Category: Fitness

Food for Thought

Wholesome Ingredients

Food for Thought:  There’s More To It Than Food I got so inspired the other day while moderating a conversation during Food for Thought, a program that we offer weekly at The Oaks from the perspective of Elizabeth, Nancy, myself or a guest speaker. There were about eight guests present during my session, and I… Read more »

Holiday Havoc Ahead? Plan Now

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Granted, the December holidays are a million years away, or so it seems.  But if you look at the calendar, you’ll notice that it’s going to be fall and then Halloween and Thanksgiving and, okay you get the picture.  What is “holiday havoc” and why should we care? This is a funny way of saying… Read more »

Happy/Healthy Holidays

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So what do you most regret about last year’s celebrations? Remind yourself now so you can intentionally do something, one thing, different this year! I hate buffets. Anytime food is “laid out” I know that I run a high risk of eating too much and poorly. Note to self, “Be awake when you make your… Read more »

20 Tips to Stay Fit for Life

Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai

Is staying fit and active high on your list of essentials for 2014?  That’s smart and by doing so, for instance, you could become happier.  It’s true.  Studies prove that working out on a regular basis can help alleviate those blue moods many experience.  More so, improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular… Read more »

Your Food Philosophy

An OaksSpa salad!

I believe that part of being a healthy person is to know and to exemplify what you believe and why you believe it on every front. One of these fronts would be developing and understanding your personal food philosophy. We act out of our true belief systems all the time, whether it’s conscious or unconscious,… Read more »

Inflammatory Remarks

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Inflammation is the process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. Not all inflammation is bad. When you get a bruise blood and fluid rushes in to create that purplish swollen inflamed area, and eventually subsides. This is how… Read more »

Wine? OH!

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When I came to the Oaks in 2000 I was 40 years old. I discovered something my first year working here- that alcohol consumption, particularly wine, was a definite factor  negatively effecting the lives of the average guest- a 50-70 year old woman! I was accustomed to asking questions about eating habits, but I learned… Read more »