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.
Overnight walk from Palma to Lluc Monastery. Every year, overnight in August, the country roads leading from the capital Palma to Lluc are transformed and the cars replaced by thousands of people walking to the monastery. Even those who manage to keep up a good pace will take about 11 hours to reach Lluc monastery, which is 50km away (8 -13hours).
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’.
Recently I bought some organic strawberries in Lidl. Organic berries are rare enough in supermarkets so I shared my find with Nourish the Community and encouraged group members to stock up. Despite the good intentions, my post wasn’t received well by many because the strawberries were not only wrapped in plastic but also didn’t come from Mallorca. Fair points.
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.
When it comes to exercise and movement, kids are just the same as us – if it doesn’t appeal, the motivation to do it is closer to zero. If I tell my kids we’re going to the village for a walk, sometimes the response I hear can be anything from the familiar ‘do we have to’ groan, to wailing, the stomping of feet and even the throwing down of toys – sometimes all of this simultaneously at which point even I have given up on going anywhere. However, if say we’re going to the village to ride bikes and scooters – it’s a whole other story!
And just like that we’re midway through 2019 already! The islands ramping up for its busiest time of year, and the wellbeing scene has plenty going on.
IT’S THE SEASON FOR WATER SPORTS!
If you’re into water sports head along to the 27th Volta Sa Dragonera in Canoe and SUP board on the 16th June. Beginning at Sant Elm Beach at 9am, the distance travelled is approximately 12km, which requires some physical preparation and skill in the handling of the canoe. There is also the option of just completing the Sant Elm to Puerto de Dragonera route (5 km) for those wanting a lesser challenge. The course can take a couple of hours or the whole day, depending on how you want to tackle the distance. You could persevere for a quick time, or stop off for a swim in a beautiful cove en-route. Take a picnic to enjoy on the beach when you finish. Don’t forget your water and (mineral) sunscreen. Head over to the guide for all of the details, plus PT and Nutritionist Katie Handyside’s top tips for the event. You can register at www.elitechip.net.
OR MORE MELLOW BEACH FUN…
If sunbathing with a good book is more your idea of a fun beach activity, then get your hands on plenty of great summer reads at Universal Bookshop in Portals Nous. This international bookshop has all the bestsellers, cookery books, children’s books and non-fiction to keep you entertained on your downtime.
It’s cherry season and we’re drooling over these big shiny berries. Loaded with antioxidants vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, they help play a role in cancer prevention and general wellness. Nutritionist Suzanne Garaty of Vital Nutrition has shared with us her healthy and delicious Black Forest Bircher Muesli recipe and we can’t wait to try it!
When you’ve been eating plenty of tasty seasonal produce a little decadence for dessert is totally okay in our books! Summer means gelato and our favourite comes from Il Gelataio in Palma. Owners Christian and Francessca combine premium natural ingredients (with as much sourced locally as possible) to create heavenly flavours to satisfy those sweet cravings. Place your orders with Il Gelataio by phoning them on 666 328 155, emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting stockists, The Marina Bar at Club de Mar in Palma, Il Chiringo on Palmanova beach, or Piccolo Café on Paseo Mallorca. Il Gelataio also happily cater to yachts and private parties, supply hotels, restaurants, ice cream shops and caterers.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
We look forward to the first Thursday of every month when mymuybueno Deli hosts their ‘Women in Business Breakfast’. A chance to network with likeminded businesswomen on the island and hear from inspiring guest speakers, this months group topic will be about looking after yourself, your mental and physical health, and also talking about how being a mother affects your walk as a woman in business. Guest Speaker Abigail Grace of Active Atlas will share her own journey as a woman in business, in health and fitness, and how this has become her own life tool to help deal with what life throws at us. Please arrive at the deli for 8.30am to get your name badge, order breakfast and head inside.
A NOURISHING AND RESTORATIVE RETREAT
Sign up early for the fabulous ‘Nourish & Restore’ retreat with Julia Mander Yoga. Taking place from 30 September to 3 October, Julia will weave vinyasa flow, alignment, meditation, writing ceremony, and silent hiking with a tender spirit to reinvigorate your personal practice and growth. Guests will be treated to delicious, healthy food from Coco’s Deli, and Patrizia (the goddess of bodytherapy) will pamper the guests in between activities. Find out more here. Our Nourish community can quote ‘nourish’ to receive a special discount – a double room for €550 per person (usually €590), or single room for €750 (usually €790).
EVENINGS IN THE TRAMUNTANA MOUNTAINS
When the temperatures start to creep up during the day we love to switch our outdoor activities to the evenings. Peopletree Mallorca has a couple of great evening events happening this month. Attend their Full Moon Walk & Meditation in The Tramuntana Mountains on 17 June at 8pm, or their Summer Solstice Walk & Meditation in The Tramuntana Mountains, on 21 June at 11pm.
ESSENTIAL OIL ONE DAY RETREAT
E-Oil Alchemy is helping us keep healthy this summer by hosting a one-day summer focused retreat on Sunday 23 June. Natasha will be demonstrating how to prepare your own oils to make summer skin protection, mosquito repellent and sunburn relief. Do Terra Leader, Tara Bliss from Australia will also be joining the retreat and leading guests through a blending class. With these skills you’ll be able to create oils for self-care, gift making and delicious diffuser blends and many other uses. Prices for this retreat are 40€ per person. Spaces are limited so book your place early! Those of you who bring a friend to the retreat will also receive a free Wild Orange Essential Oil. Contact Natasha at email@example.com.
Wishing you a joyful June,
Love The Nourish Team.x