As you might have guessed from the number of blog posts that are already piled up here about Bali, I absolutely love it. A LOT. And for many reasons. The one I’ll be discussing today is Jamu, this traditional Indonesian medicinal drink that looks a bit like mango juice and that you might have seen popping up on several warung menus or in baskets on the head of the Jamu Gendong, these women roaming the streets selling their precious potions to the locals every morning. So what the hell is Jamu?
If you’re a traveller, now is a hard time for you. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know the coronavirus travel Europe situation is dire, and anywhere else is pretty much out of the picture. Even travelling domestically is a challenge. If you have plans, you may wonder if you should stick to them, postpone them, or what? Let’s talk about travelling and COVID-19.
Unnecessary Trips are Just That: Unnecessary
This is probably not something you want to hear, but right now, trips that are unnecessary should remain just that. Unless you have to do due to business or personal reasons, travelling and COVID-19 aren’t such a great pairing, so it’s best that you stay home whenever possible.
With breakfast almost synonymous to bacon and eggs, it can be difficult to come up with ideas for the most important meal of the day that is completely vegan-friendly.
Fortunately, with some creativity, you can actually whip up some delicious and nutritious breakfast combos that will suit your lifestyle. Going vegan recently gained popularity for a number of good reasons. For instance, an article by BBC Future highlighted that people who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and hemorrhagic stroke. Here are some breakfast ideas that can surely start your day the healthy way. And here’s a bonus recipe for an amazing vegan bagel sandwich recipe!
I fell in love with being in a German spa nude at vabali spa berlin. I know some of my German friends would roll their eyes at me for saying that Germans love themselves a bit of mixed gender nudity. Ahh yes, the nude sauna Germany topic, here we go. But upon visiting vabali, I think they totally do. If you’re not familiar with the Freikörperkultur, of FKK (free body culture), chances are you will after spending some time in Germany. At the very least, you will have heard of a nude spa Germany one way or another. And while some would simplify that the FKK movement was born as a form of resistance against the East German regime, nudism in Germany has its roots way further in history. After doing a little research, what stuck with me most is the use of nudity historically as a way for people to free themselves from the religious restriction that has taught people to be ashamed of their body, and from the industrial society. Without clothes, no-one is a factory slave, everyone is equal.
Screw men. Lolol, not really, but just a tiny bit, still. This 2020, all I want is to gather with soul sisters and practice mindfulness away from men in a women’s retreat where I can let my hair down and my inner Wild Woman run free. There’s something extremely empowering and magical with letting your barriers down with other women in a safe space and explore your true potential. Naturally, the most fitting place to do this is in the safe confine of a women’s retreat. So today I wanted to present to you the best women’s retreats in time for 2020.
“Look at all the healthy food Berlin has!” Said no one ever.
I realise that what I’ve been putting here about Berlin, and not only but also including the vegan scene, has been totally hedonistic. Vegan burgers, all the fast food, clubbing naked and plain just getting naked. I’ve done a pretty decent job in my now four years in Berlin, I’d say. But Berlin is not just that, I promise you. The elusive healthy food Berlin does exist. If you dig deep enough, the Berlin healthy food scene is thriving. To whom knows where to look, Berlin is a mecca for all things health-minded, with yoga studios, green and healthy restaurants, temples, parks and amazing fitness options. All the decadent stuff I’ve written about is what got me excited when I arrived. What I’m telling you today is what is making me stick around.
Gone plant-based? Wondering what the best supplements for vegetarians and vegans are? Raise your hand if your new year resolutions revolve around health. It’s always the case for me. Eating healthy is a great place to start, but going on a plant-based diet is an even better idea. If you haven’t already, read my Veganuary tips to get some guidance on how to make a smooth transition into the plant-based world. On top of that, supplements for vegetarians and vegans are a nice addition to an already healthy lifestyle.
The (vegan) cavewoman in me always worries about starvation. She never wanted to do a juice cleanse ever. But again she also never wanted to meditate in silence. She worries there will not be enough food and never leaves home without a gazillion snacks. As a health-minded person though, doing a juice cleanse has always been on my radar, but thanks to the aforementioned, I’ve always been a little wary of them. But still, I decided to give a juice detox a try anyway and journal my juicing experience as a very important last paper before I die a slow and starving death. Here goes nothing.
I’ve been a big fan of the health benefits of CBD products for over a year now. With a combination of meditation, yoga plus CBD oil, I’ve tamed my anxiety, regulated my sleeping pattern, and got through some pretty nerve-wracking life changes (and a surgery) these past few months. CBD is certainly making the rounds as a buzzword amongst the health crowd at the moment – CBD vape oil, CBD isolate, CBD cream, CBD balm, CBD oil vape pen, you name it, it exists. Heck, my local pharmacy even has some CBD-infused chocolate bars and lip balms by the checkout. But whether those actually have some high CBD strains with any real health properties or this is just businesses surfing CBD’s explosive popularity, who knows. Even skittish house pets seem to benefit from the CBD juice. Do you use it too?
The island of the Gods.
A feast of colours, culture, beauty and devout faith.
With such beauty all around such as the Jatiluwih rice terraces, it’s no wonder Bali boasts such a rich tradition of beauty and spa rituals whose names alone evoke the most exotic and luscious of pampering experiences: boreh, lurlur, temu-temu, avocado cream bath, spice bath – I could just picture myself in one of Ubud’s secret gardens being scrubbed and massaged with rare oils and exotic spices while watching traditional Bali dance.