Plant Based Food Philosophy
Plant Based eating isn’t just a fad at Sugar Ridge. We like to encourage people to eat as if the future matters. Everything we serve is plant based, whole food. No processed or pre-made foods are found here. It’s healthy for your body and awesome for the environment. Most of what we serve is vegan and we serve gluten free options with minimal refined oils, minimal salt and natural sugar (in dessert only).
We support organic farmers and buy local as much as possible.. Why not try some of our favourite recipes at home
We offer many retreats throughout the year which focus on mindful eating, juice feasting, safe detox, and cooking classes.
Just call Liz if you don’t see what you’re looking for on our current retreat offerings. 866-609-1793
In keeping with the philosophy of what is known as ahimsa, or non-harming, in yoga, we try to minimize the harm done in order to feed people. Farming of animals is contributing to global warming, pollution of water supply and a use of land which does not sustain the human population. Non-harming also applies to not killing animals for use in food. We prepare each meal with love and compassion for those we feed.
We do serve eggs on their own sometimes at breakfast, but we never cook or bake with them. Eggs served are organic and often come from a farm down the road with happy chickens running all over the place. Occasionally we serve cheese, but usually, we use a vegan, organic substitute for dairy.
As noted in a recent report from the World Health Organization, it is more beneficial to the environment to be vegetarian than it is to reduce fuel consumption in your home and/or car. Being a vegetarian and driving an SUV is much healthier for the environment than eating meat and driving a small fuel efficient car. Article on environmental reasons for eating vegetarian
If you are curious about global warming and the impact of meat on it, you’ll enjoy (and be disturbed) by the film Cowspiracy. You can find it on Netflix. The film is based on the science behind the UN report which cites the animal agriculture industry as the leading factor in global warming. You can read the facts here.
There is a lot of debate as to whether organic food is better for you or not. Our personal experience has been a change in physical wellness when eating organic foods. We also think flavours are richer. It costs more, but why not err on the side of caution and do less harm to the environment? After all, your body is made out of what you eat – why not give it rocket fuel?
You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy the food here. We have surprised many die-hard meat-eaters with how great vegetarian food can be. It’s not just salad and boiled potatoes! Check out our menu, or better yet, come and taste for yourself. We dare you!
If you want more information on being vegetarian or on animal rights issues visit the Toronto Vegetarian Association or PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)