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JUSTYNA7's Photo JUSTYNA7 Posts: 5,494
3/26/12 5:40 P

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I am so lucky to have a wealth of resources here.
-The book Women, Food and God sounds like something I should read.
-We specifically get families or indifiduals here who have food alergies because we can be very specific with foods. One of my spark guests has a long list of alergies and I love the challenge of meal planning for her.
-I have never heard of PH balanced awareness of foods. I'll look into it. I did a lot of experimenting with coconut because it is low carb.
-I have to say the Dr. Oz cleanse I am trying today was fine for breakfast and lunch but the green slime I am meant to enjoy as often as I wish (or can stomach) I will have to work with a little. Plus I feel low sugar after just a smoothie for lunch although my readings are OK. It may be other factors than the food as I did an hour exercising this morning in the pool and had a late night last night and then crazy busy day getting ready for guests and doing errands. Life is great, eh?

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3/26/12 3:22 P

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I have never been on a retreat -- health or otherwise..... (sigh) I would love to go but sadly that is not going to happen.....

It all sounds so good. I like the idea of "theme" weekends or even entire weeks. (Another one to consider might be a PH balance week where the guests are taught what foods are ph positive and what is negative -- Of course that would require a lot of home work on your part.....)

Another thing to consider some people have allergies to certain foods (like peanuts, etc) and I am personally allergic to all peppers except black table pepper. I cannot even just pick the peppers out of a dish as the juice is already there.... So be aware that some people have definate dietary requirements.

Take care, and good luck

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3/26/12 9:53 A

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I'd like to come to your bed and breakfast!

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3/25/12 11:47 P

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I have never been on a health retreat, but I would love to go to your bed and breakfast. Our church has a Women's Retreat each year. We use a place by the lake that is mostly used by teenagers. We sleep on cots, and meals are provided. If we need gluten-free or sugar-free meals they are prepared for us. They also look after those who may have certain allergies.
We have a hot tub available for when we are not in our meetings or at meals, and we have some time to ourselves where we can just take a nap, go for a walk, read a book or just sit back and relax. It is an amazing weekend.

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3/25/12 7:08 P

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haven't been on a retreat since my first year in college! LOL

sounds pretty cool... I like the idea of studying something then coming together for discussions and an idea exchange...

... and water exercise in the morning--but my afternoons are reserved for napping!--I'm in kindergarten, y'know? LOL

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 994
3/25/12 3:14 P

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WOW! I haven't been on a health retreat (only glass-art related residencies, which offered full immersion) but you sound like you're on the right track. Just the fact that you're so open to meeting such a diversity when it comes to health needs is great.

If you haven't read Geneen Roth's Women, Food and God, you might consider it. It would be an interesting book to form a retreat around, as I know she does lots of speaking engagements and retreats on her own. You could consider hosting her (but I think she's probably more "commercial" and would need a bigger group), or creating your own WF&G retreat for women (heck, I don't see why men couldn't do it too) to share, support, etc.

Good luck!


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3/25/12 1:06 P

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I love running a bed and breakfast and since I joined Spark People what I offer guests has changed. 4 years ago I offered decadent breakfasts and relied on guests to choose their activities. We have a large indoor pool, hot tub and sauna and gym with wii and other game systems.

Then spark guests started coming and we worked together to create their perfect food and fitness programs. Spark people tend to know what they want but of course it is different for all of us. I'm diabetic. I have a DD and DH who are gluten free. I have another DD who is corn free. I have a knee replacement. My guests have come post cancer treatments, with severe alergies, fibromyalgia, and a host of other very customized needs.

I'm no fitness guru. Oh no! I am limited in what I can do. But I have lots of experience with aquafit classes and since I love walking I know of several nice walking trails to go to. I share my knowledge and experience and my guests share theirs. Lots of laughs. But - here I am stuck in a plateau! I have enjoyed my personal challenges to try spark recipes or cooking with coconut and I think it is time to try a whole package challenge. Try what I would suggest to a guest.

Ideas I am considering - a week:
-the Dr. Oz body cleanse for day 1. It is actually a 2 day menu (same thing both days). I need to try it myself and see how it affects my blood sugars. It would support people who want to go gluten free/sugar free/grain free. I'm not sure how many carbs are in it so will have to put it into SP to find out.
-the power of ten every day. I have a list of things for guests to try involving ten: ten circles of the shallow end doing walking/knee strengthening steps; ten minutes sweating in the far infrared sauna (cardio and detox and pain relief); ten minutes swimming laps; ten songs of aquafit using water weights and having fun (30 moinutes); ten strength exercises on the ball; ten exercises on the universal gym; ten exercises with free weights; ten minutes on the treadmill or bike. I love these but have never tried to do ALL of them in a single day. Guests usually love doing the aquafit before breakfast and a hike in the afternoon. We have sometimes put on yoga videos or done a wii game in the evening. I can see some people wanting to "pack it all in" but I also recognize the power of rest.
-flat belly diet rules for meals (lots of seeds and nuts and healthy omegas) after the Dr. Oz detox day(s). A minimum of 5 vegetables a day. Protein at every meal. Again guests have specific needs or things they want to try. I am a pretty good cook and open to ideas. I need to find a balance of time to prepare foods with being able to participate in the activities. Of course for guests I don't have to do things with them but to date that has been a plus for all of us. I know I would enjoy helping with meals on my own retreat... just not doing the shopping and decision making!
-in room tub soaking or hot tub soaking with books, nice music, lots of sassy water (lemon, cucumber, ginger).
-favorite movie option to watch at night or sit and read inspiring books, catch up on SP on computer.
-option to walk to the local spa for massage/manicure/pedicure/hair cut
-option to go on local hikes, see Ottawa/Gatineau or do day trips to the smaller villages like Merrickville
-option to canoe on the river.

I am open to suggestions and actually I welcome them. What has been the best thing you have experienced in a "health retreat"?

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