Can Pritikin Help You Achieve Your Health Goals?

Plan a healthy vacation at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, and you’ll learn how to lose weight with better diet and lifestyle decisions.

It took nearly 40 years for the world to catch up to Nathan Pritikin and his then-radical ideas about diet and lifestyle. What is conventional advice today – eat more fruit and vegetables, consume less salt and sugar and exercise regularly – was once hearsay.

More than 100,000 guests worldwide have visited the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa to prevent and reverse problems such as excess weight, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer risk factors.

A hallmark of Pritikin is its strong medical presence. Upon intake, your current health and fitness levels are assessed. Certified physicians provide each guest with the expert medical attention required for achieving major life changes. A stress test is given to make sure those not used to exercising don’t overextend themselves.

Pritikin Center Lap Pool
Pritikin Center Lap Pool photo credit: John Cameron

You’ll stay on-site at the Pritikin Center in a Standard Villa room or at luxurious Trump National Doral, a short walk away. (Either way, your stay at Pritikin gives you access to the Doral facilities, which include the beautiful swimming pools and championship golf courses.) Here, you’ll be in a community of like-minded individuals who want to transform their lives.

A typical day at Pritikin starts with breakfast, followed by 45 minutes of cardio, then followed by weight training and alternating days with stretching. After a buffet lunch, where diners are encouraged to start with large salads followed by hot vegetable–based entrees, participants attend lectures to learn the skills to maintain the Pritikin lifestyle when they return home in a week or two or three, depending on the client.

Pritikin Center weight room
Pritikin Center weight room photo credit: John Cameron

Two factors set Pritikin apart from all other health resorts:

1. Scientifically documented results

2. An education program that teaches guests how to sustain these results.

Pritikin’s faculty – leaders in the fields of medicine, nutrition, psychology and exercise – lead eye-opening classes focused on subjects including dining out, reading labels and calorie density.

The popular lecture on processed food label reading is put into practice with a fun shopping trip, complete with a scavenger hunt for the healthiest products at a local supermarket. You’ll learn to decipher the correct information on the back of the package. 

A few pointers: Never believe anything on the front of the package, as it’s all unregulated marketing. Make sure the first ingredient is not sugar. Red flags are fat, sodium, added sugar and refined grain.

Another popular lecture – “Sitting Is the New Smoking” – challenges our contemporary sedentary lifestyle. Continuous sitting for more than three hours per day means you’re 64% more likely to die from heart disease.

Pritikin Center Dining Room
Pritikin Center Dining Room photo credit: John Cameron

In other lectures, participants learn about mindful eating. Did you know that stomach receptors malfunction if you multitask while eating?

Stop eating while comfortable. It takes 15 to 20 minutes for your stretch receptors to work. Start with servings of vegetables and fruit, and you’ll feel full sooner. The concept of food displacement is related to calorie density, a key Pritikin idea.

Pritikin is more than a diet; it’s a lifestyle. A one-week stay at Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami is the inspiration for permanent change that includes weight loss, a sensible exercise plan and effective tools to make good nutritional choices, both at restaurants and supermarkets. 

Previously Published on USA Today 10Best.com

Pet- Friendly TradeWinds St. Pete Beach

A 25-acre beachfront playground on the Gulf of Mexico, the pet-friendly TradeWinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach, Florida features two tennis courts, five heated pools, and endless water-sports, perfect for the whole family and their furry companions.

TradeWinds Pet Area
TradeWinds Pet Area photo credit: Sherel Purcell

There are 48 pet-friendly suites at the hotel and a leash-free Pet Play Zone with a doggie drinking fountain, fire hydrants, and photo op display. Room service is also available for pets through the Paw Court Bistro. TradeWinds Island Grand welcomes two pets up to 80 lbs for an additional fee of $30 per night.

St. Pete Beach at TradeWinds
St. Pete Beach at TradeWinds photo credit: John Cameron

For the 7th year running, the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice named St. Pete Beach one of the top 10 beaches in the nation. The icing sugar white sands of St Pete Beach are ideal for beachcombing and shelling.

TradeWinds Paddleboat
TradeWinds Paddleboat photo credit: John Cameron

Hop aboard a paddleboat and explore the canals that meander around Tradewinds. The waterways are home to swans, Japanese Koi, turtles and a variety of herons and egrets. Fish feeding stations are located along the banks.

Not to be confused with paddleboats,  the stand-up paddleboards available for purchase, are the first choice for the more athletic guests. You can claim your paddleboard tickets online on an hourly basis. Visit the Tiki Hut on the beach behind TradeWinds Island Grand for a kayak on a first-come, first-served basis.

TradeWinds Water Slide
TradeWinds Water Slide photo credit: John Cameron

Kids will never be bored with the inflatable, three-story tall, 200-foot-long water slide located on the TradeWinds beach. Unlimited rides are included in every stay. Book a newly renovated one-bedroom suite with  juliette balcony facing the gulf that includes a kitchenette with full-size fridge, two -burner cooktop, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and dishware.

Salty's Tiki Bar at Tradewinds
Salty’s Tiki Bar at Tradewinds photo credit: John Cameron

Dining options at Tradewinds include Sharktooth Tavern and Flying Bridge. Enjoy a sunset with live music at beachfront Salty’s tiki bar. For a fun night out, Karaoke Mondays at RedBeard’s Sharktooth Tavern is the place to be.

Rumfish Aquarium
Rumfish Aquarium photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Don’t miss Rumfish Grill, Tradewinds sister property just next door. Featured on Animal Planet’s hit show Tanked, a 33,500-gallon aquarium with more than 200 fish is the focal point of the Rumfish dining room. Rumfish also has a welcome happy hour from 3 to 5pm.

St. Pete Beach Sunset
St. Pete Beach Sunset photo credit: Sherel Purcell

And when you want some quiet time, escape to a hammock right on St. Pete Beach.

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