Oooowwwwweeeee it’s getting chills magills out there. Remember earlier in the week when I said how much I loved fall? Another reason why I love it is that it is the time I plan for my Winter escapes. Now, I began thinking about this earlier than usual, for one, because many of you are coming with me and two, because I was just at a super powered, superfood inspired weekend.
Last Friday, I shared some thoughts about the Longevity Now Conference I attended in California. It was an amazing event, but one thing that kept lurking at the corner of my mind was about how awesome all these superfoods are, but also, how much packaging they require and how far they have to travel. As I like to balance what’s good for my health and what’s good for our planet- it becomes a tricky equation.
This always leads me to daydream of one very special place. This is the place where the hedges are made from lemongrass, shade is offered by massive aloe plants, chocolate pods grow on trees- as do the coconuts we use to make our milk each morning. Noni, mango and passion fruit trees are around every corner and we can grab a starfruit to munch on as we head to the beach. Hearts of palm don’t come in cans and cashew and almond trees abound. Sea moss washes ashore and we enjoy rice pudding desserts, cooked in fresh-off-the-tree-banana-leaves.
This my love, sweet superfood lovers is how these foods are meant to be enjoyed- straight off the land, travelling no more than an arms length until it reaches our mouths.
Do you need reminding about the power of some of these treats?
Does this sound like a healthy living lover’s version of Wily Wonka’s Chocolate factory? Well, that’s because it is! It really, truly is! This is where I will be spending the coldest of coldest parts of Winter- mid- January to the end of February. This is Balenbouche Estate in St. Lucia where I hold my annual retreats.
If these foods aren’t local to where you live, why not make yourself local to where the foods live- at least for a little while.
My retreats to St. Lucia are each more than half full. There is room for just six more people (three or four on each trip). The time has come to book-her! A $500 deposit is all your need to scrape together right now to hold your spot, the rest can be paid over the next few months.
If you would like to chat with the fine ladies who joined me last year, just let me know and I’d be happy to put you in touch.
So baby cakes, will I be seeing your smiling faces in the St. Lucia Sun?
Question Of The Day: What place do you daydream about?
And more pics of the yummy local goods for your drooling pleasure...