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Tahoe’s Wellness Weekend Highlights Intuitive Eating

Two days of inspiration, motivation and discussion on all things that unite a woman’s mind, body and soul is on tap Nov. 10-11 at Granlibakken Lodge & Conference Center.

Join us for the 22nd annual Women’s Wellness Weekend with acclaimed authors, speakers and health care professionals. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll learn from the charismatic and insightful Betsy Taylor, a local registered dietician:

1.      What’s the best meal choice to start your morning, and what about timing?

Since you have been on a “fast” all night while sleeping, it is important to “break the fast” by eating within 1-1 ½ hours of waking. The goal is to “light the fire” of your metabolic engine and stoke a “hot fire” with the fuel of carbohydrate, protein and some fat. Carbohydrate is your cleanest and primary “fuel” for your brain. Protein is necessary to repair and replenish amino acids for your muscles and numerous enzymes and has a stabilizing effect on your blood sugar levels, plus triggers satiety cues. Fat is necessary to absorb fat soluble vitamins in the meal, and contributes to satiety as well.

So, the best meal is one that combines all the above into something that you enjoy eating!

Ideas include:

  • Steel-cut oatmeal cooked in milk or soymilk with+ almonds + berries
  • Whole-grain pancakes + egg + cottage cheese + canned pumpkin
  • High-fiber cold cereal + milk + nuts +fruit
  • Whole -grain tortilla + egg white scramble + cheese + salsa/veggies
  • Smoothie-yogurt + nut butter + oat bran + berries

2.      What’s your favorite snack?

It depends on the time of day according to my taste buds! First ask: “What do I want to eat?” I then plan my tasty snack to include carbohydrate + protein to give me “staying power” covering my hunger for 1-2 hours, until the next meal.


  • White nectarine + ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup baby carrots + 1 Tbsp of peanut butter
  • Special K Multigrain Crackers (17) + 1 oz. of Cabot Farms 75% Reduced Cheddar Cheese
  • Plain yogurt + berries + honey
  • Chocolate chips + almonds + craisins
  • 8 oz. of soymilk.

3.      Can sleep effect weight gain or loss?

Yes! Research indicates that those who sleep consistently between 7-9 hours per night have the greatest success at managing a healthy weight. Sleeping less than 7 hours or more than 9 hours per night tend to gain weight.

4.      What are your thoughts on fad diets?

I’m so glad you asked. Please come and attend Granlibakken Resort’s Women’s Wellness Weekend and I will be addressing this issue in great detail.

First, we know, both by research and personal experience, that when we go “on” a diet, there will come a time that we go “off” the diet. We may lose or gain weight, or stay the same in the short run. Recent studies show dieting produces deprivation, which causes abnormal eating responses, cravings and dreams of food, etc.

Enter INTUITIVE EATING to the rescue! With excellent research to support the approach, you can learn to challenge the false hope of the next new diet, decipher your own body’s physical and emotional hunger signals, discover the Satisfaction Factor with sensual and mindful relationships with food, and honor your body through movement, gentle nutrition and respect!

Register for the Women’s Wellness Weekend today!


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