Gratitude and Abundance, Farm to Table
Spring Harvest in the Sanctuary of Sedona’s Organic Garden
Sanctuary of Sedona’s Organic Garden.
Food is one of the most important decisions any person makes on a daily basis. The foods we eat send signals from our environment directly to our DNA, meaning that every bite of food changes the expression of our genes. This alteration is called epigenetics, the change in gene expression from extrinsic influences. According to neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, more than 90% of the genetic switches in our DNA that are associated with longevity are significantly influenced by our lifestyle choices, including the foods we eat. A diet high in refined carbohydrates decreases the expression of the gene responsible for the production of BDNF, which supports the growth of new brain cells. The impact on food choices on physical, emotional, and mental health is highly published.
Our food supports healthy gut flora and reduces chronic, systemic inflammation which is a significant factor in mental health. The neurotransmitter serotonin is often associated with feelings of wellbeing, which is why many antidepressants are serotonin uptake inhibitors. Since serotonin is manufactured in the gut, gut health is essential to feeling good. If we are taking an antidepressant and not focused on the manufacturing plant for serotonin, we are missing a substantial opportunity to heal and feel better.
At The Sanctuary, we don’t just pay lip service to healthy food. We take our food very seriously and consider it as an essential medicine for recovery from addiction and mental health issues. To that end, all of our food is organic and non-GMO and we know where every ingredient is sourced. We have standards beyond most top organic restaurants, anywhere.
In addition to purchasing organic, locally sourced, and seasonal food, we grow a lot of organic vegetables in our own garden. This gives us foods fresher and richer in phytonutrients than is possible to purchase. Additionally, even organic vegetables do not have the same nutritional values that they did in the past because of soil degradation. Because food is so important to reduce inflammation which contributes to anxiety and depression, we take extreme care in growing our own vegetables. These are taken to the kitchen to be prepared the same day. You can’t get fresher or higher quality.
Our garden has transitioned from our winter crops to our spring crops and we are excited to offer our clients food that will inform their DNA to upregulate DNA to make us healthier and assist in the recovery healing process. Food needs to be an essential part of the recovery process and the vegetables grown in our own garden are the freshest and tastiest and our meals provide comfort, nourishment, and real mind body soul spirit medicine.
The Sanctuary’s organic gardener Brandon Savage has been working hard in our organic garden. His hard work has paid off with this abundant spring harvest. The Sanctuary’s garden produces the purest organic vegetables, fruits, and superfoods, served to our clients.
The Sanctuary chefs prepare and serve gourmet meals from the garden daily.
At The Sanctuary, our organic superfood program is a core component in our clients’ journeys to wellness. To learn more please read our approach to nutrition