Archive for April 2013

Coaching Corner: Fly on the Wall


On Monday, I was walking down the hall and overheard a guest encouraging another guest to try Aqua Zumba.  “It’s so much fun!” she said, “You’re able to move in the water the way you want to on land, without the fear of hurting yourself.  I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun – I used to love to go dancing.”

At the manager’s reception, several guests mentioned how much they enjoyed the chicken meatballs from the night before, which continued further to discussions on how to implement healthy food at home that still tastes great.

Today, a staff member complimented a guest on her appearance…. Not her weight, her appearance.  She noticed how much more energy the guest has, as well as the way she is carrying herself – with more confidence – just in the past 2 weeks.

You know what’s really cool about all that?  The reactions.  Every day a guest at H3 is encouraged by one of their peers to go out on a limb and try something new.  Every day a guest is amazed at how good the food is, and at the fact that they are not hungry with only 1200 calories.  Every day a guest has a moment of clarity when they realize they can actually do this at home.  Every day a guest reflects on where they were and how far they’ve come – if only after a couple of days.

We often do not take the time in our daily lives to try something “off course” or linger a moment to enjoy a meal or even take a second to notice a change, let alone make a comment about it.  But these are markers of success, growth… change.  So today, pat someone on the back (if even yourself), think a bit outside the box, and acknowledge one positive today.



Healthy Recipes: Potato Tulips


There are so many ways to be creative with your potatoes! The picture above shows our chefs when they were getting into football season with twice baked potato footballs. The recipe I attached today is something new for y’all to try… potato tulips!


6                                 Potatoes, red bliss, medium size

1 Tablespoon          Olive oil

¼ cup                      Skim milk

1 Tablespoon           Chives

¼ teaspoon               Onion powder

¼ teaspoon               Garlic powder

½ teaspoon               Salt

1 teaspoon                Turkey bacon bits

¼ cup                  2% Sharp Cheddar cheese

2 Tablespoon      Scallions (for garnish)



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly spray baking sheet with pan spray.
  • Wash potatoes well, as you will keep the skins on. 
  • Steam potatoes until fork tender.
  • Then let cool slightly, cut in half then scoop out the centers and place in mixing bowl.
  • Keep tulips set aside then warm sauté pan with tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Once oil is hot sauté tulip skins until lightly or golden brown.  Then place on baking sheet.
  • Meanwhile in mixing bowl add the warmed skim milk, chives, onion and garlic powder, salt, turkey bacon, and cheddar cheese. 
  • Mix with hand beaters or stand mixer until potatoes are smooth.
  • Place whipped potatoes in piping bag if available and pipe mixture into sautéed potato tulips.
  • Then place in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes
  • Garnish with scallions and serve with mock sour cream.



Number of servings: 6

Serving Size: 1whole potato/2 halves

Calories: 60

Fat: 4.5grams



Best Weight Loss Program! Hilton Head Health Wins Top Honors


Fox News has named Hilton Head Health the top weight loss resort in the U.S. Learn why our weight loss program is number one in the US for men and women.

In a recent article posted on, Hilton Head Health (H3) was named the number one weight loss resort in the United States. Author Laura Kelly made her selection from a wide variety of the country’s best-known resort and spa properties, recognizing Hilton Head Health as the best of the best – “a far cry from the fat camps image that has been around for decades.”

The article noted H3’s wide range of weight loss programs, including three-day retreats, weeklong stays, and an extended program for guests interested in more intensive weight loss.

“Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of people lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle,” said H3 owner John H. Schmitz. “We are extremely gratified to receive this kind of recognition. Especially since I know how hard our staff works every day to provide our guests with the best possible experience.”

John also commented, “I also want to thank all of our guests who have been with us over the years and provided feedback that’s helped make us better.  I am personally committed and confident that our staff is also dedicated to making sure you receive the best of the best at Hilton Head Health.  We hope that you’ll join us again soon to experience America’s #1 Weight Loss Resort!”





What does sustainability mean to us here at Hilton Head Health and what it should mean to you? In order to provide the best product to our guests we try to only get in what’s sustainable and what is close to our area, which can be pretty difficult when we are trying to also give variety.  All of our seafood comes from the Charleston, SC area up through the coasts of North Carolina.  The only fish that we clearly can’t get local is Salmon, which comes out of Boston.

With this being available to us, we are able to get fish from the waters to our prep tables within 24 hours.  That’s not saying that frozen fish is bad because if you live in places that are truly land locked it’s going to be harder to get some of that variety locally.  It helps the environment if we all chose to eat and shop this way.  In our society we think well, i want peaches tonight, knowing it’s not peach season but we buy them anyway, and chances are they aren’t as good as you thought they were going to be.  That’s why during peak seasons for fish, fruits, and vegetables, you load up on them.  I always think when I eat strawberries in December, they are nothing like eating strawberries in June or July. They are so plump, red and delicious it makes my mouth water.

Getting your fish, poultry, produce, and even dairy products from your local businesses is a great practice.  You potentially can see the company that makes your cheese and then find out which farms that dairy is coming from.  Or maybe you know the docks that your local market get their fish from.  This is more of a lifestyle to choose and can be a very healthy lifestyle.  Remember its quality and not quantity.  The value is how good it is for your body and how good it is for your environment.

With a more seasonal and local push, get to know which farms your produce come from and maybe get to know the people on the docks catching your fish or even raising your beef and chickens.   Home is always close to the heart so keep that heart healthy and shop close to home!



3 Basic Principles of a Good Diet

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A study recently published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that of all the things you can do to manage your weight, doing three things seemed to have the biggest impact.

1. Keeping a food journal
2. Not skipping meals.
3. Eating out less frequently.

Lead author of the study, Anne McTierman M.D., Ph.D. commented, “When it comes to weight loss, evidence from randomized controlled trials comparing different diets finds that restricting total calories is more important than diet composition such as low fat versus low carbohydrate. Therefore, the specific aim of our study was to identify behaviors that support the goal of calorie restriction.” Those behaviors seemed to have the biggest effect on the caloric intake of the participants. Specifically, the study, based on data following 123 overweight to obese sedentary women aged 50 to 75 for one year, found that :

1. Women who kept food journals consistently lost about 6 pounds more than those who did not. McTierman commented that it is difficult to make changes in your diet when you are not paying attention to what you are eating.
2. Women who reported skipping meals lost almost 8 pounds less than those who did not. Those skipping meals tended to eat morehigh calorie foods and as a consequence consume more calories when they did eat.
3. Women who ate out for lunch lost an average of 5 pounds less than those who ate out less frequently. (Eating out often at all meal times was associated with less weight loss, but the strongest association was observed with lunch.) The authors commented that “eating in restaurants usually means less individual control over ingredients and cooking methods, as well as portion sizes.”

While not surprising, the results of the study are important because they confirm some of the basic principles we have recommended for years.



Healthy Eating Made Simple!

Program Intern, Kim Jobke, gives us insight on one of her favorite nutrition apps. Check out the post below!

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Meal planning is often the first step in building a healthier diet. But, let’s face it, planning meals takes time, something we all could use more of! Add grocery shopping into the mix and eating healthy can take up a significant amount of your time. The good news is there are many websites available to help you eat healthy, and save time doing it. My favorite is a website called ZipList, where you cannot only plan your meals, but also create smart grocery lists and find deals at local grocery stores.

To get started, visit and create a free account and/or download the free app for your Smartphone. The account on the computer will automatically sync with the app on your phone. Once you have an account you can:

Find Recipes – Find thousands of recipes through ZipList’s recipe database, including those from popular food websites, add your own recipes, or “clip” and save recipes you find on the internet – try the recipes on our blog!

Create a Recipe Box – Save recipes in your recipe box for future use and sort by source, ingredient or cook time for faster meal planning.

Sync Meal Plans to Calendar – Sync the meal plans you create to your personal calendar on Google Calendar, iCalendar, or Outlook.

Generate Grocery Lists – Generate a grocery shopping list from your meal plan to make shopping less time consuming and cut down on unnecessary spending. You can even share your lists with others! Scan the barcode on items at the grocery store using your Smartphone to automatically add them to your list.

Find Deals and Get Coupons – ZipList will find local grocery store deals based on the items you buy and also send you coupons. Then, you can assign items to lists for purchase at specific stores based on the deals.

Try ZipList out today and comment to tell me what you think!



Healthy Recipes: Asian Style Eggplant




4 each                        Italian eggplant, cut into spears

¼ cup                         Mirin

¼ cup                         White miso

1 tablespoon             Granulated sugar

½ teaspoon               Sesame oil

½ teaspoon               Sesame seeds, for garnish

2 tablespoons           Green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Arrange the eggplant on the baking sheet and coat each piece lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the eggplant is cooked through and browned slightly on the edges.
  • Meanwhile, mix the mirin, white miso, sugar, and sesame oil together in a bowl.
  • Once the eggplant is ready, toss it with the miso glaze.
  • Turn the oven up to 425°F and transfer the eggplant back to the baking sheet.
  • Place the eggplant back in the oven and allow the glaze to become sticky and caramelized.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.



Serves: 16

Calories: 50

Fat: 0.5 grams

Carbohydrates: 11 grams

Sodium: 160 milligrams

Fiber: 5 grams

Protein:  2 grams



Fitness Friday: Sitting Less + Exercise = Feeling Better

Do you find that the thirty to sixty minutes your devoting to exercise just isn’t cutting it? One of our program staff came across a very intriguing video so I thought I’d share. If you have three minutes to spare please check this out. Your metabolism will thank you for it!

Also, I’ve been reading a great book called Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD. I always knew exercise made me feel better, but this book proves it through evidenced based research.  Research presented in this book shows that Aerobic exercise has the ability to physically remodel our brains to perform at their best.

Message for this Friday… Sitting less coupled with more exercise makes us feel better!




Your Life on a Juice Cleanse


What is a juice cleanse or “juicing?”  Most juice cleanses entail you consuming juice and juice only for all or most meals, typically lasting anywhere from 3 to 7 days.  Many may think of this as a juice fast or going a period of time without solid, intact whole foods while most of your calories come from fruits and vegetables.  Basically, fruits and vegetables are processed through a juicing machine and the pulp, fiber, seeds, pits, etc. are left behind while you drink the vitamins, minerals and water coming from the juice.   If using a blender, the fiber and skins of the fruits/vegetables are most likely still consumed.  The health claims usually include the following:  weight loss, “detox”, reducing risk of cancer, boost your immune system, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Just like any other fad diet or super miracle product… if it sounds too good to be true, it is most likely too good to be true.  A few things to keep in mind in regards to juicing:

  1.  Our liver, kidneys and colon ALREADY do a great job at naturally detoxing our bodies.  Nutrient dense foods such as fruits and vegetables definitely help out your body’s cells, but our liver and kidneys do a great job at filtering our blood and detoxifying any unwanted species.
  2. The health claims behind juicing are too good to be true.  There is very little to no scientific evidence that supports the consistent practice of juicing.  Even the American Cancer Society reports “there is no convincing evidence that extracted juices are healthier than whole foods.”  Check out this brief article.
  3. How you may really feel if you practice a juice cleanse for 3-7 days:
    1. After your 3rd to 4th juice… you hate drinking juice and juice only.
    2. You will have to use the restroom every 20 minutes due to abnormal amounts of fluid intake (slight exaggeration).
    3. Dizzy and irritable.  Potentially very low in calories and not enough protein—hello fatigue and …..
    4. HANGRY—what I like to call a combination of physical hunger and anger.  We’ve probably all been there at some point.
    5. You never thought you would miss the act of chewing food, but you realize the act of chewing a banana sounds fantastic.

I love this scene from the movie, Mean Girls, where Regina George is encouraged to try Kalteen bars to lose weight.  However, she later realizes they are the culprit to her weight gain.   This is my way of encouraging you to be skeptical of certain fads, super foods, or miracle 3-7 day “detox” plans.



Wellness Wednesday: The Journey for Meaning and Purpose Starts Here

Gifts, Meaning and Purpose in Life

The desire to connect with the meaning and purpose of one’s life is a hot topic in my private consults. It is also a subject I have personally spent a great deal of time exploring. For some people, a passionate drive to make a positive impact on this world or just reflecting on their legacy is where the needed clarification begins. If you are more like me however, and I find a great deal of people are (Thank goodness! I hate being the only self-doubting individual) your quest for a greater understanding of life’s purpose is an endeavor born from insecurity or feelings of inadequacy.

I realize such downbeat motivators seem a bit shallow, self-indulgent, and childish, especially when applied to searching for life’s meaning, but I am a big believer in the old saying, “The truth will set you free.” Acknowledging the insecurity has been one of several keys involved in opening the door to my understanding of life’s meaning and purpose. Besides, the journey is more important than the path itself.

The inadequacy I mentioned comes into play as I look at the way others are living their life and interpret what I see as most everyone doing the life thing better, or at the very least, making a much more profound contribution to this world than myself. My brother routinely goes on mission trips to third world countries and builds schools. I donate my old clothes to Goodwill. If you were to compare those two contributions, it’s not difficult to understand why I might have feelings of inadequacy.

Therein lies the long awaited point of this blog. The first step toward finding meaning and purpose in YOUR life is to limit the search to YOUR life. Your life is uniquely yours and thus, the meaning and purpose of your life is as large or small a contribution as your life was meant to provide. A greater, more impactful contribution to this world does not make a life more important or the purpose of that life more valuable. It just makes it more noticeable.

Some of the most loving gestures are quiet ones. A word exchanged, a touch, a moment of presence, a refusal, an insight, a recognition, a movement, a prayer, a gift, an acceptance, an opinion, an introduction…these and many other actions can be vehicles of great purpose. You may or may not be aware of how your day, or a given moment, has impacted others but I assure you that every minute of your life has purpose. The meaning can be appreciated in small increments and very often with the gift of hindsight.

Meaning and purpose in life are not subject to measurement. Helping more people does not translate into a life with greater purpose. Larger life contributions do not increase the meaning inherent in one’s life. Knowing those two things might be the first step toward a deeper understanding of your life’s meaning and purpose. Stay tuned for step two.



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