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Lisa L. Powell

Self-proclaimed lover of food, Lisa Powell, MS, RDN, has served as Director of Nutrition for Canyon Ranch in Tucson, for over two decades. A researcher and faculty member of The University of Arizona, Lisa leads the Canyon Ranch team responsible for development and implementation of cutting-edge integrative nutrition services.

WHAT MAKES YOU A CANYON RANCH WELLNESS ARCHITECT AND HOW DOES THAT INSPIRE YOU TO FRAME THE LIVES OF OTHERS?

Over my tenure, I have had the opportunity to see all the research and development that goes into our personalized approach to nutrition. That philosophy really shapes a guest’s experience whether they have come with a nutritional intention or not – everyone eats so through our culinary offerings, they are seeing our philosophy in action. It’s empowering to guide guests through the discovery of what works best for them. My goal is to help guests ultimately arrive at a place of nourishing themselves that’s inside-out. It’s not telling them how to eat, but rather helping facilitate the self-discovery of what works best for them.

WHY DO PEOPLE IN HIGH-STRESS CAREERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANYON RANCH, AND BUILDING A FOUNDATION OF WELLNESS?

The body has limits – that’s what burnout is. It gives you lots of messages, but often we ignore those. You can always put it off, and there’s always something else that seems important to do, but at some point that won’t be an option. We can catch people before that point and give them skills and practices that help manage stress. That’s unique about Canyon Ranch. We effectively and seamlessly address the emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical in any arena because of the depth and breadth of our staff and programming. There is truly something for anybody, here.

HOW DO YOU INFUSE BALANCE INTO YOUR LIFE AND HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND OTHERS DO THE SAME?

Every change involves a non-judgmental evaluation. Do your behaviors match your goals? What could serve you better, if you made use of the tools available? Identify these things and then frame a part of your day to include them. I have never considered myself an athlete, and as part of my own honest evaluation, I realized that I was trying to exercise in a way that I hated. This informed the process for me, I switched my routine and shifted my mindset about exercise, and now I can easily make the commitment of time. Make small incremental steps, so that it’s a journey. Just start – that can be the biggest hurdle to clear!

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PILLAR, OR PHILOSOPHY, FOR YOU IN YOUR OWN LIFE?

We used to talk about a three-legged stool – mind, body and spirit. Take one away, and the stool falls over. Though I might be tempted to say nutrition, my answer would have to be balance. Learning balance and finding the balance that’s right for you.

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