August 2016 archive

Food for the Soul!

croatia weddingHello everyone…. I have just returned from my cousins wedding on the island of Hvar in Croatia!  Over 130 family and friends from all over the globe attended for a week long celebration.  Was truly one of the best weeks of my life!  I’m half Croatian, but had never visited the country.  After a strong desire for about 20 years, I finally made it to my homeland and certainly felt at home there.

Its important not to underestimate the significance of our emotional health and the importance of feeling spiritually connected.  We are driven by our emotions, which directly affects our physical health.  Its important to regularly take time out and have a break.  I was fortunate to visit where my nana and didda grew up in Croatia…. This was food for my soul and I certainly returned to Perth feeling refreshed.

We also went to Paris as my 7 year old son Beau had wanted to go there since he was 4 years old… asking if he could have his 5th Birthday party at The Louvre!  Lol!  Beau especially wanted to see the Mona Lisa and the Notre Dame.  We were first in line for the Notre Dame climb and certainly weren’t disappointed.  Wonderful memories were shared.

It was joyful trying local cuisine whilst we were away!  Some of my favourites were calamari, tomatoes, oranges, olive oil, krostule (Croatian pastries) and also the croissants in Paris were magic!  Perth croissants don’t quite taste the same anymore.  Fortunately, they are only a special occasion/sometimes food for me.  I enjoy them when I have one, however, I don’t feel good if I eat that type of food too often.  Eating mostly locally grown organic fruit and veg in Hvar was a treat as the flavours were intense and inviting!  The cleaner I eat, the better I feel, and this is the best motivator for me to continue to eat real clean food mostly!

It can be challenging to stay on top of our exercise routines when we are travelling, depending upon the climate and destination.  I love travelling and always try to incorporate a jog with sight seeing.  Its like music for my soul!  Beau and I went for a run and bike ride in Paris to The Louvre.  Couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces.  I also went for an 8km run on my own and ended up at the Champs Elysees.  Mixed it up there with a spot of shopping and then ran back!  Multi-tasking as I like it!

I was also fortunate to go to an Xtend Barre class in Paris with Brenda.  She was an excellent instructor and I really enjoyed her class.  She did the class in English and French. Very talented lady.

In Hvar I went on some picturesque runs.  There are plenty of hills and steps there, so interval training took care of itself.  A morning run through Hvar, finished off with a dip in the Adriatic Sea was blissful.  Plenty of Vitamin D from the sun and Magnesium from the ocean for me to soak in.  Heaven!

I’m grateful to have had a trip of a lifetime.  Time out exploring new places and connecting with my heritage, together with plenty of sunshine, laughs and great company made for an epic holiday!  I came home feeling refreshed, happy, calm, clear and spiritually connected.  I encourage you when you’re on holidays to combine sight seeing with movement and exercise and enjoy trying the local cuisine!

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In Health and Happiness x