We believe that every spiritual /wellness retreat should be plant-based in order to be, well, spiritually loving and wellness-focused. That’s why all meals served at Desert Reset are plant-based, and offered with love and health in mind. But don’t worry, they’re far from rabbit food. You’ll find our foods are satisfying, satiating, energy enhancing, and tasty, too.
A strong body of research supports the idea that a plant-based diet is the future. Studies show that a plant-based diet can boost your health, decrease the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, help you stay at a healthy weight and improve the quality of your life. It can even lengthen your lifespan, according to a recent study that tracked more than 70,000 people. And it’s not just good for our health; it is good for Earth’s health, and the animals’ health, too.
Deset Reset is just ahead of that curve. Founder Cynthia Morgan has been vegetarian for 30 years and vegan for 10 years, and her husband Brad Klopman, Desert Reset’s Hospitality Director, has been vegan for a third of his life. But, don’t worry, we don’t preach or teach, we simply give you gourmet delicious plant-based meals to enjoy for the weekend. We think you’ll see, taste, and feel the difference a plant-based meal can make.
Kitchen open daily
We serve all three daily meals, plus snacks and drinks, and we have a communal kitchen, so anytime you get the munchies, hop into the kitchen and satisfy your cravings.
Fresh & Organic
We all love great tasting, flavorful food, which is why it’s important to us to use fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible.
"A kitchen inspired by my love for good food, nature and the animal kingdom. Dedicated to making food tasty, fun, healthy and easy.”
Chef Tanya is a well-known, long-standing, respected figure in the vegan food world. She is the founder of the popular and groundbreaking vegan restaurant chain Native Foods that originated in Palm Springs and grew to more than 10 locations across the US. She sold the company 11 years ago to focus on animal rescue. (Native Foods is still one of the most popular vegan restaurant chains.) Luckily for us, Chef Tanya has recently opened Chef Tanya’s Kitchen, a popular gourmet speciality restaurant in Palm Springs. Cynthia has partnered with Chef Tanya to create specially-made lunches for Desert Reset participants. Get ready to fall in love with plant-based food!
Plant-Based Health Perks
Research from NutritionFacts.org that might pique your plant-based interest.
Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Interventional studies of plant-based diets have shown, for example, 90 percent reductions in angina attacks within just a few weeks. Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported greater diet satisfaction than control groups, as well as improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep, and significant improvement in their physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning.
People who once ate vegetarian diets but then started to eat meat at least once a week experienced a 146 percent increase in odds of heart disease, a 152 percent increase in stroke, a 166 percent increase in diabetes, and a 231 percent increase in odds for weight gain. During the 12 years after the transition away from eating vegetarian, meat-eating was associated with a 3.6 year decrease in life expectancy.
Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods. If that’s all a whole-food, plant-based diet could do—reverse our number-one killer—shouldn’t that be the default diet until proven otherwise? The fact it may also be effective in preventing, treating, and arresting other leading killers seems to make the case for plant-based eating simply overwhelming.