Functional Movement 101

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!

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My 2 Favourite Dahls

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!).

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Much Ado About Matcha

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!

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3rd ‘6Points’ Charity Cycling Challenge

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…

How to Beat a Cold in 24 Hours

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.

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Cooking With Your Kids

Kids love cereal and a healthier substitute can easily be made at home. It is important to cook cereal grains in liquid as opposed to eating them raw or just toasted.  Otherwise, they can have a negative effect on the digestive system.  A source of fat helps to balance blood sugar levels, giving your children stable energy throughout the day.

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Is Rolfing the Answer to your Chronic Pain?

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.

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Hello February!

February is a truly beautiful month on Mallorca. It’s Almond Blossom season and with over four million almond trees across the island, the landscape is in full bloom with soft pink and white hues.

With the days getting a little longer, this is the perfect time of year to head out into the sunshine and get your hike on. A great way to experience the blossoms in all their glory is the 9 kilometre walk from the pretty village of Es Capdella through Galatzo Estate which will take you around three hours. For those interested in more of a challenge you can carry on further to Estellencs, which will have you complete Stage 1 of Mallorca’s long distance hike, the GR221 or Dry Stone Route (this stage is 14 kilometres). Estellencs is a small village of 300 people filled with cobbled streets and terraced vineyards with some lovely spots to have a bite to eat or a well-deserved beverage.

EVENTS CALENDAR

We’re getting super excited for the muymuybueno Women in Business Day coming up on 7 February. mymuybueno CEO and founder Justine Murphy will be sharing her story, plus a delicious lunch, and an afternoon covering all elements of business and so much more. Whether you’re just starting out in business, or you’ve run a business for many years, be prepared to feel inspired and empowered for the year ahead. You can purchase your ticket from mymuybueno Deli, email info@mymuybuenodeli.com or call +34 971720017.

Did you know that classical music and piano stimulates the regeneration of brain cells and reduces cortisol levels? Sandra Donovan and Larrisa Richter combine music with yoga for a healing, soulful practice on Saturday 16 February from 10.30-12.30pm. Open to all levels you can register by emailing info@earthyoga.es, or sign up in person at Earth Yoga reception. Cost €40.

Have you started training for the Spartan Race yet? It’s not too late! Taking place on 9 March this 5km includes 20 obstacles and is suitable for athletes of all levels. Venture through bush and forest, scale obstacles and wade through water – all in the name of fun! If you’re wanting some advice on how to tackle your training regime, get in touch with on of the many fantastic personal trainers we have on the island. You can find our favourites on The Guide.

BE MY VALENTINE…

Whether you love or hate Valentines Day we think it’s a great excuse for a meal out with friends or loved ones.

Temple is a gorgeous new spot for breakfast or lunch in Palma’s Santa Catalina. This urban oasis is a bright and airy vegetarian café, with a lovely range of wellbeing themed gifts and trinkets for sale in their shop area. Unwind on the picturesque patio and enjoy the delicious healthy food and drinks, then perhaps pick up a gift (for someone special or treat yourself!). Open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-2.30pm.

Canteen 14 is a cute little café in La Lonja specialising in ‘a bowl for every soul’. Ranging from vegan and vegetarian options like the Buddha Bowl and Marrakech Bowl, they also have healthy options for the meat-eaters among us, such as the Bangkok Bowl of rich massaman curry served with brown rice. With additional daily specials and sweet treats (try the gluten free peanut cake!), Canteen 14 is the perfect spot to grab a yummy guilt free meal. They also sell a selection of decorative items and gifts imported from Bali, perfect for your Valentine! Open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Wishing you a fabulous February,

Love The Nourish Team.x