Our nutrition and cooking classes allow you the opportunity to see firsthand how to implement things in your everyday life in order to create a healthier lifestyle.  Among other topics, we will discuss the dangers of excessive sodium intake, the types of fat which our bodies need, balancing protein and carbohydrates, making healthier food choices, and reading nutrition labels.  You will also learn about creating meals for yourself and your family that are not only healthy, but quick, easy, and tasty, too.  We are proud to announce a new class offering called Diabetic Nutrition, which has been a well-received addition to our schedule.  We offer all of these classes each week. 

If you join us for one of our cooking weeks (Summer Delights or Healthy Holiday Cooking), you can enjoy five consecutive days of cooking classes.  You’ll have the opportunity to assist in the preparation of numerous dishes, consisting of breakfast items, entrees, desserts, and many others.  Attending guests will have the chance to win a wonderful door prize, not to mention all the taste-testing taking place during each class.  These classes enable our guests to obtain the tools which they can use in their everyday lives, to lose weight, and maintain that weight while adapting to a healthier way of life.  These weeks are very popular, so book your stay early! 

At Tennessee Fitness Spa, we serve meals that are low in fat, sodium, and sugar. Here is an example of our sample menu for 2014. Vegan or vegetarian meals are prepared upon request. The kitchen staff is happy to provide food substitutions if you have an allergy, medical restrictions, or just don’t care for a particular food (with advance notice).  Also, they will accommodate special dietary plans, such as the Paleo Diet, gluten-free diet, etc.  A salad bar is available during lunch and dinner.

Nutritional consultations with our head chef are available for those interested in more one-on-one assistance.  The cost is $50.00 for a one-hour session and $30.00 for a half-hour.

Our nutritional program conforms to these American Heart Association and American Dietetic Association guidelines:

  • 1200 to 1400 calories per day, excluding salad bar and snacks
  • 1200 mg or less of sodium per day
  • 15% or less in simple sugar per day
  • 20% or less of fat per day
  • 40% of complex carbohydrates per day
  • 40% of protein per day

Nutrition & Education

If you are not trying to lose weight, or feel that you need a larger portion, please make this request with the kitchen staff.  Should you become hungry between meals, fruit, vegetables, potato wedges, and yogurt are located in the small refrigerator on the dining room counter.  Hard boiled eggs are available upon request.  Keep in mind, however, that eating these between-meal snacks increases your daily caloric intake.  To ensure that you achieve maximum results during your stay with us, we offer this advice:  “If we don’t serve it, don’t eat it!”  In the event you are diabetic and require special snacks between meals, this can be arranged through the kitchen staff with prior notice.  If you would like us to divide your meals into smaller meals each day, please advise the kitchen staff, and they will be happy to accommodate your request.