What a strange and surreal time this is as we head into the second quarter of the year with so much uncertainty. Almost stranger is that we slowly adapting to this new ‘normal’, getting our quarantine routines in place, trying to ‘WFH’, and look after one another (from a safe distance!).
It is almost guaranteed that you are reading this from your device inside your own home as we all try to flatten the curve, but something we can definitely see is that our Nourish Community is stronger than ever. It has been nothing short of amazing to see you all come together to support one another via our online channels, and in this month’s newsletter we wanted to share some of the love that is available to you there. If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group, Nourish the Community. It is a wealth of information, resources, and positive vibes during this trying time.
One of our main aims is to share with you all of the wonderful activities, events and workshops around the island, and now we bring these to you…from your living room! Nourish the Community now has dedicated posts on the subjects of YOGA, MINDFULNESS, FITNESS, and HEALTHY TIPS. Scroll to find the image for each category, and in the corresponding thread you can find anything from a home workout session from one of our local Personal Trainers, to an Ayurvedic recipe from an Ayurvedic Health Coach, or a yoga or meditation practice you can follow from home.
IN THE KITCHEN
Many of us are combatting the inevitable bouts of boredom by channelling our inner chef. As we all have a focus on immunity right now, it’s a great time to whip up some immune boosting meals. Nutritional Therapist Suzanne Garaty has shared with us some of her favourite soups and broths which are delicious, nutritious, and allow for ingredient substitutions based on what is readily available to you right now. For those sweet cravings, Suzanne has us covered with some refined sugar free, guilt-free treats.
We’ve been eagerly anticipating delivery of our pre-ordered copies of Justine Murphy’s cookbook which is being released on 16th April. Packed with 160 delicious, fully refined sugar-free ideas for healthy breakfasts, sharing platters, soups, curries, salads, main dishes and plant-based desserts, this book also draws on her experiences of overcoming extreme adversity in her youth, working as a chef on super yachts and eventually founding mymuybueno – a successful international luxury food and lifestyle company. This is a book to inspire, to share, to reflect –with good, healthy, refined-sugar-free food at the heart of it. Pre-order now on Amazon UK to get your copy and some renewed motivation to get into the kitchen during lockdown.
FREE COACHING & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
We are now on our 19th day of lockdown here and slowly reality is beginning to sink in as more and more news emerges about the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Anne Nielsen of Green Apple Coaching wants to do her bit for our community by very generously offering FREE one to one coaching sessions by phone or by Skype during the lockdown period. Her areas of specialization include stress management and looking for solutions to find work/life balance in life. To set up a session contact Anne directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOME WORKOUTS WITH THE EXPERTS
You may not be able to get to your usual fitness classes, or train face-to-face with your PT, but there’s no need to let your routine fall by the wayside with plenty of at-home workouts available online. Exercise is great for immunity as well as mental health, so make sure to allocate some time each day to get moving and get the endorphins pumping!
We’re missing our weekly visits to The Studio Lifestyle in Santa Catalina for our barre and HIIT classes, but luckily we can still be motivated by founder Zora Sandenbergh’s infectious enthusiasm through our screens! Each day of lockdown Zora is uploading a workout to target specific goals and areas, and she encourages you to send in your clips completing the workouts at home too (one more reason to get out of your PJ’s!). Find the daily videos here.
SIMPLIFYT Avenidas – known for their fast and effective 30-minute workouts and have created an online functional training platform that we can all utilise at home. They have opened their online ‘Partners’ section for everyone so that we can benefit from these workouts for free during the quarantine period. SIMPLIFYT specializes in functional training, is open to all levels, with guidelines and corrections, and they are uploading new videos every week. Founder Evelyn Sztojanov’s goal is to help all of us spend these times being as healthy and strong as possible. Sign up for this free training here.
MINI IMMUNITY TRAINING WITH MAYA FLYNN
As hard as it is to pry yourself away from your binge watch of ‘Tiger King’, we highly recommend taking a wee break to watch something a bit more enlightening. We recently learned so much from Functional Nutritional Therapist Maya Flynn’s live video on immunity, which had so much pertinent information including an overview of the immune system, long term immunity strategies, seasonal interventions, acute support, why boosting the immune system is not always a good idea, and busted some common myths. You can still access and watch the video here if you missed it.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and healing April,
Love the Nourish Team.x