We strive to preserve the nutritious value of food by the way it is grown, harvested, and cooked. Every body is unique in its needs, and every body’s needs can change over time. There is no one diet that works for everyone.
Some guests have further inquiries about meals and their own diet requirements while at The Ranch, and we are happy to accommodate. Here are answers to many of the questions we hear most:
Rancho La Puerta Dietary Frequently Asked Questions
If you wish to enjoy wine throughout the week, it is available for purchase at the Bazaar Del Sol—a gift shop and cafe with patio seating and marvelous ambiance (and views of Mt. Kuchumaa). Enjoy it there or at your own room or patio. We also serve wine at two functions: a welcome reception and a farewell dinner Friday night. (See wine below for more details about enjoying wine during your visit.)
We can accommodate special food needs including lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and fish, shellfish, nut, egg and soy allergies. Please advise your reservationist of any allergies, especially life threatening upon booking.
We focus more on slow-releasing carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, beans, and brown rice, which keep your energy sustained throughout the day.
A fresh fish “catch of the day” will be on the dinner menu four times a week, and several times for lunch. We adhere to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch
program. Most of our seafood comes from the seaport of Ensenada, Baja California. A vegetarian alternative entree is always offered for those who don’t eat fish or shellfish.
Gluten-free options are available at every meal.
Our organic juice bar, Tierra Alegre
, features fruit smoothies and fresh vegetable juice blends.
The Ranch kitchen is not kosher certified.
The Ranch’s diet is lacto-ovo vegetarian (includes dairy and eggs, but no meats or poultry are served). Meals are a balanced offering of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy, and egg products. Our fresh cuisine provides plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to support your active fitness week. It is low in fat, sodium, and refined flour and sugar — while high in energy, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.
We do not serve any red meat, pork, or poultry. See “lacto-ovo vegetarian.”
Extra-virgin olive oil features the terroir of Baja California’s Guadalupe Valley (also famed for its wines). We also use some specialty oils, such as walnut, avocado, truffle, etc.
As much as possible, and as attuned to the seasons as we can reasonably be, we procure organic fruits and vegetables from our own extensive organic farm, and from our region’s purveyors who practice sustainable, organic farming. We cannot, however, say that we are “100% organic.”
The Ranch diet is not completely accommodating to paleo devotees. Please refer to our sample menu
to see how your paleo needs can be met via eggs, seafood, fruit, nuts, etc…
We do not serve any poultry. See “lacto-ovo vegetarian.”
The Ranch provides an array of protein-rich cuisine, including legumes, grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, soy, and seafood offerings. For more information, please see our blog post on Ranch Protein Sources
We follow ‘Slow Food
’ precepts. As much as possible, and as attuned to the seasons as we can reasonably be, we procure organic fruits and vegetables from our own extensive organic farm, and from our region’s purveyors who practice sustainable, organic farming.
Soy-free options are available at every meal.
The Ranch diet is low in refined sugar. See our nutritionist’s blog post
for our perspective on sugar.
Avoiding foods or other products derived from animals is easy at all meals, and vegetarian entrées at dinner are entirely plant-based.
See “lacto-ovo vegetarian.” Strict vegetarians will find plenty of satisfying plant-based protein options.
We are not a weight-loss program. Most guests who partake of our fitness program and eat in moderation will be very satisfied with their body’s response to a week at The Ranch.
We feel that wine is an ancient, nutritious, and healthful (in moderation) food that has its place at the table and at life’s celebrations. At Rancho La Puerta we do not allow alcohol in our dining room or public areas throughout the week, at any meal, except at two functions: a welcome reception and a farewell dinner Friday night. In both cases, we serve the wine — usually a vintage from the nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine region. This is a longtime tradition, and our guests prefer it. If you wish to enjoy wine throughout the week, it is available for purchase at the Bazaar Del Sol
—a gift shop and cafe with patio seating and marvelous ambience (and views of Mt. Kuchumaa). Enjoy it there or at your own room or patio.