I am feeling genuinely refreshed and re-inspired following a beautiful stay at Gwinganna Health and Lifestyle Retreat. Gwinganna Retreat is on a plateau in a hidden region of the Tallebudgera Valley, Sunshine Coast, QLD. It is a serene ‘escape’ from the modern age of technology, allowing people to really focus their attention on their own health and wellbeing. Amongst other things, I discovered on my 6-day retreat that it is entirely possible to survive almost a week without an iphone, laptop, the internet, coffee, wine or chocolate! And I felt amazing for it. What a revolution! It was good to re-connect back in with nature and with my inner-self.
Gwinganna functions on four simple ‘health’ philosophies:
- Regular, Functional Movement
• Fostering emotional Wellbeing
• Effective management of Lifestyle Stress
• Nourishment – almost all food served at Gwinganna has been organically grown on the property & is prepared innovatively by their top organic chefs.
All of these philosophies are implemented daily at the Gwinganna Retreat & are specifically directed towards maintaining optimal wellbeing and therefore are ‘preventative medicine’ concepts. Gwinganna’s world-class Spa was outstanding – my personal favourite being the sublime ‘crystal steam room’ followed by a cold shower and crushed ice form the ice machine – enlivening!
With ‘Nourishment’, in particular, Gwinganna’s organic food philosophy is based around the belief that Mother Nature knows best. I especially enjoyed their focus on Low Human Intervention Food – (Low HI foods) – where food has undergone no or minimal changes from it’s place in nature to your plate.
For example, a piece of sweet potato may have been steamed or roasted, but it is still recognizable as a sweet potato the way it came from the earth. Too many foods today have lost this simple but essential philosophy. It was really wonderful during my stay to re-evaluate my relationship (as a Nutritionist, mother, and woman) with food – and to be reminded of the meaning of true nourishment.
Choose Low Human-Intervention Foods!
As inspiration; I have included below a recipe from Gwinganna’s fabulous cookbook:“From garden to gourmet”; plus have included some photos of the organic vegetable garden from which we ate. Enjoy!
½ cup tahini
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup LSA
1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used organic dried apricots)
1/4 cup chopped almonds (soaked overnight in water)
Mix all the ingredients together to make a stiff mixture. Use more coconut if necessary. Shape and roll into balls with dampened hands and coat with coconut or LSA.
The Organic Veggie Garden