www.shanedietresorts.com. Many stay for just a week, while others average a month at the resort, learning how to rethink the way they eat and adjust their lifestyles to something more healthy. Activities include cooking classes, fitness activities that range from hikes to Zumba, field trips, and coaching that will help people examine their history of weight gain and establish strategies for permanent weight loss. Janowski was careful to place the emphasis more on losing inches around the waist over simple scale readings. Anyone starting a fitness program could lose inches but still gain weight because adding muscle will add pounds, yet that is desirable because of the health benefits that result. "I wish I could tell people to put away the scale," she said, adding that it feeds people's fears more than it helps. People who check into the Westin as part of the Shane program are "not locked up here," Janowski pointed out. ""We're not a boot camp. We're not whipping people. ... They can call for room service. They can go to the bar." Neither is desirable, but the people who work on the program know that change doesn't happen overnight. They also realize that people who seek Shane's help want their meals to taste great. So, recipes have been developed to meet the programs set-up of three meals and three snacks a day. Breakfast could consist of banana oatmeal pancakes with turkey bacon or a frittata with fresh fruit on the side and an eye-opening Virgin Mary. Lunch options include grilled chicken with vegetables or whole wheat macaroni and cheese, while dinner could bring fish, chili or even a steak. Snacks can be a bit trickier, especially if you want something to keep in your desk at work or on hand while doing errands. Janowski suggested Greek yogurt, string cheese, a whole wheat pretzel with mustard, hummus and homemade baked pita cheese, and even a homemade power bar made of dates and nuts blended in the food processor. "Sometimes you could add other dried fruit, such as cherries, or you might add lemon zest," she said. "You've got to keep your metabolism up," she said, adding that it means having that most important meal of the day, breakfast, as well as something here and there throughout the day, all without eating to excess. "We're teaching (people) how to eat," she said. At the Westin, a team of kitchen workers have learned to make menus the Shane way for those taking part in the program, and by mid-December, two registered dietitians will be on staff to assist. Many still need help after they leave the resort and return to their regular lives. To help them, Shane has a cookbook due out soon that will be filled with "simple, simple, simple recipes," Janowski said, so that people can make whatever they need at home. These include several ideas for Thanksgiving or any time of year, including Honey-Baked Carrots, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Zucchini Bread. There's also an after-program that Shane offers, in which followup calls are made to help people stay on track with their goals. It's all part of the Shane plan, which has helped many lose weight and keep it off. That change in people's lives pleases Janowski. "I have seen people completely change the way they eat," she said. "You do have to be serious about it, but we do try to make it fun."