One of my first posts ever was about the amazing magical healing properties of lemons.
Hot water with lemon has been a part of my life for the past 8 years now, and I honestly don’t think I’ve missed more than 3 days without it.
It is a daily reset, a cleansing act that creates optimum digestion and gut health.
Part of my morning ritual entails waking up, tongue scraping, brushing my teeth, neti pot nasal rinse and then hot water with lemon before breakfast - until now.
My favorite cities that I had visited up until this past February were London and Barcelona, until I went to Lisbon.
Lisbon is the most beautiful, clean, friendly city I have experienced! The hills, the palm trees, the architecture, the cobble stone streets, electric railway systems, castles, old world culture, Fado music, bread, cheese, wine, gingha - oh my, the list could go on, are just some of the things I marveled at.
Happy Summer Solstice upon us! It's so nice to finally be seeing life again here on Cape Cod. As with the Vata (winter) to Kapha (spring) seasons of Ayurveda, where we naturally moved from heavy, heartier foods to lighter, more astringent foods to help us detox from the weight of winter, we now move from Kapha to Pitta (summer) season.
Smoothies are a great way to do that.
Do you get your 'daily dose of dense nutrition' in each day? When I was vegan/macro, I used to be in the kitchen all day cooking up grains, greens and beans, but now that I've found a 'balanced diet' that works for me, I don't want to be in the kitchen all day anymore! Who does?
I can't believe what one month away in a different country can do for the soul! Talk about feeling recharged!
It's one thing to take a 2 or 3 week vacation, but it's another when you're setting up your new home in a different world for a full month! It takes awhile to de-program your natural ways of being, and soften into the sweet spot of feeling fully recharged.
I'm so grateful to have had that experience, and want to share with you the main reasons why.
If you don't know yet, we bought an old farmhouse in the Azores! To think about setting up our home from another country is kind of overwhelming, but Rome wasn't built over night, as the saying goes, so it's just one step at a time, right?
We're here getting our bearings for a month to see what we need, and where we can get it. I have a running list going of things that come up as we need it, and one of them is a first aid kit.
I'm so excited to report that my hair has actually been looking good this time around in the Azores!
In the past few visits, my hair looked like it did when I was at my worst in 8th grade! Ahh!! Talk about a frizz halo! It was so discouraging.
The winter here in the Azores is their rainy season, and so being here my hair is basically in a constant state of that 'misty shower air' that I am always so careful to cover up with a shower cap in!
So, you can guess my cringe factor knowing I don't have control over my hair here - until now!
It's not easy sticking to my self care rituals and routines when traveling.
But that's what vacation is about, right?
When I was super rigid in my vegan days, I didn't enjoy Paris, Barcelona and London the way I would now. Granted, those cities did cater to vegans, surprisingly, I just had to seek it out / do more planning.
I set out to do a 3 day cleanse and quit after 2 days. Do you believe it?! Why did I quit when I was more than half way through?
I dieted for years.
I was always trying the latest and greatest diets throughout my college years - Atkins, South Beach, The Zone to name a few to try and keep my overindulgences in check.
I learned a lot with those diets, but it wasn't until I started to learn about eating clean and organic that things started to really shift.