Yvonne Nienstadt has been Nutrition Director at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa in Tecate, Mexico since August 2002. She teaches a variety of classes each week on different aspects of nutrition, works closely with our chefs with recipes and menu planning, and consults privately with guests. Additionally, she teaches some of our Inner Journey classes (guided meditation), as well as classes on stress management, weight loss, fasting and detox, and tips for better sleep. . She came to Rancho La Puerta from another well known destination spa, Cal-a-Vie, where she had worked since 1989 teaching classes in nutrition, stress management, hatha yoga and meditation. An avid cook, Yvonne is the author of Cal-a-Vie’s Gourmet Spa Cookery. She contributed many of her own recipes to the national best seller SuperFoods Rx by Dr. Stephen Pratt and organized many of the recipes for the new Rancho La Puerta Cookbook, Cooking with the Seasons. She taught yoga and meditation through the San Diego Community Colleges from 1997 through 2004 and at a variety of venues since 1980. Her previous tenure was at a nutritionally oriented hospital and licensed research facility in Tijuana, Mexico from 1979 -1989 where she taught classes in diet therapy, detox, meditation, visualization and guided imagery. Additionally, Yvonne was part owner of a natural foods restaurant and catering business and organizer of an organic foods buying club in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1974-1979. A classically trained singer, Yvonne occasionally gives concerts at the Ranch, but mostly sings at weddings and funerals.