LIFESTYLE: LOVE AND LEARNINGS FROM ST.LUCIA 14


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Instead of giving you the ins and outs of all the details of our vacation, as I’m quite certain you will be snoozing, I thought I’d do more of a spontaneous recap of the days, inspiration and musings.

Two categories instantly came to mind when sitting down to write this….Love & Learnings. 

Let’s dig right in. Some are specific to the trip, others were realizations, things I want to shift, and immense gratitude for a lot of things, actually e v e r y t h i n g.

Let’s start with LOVE: 

-I loved that we stayed in a very small fishing village.There was no tourism there, no grocery store, and zero shopping. 

-We ate mostly local as they really only eat what’s in season (we bought a few imported veggies from the grocery store about 10 minutes by bus). We went for dinner one night at Mama Tilly’s – Thee place to go in Laborie, and everything she made us was 100% local, including the chicken. It was all organic, and plucked from the garden or the tree. It was very special. 

-Our mornings on our balcony – sunrises, the heat of the day hadn’t set in yet, although it was still 26 degrees C, french press organic coffee, and chats for hours…the best. 

-Reading. I’ve always loved reading, but when I was quite sick with Lyme disease it was very hard for me. Pages would go blurry, or I had to reread sentences over and over again to comprehend. I finished a big nutrition book that was over 400 pages, and started a classic novel (first for me in a long time!). My fiance had read Anna Karenina and expressed it was his favorite novel to date, so I started reading it, and I’m 300 pages deep, in the 700 pager, and I’m so happy I stepped outside my usual genre. (nutrition, business, mind / body, self-improvement, etc…) 

-All the local dogs roaming the streets, birds, roosters around every corner, and the pig you see above! 

-Not working out! I didn’t do a thing except for walk the hilly village. My body thanked me. It was wonderful. 

-The people in the village. Everyone was so incredibly friendly. Beyond kind, generous, and just wanted to make sure we were loving their little piece of the island. They were extremely proud of their home, and it showed. 

-Local grapefruits, cucumbers and bananas. I already love them all! But they were next. level. here.

-Over 2 liters of fresh raw coconut water over the week – H E A V E N I N M Y M O U T H 

-The beach, sand, ocean breeze, warm caribbean water, palm trees. The typical tropical paradise stuff, but it’s just so blissful 

-Making no plans whatsoever! We didn’t have an agenda, we weren’t rushed in the slightest. We would just wake up with no alarm (well a rooster!), the sunrise, birds chirping, go onto our balcony and would see how we were feeling. Sometimes we did something, other times we simply just read the whole morning away. It was GLORIOUS.

Now on to things I LEARNED:

– I already knew this, and I’m extremely cognizant of this, but this trip was just an excellent reminder and perspective check…we’re soooooo insanely lucky. There was quite a bit of poverty there, and well a small caribbean’s lifestyle is just so different than ours. We can get anything, at anytime, and have access to everything. Eternally grateful for everything in my life x a million.

-My love for avocados runs deep. I didn’t have them for over a week, and on our last few days, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Mad cravings and dreams! A good thing to be addicted to, right? 

-My body won’t self combust when I eat something that is totally out of my ‘lifestyle’ or contains some of my allergens. Mama Tilly cooked us the most delicious dinner one evening, made with SO much love and all local ingredients. I committed to eating every last bite, becauseI didn’t want to offend her in the slightest, this is her bread and butter, her heart and soul, and she’s worked every single day for the past 7 years to keep her family healthy and happy. It’s just her cooking food, and nourishing souls for her little town, and its visitors.

What was on the menu – local creole barbecue chicken, local green beans and carrots, a small local green salad, fried plantains, and a big helping of potato salad with either sour cream or mayo. To be honest this is never something I would choose, or even eat apart from the veggies, but do you know what? I ate every last bite (and enjoyed it), because it had so much Vitamin L (love) infused into it, and I survived 🙂 It taught me a lot about letting go in moments like this. I have to trust that my body will be okay, as I get flashbacks of the lyme disease, and having to be so regimented with my eats. This was VERY freeing, and I’m so proud of myself for doing this, as I don’t think I could / would of done these a few years ago. 

– On that same accord,  taking a week off from working out or doing anything is OK! It’s way much more than OK. I have to admit, for a few reasons, I don’t  really like to take that many days off. One because, the workouts I do aren’t that strenuous and are actually quite meditative, so it’s not like I’m pushing myself to the max everyday. Two because I’ve always just worked out. It’s a part of me. In many, many years this is the longest break I took, and my body was OK. Ha actually it was better for it. 

-My skin actually liked the humidity – I thought pimples would pop up straight after coming off the flight (as that used to be the norm)! It was +35 everyday, and my skin was spot free. This is for a few reasons. 1) the products I’m using, 2) the healing I’ve been doing, 3) some key supplements I brought with, 4) My facials which clear out all the gunk out of my skin, honestly heaven sent 5) my food intake (I still ate quite healthy on my trip). But I was still really surprised! My skin is notoriously awful in the heat and summer. It’s confirmation that what I’m doing inside and out is working!

-Dental hygiene is so important! I know this sounds silly, but I will be the first to admit that I don’t always remember to floss everyday, it’s been about five years since my last dentist visit (BAD I KNOW!) but on this trip a light switched of some sort (maybe it was all the time we had). But I made sure to brush my teeth twice a day, and for long periods (key), which I always do, but sometimes not for the length that I should be. I also flossed twice a day, and the day upon returning searched for holistic dentists in Toronto! HA! Weird learning to have on vacation, but hey, it had to happen.

I’m curious, do people go to the dentist every six months, or every year? OR am I just really bad with keeping up with my teeth, as they seem ok and I’m not having any pain, problems, etc… 

There were many more loves and learnings, but these are the ones that came to mind… Lots of thinking takes place when you have no plans, to-do’s, agenda’s or places to be!  

Thank you for continuing to read, support, share and and ride this crazy journey with me. 

I know I say this all. the. time, but it’s because I care so deeply. If there is anything you want to see, hear, read, watch videos of, never hesitate to drop me an email! I adore hearing from my readers, and community SO MUCH it’s silly. 

I’m so happy to be back, and can’t wait to share all that’s in the works for LBL. 

Have a beautiful start to your week!

love & light

Lisa 


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14 thoughts on “LIFESTYLE: LOVE AND LEARNINGS FROM ST.LUCIA

  • Clemence

    tell us more about your skin on this trip! you’re such a tease!
    products / healing / key supplements / facials / food intake!
    details, details (suffering w/skin at the moment, would love a long, rambly response!) 😉 😉

    • lisa Post author

      Awwww you read my mind 🙂 I will be doing a holiday skin post for Monday! Watch this space, and come back Monday 🙂 Everyone skin is SO different, so it truly depends on your skin + lifestyle and HORMONES (skins biggest enemy and friend at the same time!). I’m so sorry you’re dealing with skin woes… I know all. too. well how it feels! Sending love Clemence xx L

  • Tajna

    Beautiful pictures Lisa ! I’m in love with that piggy, hopefully it won’t become a roast or bacon in the future. I know exactly what you mean ( well, kind of ) in terms of eating food created and prepared with LOVE. I’ll be in Croatia this summer and for sure my family and friends there will be preparing a lot of delicious food for us. They are so hospitable and welcoming that you tend to feel bad turning down the beautiful food and wine they have made . So I’ll be working on eating s l o w l y because if you eat fast they fill your plate up right away and your stomach gets bogged down by so much LOVE food. Haha. I’m looking forward to the jagode ( strawberries ), tresnje (cherries) , smokve (figs) and ribe (fish) the most.

    How was that nutrition book ? I just bought Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe a few weeks ago and recommend it save for all the meat, chicken and dairy recipes.

    Have a lovely day ! 🙂

    • lisa Post author

      Thank You Tajna! Unfortunately the next day, he was 🙁 🙁 we saw it go down. Sad, but it’s a part of their culture + lifestyle on the island. At least they are not farm raised, treated horribly, etc….

      Yes, you’re right! It’s all about love and enjoyment. You will find your own personal balance and mindfulness with it!!!

      It was really good, but was very focused on meat, so if it’s not your thing, than I wouldn’t suggest it. BUT it’s super informative and backed my TONS of research. It’s all about ancestry, epigenetics, genes, etc… I loved it!!!

      Oh yes, I want to grab that book too! I would love to write a book like that 🙂 One day!

      Thank you, you too! Big Love! xx L

  • Ann

    Thank you so much for sharing that, Lisa! The life you have created since your Lyme’s disease is so inspiring. And your happiness is inspiring. And the fact that you are so caring towards other people.
    You’re right.. we’re so lucky in the western world… I forget that sometimes.. that even though things seem shitty, we’re still so fortunate and have access to so many things.
    Trust you had a great time!!
    I look forward to what’s ahead for you!
    Kind regards,
    Ann

    • lisa Post author

      Thank you so much Ann!!!! Your comment was so kind. Exactly, it’s very easy to get caught up in our own heads + bubble. AND that’s ok too, we’re only human and we do have our own realities and life ! But I think perspective and gratitude are one of life’s great tools + gifts. Thanks again for all your support. Big Love XO L

    • lisa Post author

      Hi David! I really enjoyed the book! It was a lot of research + points I haven’t read before. It was refreshing! Although I don’t believe in 1000% of everything she says, as I’m not a massive meat eater, and I’m allergic to dairy and eggs. That being said, I have started to incorporate some of the things she mentions. I would for sure recommend it. Yes, I have both of those books 🙂 They are great staples, especially, Staying Healthy, it’s a massive book, and is so good for referencing! You can’t go wrong with all three of 3 books. Thanks so much for stopping by! Lisa xx