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The Pritikin Calorie Counting Solution for Weight Loss

Pritikin calorie counting solution The team at Pritikin Longevity Center, an award-winning weight loss spa and resort in Miami, Florida, tells us “Counting calories is often the wrong way to lose weight. That’s because counting calories leaves many of feeling hungry and deprived most of the time.”   “We need to free ourselves from chronic hunger,” counsels Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin. “Long-term success at losing weight means being able to fill up. It means enjoying satisfying amounts of food throughout the day.” In this article, Pritikin describes it calorie counting solution.
February 18, 2017 |

14 Reasons to Join a Weight Loss Camp

14 REASONS TO JOIN A WEIGHT LOSS CAMP There are endless methods out there for losing weight. However, they are not all created equal; some are much more effective than others. Perhaps the most successful method is staying at a weight loss camp for adults. Some people may think that “fat camps” are only for children, but these facilities are remarkably effective at promoting lasting weight loss. If you’re wondering whether or not a weight loss camp is right for you, look at some of the most common benefits of attending.
January 21, 2017 |

Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues Before those winter blues get you down prepare for this common mood monster and develop a strategy to beat the cold weather doldrums. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures get lower, some simple shifts in your behavior can help you avoid seeking comfort in food to get through the winter months.
January 21, 2017 |

How to Quit Smoking Without Turning to Food

How to Quit Smoking Without Turning to Food Because smoking is oral in nature, it’s common to turn to various oral replacements such as chewing gum or snacking as a way to make up for the loss of oral satisfaction smoking may provide. While gum or snacks can be the lesser of evils when it comes to quitting a potentially lethal habit, even these substitutes can quickly become a new unhealthy habit.
July 7, 2016 |

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Spa Lifestyle Digest Free Gift Welcome to SpaIndex.com: Guide to Day Spas and Stay Spas. We spotlight the best day spas, spa resorts, spa vacations, health and weight loss retreats, destination spas, and more.    Sign up for our Spa Lifestyle Digest to get periodic features by email, and you’ll immediately receive a free welcome gift — our collection of 21 of our popular recipes for spa cuisine and DIY treatments.
June 15, 2016 |

11 Benefits of a Mud Bath

Roman Spa Mud Bath A therapeutic “mud bath” experience is a unique spa treatment you’ll certainly want to try.  But what is it exactly, and why should you try it?  In Calistoga, where the Roman Spa specializes in mud baths and massage, the “mud” is actually a mix of volcanic ash, natural peat and  warm geothermal mineral water from the spa’s own spring.  A deep soak tub is filled with lofty, aerated mixture, and your body is submerged up to your neck, but you don’t feel weighed down or trapped (a common fear). It’s more like the sensation of being in surrounded by thick,…
June 14, 2016 |

10 Summer Skin Care Tips

10 Summer Skin Care Tips When Spring marches into Summer, you need protect your skin so it doesn’t pay the price for the brunt of the heat this season. These skin care tips will help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even when the mercury climbs high, and help you enjoy your summer!
June 12, 2016 |

Labyrinths: Humankind’s Search for Self

World Labyrinth Day May 7 is World Labyrinth Day.   Welcome to the magical world of labyrinths, the universal symbol of transformation. The labyrinth was created in ancient times to represent humankind’s search for the core of divinity. The pattern is an archetypal form, that is found all over the world. It dates back thousands of years. No one knows who created the original labyrinth form, but we do know that embedded within each design is a pattern that guides us to our deepest inner being. Whether walked on or traced in sand with our hand, the labyrinth pattern is a powerful tool…
May 7, 2016 |

3 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit It’s a new year, and like many of our readers, we too are setting goals for increased fitness and wellness habits. While just about everyone is gung-ho with motivation and discipline soon after making resolutions or setting goals, the customary period for breaking those resolutions or stumbling with new goals is now — almost a month in. We just need a little bit of help to stay the course.
January 24, 2016 |

3 Reasons You Keep Overeating at Night

3 reasons you're overeating at night If there’s one thing that seems to plague many of us, it’s the munchies leading to overeating at night. Even after eating dinner, many of us find ourselves peering into the refrigerator each night, searching for something to satisfy. Is it physical hunger that’s calling? Or emotional soothing that food is sometimes so good at providing?
January 4, 2016 |

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Christmas Cake by Apolonia I was pleased to be a part of a Twitter party on the website Mompreneurs Online. The party was all about the holidays — shopping, crafts, even make-up tips from Avon.  I was there to provide advice about  making it through the holidays without gaining a lot of weight.  A topic that’s on the minds of too many of us.
November 27, 2015 |

Helpful Hints to Prevent Overindulging this Holiday Season

Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — the holidays where we tend to snack on candy, toast with cocktails and punch and eat bountiful snacks and meals is upon us. Temptations will be plentiful this time of year: dinner parties, goodie trays, bountiful buffets—how do we enjoy ourselves yet keep our caloric intake at a reasonable and healthy level?   In this post, Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director at Lake Austin Spa in Texas, shares some helpful hints and tips.
October 13, 2015 |

How Smoothies Can Help with Health and Weight Loss Goals

Smoothies While smoothies were once popular only among the health conscious community, they have now turned into a mainstream staple and are even available at fast-food joints and Starbucks. Aside from being delicious and refreshing, there are many reasons why people consume smoothies. Many people looking to lose weight start to drink smoothies in the morning, adding in fruits, veggies, and superfoods. While we at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts don’t promote all-smoothie diets, we do encourage you to start incorporating smoothies into your life to reap some of their many benefits.
September 28, 2015 |

The Best Morning Exercise Routine for Weight Loss

Best Morning Exercise Routine for Weight Loss “It’s easy to find thousands of weight loss tips online, including trends and fads, tips from amateur exercise enthusiasts, fitness professionals, and medical experts” says Katie Papo, Fitness Coach and Yoga Instructor for Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts.  “It can seem impossible to differentiate, or even to figure out which types of advice are best for you.”      In this article, Katie shares with us the best morning exercise routine for weight loss, even beginners to fitness.
September 28, 2015 |

Eating Healthy on the Road

Eating Healthy on the Road Does eating out when you are traveling cause you stress? Are you worried that you can’t make healthy choices when you are on vacation? You don’t have to worry. With these tips for eating healthy on the road, you just need to understand a few basic rules.
September 12, 2015 |

25 Detox Tips by Grail Springs Retreat

25 detox tips by grail springs retreat What exactly are toxins? Toxins are substances that have harmful effects on the body. They come from food, water, air, from chemicals used to grow and process food, coffee, sugar, pre-packaged foods and junk foods.   Normally, a person can process these toxins in the liver, kidneys and other organs and eliminate them in the feces, urine, and perspiration.
June 2, 2015 |

Is my diet causing acne breakouts?

skincare The phrase “you are what you eat” has both religious and dietary origins, dating back to as early as  biblical times — Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are changed into the body and blood of Jesus — or the 1800s when Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer, politician, epicure and gastronome, wrote “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]. The common use of the phrase today holds that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good…
July 9, 2014 |

Guide to Essential Oils

Spa Index Essential Oils Guide For the benefit of our visitors who are considering a spa treatment which calls for ingredients in a mask or wrap which are unfamiliar, “read below before you go.” This Guide to Essential Oils provides some basic information, but it’s also helpful for selecting a new or different combination of oils based on a profile that piques your interest.
March 30, 2014 |

Zen Spaces

Meditation Tea House Our favorite zen spaces exude calm and rest for the mind body and spirit.  These are a collection of our favorite spaces, created by spas, landscape designers, businesses, home owners, and Mother Nature.
March 19, 2014 |

How to Host Spa Parties

Houstonian Spa Bridal Party Admit it. You’ve attended enough bridal shower parties with corny games and cheesy prizes to last a life time. You secretly wilt at the thought of one more interminable afternoon slumped back in lumpy furniture watching the guest of honor open her gifts of tea towels, cake stands, and storage containers. You despair at the thought ingesting one more spoonful of the omnipresent marshmallow and mandarin orange gelatin salad or something with the name “Trash” in the name, followed by the “fruit punch” chaser, which looks alarmingly nuclear in origin and consists of a rapidly melting brick of pastel colored…
February 8, 2014 |

Embracing a Healthy Menopause with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

TCM and Menopause Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are based on the concept of Yin and Yang, two forces that must be balanced in the body.  The concept resembles the western notion of homeostasis.  Yin is associated with coolness in the body, and Yang is responsible for warmth.  During menopause, Yin declines and so there is a relative excess of Yang in the body.  This manifests as hot flashes and night sweats, two complaints frequently reported by menopausal women.
November 6, 2013 |

Citronella Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason-Jar-Citronella-Mosquito-Lamps[1] Aren’t these mason jar lanterns beautiful?    Retro reproduction mason jars in a lovely shade of blue are filled with liquid citronella.  A hole in punched in the flat cap of a 2 part lid, cotton string is threaded through, and ignited to make a natural and beautiful bug-free light for your garden spa party.
September 28, 2013 |

What are Meditation Labyrinths?

Meditation Labyrinths Meditation Labyrinths provide a meditative experience thought to reduces stress, renew energy levels and create inner balance within the walker. Unlike a maze, which is intended to confuse, block, and misdirect the walker, a labyrinth is meant to relax by giving the walker time to meditate, think, or muse as he or she follows a “leisurely path to center.”
June 17, 2013 |

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology Path This ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique targets specific pressure points (usually on the feet, but also on the hands and ears) which are massaged in order to re-establish the flow of energy throughout the body. For many enthusiasts, it relieves stress and releases energy and pressure throughout the body.
June 17, 2013 |

Ionic Detox Foot Baths: Scam or Science?

FootBath This post is a reprint of one of our most heavily read and shared SpaCast blog posts, dated February 4, 2008.   The issue of whether ionic detox foot baths (and now, detox foot patches) offer any real benefit was one of the most hotly debated subjects ever printed on our spa lifestyle network.
June 1, 2013 |

Tipping Spa Attendants

Jacuzzi Tub Q: My boyfriend and I went to a day spa to enjoy a package which included a 30 minute hot tub soak, and a side by side European massage. This was a couples package. We tipped the massage therapist for two massages.  Were we suppose to tip for the hot tub?  No one performed anything while we were in there, they just opened the door and set a timer. What would be the appropriate manner of tipping in such a situation? Thanks. — Pei H.
May 17, 2013 |

What Kind of Facial Should I Get?

Teen Skincare “I am 22 and having trouble deciding on what kind of a facial treatment — my first — to get from a Day Spa on my vacation.   I have read the brochures and talked to my friends, and when I read and hear about an aromatherapy facial, that’s what I want.  Then I read about a mud mask and then that’s what I want. Then I read about a vitamin facial, and that sounds good too. My skin is pretty normal most of the time, but at other times has pretty bad acne breakouts. Help!!!” — Angel R.
May 1, 2013 |

Thalassotherapy Spas in the USA

thalasso.lomadelmar “Hi, I am looking for a thalassotherapy facility in the US. Could you help me to find? Thank you.”  G.B. Some “Thalassotherapy Spas” —  mostly in the United States, describe thalassotherapy simply as “the use of sea products to detoxify, exfoliate, balance the skin’s pH, and hydrate.”   That should give you pause because true thalassotherapy is an ancient form of wellbeing; using sea water and marine based products for health and beauty.
April 22, 2006 |
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