Subsidize to Supersize

I've had multiple conversations over the last few weeks surrounding the topic of agricultural food subsidies- once during a group dinner with a few friends who were on a vegan documentary watching kick and another time as a friend was presenting her business idea for a social enterprise meant to improve the nutritional education and overall health of a particular community.  It's an important topic that few people know enough about and so one friend involved in said conversations asked me to write a blog post about it!

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Eat for Your Health: Recipes from my Bulgarian Yoga Retreat

Last month I had the pleasure of going on the most rejuvenating weekend yoga retreat at the Bakyovo Retreat Center outside of Sofia, Bulgaria.  The weekend was filled with good company, self-reflection, healthy movement (ashtanga and yin yoga and hiking), meditation, laughter, relaxation and nourishing food.  It was the perfect addition to my month of rejuvenation in Bulgaria. Fortunately Albina, the chef at Bakyovo Retreat Center was kind enough to share some of her delicious recipes from the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Can My Voracious Appetite Survive a 3-Day Juice Cleanse?

Last week I committed to a three day juice cleanse with 4 other people from my Remote Year crew. Though I'm a somewhat regular green juice drinker, I NEVER forgo chewing.  I did a 5-day juice cleanse a few years ago, but many of the juices were filled with chia seeds and I was allowed to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I wanted.  I felt great. This is the first time I committed to 3 days of no chewing.  So yeah, not really the same thing. 

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Morning Meditation and Nude Mineral Bathing

My first week in Sofia I went on a Remote Year organized event and had no idea what I was in for!  About 15 people that signed up for the event met in a parking lot outside Vasil Levski stadium at 7:30 AM.  We drove about 30 minutes outside of Sofia to get to our destination: Pancharevo Lake.  Our adventure began with a 30-minute silent meditation hike that took us to a viewpoint with stunning views of the lake and the city of Sofia. The hike was a beautiful and energizing way to start the morning and was a great accompaniment to my fledgling meditation practice this month.  After taking in the view at the top, we hiked down to the lake and our guide presented us with our next challenge (as if walking in silence wasn't enough for us):  it was time to refresh ourselves in the natural hot mineral springs.  Nude.  As the Bulgarians do.  

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Reiki in the Energy

My health coaching and nurse practitioner philosophy is one of holism.  I recognize the importance of the mind-body connection and the role of spirituality in bridging the gap between the two.  Yet, despite encouraging patients and clients to find strength in their spirituality, I've done very little (aside from an occasional half-ass attempt at meditation) to adopt my own spiritual practice.  I have a science-oriented, practical brain and I believe in evidence-based practices.  Not to say there isn't an evidence base for certain spiritual or mind-body therapies (meditation holds a significant body of reliable evidence in it's corner), but I remained somewhat a skeptic.  

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