As I sit here on a rainy day in the Caribbean in a cafe, I am thinking of how to share my experience of how to holiday in a tropical location especially if you're someone who has never visited the tropics before or are going after a long time. On arrival at your destination it's a good idea to unpack your bags and set up your things as if you were at home, this will give you the comfort of being at home without actually being there. Next thing to do is to get washed and ready for the day or night ahead, try and familiarise yourself with your surroundings by talking to some of the locals or asking for information at your hotel's reception desk. Things that you can get information on include where the best places to eat are, any tours that are available and also any local attractions that are worth seeing like ruins, cultural places of significance this. doing this will give you a head start on enjoying your holiday in knowing where to go and what to expect when you get there. It is also a good idea to know these things in advance if for instance you suffer from anxiety like I do it makes a massive difference.
Being in the tropics is always going to be quite hot and humid so come prepared, don't forget to bring loads of sunscreen and toiletries. keep cool as much as possible and make sure to stay hydrated but most of all don't forget to enjoy the sights and explore, talk to people and have good fun after all it's not everyday that you get to travel to a tropical paradise so make the most of it and enjoy the time that you are blessed to spend there.
In my next post I will be covering the beautiful tropical eco travel destination that I have been so lucky to stay on and explore whilst writing this post, it truly is a gem so much so that I have been coming back here for years.
What things do you do to help you holiday in a tropical location?
With Summer finally here and with most people planning a getaway at some point this season, I thought it would be nice to put together a checklist of things that you could do in preparation for summer travels or even a staycation. Sometimes the preparation that comes with planning a getaway is half the fun and can really help to get you in the mindset of gong away and having a lovely time. Not to mention the good feeling that comes with knowing that you are thoroughly prepared and ready for your holiday.
- Write Lists; It is good practice to write a few lists in preparation for your holiday things you can include on your list are things to pack in your luggage or things that need to be done before your trip
- Have a self care session / Pamper day; Set aside a day or two when you can treat yourself to some pamper sessions in preparation for the holiday. Personal self care can be fun and a good way to unwind and relax after a long day. Things you can do are: treat yourself to a pedicure and manicure, have a long luxurious soak in the bath, haircare, moisturise and look after your skin, have a facial, listen to some relaxing chilled music that gets you in the holiday mood.
- Eat Healthy; No one wants to go on holiday and feel bloated or spotty and everyone would love to look their best on holiday. It makes sense then to eat as healthily as you possibly can in the lead up to the holiday to ensure that you are looking and feeling your best in those holiday outfits and swimwear we all love. So that means more organic whole foods and less processed fare.
- Get Organised; Planning things to wear and putting together holiday outfits can be a fun way to get ready for your getaway. It is also great for ensuring that you only pack what you really need and get rid of bulk. Getting your paperwork sorted out also gives you peace of mind that your journey will go smoothly.
- Cosy and Clean; making sure your home and your surroundings are cosy and clean, well organised and clutter free is a great way to ensure that your return is as pleasant and stress free as possible. I mean who wants to walk through the door after a long journey home to a messy and uninviting environment? that just makes things stressful and we need a continuity of calm and relaxation on our return home from what will have been a stress free getaway.
- Look Forward; Having a holiday to look forward to tends to put us at ease no matter what else is going on in our lives so indulge in those feelings and enjoy as it's good for your mental health.
What things do you like to do to prepare for a holiday / vacation?
I'm always looking for ways to whiten and brighten my smile and I have been trying a few things lately. One of the things I have tried with some success is activated charcoal, "what is activated charcoal?" you may ask, well activated charcoal is charcoal that has been oxidised which gives the surface of it more porosity. The porous nature of the activated charcoal acts as an impurity magnet attracting and adsorbing toxins, metals and chemicals. Used on teeth activated charcoal can remove stains on our teeth and is also great for freshening the breath.
Activated charcoal is relatively safe to use on teeth, it will only remove the bad impurities and stains from teeth and does not affect the tooth enamel. It has a gritty texture when using it but has no taste. One of the only cons to using activated charcoal for teeth whitening is that it can get a little messy. To use for whitening my teeth I usually just dip my wet designated toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder and proceed to brush my teeth for about 2 to 6 minutes. You can re dip the toothbrush into the powder as needed. After brushing with the activated charcoal, I rinse my mouth out and then brush my teeth with my regular toothpaste as normal to remove any remaining residue from the charcoal. I try to repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a week until the desired whiteness has been achieved.
I usually use the powder from an activated charcoal capsule although lately I have come across an innovative way to use the charcoal to brush my teeth. This is with the help of a product called Charbrush which is basically a sustainable and biodegradable toothbrush with activated charcoal bristles which makes the whole process a lot easier. This product also comes with a small tin of activated charcoal called char boost which is basically extra powder to use with the brush as needed. The Charbrush can be found here, so far I have had a positive experience using this toothbrush and my teeth are definitely thanking me!
Have you used activated charcoal to whiten your teeth?
With summer around the corner, I have been craving more smoothies and smoothie bowls. I recently purchased some frozen acai packs from my local supermarket and decided to make my first acai bowl of the season. The result was fruity, refreshing and definitely nutritious, my first acai bowl of the season was a success. It contained a variety of lovely fruits and some added nutrients from the powdered plant protein. I kept it simple and topped the acai bowl with a couple of organic fresh fruits but you can be really creative and add a variety of toppings like your choice of fresh fruits, nuts seeds and even some vegan granola. A smoothie bowl is a nice way to enjoy a smoothie as it helps you to play around with various toppings as well as keeping you full for breakfast or even lunch.
1 Frozen pack of Acai
1 Tbsp Plant protein powder
1 Cup almond milk
A handful of frozen or fresh spinach
1 inch of fresh ginger root
Wash and chop the apple, one banana and one kiwi
Add the chopped fruit, ginger, almond milk, spinach to the blender
add the frozen acai and protein powder to the mix
Blend until the mix is smooth and creamy
Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with fresh banana and kiwi fruit
Grab a spoon dig in and enjoy!
What's your favourite smoothie bowl to try now summer is round the corner?
For the past month or so I have been using the super elixir supplement and I thought that it was about time that I did a review on it. What is the super elixir exactly you might ask!, well it is a health and wellbeing supplement of alkalising greens containing about 45 natural ingredients designed to absorbed by the body at a cellular level. These ingredients are scientifically calculated and include super greens, mushrooms, digestive enzymes and Chinese herbs to name but a few. It is said that the super elixir amongst other things is good for skin nails and hair as well as being beneficial to the digestive and central nervous systems. The super elixir was developed by Elle Macpherson and her nutritional doctor Simone Laubscher and was the inspiration behind Elle's Welleco company which sells a range of health supplements.
The super elixir can be taken by adding some to water and drinking it straight like that or by adding it like I do to a smoothie which makes it taste a little bit better than it would taken by itself which may be an acquired taste for some as it has quite an earthy taste. It is completely plant based and vegan and comes in a seriously stylish refillable black glass caddy which looks good I have to say on the kitchen counter, another little incentive to get you returning to take it as it looks so pretty. In my month of taking the super elixir daily, I have noticed a marked improvement in my energy levels overall and also my skin seems to have reaped the benefits too as a couple of skin imperfections I had have now cleared up.
All in all, although the super elixir may be a little bit pricey compared to other plant proteins and super greens, I definitely think that it is worth every penny health wise as you do notice a difference after taking it for a month. The super elixir alkalising greens and other products can be purchased via the Welleco website.
Have you heard of or tried the Super Elixir?