The awakenyourhealth Spring 2012 newsletter is now available featuring:
Announcement: Nutrition and the Yoga of Eating, with Tabitha McIntosh
Natural Sugar Alternative Chart
In Season Fruits and Vegetables
Two Recipes: Raw Cacao Pudding and Green Pea Spring Soup
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:
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
The Spring 2010 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:
Announcement – please support me in the Yoga Aid Challenge
Announcement – for new mums
Article: Vitamin D – Let the Sun shine in!
Recipe: Adzuki Bean, Pumpkin and Ginger Casserole
The November 2009 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:
New Wellness Packages
Clinic dates over Christmas
Christmas present to you and your loved ones
Recipe: Golden Door Omelette