Swimming in volcanic thermal springs in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Hello! I’m back.
This year, our family took a 6 month travel sabbatical to explore the world, volunteer in local communities and reconnect with each other. I took a bit of a break from my business too and instead, homeschooled my children, learnt all about Latin American cuisine, backpacked through the rainforest, swam in thermal springs in Nicaragua, volunteered at an organic farm, danced salsa in Cuba under the stars, biked around a Danish island, practiced sunrise yoga by lush mountains, rambled through the English countryside, kayaked in a volcanic crater lake and swam in the Pacific Ocean. We started our trip in a small town in Costa Rica, explored the country for a couple of months and then traveled on to Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Mexico, Denmark and England.
It truly was an incredible trip and we had the luxury of time for our children and for ourselves and to see the world. We loved every minute and are so grateful for the opportunity.
There’s a lot of talk and publicity at the start of each New Year about resolutions, goals, detoxes, liquid cleanses, fad diets and so on. I work closely with my clients on a number of food based cleanses and smoothie reset challenges and when they finish the question I get asked the most is: I love the way I feel, how can I keep eating this way to stay healthy of the rest of the year?
Happy New Year! At this time of year, we’re bombarded with talk of New Year’s Resolutions. Some people swear off alcohol in January. Some people quit sugar, wheat or meat. Some people hastily become members of their local gym or sign up for a half marathon.
Many of us make these resolutions because we feel negative about ourselves. We could be fitter, thinner, healthier, nicer, better looking, kinder…and we make lofty goals to try and achieve that. But, aren’t we starting off the New Year in a negative way: criticizing ourselves for last year’s failures and making every intention to correct them? Where will we be in December 2015? Probably at the same place again. Frustrated with ourselves. Making a whole new set of resolutions for the next year.
It’s been so cold this week in the Northeast, I think many have us have wanted to hibernate at home with a DVD box set and eat meal after meal of stodginess just to keep us warm until June.
Eating in the fall or winter months can be such a huge shift to what we were eating just weeks before when the days were long and hot and all you wanted to eat all day was sweet watermelon.
As much as I love smoothies and juices, sometimes I find the thought of them hard to digest when it gets cold! However, I was determined this week to find a juice that would work for me when the temperatures dipped. That would make me feel refreshed and warm inside. That would have seasonal ingredients that I could pick up at the local Farmers Market or CSA. And here it is. Simple but nourishing and a little spicy. I added the turmeric for its super anti-inflammatory properties and you don’t taste it a bit here. The ginger is also really great for your digestion.
Do you love green smoothies as much as I do? I have one nearly every day, adding in kale, chard, spinach or parsley and watercress into mine. Green smoothies are so delicious and nutritious. If you have digestive problems, it’s the perfect way to add extra greens into your diet.