uhelein said. "But drink fewer of them."
At dinnertime, try to eat at home as often as possible, recommends Uhelein.
Cook well-balanced meals that fall within the Canyon Ranch guidelines. Uhelein
acknowledges that most folks can't eat like they are at Canyon Ranch every day.
"We are much more about fine dining; that's why we are a utopia," he
But that doesn't mean that home cooking can't reflect the Canyon Ranch
approach to flavor. "When I'm developing a recipe, I always incorporate
sweet, sour, bitter and salty," Uhelein said. "There will be a little
bit of fat, for mouth feel, but the focus is on flavor."
Uhelein says home cooks need to concentrate on dishes that satisfy with
flavor and meet their family's individual likes and dislikes. "If you like
crunchy, then add some crunch. If you don't like tofu today, then don't cook