Nutrition & Healthy Living

Nutrition & Healthy Living Class

With so many conflicting studies and research, it’s nearly impossible to figure out the best way to eat! At MCLW, we simplify nutrition into an accessible, fun, interactive format that literally anyone can follow and understand. Based on cutting-edge research, clients learn how to work with their bodies to achieve health and a healthy weight at the same time. We also combine nutrition and cooking classes to make transitioning to healthier eating more simple than you have ever imagined.

Classes last approximately 1.5 hours.

$95/person or $125/couple, $75/person for groups of 3 or more.

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In a fun, humorous and extremely accessible format, our staff certified nutritionist and author Sid Garza-Hillman will teach you the basics of nutrition – what are the healthiest foods for the human body and why? With plenty of time for questions, you’ll leave the class with the practical know-how to begin eating in a truly healthy way!

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Small Steps

Achieve long-term health and happiness: No more yo-yo dieting, no more quick fixes, no more thinking too much about food! Certified nutritionist and author Sid Garza-Hillman will teach you about his ground-breaking approach to stress management and habit change. He will show you how to take control of your health and happiness through his small steps philosophy and how to apply it to food, movement, creativity, socializing and more.

Sid the Stanford Inn Nutritionist

Sid Garza-Hillman

Wellness Programs Director | Certified Nutritionist & Author

Sid Garza-Hillman is the author of three published works: Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto, Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family, Six Truths: Live by these truths and be happy. Don’t and you won’t and Ultrarunning for Normal People: Life Lessons Learned On and Off the Trail. He holds a BA in Philosophy from UCLA, is a public speaker, certified nutritionist, certified running coach, Oxygen Advantage Breathing Instructor, and founder of He is the host of the What Sid Thinks Podcast and Race Director of the Mendocino Coast 50K trail ultramarathon.

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“We spent the weekend at The Stanford Inn and felt that it was a wonderful, magical place to stay. The staff are so helpful, the rooms are beautiful and cozy. We took some cooking classes from Chef Sadhana who is amazing. She explained all of the recipes thoroughly and showed us how to make each recipe in detail. Sid Garza-Hillman taught us life management skills along with nutrition classes. He took us to the market to understand labels to know the best foods to buy nutritionally. His wealth of knowledge on nutrition and life stresses is so incredible. We were lucky to spend the weekend with these incredibly knowledgeable people, they enhanced our lives to the max. I would definitely recommend the resort, what a great experience!”

– A testimonial from a recent guest who attended our Transition to Health Enhancement Package!

(includes cooking and healthy living classes!)