Summer is now here! It’s time to enjoy life outside and that includes cookouts. This recipe for Vegan Potato Salad I made when I was home last. My brother told me it needed bacon and that he hated it less than he hated regular potato salad. As good of a compliment I would get from him, but enough to let you why a friend recently requested I bring it to a pot luck. Best part, with no mayonnaise, it won’t go bad if it’s sitting out for a while. (more…)
After writing about the 7 Minute Workout, I thought it might be fun to do a quick video of the workout to help with timing and suggestions. The exercises are 30 seconds of all of the exercises below followed by 10 seconds of rest.
The Ranch is thrilled to be opening our second location! It won’t be far from our Home Base, as it will be at The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, which is where we temporarily called home last year during some upgrades to the property. The partnership was such a success that we decided to move in permanently with a few adjustments. (more…)
We enjoy our circuit classes here at The Ranch and we aren’t the only ones. A recent article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal by Brett Klika and Chris Jordan discusses why we should incorporate higher intensity circuit training (HICT) into our fitness regimen. Cardiovascular training is needed to strengthen our heart and resistance training is needed to strengthen our muscles. Circuit training combines both aspects in one workout getting more bang for your time. Allowing you plenty of opportunities to complete all the other necessary tasks in your life. (more…)
You look at your clock and you find you only have a few minutes left to workout. Do you: (a) Say, I’ll skip it. (b) I’ll do a long workout tomorrow. (c) Do a short workout.
If you want your answer to be (c) but don’t know what to do, this 6 minute workout is for you. It’ll get your heart rate up, help build strength and get you sweating. Have 12 minutes, do it twice. No excuses allowed!
At The Ranch, we don’t promote one particular diet. It may seem like we are promoting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, as that is what we serve for the week our guests are with us, but this is because we are encouraging eating clean for your stay. By eliminating foods that are acid causing in our bodies and potentially allergenic, our guests can see for themselves how their bodies respond to different foods when (and if) they reintroduce them back into their life. (more…)
I know a few of our guests have attended TED Conferences over the years and I’m sure many have watched some of the videos online. In case you have never heard of TED, it is a non-profit organization that holds several conferences each year. They are devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, but the scope has expanded over the years. Speakers have less than 20 minutes to share their thoughts, which can hold almost anyone’s attention. I thought I’d share a few that I think fit in with The Ranch’s philosophy. (more…)
Every week at The Ranch our guests are surprised by how full they feel eating a 1200-1500 calorie diet. Typically when we think of what that might be, it’s not a lot on our plates. Yet, at The Ranch it is a lot. This is because we reduce calorie dense foods and add a lot of nutrient dense foods, which add a lot of bulk and satisfy our bodies. (more…)
Going to the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim was like winning the Golden Ticket to visit the Wonka Factory. There were 2,428 companies representing a wide variety of food, supplement and body products. The shear number of booths was dizzying. Once I arrived, I gave up any hope of trying to meet up with a friend and instead tried to systematically hit as many booths that looked interesting as I could before my introversion was completely overwhelmed. I think I walked about 4 miles going up and down the booths and I lost count of all the different products I got to try. (more…)
Kate is our resident Blogger and one of our Senior Program Guides. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Ithaca College and completed the longest course, the Patagonia Year, at the National Outdoor Leadership School despite having never camped previously. She holds a number of certifications from a variety of fitness organizations including: NASM, MAT, Paul Chek, Sonic Yoga, Yoga Works and Hanna Somatics. Kate has over 10 years of experience in the fitness field. Her passion for learning and improving how we view Health and Wellness brought her to The Ranch.