As we dive into week 3 of lockdown I think acceptance is the general feeling now, however our mood changes and cravings are still all over the place. We know we can’t keep baking cakes and eating most of them to help our mood.
Plus Easter eggs will soon be in the shopping trolley. So here are some healthier options and even healing foods to keep our immune supported, energy levels more balanced and our waistline on track as summer and beach-time is just around the corner!
Here are some very simple recipes, where you can substitute a lot of different ingredients, depending on what is available at the moment. Creativity is the way forward, using healthy immune boosting ingredients. In my recent article I outlined nutrients to include over the next few weeks to keep you strong and in good spirits, for a lot of people boredom is setting in and worst still, anxiety. Immune boosting foods also support mental clarity and gut health – all so closely linked.
Also, frequent warm drinks and liquids are key to keep your respiratory pathways clear if you are feeling unwell, so soups and broths are excellent, nutritious options. Also gargling with water and lemon, salt or apple cider vinegar daily protects you too.
Some basic ingredients to include daily are ginger, garlic, local raw honey, coconut oil and sauerkraut.
Fermented foods, including kombucha and cultured veggies have been trending on the wellbeing scene for a while now, and for good reason. They do wonders for your gut bacteria and are a powerful addition to your diet for overall health. The concept of fermenting foods is not a new one, however. This process has been around for thousands of years across a variety of cultures as a preserving mechanism and a health booster. Think Korean kimchi, Japanese miso, and European sauerkraut.
Rosie Whiteway, UK trained Nutritional Therapist at Ahara Nutrition
With over 10 years in practice as a Nutritionist, Rosie decided to make Mallorca her home in early 2018 and is slowly adjusting to the slower pace of life after many years living in London. She loves that Mallorca seems to have everything, from the hustle bustle of Palma with its fantastic wellbeing scene, to quiet beaches and beautiful nature.
Health food bars can be a great snack when you hit that 3.30pm slump, need an extra boost post-workout, or can feel your ‘hangry’ coming on. But we tend to fall into that trap where we think any energy bar is a healthy bar, and that is very often not the case. What’s more, the taste can leave a lot to be desired. The struggle to find something that tastes good and doesn’t contain more sugar than an iced doughnut is all too real.
This is where Ziggaru energy bars come in.
As an alternative answer to the hectic and often chaotic pace of modern-day life, we’re beginning to look for ways to tune back in with nature and reconnect with our inner wisdom. The practice of Ayurveda was not so commonplace in the West even 10 years ago, but today people are turning to this ancient Eastern holistic medical system to guide them back to a balanced and healthy state.
I recently attended a health retreat in Australia which left me feeling absolutely fantastic. It could have been the daily spa treatments, the crystal steam room, and the plentiful organic food served up, but there were also few unique activities that seemed to really contribute to alleviating stress and tension. One of them was the sunrise qi gong class. This daily practice standing on a hill with a panoramic view of the Gold Coast and Pacific Ocean started the morning off with an extreme sense of calm and peacefulness. Now back in the real world I wanted to look a bit deeper into why the ancient eastern practices of qi gong and tai chi are so beneficial to our health.
Are you feeling lost with Western medicine? Perhaps it’s time to incorporate some of the East into your health prescription. As people are beginning to tune in more to intuitive ways of healing and maintaining health, the ancient practice of Ayurveda is gaining in popularity worldwide. Here in Mallorca we are extremely lucky to have Ayurvedic Doctor, Dr. Shailesh S. Muli, visiting from India for two days, when he will be offering a limited number of Ayurvedic consultations. Ayurvedic Guide Mise White is a passionate follower of Dr. Shailesh and will be coordinating the visit. She is very eager to share his expertise and wisdom with us here on the island.
Would you like to slow down and tune in to what’s most important to you from the comfort of your own home? Marianne de Kuyper offers the perfect opportunity to experience restorative yin yoga classes in your own intimate space with her ‘living room yoga’. An idea conceived while travelling in Mozambique, Marianne found that by going to people’s residences in order to teach, she was able to explore unknown corners of foreign locations, experience the culture, and get to know local communities where they were most at ease – their own homes. The yoga class host can have a private session or invite a small group of 5-6 friends to join in, and practice together. It’s a win-win for all involved.
Gaining Spiritual Insight with an Ancient Practice
Perhaps you’ve seen those brass L shaped rods that are used to locate water, minerals, and other hidden objects beneath the ground, and indeed, this is a form of dowsing, however we’re talking about much wider scope of dowsing. We’re talking about dowsing as a way of gaining spiritual insight into a question or situation, and by utilising a pendulum opposed to rods. The dowsing pendulum works by connecting us to the unconscious mind. When we ask a question, our unconscious mind responds by influencing the nerve endings in our fingers causing the pendulum to swing in response. In other words, our body outwardly expresses our inner knowing.
We all know Bikini Beach Boutique & Spa for its amazing beauty treatments and therapies. From luscious facials to indulgent massages, manicures, Lycon waxing, lash tints and more, it is the ultimate place to pamper yourself. Now Bikini Beach has expanded its offering to include a dedicated wellness and fitness studio. The aim is to offer classes, workshops and events with a safe community vibe.
Endurance, strength, agility, balance, and flexibility equates to a healthy body and a happy mind according to personal trainer Ali von Moltke, and upon meeting her it is clear to see she practices what she preaches. Her slim, athletic build coupled with her enthusiastic demeanour screams health and vitality. You wouldn’t believe she is 51 years old!
The global situation regarding food waste is pretty dire. So much so that estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations say roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (around 1.3 billion tonnes!) gets lost during the manufacturing process or wasted. The environment is hit hard from the greenhouse gases produced by the waste left rotting in landfill. The ‘developed world’ are by far the worst culprits. Per capita waste by consumers is between 95-115 kg a year in Europe and North America.
An Interview with Jill Davey – Author of ‘The Menopause Cure – Hormonal Health’
I recently spoke with Jill Davey to discuss her book and the reasons why she feels so passionate about helping women navigate their way through ageing and menopause. The menopause is a delicate word which proclaims old age – this, however, depends on which angle you’re scanning life from. Truth be known, it’s a new era, a new beginning! Jill’s advice is to embrace it, not shy away from it.
Yes, the supermarket shelves are loaded with dairy-free milk options now, however, not only are they expensive, the main ingredient – like almond, is less than 10% of the total ingredients and mostly in a processed, not whole food form. There are also a lot of additives (like synthetic cheap vitamins), and even if it’s “sugar free” there are emulsifiers (often fats that need to be refrigerated, not left on the shelf to oxidise), sweeteners and unfermented soy that are shown to be inflammatory, allergenic and just totally unnecessary in our diet. Coconut milk seems to be the safest option. Ecomil seems to be one of the cleanest brands that I find here – but always read the labels!
With the silly season over I am at that beginning of the year stage of utter determination to turn my body into a temple. The fridge and pantry are stocked with plant-based wholefoods, and the new exercise schedule is in full force. But I have found myself still searching for the missing piece, the ultimate nutritional supplement. A supplement that is effective, potent, and rules out the need to pop umpteen various vitamins and minerals on the daily to ensure my body is getting everything it needs. Does it exist?
Just like that we’re a week into the new year. What does this look like for you? How are those famed new year’s resolutions coming along? This can be make or break time for many, the slips ups are already happening- missing workouts, avoiding self-set tasks, and general procrastination when we assured ourselves this year would be different. Don’t worry. You’re human. But don’t give up! Reset and follow a few of these proven tips to get back on track and stay the course.
On a crisp and sunny Friday morning in early December my good friend Mara and I set off to Manacor to visit Naturacavall, the home of 15 horses and the base camp for Naturacavall horse riding experiences. I had heard great things as apparently this was not your average horsey excursion company, and Mara and I fancied a bit of outdoor adventure away from our usual Palma city surroundings.
The holiday season can see the best of us putting our usual healthy habits on the back burner in favour of silly season festivities and overindulgence. We can very quickly start to feel run down, lethargic, and generally depleted. Of course, we don’t want to feel guilty about enjoying ourselves, or turn down the party invites because socialising doesn’t fit with our usual ‘regime’, but there are definitely a few things we can put in place to avoid feeling decidedly average over this period without being super strict.
Viviana Falck first began to use Cannabidiol (CBD) in an effort to end her battle with the anxiety and depression she had suffered from her whole life, which had left her feeling physically and mentally drained. Born in northern Argentina where the traditions and practice of using medicinal plants are alive & well, she favoured utilising a natural product like CBD to alleviate her symptoms.
Gifts for wellbeing can take many forms, and lucky for us here in Mallorca we have a plethora of local businesses offering fantastic gift ideas for the wellbeing obsessed people in your life. At Nourish we love to support local, especially at this time of year when it’s so easy to get caught up in all of the unnecessary consumerism. Here are 15 gift ideas for the body, mind, and spirit that will have your loved ones feeling healthy and restored going into 2020.
As I arrive at Johanna Janik’s personal training studio in Marratxi (just out of Palma) she’s at the door welcoming me with double high fives. This woman is radiating vitality and I immediately feel my own energy levels rise in her presence. I have come to see Johanna for a personal training session as a kick-start after several months of zero deliberate exercise and general laziness (otherwise known as summer). First impressions tell me I have picked the right person to sort me out!
As a little girl Anabela Aurora always had an innate affinity with plants and nature. Her grandmother nurtured this part of her, teaching her how to make natural herbal remedies, and this grounding in plant based medicine from a young age played a large part in determining Ana’s path into naturopathy as an adult. As a child it was also clear that Ana possessed unique abilities as a channel and spirit guide, and this combination of gifts parlayed her into a career as a healer. Ana’s greatest joy is helping others experience growth and happiness through the aid of natural therapies.
As I sit here with a bad case of the sniffles I only have myself to blame. My usual morning ritual of vitamins and juicing has gone out the window as of late, and with what seems to be a sudden shift to winter temperatures my immunity has decided to crumble.
For a few months now I’ve been hearing all about the benefits of Ashwagandha, and have been meaning to get my hands on some. The benefits of this superfood are many and varied, one of which is it’s purported to be a fantastic immunity booster. Although I’ve already succumbed to the dreaded lurgy, I’m keen to get on the Ashwagandha train ASAP and reap all its health giving benefits before winter well and truly sets in.
When Bobbie Bixler first set foot in a Reformer Pilates studio in Auckland, New Zealand in 1999 she was very close to turning on her heels and walking straight back out. The studio was swarming with graceful ballet dancers, who were using Pilates practice to further hone their lithe, agile physiques. They presented quite an intimidating welcoming.
Not as commonplace as it is now, Pilates hadn’t quite hit the mainstream back then, however Bobbie stuck to her guns, completed the class and never looked back. She quickly became hooked on Pilates, specifically the reformer machine, and the way her body felt from regular practice. It was the perfect antidote to a physically challenging career working on super yachts.
When Natalia Waeger was trying to think of the perfect gift for her sister when she heard the news of her first pregnancy, she never thought her idea would be the catalyst to a full-blown business. What she wanted to create for her sister was a unique, bespoke piece of jewellery to mark this significant milestone – something that could be treasured and enjoyed forever. And so, the ‘Wish Capsule’ was born, a necklace bearing a sterling silver capsule, which holds your mantra, quote or special message hidden inside. Five years on the Wish Capsule is Natalia Jana Design’s signature piece, and the most popular in her jewellery collection.Continue Reading…
As we move into slightly cooler weather and darker evenings it’s time to start autumnal cooking, and maybe you need some inspiration after the long summer we have had.
Here is a high protein curry, delicious, quick, and can be a main meal or served as a side with a chicken, meat or fish dish.
When the significant other recently set off for another three months at sea I was feeling a little down in the dumps. In this situation I usually wallow in self-pity for a few days before I get on with it and re-establish a semblance of routine. Luckily this time round I had the foresight to plan ahead for my melancholy, and booked in to treat myself to the E-Oil Alchemy Essential Glow one-day retreat. It was to be a day of ultimate self care, and my spirits were lifted just thinking about it.
Borne from a Personal Journey to Wellness
Psoriasis, heart palpitations and fluctuating weight issues. These were just some of the outward symptoms that manifested from the stress and pressure of Deborah Delaney’s career as a successful broker in fast paced London. Deciding a drastic change was needed to get her health back on track, she packed up her life in England and embarked on an overseas adventure with her two children in tow. Finally settling in Phuket, Deborah immersed herself in studying Thai herbs and ancient healing remedies under the tutelage of Master Lew, a 91-year-old Thai Chinese herbalist. Slowly her health returned through the use of herbs, raw foods and juicing, and her body regenerated to a healthier, leaner and fitter state.
Did you know you have 60-80,000 thoughts every single day? Whether these are positive or pessimistic, that’s a lot of action going on between your ears’ that isn’t visible to the naked eye. If you’re like me it’s very easy to dwell on the negative sometimes. I’ve been noticing a tendency to worry lately, even though I’m well aware that worry doesn’t help any situation.
Over the years I’ve done many different detoxes, including the ‘Master Cleanse’ (I lasted 3 days on essentially lemon juice and maple syrup), a 5-day juice and nut milk only detox (I lasted 3 days before I couldn’t face another liquid meal), colon cleanse powders, and various detox supplements. Nothing had any profound results other than making me utterly unbearable to be around.
Have you ever walked out of the dentist having had an ‘aha!’ moment, feeling enlightened and emboldened to take charge of your health? No? Well up until recently neither had I. But after my recent visit to Clinica Peralta Silverstone this is exactly what I experienced. Let me explain.
I like yoga, and I like SUP boarding (Stand-Up Paddle boarding if you don’t know the lingo). Why should they be mutually exclusive activities? Because images of me toppling face first into the Mediterranean Ocean tell me they should. However, I’m all for a challenge so when a friend told me her fantastic yoga teachers had branched out and jumped on-board (pun intended) the yoga SUP craze for the summer I was willing to give it a good go.
After my colonic hydrotherapy treatment with Raaul Cohen at Dynamic Detox Mallorca, I was given further advice on a multitude of other ways I can assist my body to detoxify at home, and support all the goodness his treatment had done for me. One of these pearls of wisdom was dry body brushing. To be honest I had picked up this habit plenty of times over the past few years only to eventually forget about it and go back to my old, non-dry body brushing ways. But this time was going to be different. Why? Because Raaul bothered to give me extensive information on why this daily practice is so darn beneficial, and suddenly my resolve was strengthened.
Have you heard of the Blue Zones? The term has been around since 2005 when Dan Buettner led a National Geographic expedition to uncover the secrets of longevity. During this expedition he discovered that there are five places around the world where people consistently live to be over 100 years old, which he dubbed the ‘Blue Zones’.
I’ve always been one of those ‘sleep anywhere at anytime’ type of people, however lately I’ve been struggling to nod off and it’s no fun at all. Instead of counting sheep I took to my laptop (which I discovered is not a good thing to do when trying to catch some zz’s – hello blue light!) and started researching natural ways to get a better nights shuteye.
Being a New Zealander I live in fear of the sun. We were brought up acutely aware that the ozone hole over our fair country would have you burnt to a crisp within minutes unless you layered on the sunscreen with vigour at the first signs of summer. A few years back however, I started hearing whispers that sunscreen is not all it’s cracked up to be. I had even heard that it may actually CAUSE cancer, which completely negates its purpose! Since then I’ve been in constant turmoil about whether to religiously apply SPF everyday to protect my skin and keep those dreaded wrinkles at bay, or to go chemical free and bare-skinned, and just try to avoid frying myself. What to do!?
Luckily there is an answer, and that answer is mineral sunscreen.
When I was a child my grandmother had a giant aloe vera plant outside her front doorstep. At any sign of a burn or skin problem she would cut off a piece of the plant, split it with a knife and smear the gel all over the affected area leaving me sticky until my next bath. The cooling sensation was immediately soothing, and most of us have used some form of aloe vera topically in the same way before.
Cleansing from the Inside Out
Describing the details of your colonic hydrotherapy treatment is not the easiest of tasks. In saying that, I feel I would be doing you all a disservice if I didn’t put my bashfulness aside and let you in on something that could change your whole sense of wellbeing.
All I seem to be hearing about these days is the wonders of collagen. It’s apparently responsible for lusciously thick hair, strong, healthy nails, glowing, youthful skin, and even balancing hormones. The latest I’ve heard is that studies are now showing a link between collagen supplementation and weight loss! When I scroll through Instagram every influencer worth their salt seems to be touting the benefits of some brand of collagen or another, and even my best friend swears by it after experiencing hair loss and thinning after two pregnancies.
As a born and raised Kiwi it wasn’t uncommon to find a jar of Manuka honey in the pantry at home. Mostly it was just slathered onto a piece of buttered toast without any thought about its health properties. All I knew was that it tasted damn good! These days it’s widely accepted as a wonder product for health and beauty. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it, feeding her kids a spoonful at the first sign of a sniffle, and she’s even a brand ambassador for natural skincare line Manuka Doctor Skincare.
I have a love hate relationship with coffee. The aroma, the taste, the rush of feel good stuff that flows immediately following consumption is hard to beat, however I’m well aware I’m probably doing my body a disservice by drinking too much of this nectar from the gods. While a couple of cups of coffee or tea a day aren’t bad for most people, more than that can cause health problems such as irritability and anxiety, sleeplessness, increased heart rate and muscle tremors. That’s why I’m constantly on the lookout for a halfway decent substitute. And no, I don’t mean a virtuous cup of green tea or a turmeric latte – I’m talking about something that actually smells and tastes like coffee. Does this elusive concoction exist?
Everyone wants a nice smile but we’re often guilty of procrastinating with our dental checkups. Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care, and your dental health is important to your overall health. We sit down with our favourite holistic dentist on the island, Daniel from Clinica Dental Peralta Silverstone to chat about how the latest wellbeing crazes affect our teeth, and what natural tips we can implement to give our teeth the care they deserve.
You may see these little golden crunchy granules garnishing your instagram worthy smoothies and salads at healthy cafes, but were you aware that they are a real nutritional powerhouse? In fact bee pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by the human body to thrive!
Awakening Your Body’s Intelligence
‘Bodywork’ has become a bit of a buzzword on the health and wellbeing scene, but what exactly is it? Falling under the alternative medicine umbrella, and incorporating both touch and non-touch modalities, we were eager to learn more about this growing trend. We went straight to the source by contacting Tahona Santana. Tahona practices bodywork here on the island utilising the Grinberg Method, and has glowing testimonials from her clients who have experienced major transformations at her skilled hands.
There’s something about having flowers and plants in your home that adds to that ‘spring has sprung’ feeling. If you’re anything like me however, keeping houseplants alive is not a forté. Well I have the solution! As well as being super stylish succulents are notoriously difficult to kill making them a great, easy care accent to your home. Succulents survive dry indoor environments thanks to special adaptations – fleshy leaves, thick stems or enlarged roots that allow the plants to hoard water. But apart from being very hardy and nice to look at, placing a few succulents around your abode can actually have some surprising health benefits.
Last year, almost every one of my single friends attracted what appears to be the partner of their dreams. These people are very unique people, most of them are very academically accomplished, some have Master’s qualifications, from places like Yale and there are even some PhD’s in the mix too.
Would you believe when I was younger I had an issue with savasana? It seems reprehensible I know, but I would honestly dread this ‘relaxation time’ at the end of yoga because it meant I had to try and pack up my things and duck out to the car without drawing attention to myself. I tried to lie through the ‘corpse pose’ time and time again but it made me feel physically ill. I’m serious. Nausea and headaches. My mother was convinced it was my “toxins getting a good stir up” from the yoga practice. I decided yoga just wasn’t ‘physical’ enough for me and threw myself into the much sweatier pursuits of boxing, netball, and gym sessions.
I first heard the term ‘functional movement’ over ten years ago while interning at a health retreat in Australia’s Gold Coast hinterland. Every morning the guests at the retreat would sit down to a health seminar on various aspects of optimal living, and ‘functional movement’ had a whole session devoted to it so I figured it must be a key concept I should pay attention to, and rightly so!
A Dahl (Dal, daal, dail or dhal) is the term used in India for dried, split pulses – lentils, peas and beans. It can be prepared in the form or a stew or a soup and is amongst the most important staple foods in South Asian countries. Dahl also has become a staple food in plant-based diets – versatile, simple and nourishing as a meal or side dish, or part of a Thali. Here in Mallorca we can include local market produce – seasonal vegetables and herbs to give it a personal twist (east meets west!).
No doubt you’ve heard of the frothy, green concoction that is matcha tea. So much so that you might have jumped on the matcha bandwagon quite some time ago, only to have jumped off in favour of this months latest green drink craze (celery juice anyone?). But I’m here to encourage you to pick your matcha habit back up again and make it a lasting one!
6Points Mallorca starts and ends at Caló d’en Pellicer, the small beach in Santa Ponsa, and travels to the extremities of the four compass points of Mallorca (north – Cap Formentor, south – Cap de Ses Salines, west – St Elm and east – Cala Ratjada) and to the highest (Puig Major) and lowest points (Santa Ponsa beach) on tarred roads in three days, covering over 400km and climbing over 7500m. Continue Reading…
We all know how it starts. A familiar tickle in the throat, a slight sniffle, reaching for an extra sweater because you’re feeling the winter chill more than usual. This is about the time I bunker down in bed with a Netflix series and a box of tissues at the ready. I accept that my fate for the next week is to be miserable and unproductive while I fondly remember the good ol’ days when my nostrils were clear and a hammer hadn’t taken up residence at the back of my head.
I love Oprah. I mean who doesn’t? It’s because of Oprah that I’d had actually had a very brief introduction to Rolfing by way of a Dr. Oz special where he partook in a Rolfing treatment live on stage. However that was circa 2010 and my memory on the practice was very fuzzy at best. But of course if it’s on Oprah it must be a winner, so I had no qualms about trying this unique therapy as part of my endeavour to release my neck and back muscles that have been tight for nearly two years.
Getting a good pampering is something that I rarely schedule, so when I headed out the door to Bikini Beach Boutique and Spa on a particularly blustery winters morning you could say I was inordinately excited. I was booked in for not one, but three indulgent treatments – a facial, massage, and manicure. BRING. IT. ON.
With intentions for the new year set, and chilly winter weather outside, this is the perfect time of year for cosying up with an inspirational read and a hot drink. Here are the wellbeing books at the top of the Nourish reading list for 2019.
For going on five years I’ve had this weird thing happening with my left knee. Every time I bend it to climb stairs or squat down in any way, it makes this horrendous crunching sound. There’s no pain accompanying the sound, but it’s very unnerving to hear I can assure you! What have I done about it? Well to tell you the truth my solution thus far has been to turn up the headphones, talk a little louder, or simply just ignore it. Not the most proactive approach.
Now that I’m a bit older and wiser I thought I should probably get it looked at, and hope like hell that I haven’t caused years of irreversible damage by leaving it so long. So off I went to visit Lauren Rigg at Mallorca Physiotherapy to see what the prognosis was.
Do you find your mood and energy levels slump as autumn sets in, and continues on through the winter months? Perhaps you just put it down to the winter blues and suffer through it. You’re not alone. This type of depression is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and is not at all uncommon. Let’s take a look at why we feel this way, and a few things we can do to reduce the SAD symptoms.
Since the age of about 14 I can remember having problems with my back. I’ve never been entirely sure why, perhaps being over exuberant in my sporting pursuits, perhaps poor posture (maybe both) but I have memories of lying in bed as a teenager unable to turn my head with tears streaming down my face. At that age my mother was always sending me off to various specialists in the hope of getting it sorted. For that reason I would say I’m fairly well versed in most of the treatment modalities used for back and neck pain.
This is why I was somewhat surprised when I was recommended a naprapathy treatment, having never heard the word in my life. Naprapathy? What could it be? I was willing to give anything a whirl, considering I had been doing a bit too much laptop work (from my actual lap on the couch which is never a good idea) and my neck was definitely complaining about it.
There seem to be two types of people in the world. The ones that always wake up each morning with a ravenous hunger, and the ones who need a few hours to get their bearings before developing any type of appetite. I fall into the latter. Unfortunately I grew up in the era where it was pummelled into us that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and subsequently forced myself to ingest something that constituted a balanced meal before doing anything else. But now things have had a shake up! Intermittent fasting is the new craze, and before you say ‘oh no, another fad’, this one actually has some merit. Here’s the lowdown.
A quick tally in my head tells me back in New Zealand my weekly ‘wellness’ spend was over $150 (around €95). I was a member of the flash inner city gym, had weekly personal training sessions, was a member of yet another gym specifically for boxing, and had netball club fees on top. Add buying all my produce and supplements at the local organics shop and it was one hefty price tag in the name of health.
Moving to Mallorca and leaving the cushy corporate job (and paycheck) meant I had to swiftly change my ways. But how could I stay healthy without all the bells and whistles I was used to? I had to improvise before my mentality (and waistline) began to suffer! Luckily it was a lot easier than I expected. Here are some thrifty tips and tricks I’ve picked up over my two years on the island.
In western cultures we don’t usually give too much conscious thought to changing our lifestyle and thoughts to align with the seasons, although we may naturally shift our behaviours and patterns to accommodate the change in weather. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) however believes that the best way to stay healthy is to learn about the nature of each season, and live in harmony with its spirit.
So what does that mean for autumn? In TCM autumn signifies the change to the ‘yin’ season, as we shift to less than 12 hours daylight. Nature is slowing down and contracting, and for us we tend to move inwards also. We tend to reflect more, enjoying quiet time, and traditionally we would harvest what was planted in spring, preserving for the cooler months ahead.
While the temperatures are still up there, there’s no doubt there’s a shift in the air signalling the arrival of autumn. As the seasons change we can often find ourselves blindsided by a dose of the sniffles, which is never fun. We’re going to give you a few handy tips to build up that immunity and give you a fighting chance of avoiding the dreaded lurgy!
What is sound healing?
Us humans use sound and music in a huge variety of ways, from entertaining and celebrating, to expressing and communicating. Even heading out for a leisurely stroll can be made that much more enjoyable when listening to upbeat music, and everyone knows how much a kick-ass soundtrack can boost your performance during a work out.
So if sound and music can stir so many emotions and even physical reactions (who else gets a dopamine surge and goose bumps when a favourite song comes on?), then it’s not a far leap to believe that sound can actually trigger healing in the body.
What is reflexology?
For thousands of years many cultures have considered the feet to be an important link to various organs and glands of the body, performing reflexology to treat many different afflictions and diseases. More than just a foot massage, reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the feet (or hands and ears) to activate the body’s own healing processes in different body zones.
So in what ways can reflexology benefit you? Here are a few reasons to book in a session (besides the allure of simply getting a good foot rub!)
This heat in Mallorca at the moment is not only exhausting but very dehydrating!
Are you getting bored of drinking water to keep hydrated? It can be tempting to reach for the sugar-laden or alcoholic options to quench that thirst but why not try to nourish your body with flavoured water instead?
Pop to the local market and stock up on herbs and fruit to pep up the water to make it more appealing for you, your family and visitors!
You can freestyle with the 5 suggestions below. All you have to do is add to 1-2 litres of filtered water, chill and enjoy!
‘Tis the season of ice cream! This month I’m paying tribute to ice cream or to be precise, gelato – Italian ice cream. Though it may not be the most nourishing fuel for our bodies, ice cream is a favourite summer-time treat for kids and adults alike and every now and then there is no harm in indulging in something scrummy!
Living on our beautiful island in the Mediterranean you’d think we have very little to stress about, but even here in Mallorca the daily grind can get the best of us!
What better way to find balance again then by taking part in a gorgeous retreat? The island has many on offer, and we’re excited to share some of Nourish’s favourites with you.