Unsure of where the time has gone, my trip to the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami is happening this week. THIS WEEK, you guys! Since we won’t receive an agenda until we check in, I only half know what to expect (because of my obsessive searching on the internet.) What I do know is that I’m looking forward to having someone else (ie: chef) cook every meal for me for four days straight. I also know there is a lot of excerise involved which I’m not opposed to, but not exactly excited about either (ibuprofen, anyone?) One major benefit of attending the “Taste of Pritikin” weekend is we get to meet with a physician and nutritionist for personal consultation. Can you say FREE HEALTH CARE? Yay us!
Everyone keeps asking me, “What exactly are you going to do in Florida?” According to the spa’s website, here is what a typical day looks like:
Sunrise Stretch 7:00 – 7:15 am
Join us poolside to begin your day stretching and warming up. The Florida sunrise provides a beautiful backdrop.
Breakfast 6:30 – 8:30 am
Enjoy a delicious menu that includes hot and cold whole-grain cereals, a bounty of seasonal fresh fruit, egg white omelette bar, fresh yogurt, and fresh fruit sauces like kiwi and raspberry.
Monitored Exercise Class 7:45 – 9:45 am
University-degreed exercise physiologists lead small-group classes in stretching, cardiovascular conditioning, and strength development.
Morning Snack 10:00 – 11:45 am
A menu of hearty soups and fresh vegetables. Favorites include Pico de Gallo; Spring Vegetable Soup; and Chives, Dill, & Cucumber Salad.
Yoga, Zumba Dance, Tai Chi, or Aquatics 10:30 – 11:15 am
It’s exercise elective time! Try something new every day. You’re sure to find activities you’ll enjoy continuing when you return home.
Health Enhancement Lectures 11:45 – 12:45 am
Join our physicians, all experts in nutrition as well as medicine, for classes such as: Heart Health, Diabetes Management, Controlling Hypertension, and The Facts on Fat.
Lunch 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Enjoy a healthy, hearty, low-calorie-dense menu that includes an eye-popping salad buffet with 24 freshly cut vegetables and fruits. You’ll also enjoy several soup and entree selections, such as Scandinavian Split Pea Soup, Herb Crepe Filled With Ricotta and Sundried Tomatoes, Crispy Roasted Brussel Sprouts, and for dessert, Mango Parfait and Hot Chocolate or Cappuccino.
Nutrition Workshops & Seminars 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Our nationally-renowned dietitians will help you achieve long-lasting weight control and improve your health in several interactive, entertaining workshops, such as: Fueling the Healthy Body; Planning Your Eating Strategy; The Calorie Density Solution – Feeling Full While Losing Weight; Label Reading & Other Tips For Shopping Smart; Dining Out – It Doesn’t Have To Be a Food Fight!; and The Biology of Weight Control.
Cooking School 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Join our award-winning chefs to learn both basic and advanced techniques for healthy food preparation. All recipes, from gourmet to quick-and-easy, are low in fat, sodium, refined carbs, and sugars, yet surprisingly high in taste! Some of the mouth-watering offerings you will prepare and sample include Citrus Fennel Mango Salad and Seared Salmon with Arugula, Mushrooms, and Balsamic Vinegar.
Afternoon Snack 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Sample our menu of healthy, tasty snacks, such as Fresh Vegetable Crudites, Grilled Asparagus Spears, Spicy Black Bean Soup, and Potato Skins.
Stress Management Class 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Gain control of your stress and set yourself up for a healthy, happy new lifestyle with workshops such as: Taking Charge of Stress, Listening and Being Heard, and New Thoughts, New Behaviors.
Dinner 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Enjoy an elegant, absolutely delicious four-course menu after a day of fitness, education, and fun. Here’s a typical dinner menu: Orange Saffron Tomato Soup; Watercress & Fennel Salad; Grilled Bison Steak With Farro and Creamed Spinach Infused With Garlic & Sweet Onions; and Chocolate Mousse.
Night Out 7:30 pm
Join our dietitians on a field trip to a local grocery store, take part in an evening workshop, attend a concert, or go dancing in South Beach.
Evening Movie or Classes 7:30 – 8:30 pm
General release feature, or more health enhancement classes such as Cardio Move It To Music, Weight Loss/Diabetes Walk, and Yoga/Relaxation.
When I look at this schedule, I see, blah blah blah, COOKING SCHOOL, blah blah blah, DANCING IN SOUTH BEACH. Priorities, ya know. Heh heh. Naw…honestly, I’m very open to the whole weekend. Granted, I AM most looking forward to cooking school, especially on Friday which is where I will prepare my cook-off recipe, fajita chicken over black bean and lime quinoa. If my meal is chosen, I’ll win a $250 T-Fal Actifry, which is a machine that allows you to deep-fry food with only a spoonful of oil. Winning is always fun, but in my opinion, the real prize is a trip full of opportunity and education.
(I can’t wait!)