The Health Ranch
For those who are not familiar with Rancho La Puerta, a health retreat in Tecate Mexico, you’re in for a real treat.
Mario and I wanted to experience a sample of The Ranch and we discovered that they have a “Saturday at the Ranch” excursion which is an all inclusive tour that includes being picked up in San Diego, driven across the border and into the ranch in time for breakfast. We were greeted at the reception with a moist scented towel and a glass of fresh squeezed juice. Afterwards, they took us to the main dining hall where we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast.
The history of The Ranch is fascinating and goes back over 70 years when Edmond and Deborah Szekely founded it as the world’s first destination fitness resort and spa.
Miles of great hiking trails
One of their lovely guides took us on a tour and then a great nature walk. It’s a very large area and worth a look at their map. We arrived back in time for a wonderful buffet lunch consisting of all organic salads and fresh dishes.
A day to remember!
What we experienced in one day is just a taste of what a week at The Ranch is like and “me like”. They say that once you get into the routine (first few days) with all the activities and entertainment, you begin to experience Rancho at a whole new level and by weeks-end you don’t want to leave. I can see why.
Lots of Free Time
After lunch we explored some more of the beautiful grounds with the old growth forests and flower gardens.
Since we were here for one day we wanted to take advantage of as much as we could. Organic gardening, some sun, spa, hiking and even a nap under a beautiful shade tree.
At 3:00 pm they drove us a couple of miles to Rancho’s own organic farm, cooking school and culinary center called
La Cocina Que Canta – “The Kitchen That Sings”
We were greeted by Denise Roa (Executive Chef of the School and Kitchen) and she immediately took us out to the farm where we picked strawberries and ate them fresh from plant and sampled Mulberries, Fennel and other various vegetables along the tour. Denise is very passionate about plants, cooking and the organic way of growing. “This is my dream job” Denise told us as we looked out through the cathedral windows at a view of a beautiful healthy garden.
We didn’t get to meet the head gardener Salvador Tinajero, who is obviously passionate about growing healthy fruit and vegetables. We at Kale University believe strongly in the importance of organic growing, so this day was amazing to experience.
After the farm tour we were taken into the Kitchen School and Denise gave us an introduction for the Hands-On Cooking Class that lay ahead of us and our tasks in preparing a beautiful fresh organic meal which consisted of about 90% ingredients grown on the property.
The menu included:
- Hand-made Tamales with a cranberry/vegetable stuffing.
- A Salad Bar with Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Lime Sauce, Aztec Guacamole, Pineapple Salsa and Picante Sauce.
- Stuffings and Toppings with a choice of Shrimp filling or fresh grown Oyster Mushrooms sauteed.
- Sides included Mexican Red Rice, Frijoles Colorados del la Olla with Guajillo Chile, and a Corn, Radish and Spinach Salad with Cilantro and Chipotle Yogurt Dressing.
- Dessert was a choice of Vanilla Flan or a Coconut (non-dairy) Ice-cream. They were very accommodating for the two of us since we’re vegans.
If you have been to Rancho La Puerta or planning to go we’d love to hear from you and get your feedback.
Don’t let the cooking class intimidate you, we had a few in our group who had self proclaimed “no cooking experience” and they loved it and said they were now encouraged to start preparing more “at home” meals.
is a new non-profit organization founded by Deborah Szekely and with her vision and all of our help we can make it one of the most powerful movements in the country. There has never been a better time to step up and demand that those representing us in Washington and in each of our states are held accountable for the future of our country’s health. Too many heads are turning a blind eye to the problems and obvious causes of our ballooning weight and disease.
With special interest agendas and irresponsible lax-labeling laws, our processed-non-nutritious, food-like products that are being sold across this country and around the world are making more people sick than ever before in human history. After spending time at The Ranch I realized that what Deborah has created is more than a health resort but a microcosm for what our lives should be like every day. To eat chemical free organic food and to exercise and enjoy the company and support of like minded people who want to learn to stay healthy through their mind, body and spirit.
It is time to act and help with a great cause. For $10.00 a year you can all make a tremendous difference. Let’s all “Be the cause of our own health”.
We at Kale U. join Deborah in this cause and for you to help make a difference please Click Here to donate.