On the last day of the trip we soaked up as many rays as we could before saying goodbye to Playa Chiquita.
We also had a hard time parting ways with Giovanni Moitland and the wonderful food he made for us at Tierra de Sueños. On our last morning the vegetarian chef treated us to a warm quinoa and coconut milk breakfast bowl garnished with pineapple, chia seeds, and freshly shaved coconut with papaya on the side. For dinner, he cooked up a simple dish of jasmine rice and flavorful cooked vegetables in coconut milk with fresh watermelon juice for drinking. The next time you’re in Costa Rica, be sure to check out his restaurant, Oasis, in Puerto Viejo.
When I landed back in New York, I had a number of things on my to-do list, as the retreat took me from “wellness curious” to intrigued. My first order of business was stocking my fridge and cabinets with more natural cooking and health essentials like Himalayan salt, lemons, aloe, coconuts, and following the mantra that “food is medicine.” I’ve also made a concerted effort to cut most meat and dairy out of my diet. While I’m not sure I see raw veganism or even an entirely vegetarian or vegan lifestyle in my future, I want to see how my body feels running on more natural, unprocessed, non-meat or dairy foods and using more natural items to heal and sustain my body rather than turning to the drugstore. I’ll let you know how it goes!
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