Last month over 160 people gathered for a week of relaxation, pampering, education, inspiration, physical fitness, great food, friendship, and fun at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn in southern California for Dr. Fuhman's Health Getaway. Recently, I wrote about the delicious foods that were served that week; everything from California Creamed Kale and Eggplant Roll-Ups to Apple Carrot Custard Pie. Just like the top-notch quality meals left the body feeling well nourished, each presentation was loaded with powerfully transforming information for the mind. Below is a brief overview of them.
After the welcome reception and dinner on Sunday evening, the week kicked-off with an early morning power walk, led by Dr. Fuhrman; followed by breakfast and a dynamic lecture on healthy muscles and bones. Immediately after Dr. Fuhrman demonstrated exercises that are important to structural health, he led a fitness class to put the information into practice. The entire week was like that; a powerfully life-changing message on everything from the basics of eating for health, food addiction and weight loss, reversing heart disease and diabetes, to cancer prevention and longevity; laced with Dr. Fuhrman's humor, and plenty of fitness classes, yoga sessions, health assessments, and fun activities woven in-between. Of course, he also gave practical cooking demonstrations, and there was always plenty of opportunity for Q & A after each lecture.
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, shared his vision of the Healthy Eating Revolution involving the immersion of healthy eating into corporate America and beyond. I was blown away by the astronomical amount of dollars that Whole Foods Market has saved in health care costs by introducing its employees to this healthy eating initiative.
Master Chef and Whole Foods culinary educator, Chad Sarno, entertained us with his delightful cooking demonstrations: Base Recipes for a Delicious Nutritarian Lifestyle, and Entertaining with Canapes. He proved that healthy cooking can be fun and easy!
Lisa Fuhrman's transparent approachability welcomed personal questions in her discussion forums throughout the week. Her practical tips and honest experiences with raising children to eat healthfully were most helpful.
The week was emceed by the lovely Sarah Taylor, who imparted hope to all with her inspiring motivational talk on overcoming obstacles. Joe Cross spoke after the showing of his documentary movie, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead;" the compelling journey of not only getting his own health back, but helping others that he met along the way.
As an exciting, new addition this year, the entire week of presentations were professionally filmed and DVDs will be available sometime in September. Please check DrFuhrman.com soon for more details.
"Since returning from the Getaway I'm delighted to find that I'm now able to prepare delicious salads, sorbets, and steamed vegetables. I'm now ten pounds lighter, exercising vigorously, sleeping soundly, and have a body of like minded friends to share my experiences." - Diana
"I left inspired, renewed and committed. I am so excited!" -Joy
"I was expecting to be inspired, to learn a lot, and to enjoy not cooking for a week. It was all that and more! The unexpected and delightful surprise was making new friends, and talking endlessly with them at each meal and while exercising. It made an impact on me how important community is." -Barb
"We could hardly imagine how our third Getaway could be even better than the first two, but it was! Lifesaving health information, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, great food, exercise and yoga, and inspiration . . . everything a beginning or veteran nutritarian could want." - Darryl
image credits: special thanks to Getaway guest, Dan Williams of Kalarestudio.com for his many wonderful images of the food, speakers, and activities; the picture of Lisa Fuhrman is courtesy of Getaway guests, Stanley and Martha