Food—buying it, cooking it, relishing it—is central to The Life Long Weigh. Karen Hill, M.D., and her team of registered dieticians anchor their weight-loss and detoxification programs in diets of whole foods. During tours of grocery stores, they holler about the benefits of certain grains, vegetables, and other natural ingredients. Cooking classes teach students how to pack vegan meals with protein and prepare satisfying desserts without loads of sugar. Dr. Hill's weight-loss programs also include group meetings and behavioral therapy to motivate clients to follow through on their new diets.
The professional instructors at The Transformation Studio use world-inspired dance classes to teach prospective hip shakers the ways of self-swiveling. Belly dancing flexifies hips with slow serpentine moves and sensual swaying, strengthening the core as it improves pliability to a Gumby-esque degree. Bhangra—a traditional, energetic harvest dance from the Punjab region of northern India—combines Indian hip-hop moves with high-energy aerobics and elements of kickboxing to shimmy up your heart rate. Hoofers wishing to pay homage to New World danceforms can sample a more piquant workout in the hour-long Zumba class, a Columbian export that melds salsa, merengue, mambo, and other Latin American dance and musical styles into a calorie-slaying regimen that tones and strengthens legs and thighs to astonishing, Bond-villain proportions.
Executive chef Michael Cortez and executive sous-chef Jordy Miranda lend their private cooking services to clients looking to add gourmet pizzazz to private parties, special occasions, and everyday meals. In addition to cooking up a gastronomic storm, the chefs also elucidate the finer points of preparing haute cuisine during gourmet group cooking classes. Under the stone archways of the The Cellar Door winery, students learn to craft small salads from seasonal vegetables and roasted nuts, cook up entrees such as garlic-herb-roasted lamb and citrus-poached lobster, and pull together desserts such as lemon tiramisu with professional panache.