Fall In Love With Cooking
Whistler Fitness Vacations goes the extra mile to ensure our weight loss retreat guests truly achieve sustainable success.
Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry again tomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his life.
Our health spa retreats do just that.
With each guest being lodged in their own private suite (with a full kitchen) and a team grocery shop each week, cooking your own meals becomes an empowering self-care ritual. The plan follows easy, zero-waste, one portion recipes from our custom designed food science course and recipe plan, The Planet Friendly Diet. We provide the ingredients, which guests shop for – they choose their own tomatoes, or substitutes, taking ownership of any adaptations required.
Supports Your Fitness Retreat Activity
The food style at Whistler Fitness Vacations is modern and designed to support your intensive workout schedule here in Whistler. While many health spa retreats give you unrealistic meals to recreate back home, our program prides itself on teaching you how to truly transform your lifestyle patterns. Dishes are energizing and delicious – many guests say that it’s one of the highlights of their program!
Try Plant-Based Cooking
Learning to cook is an exciting, liberating experience and we are proud to provide simple recipes that are gluten, wheat, dairy and meat free.
The Planet Friendly Diet is a simple step-by-step program for a complete detox and reboot, exclusively for women who have 30lbs or more to lose. It’s suitable for diabetics, is very low soy, moderately low carbohydrate and sugar.
The ingredients are chosen for their scientific properties in eliminating the side effects of giving up sugar, alcohol, salt, nicotine and junk food. All guests must refrain from these toxins during their stay at Whistler Fitness Vacations.
Go Without Gluten, Wheat & Dairy
Your stay at Whistler Fitness Vacations is meat, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, and comes with a weekly shopping list to ensure zero-waste and zero leftover ingredients. This alleviates temptation to binge and veers off track from your plan because there are no ingredients!
We’ve got loads of experience with overeating patterns that have caused many of our wonderful guest’s anxieties in the past, so have set up a caring and practical way to get you through the stay without feeling deprived, or urge to binge.
It’s Planet Friendly!
Whether you want to give your eating patterns a complete makeover or just kick-start a change towards a healthier life, The Planet Friendly Diet will motivate, educate and empower you.
Fully illustrated with mouthwatering images of each (internationally inspired) recipe, it’s like having your very own nutrition coach and personal chef. Not only will you lose weight, get fit and feel great-you’ll be contributing to a wider humanitarian cause.
Whether you want to give your eating patterns a complete makeover or just kick start a change towards a healthier life, The Planet Friendly Diet will motivate, educate and empower you, showing you how to put exciting, healthy dinners on the table while reducing your food’s environmental impact.
Dinner In 20 Minutes
Jump start your journey to optimum health with the all-inclusive 21-day meal plan and then apply the information in the accompanying nutrition guide to transform short-term success into long-term, sustainable results.
All single-portion recipes:
- Use fresh, every day ingredients
- Cost less than $5 to cook again when you get home!
- Are under 500 calories
- Take no more than 20 minutes to prepare.
One of the GREAT things about our program is that everything you eat, you learn the recipe for. This means sustainable change because you’ll get to take the recipes into your own kitchen, using your own taste and preferences. The recipe book comes with a full explanation of why each ingredient is used including benefits so that you can move towards the mindset of food being your medicine.
Designed For You
The plan is deliciously meat-free as well, with healthy fish and moderately low carbohydrate that is suitable in sugar for diabetics. It’s been used and approved by many physicians and dieticians, designed by a licensed Sports Nutritionist.
Find Peace With Food
One of the most popular parts of our weight loss retreat is the nutrition workshops with the creator of The Planet Friendly Diet, Cat Smiley, who is a certified Sports Nutritionist. She breaks down the complicated stuff to guests, teaching them in an empowered way how easy it is to eat healthily and find peace with food. The Planet Friendly Diet is set up with binge eaters and overeaters as key users of the program, therefore no trigger foods or leftover ingredients are available to guests.
Sports Nutritionist and owner of WFV Cat Smiley pieced together this beautifully designed diet plan from five years of word documents and customized menus to share her simplified solution. With the help of dietician students who interned the summer of 2010 with her, the first edition of The Planet Friendly Diet was born. Six years later, it was republished in mainstream publishing house by New Society Publishers, distributed to book stores around North America. Cat Smiley recalled the book and ended the contract in 2018, taking full ownership of its rights and readership. It is now available exclusively through this website as a mini-course Starter Kit. Click To Buy
Zero Waste, One Portion Meals
As part of our green commitment, our meal plan is zero waste. Grocery shopping is a key part of the learning experience and our system is carefully set up to alleviate mind or body urges to binge after dinner. Only the food that you need for the week is provided.
We have a strict ‘no outside food’ policy at WFV. This means that everyone is on the same page with meals – everyone striving for success with the same positive spirit! Usually everyone is lodged on the same floor, which makes it easy to get together for cooking or dinner as you feel like. If you want to do your own thing, that’s okay too! There’s no pressure and no expectation.
We not only show you how to cook healthier, we teach you how to adapt it into your own tastes and preferences once you go home. Lose weight and maintain optimum health while saving money and minimizing the environmental impact of your daily food choices.
[Cat Smiley says], “Food is one relationship we all have in common…” Food is also information, affecting the expression of our genes. Food is energy. Food is connection. And finally, food is medicine. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”
— DR. KAREN VAN WYK, MD
With a bright, fresh perspective and well-rounded view on health, The Planet Friendly Diet is the book I travel around the world with!
— KYLIE BAX, Supermodel and Mum
he Planet Friendly Diet connects the dots between a healthy environment and a healthy body. If more of us read this book and followed its sensible and inspiring message to eat as if the world depended on it, we’d all be better off.
— DAVID TRACEY, author, Urban Agriculture
For more information on how our food plan works, adaptations, nutritional details and more, see page 60-68 of our catalog. You can also try 2 days meal plan from the retreat by joining our 2-week discovery emails.
If you’d like a copy of the plan prior to arrival so you can show your naturopath, doctor or dietician (or even to reassure yourself that the meals will meet your satisfaction, or exceed them) please head over to amazon on our contact page and purchase a print catalog. You can also see 7 days of the menu and ingredients used in the blog posts below.