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Healthy Eating with Adventure Yogi

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I love eating meat but no meat doesn’t have to mean no fun. I discovered this during a recent Adventure Yogi Wellbeing Yogi yoga retreat in East Sussex. Enjoying healthy, delicious vegetarian food is an integral part of the Wellbeing Yogi yoga retreats. The food served is gently detoxing, 100% vegetarian, made without sugar, and low in wheat and gluten. The Vitality Chefs on the retreat use fresh, local and seasonal produce, ensuring every meal is as nourishing as possible because you are what you eat!

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During my retreat, the chef was the deliciously talented Tatu Bearcroft, who is both a cooking extraordinaire and nutritional therapist at the same time. Following years of traveling and cultural immersion, Tatu has created a style of cooking that takes from all her culinary exposures and has come out colourful, flavourful and, surprisingly, rather ‘uncooked’ for a chef, with raw food featuring heavily in her repertoire. Conscious of the nutritional qualities of each and every ingredient, she combines foods that are specific to healing as well as full of texture, temperature and taste. Tatu has worked with Adventure Yogi since 2011 and specialises in both North African fusion and Oriental fusion style food. She loves to cook lots of different plates so that the flavours can be mixed and matched to each palate. Check out Tatu’s Warming spicy red lentil and cashew nut curry recipe on the Adventure Yogi blog.

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Some of my favourite dishes on the retreat included:

  • Creamed spinach with coconut and onion
  • Sweet potato and courgette omelette
  • Sweetcorn, coconut with leek, coriander and lemon Soup (with Asian spices)
  • Kale with al dente quinoa
  • Aubergine, courgette and potato bake
  • Sweet potato omelette with cabbage and onion
  • Banana and coconut porridge with pumpkin seeds and poppy seeds
  • Sweet potato and beetroot with basil Soup with spinach
  • Courgette mint poppy seeds and feta
  • Cardamom semolina, with sultana and banana

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I was incredibly impressed with the diversity, flavour and creativity of the food on the retreat. After a long weekend of healthy eating, I felt so much better and was inspired to eat more vegetables in London. In fact, I was so impressed that I shall be joining the global Meatless Monday Movement with pride. Going vegetarian (or even partially vegetarian) brings about benefits for both your health and the environment. By going meatless one day a week, you can reduce your risk of preventable conditions such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. You can also reduce your carbon footprint and the negative impact that a high animal protein diet has on the environment.

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The bottom line is that there’s simply no limit to what the Adventure Yogi chefs can do with vegetables – every dish is so fresh and wholesome, and the food on the retreat is clearly just as important as the yoga.

Upcoming Wellbeing Yogi yoga retreats include:
– December 5th – 7th | East Sussex-Stonegate with Carolina Smilas and Eloise Minton
– January 30th – February 1st | Oxfordshire
– February 13th – 15th | Oxfordshire
– February 20th – 22nd | Somerset
– April 3rd – 8th (Easter weekend) | Oxfordshire

Finally, check out the Adventure Yogi website and Twitter page for information on all of the other yoga holidays (BeachYogi ~ SnowYogi ~ DiveYogi ~ AlpineYogi ~ SurfYogi) and retreats on offer (DetoxYogi ~ ActiveYogi ~ AyurvedicYogi ~ NewYearYogi ~ AdvancedYogi).

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2 comments on “Healthy Eating with Adventure Yogi

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  2. maisycutes
    June 3, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic post – I feel really inspired to continue to be creative with my cooking! Like you say, there is no end to what can be done with vegetables. I became a vegetarian at the beginning of my Yoga journey when I was taught that fresh, wholesome vegetarian food increases the prana in the body and creates a lighter and harmonious state of being. What is termed Satvic food in Ayurveda is so conducive to a deeper and more beneficial yoga and meditation practice. Dr. David Frawley’s book “Ayurveda and the Mind” goes into this in detail.

    I am Chinese and was brought up on a typical Cantonese diet which included meat or fish every day, but have hardly missed these foods since I became a vegetarian 13 years ago. There were a few times when my tastebuds craved meat and I just ate it. I noticed that this affected the quality of my meditation: there was a dulling effect and my experience was not the usual lightness, stillness and serenity.

    Like you say, going vegetarian has massive environmental benefits as well as for health… and for Yoga it has been an amazing complement to my practice. Plus I love all animals too much to want to cause any suffering to them and deep down this does not sit right in my soul.

    This is a helpful article on yoga and vegetarianism.
    http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-and-food/Going-vegetarian

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