Nourishing, simple, vegan cooking skills and knowledge is so important at times like this, giving our bodies and minds the good fuel and flavours they need to be healthy.
All of our plans and work for the year are cancelled, which feels both expansive and daunting, sometimes at the same time. We’re sitting, chilling and breathing it all in at the minute. Seeing what arises and getting prepared for a lengthy spell of uncertainty and big changes in the way we live. Most of all, we’re staying at home!
We were moving to Spain a month ago and were in the final stages of buying a olive/ fruit farm in rural Spain. A little slice of paradise, tucked away in the mountains of Murcia, where we could grow Mediterranean crops and make our own olive oil and wine. I would be cooking homegrown in an outside kitchen and it even had it’s own spring. We were over the moon to have found such a place, but it turned out that this idea was affected by Brexit and then, BOOM, Coronavirus lands and the rest of our year is turned upside down, shaken, then plonked back down looking bewildered, exasperated and a little afraid. I’m sure you know the feeling.
We know that what is to come will be tough, for us all in a variety of ways, each of us will experience uncertainty, loss and fear in one way or another. We realised we are in a very privileged position and feel deeply for those who are suffering globally from health issues, themselves or within families, friends and communities. The poorest in the world are the first and worst to suffer. Also, those who have pressing financial worries and are trying to run businesses and have uncertain work futures. We especially feel and offer fortitude and support to healthcare and charity workers, as well as other essential, frontline workers. Keeping the systems going that support our societies and our most vulnerable. We hope you are well protected, healthy and rewarded for your bravery and incredible efforts.
Compassion, community and kindness will get us through.
Big shout to our local organic farm superheroes, Tyddyn Teg, who will be supplying ourselves and the local community with organic veg throughout the year. Re-focusing on local produce and small businesses, growing our own food, simplifying and living a more sustainable life is more relevant now than ever. If you have the means, distributing and investing money locally and to small businesses is so important.
We are well!
Jane and I are well.
I am sure many of you are being creative and flexible in the way you’re looking at the future. How can we adapt, stay safe and earn a living in these times? We shall see, but good energy and positivity will go a long way.
It would be awesome to communicate and we invite you to be part of our positive on-line communities:
Our Faceboook vegan cooking group is here
Let’s eat well! Share good vibes and tasty treats! Develop grounding rituals and healthy habits. We hope the BHK is somewhere you can escape to for a while, topping up on happiness and inspiring recipes.
Take good care
At this time, we feel it’s essential that we focus on self-care. Understanding how we can find balance, peace and good health in our lives. We ever wish to take you on that journey in a holistic way, feeling that good health isn’t just good eating, but good movement, good breath, good mentality, good connections with nature and others, good vibes from the heart and lots of love and positive energy.
Self-care beginning with the heart, opening up to love. We feel that having clarity and peace of mind will help us make good decisions, for us and those around us.The world may seem to be spinning out of control but nature tells us otherwise. Beautiful weather and the sights and smells of early Spring are in the air.
Good health does not need to be complicated, and even with extended self-isolation and uncertainty, we can still find peace. Good health does not need to cost anything, we have our mind and bodies, these are the only tools necessary to unlock vitality and wellness. With regular practice, discipline and good intentions, the techniques below can transform our lives!
We can exercise well in a small space. Check out our friends Complete Unity Yoga and their guide to starting a yoga practice at home:
Find Peace and Calm – Yoga at home
We also love these yoga sequences
Also, here are some relaxing and empowering breathing techniques with that dude, Mr Wim. Boost your immune system and find peace:
Life Changing Breathing techniques
Meditation is an excellent practice to calm the mind and boost the immune system. Jane’s favourite is Tara Brach:
Breathe in, smile. A beautiful meditation here
Fermentation is a delicious way of preparing and preserving food, as well as boosting our health and immune system in general. We have fermenting recipes here and our favourite fermentation website is Nourished by Nature:
Fermenting Foods – Immune system support and health
You’ll find most of our recipes, except the most recent, right here. Plenty to choose from:
Simple, healthy vegan recipes from the BHK
We can also put you in touch with excellent therapists and healers; herbal, homeopathic, nutritionists and much more.
We don’t have one! Things are changing too quickly at the minute. We’re getting prepared and trying to be as proactive as we can. Staying at home and educating ourselves about the situation at hand. We’ll be regularly turning our thoughts inwards and reflecting, adapting, finding balance, allowing creativity to flow and embracing what we have and the opportunities presented. Staying alert and aware, asking questions. Taking regular breaks from phones, social media, news and the like. Going outside, spending time in nature.
We’re focusing, as I’m sure you are, on our local situation, supporting family, friends and the local community. What we can control, we try our best in, what we cannot, we are aware of, but let go.
So, how are you feeling?
Can we help and support you at this time?
What kind of foodie things would you like to see us doing?
We light a candle for peace after sunset each evening and you’ll all be in our thoughts and prayers. This BHK community means a lot to us and you’ve all contributed in making our lives a brighter and more fulfilling place to be. Thank you.
Wishing you all good health, safety and fortitude!
Another storm is here, but they always pass.
Peace and Love,
Lee and JaneX
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Hi guys, what a lovely email and such positive vibes coming from it, thank you.I’m sorry your Spainish plans hit the rocks…something new will come along.Best wishes Alison Leicester Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.