You could be absolutely anywhere in the world, yet you feel totally disconnected from it … and boy, it’s nice! My enriching experience at The Farm begins before I arrive. Once my booking is confirmed, I receive an email asking me to complete a comprehensive health questionnaire to provide as much information as I can about my current state of health. I am also asked to advise what I would like to achieve in terms of my health and wellbeing during my stay. After I press the ‘submit’ button, I picture The Farm’s health and medical team getting to work devising my program, while I excitedly count down the sleeps until I board the plane to the Philippines and experience one of the most amazing health retreats on the planet.
Stop looking for a destination that suits everyone: families, couples, wellness warriors and the solo traveler…. Yes, it does exist… and I’ve found it! Just a short 25-minute drive south of Hua Hin (which is a great town for shopping and eating 230 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, and the oldest beach town of Thailand) there is a tiny squid-fishing village called Pranburi. And on the coastal outskirts of this village is THE DESTINATION for all.
This delicious eat-any-time dessert is simple to make, looks impressive and is actually loaded with goodness… not bad fats and sugar. Made with coconut butter, soaked cashews, dates, cacao, and berries, it’s full of good healthy fats, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and…. wait for it…. flavour! My tip is to cut into small pieces and store in the freezer. When you need a sweet-but-healthy- snack…. Viola!
The ruby liquid fills the mouth, sliding over the teeth and tongue leaving a taste sensation at the back of the palate. Warm, spicy and liquorice-sweet, or cool, smooth and wholesomely fruity. Ahhhh, wine…the universal pleasure, the great communicator, the drink for any occasion.
Breathing is an involuntary response, yet deep breathing is a technique that many of us need to learn. When you’re stressed, you only take shallow breaths in the top of your chest. This causes a build-up of carbon dioxide in your lungs, eventually leading to a change in the pH of your lungs, causing acidity and cellular damage. Breathing deeply into your lungs, using your diaphragm muscle as a set of bellows, you encourage gaseous exchange at the base of your lung lobes. This allows for oxygenation of your blood, so the iron molecule can be escorted around your body to nourish cells. Yogic breathing teaches your body to relax, to breathe deeply and to ensure adequate oxygenation, thus nourishing cells and maintaining good energy levels.