Beautiful Bali Beginnings

Where did this journey begin? It’s hard to pick an exact time, but if I had too, banana against my head, I’d probably say things started to change around about the time I was in Bali.I spent the week with my best friend, a vegan girl named Helena. 
Now I know what you’re thinking… vegan? Yeah I was worried too. But as fortune would have it, Bali is the perfect place for any vegetarians or vegans because it’s brimming with fresh organic delicious local produce - particularly Ubud. I’m talking vegetarian food so good it will make you tear up a little.  
We learnt about Balinese food too. We took a vegan cooking class, learning all about the auyvedic properties the Balinese people know about food. 
You see to the Balinese, food is medicine. Food is what heals. That’s what auyvedic medicine is, its knowing what foods to eat to heal specific aliments, and more excitingly what food to eat to help you burn fat and become more beautiful (but more on that later!)
What happened post Bali was a slow infusion of the concepts we learnt while in Bali, and it’s what we'd like to share with you via this blog.We offer you a space to bear witness to this journey. A place free of labels and free of judgement. Our own auyvedic space where we can nourish our mind, bodies and spirits. We’d love for us to share this experience of new discoveries and weight loss together. Will you come with us now on this journey?
Helena here! I’ll follow on from Jess’s Bali experience and delve into myself in the ‘about’ section.
Something clicked for me in Bali too. It’s kinda crazy that it did. Going to Bali was a bit of a last minute trip for us both. Everyone who comes back from Bali has barely any words to explain it: ‘Bali’s just… ahhh…amazing’ ‘Yoga! Everyday!’ ‘So relaxing’ Generally I had high expectations – yoga, great vegan places and generally awesome. We went to yoga once – it was great and hard and hot and long but great. The Balinese people are beautiful and their attitude in combination with their food culture created and unforgettable experience. Needless to say, Bali’s most lasting impact on me was the the food. I had no restrictions when it came to eating. I could walk into any place (essentially) and get vegan food. Luckily Jess was open and easy to steer towards vegan places! They were divine! Fresh beautiful wholesome food!
Being aware of ‘how awesome' Bali was going to be, I kept on waiting to see when the Bali magic would hit me. In the moment, like most travel experiences, it’s all an adventure, an experience. It was practically on our last day, and the days that followed back in Melbourne, where I truly felt and understood the respect and connection that Balinese people have to their food. I loved hearing about the ayurvedic properties of food from the Balinese perspective (principles I was aware of in theory before but not in practice) – their constant consumption of turmeric, ginger and chilli kept their stomachs in balance. They practiced a proactive health scheme. They were proactive in their health - by eating fresh vegetables regularly - rather than reactive - waiting till they get sick to do something about their health.

Balinese culture towards food bled into their respect and love for their society, village and family. Generally, the Balinese live in family units and in the same villages for decades (we stayed on a compound that they family had lived on for 150years!) Traditionally, women cook the daily meals - be it the wife, the mother - women cook. Their families are so grateful for her contributions that even if the foods too spicy, too salty or not seasoned enough – they will thank their mothers/wives for their meals because they know and respect the effort they’ve put into taking care of their family and that theres also so much other work for her to achieve throughout the day. Usually there’s one meal prepared in the morning that is eaten through the day. Whatever can be found in the garden! I love this style of cooking – it promotes ‘zero waste’ and allows for what’s in season to be eaten. The Balinese also store certain foods for the winters, knowing that crops won’t be available all year round. The Balinese primarily eat vegan/vegetarian and only eat meat on holy days. In Balinese tradition only men cook on holy days and on these days they cook and eat meat.  All the young children look forward to holy days to eat the ‘special food’ - meat!  When they cook it’s a ruckus! Loud and laughing! But when they eat – they eat in complete silence.

What can we take out of this?
  • Eat for your health, prevent future illness whenever possible
  • Be grateful for the people around you, who care for you and put love into the food they provide you
  • Eat everything you have, waste nothing
  • If you eat meat, appreciate it for the life it once had

Love Helena & Jess

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