HEALTH&WELLNESS BLOG

Blister Care for Your Toes and Heels

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When you are hiking for 30-60 miles, blisters may happen despite all your efforts of trying to prevent them. Fortunately, we are trained professionals in keeping our guests moving to finish out the hike. 

Linda Wells, Editor in Chief at Allure Magazine, said in her July 2013 Letter from the Editor: “…we had to get our blisters lanced and our feet wrapped. The guides made the most awesome bandages, as if they’d trained under Christian Dior, notching the tape with scissors and pleating it nicely and smoothly over our battered heels.” 

We couldn’t get a better compliment than that! 

Here are two videos to show you how to take care of blisters on your toes and heels.  (more…)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

There may not be another fruit that represents California as much as the avocado. You take any sandwich and add avocado slices, it’s instantly becomes a California version. I’m not partial to them, but in the 4.5 years I’ve been living here they’ve grown on me. Don’t be deterred by their high fat content. The monounsaturated fats help with nutrient absorption, reduce cholesterol and increase skin tone. Plus they have even more benefits to our health: reduce inflammation, improve vascular health and provide a ton of nutrients. In this recipe, you can’t taste the avocado, so even discerning palates can enjoy a creamy dessert. (more…)

Why Go on a Retreat?

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Get Away

Recently I took a week off to go to Nicaragua for a Yoga & Surfing Retreat. It’s been a while since I’ve done this for myself and it reminded me of why our guests come to The Ranch year after year.

1)    You can come alone. There is no pressure of working with anyone’s schedule or being responsible for their happiness. Sometimes there is nothing better than being on a trail alone with your own thoughts.

2)    To make new friends. I am always amazed by the brilliance, accomplishments and life of our guests. The way groups bond is beautiful to watch. We’ve had guests stay in touch after their stay and even come back to The Ranch together.

3)    To truly get away and get in touch with yourself. Take yourself out of your routine, put the phone away and let the rest of the world happen while you enjoy peace.

4)    To be taken care of. There is nothing like the freedom of having someone plan and cook all of your meals; tell you what you are doing next. Most of our guests usually do all the planning for themselves and their families. Here you don’t have to decide anything, that’s our job.

5)    To challenge ourselves. The feeling of accomplishing something new (or doing better this time around, for our alumni) is something no one can replicate. Whether it’s hiking for the first time, doing your first push up or holding plank for 2 minutes, you will endure more than you thought you could and come out stronger for it.

Why do you go on a retreat?

Banana Chia Pudding

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Banana Chia Pudding

Bananas are a great fruit. However, sometimes it seems like they get from green to overripe in a few days. You can always add them into smoothies, but for a healthier dessert option try a Banana Chia Pudding. (more…)

More on Habits…

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I love to read, but every now and then I find I want a short cut to obtain the bullet points instead. Here are some videos that compliment my post on habits

Enjoy!

Charles Duhigg from “The Power of Habit” speaking at TEDx

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Power of Habit

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As we begin to welcome the New Year of 2014, we frequently begin to make promises to ourselves as resolutions; this year I will do_(fill in the blank)_. Last year I talked about setting goals, which I think is a great way to begin the process. This year, I’ve been taking this a step farther as I’ve been reading about habit and will power. Goals will only take you so far. It’s what we do to get there or that blocks us that can make or break us. One book that has really made my wheels turn is “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

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Warm Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall is when we start consuming heartier vegetables. There is something about all the squashes, apples, cranberries that is immensely comforting. I wanted to put together a salad that could be a main course for my fellow vegans and a Warm Butternut Squash and Kale Salad seemed perfect.

Warm Butternut Swash & Kale Salad

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Tomato Soup

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Tomato Soup with Arugula

The end of summer brings an abundance of tomatoes and we have a ton here at The Ranch. They looked so amazing that I had to bring some home. After pondering what to do with them, I decided to use my Vitamix to make a tomato soup. It was quick to make, simple and too delicious not to share! (more…)

What We’ve Been Up To…

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The Ranch 4.0 is getting ready to launch September 19th. In this time we’ve been scouting the best trails we can offer. I’ve been documenting the beauty of the area. We can’t do all of these trails, so what will you see when you come to The Ranch 4.0?

Cheeseboro or Cheseboro? It’s spelt both ways.

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Falafels with Spicy Tahini Sauce

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Falafel Salad with Spicy Tahini Sauce

A guest recently introduced me to Thug Kitchen. She loved his attitude, as well as some of his dishes. Always looking for new ideas, I stopped over and the most recent posting was for his Buffalo Falafel. Having never had Buffalo Wings or the like, I was more interested in his Falafels. Something I have never made before, but I figured why not? I opted to serve mine over a bed of lettuce with a Spicy Tahini Dressing, because I do like a kick. (more…)