Being Present (in this time of presents)

So at the start of December I posted a Instagram about how I thought that Christmas is the month of greed and gluttony…harsh words maybe, the ‘Grinch’ in me coming out, however I do find this season all a bit over the top, and quite frankly sometimes revolting.

I think we have lost touch with the essence of the season, a time for giving and sharing goodwill amongst all men. Instead, like Halloween before it, we have fallen under the trap of over consumerism and retail excess.

So, it would be great if you could take a minute before you buy another present, to think about what the giving of presents represents to you. How about you BECOME more present? How about we get back to the tradition of spending time with loved ones not just for Christmas but ALL YEAR round? How about you think about the impact all that packaging of those unnessecary presents will make on the environment? Give some of the food you will all over eat on Christmas Day to a food bank? Just a few suggestions for you to think about….

During a meditation and yoga practice you become more aware of how contentment and peace are found WITHIN you and not via external gifts, so do you really NEED more than one gift? Do you even need one? This year, I’m hoping that my present is that my whole family (and friends) are healthy and mentally happy – for a very long time. No virtual present required.
I’ll take time to BE PRESENT for all of them should they need me.

Isn’t it time we all reassessed our approach to this time of year and quit with the conspicuous consumption and revelry?
Don’t even get me started on the greed and gluttony point…eating your own body weight in mince pies is not cool people! I shall be over indulging in a delicious booze filled weekend with friends this weekend, not because it’s Christmas, but because I love hanging out with friends who are like family. Because, after all my wonderful travels I felt like it was time to BE PRESENT here with them and my family for a while.

I challenge you all to take some time on December 25th to stop and be grateful for everything you already have in your life. Spend a few moments just to become aware of the present moment. Observe the breath, the inhale and exhale and just BE PRESENT.

Slow down! Why we should start ‘slow living’

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Ever feel like there isn’t enough time in the day? Feel rushed all the time? Trying to juggle job, fitness, socialising, chores, and feeling overwhelmed?

But why? Why do we get these feelings of being overwhelmed, or anxious that you’re not doing enough, or you are happily doing one thing and then you get the dreaded FOMO?!

These days we simply feel pressured into it. We feel we should be multi-tasking superheros and documenting our perfect lives on social media whilst we do it….

So I’m making time in my life to SLOW DOWN

To stop and enjoy the simple things, like having a cuppa and reading my book, putting down my phone and actually WATCHING that TV programme. Saying NO to things, being present in each moment without worrying about what’s coming next.

It’s simple to write, but actually for a phone addict like myself it’s a lot harder than it seems to put into practice….because…well FOMO again!

How many of us doing at least three things at the same time? I can vouch for that I will be eating, ‘watching’ the TV, and checking emails/facebook/whatsapp all at the same time, so neither am I tasting my food, or absorbing what I’m watching or being present in thats whatsapp chat group…

It’s time to slow down and focus on one thing at a time. It’s probably time to give ourselves a break from being online and contactable 24/7 and just enjoy life, as it is, plain and simple.

I googled the term before writing this post and found a good description of it on wiki;

‘People every day are constantly living at a fast pace which is making them feel like their lives are chaotic but with slow living they end up taking a step back and start enjoying life being conscious of sensory profusion’

So, put down your phone/ipad/laptop (after you’ve read this post of course!!!) and spend some time doing something you love, read a book with a cuppa, go for a walk, listen to your favourite album…and that’s it! Don’t do anything else whilst doing those things, just enjoy the singular activity of doing them.

Give yourself an internet curfew – I thoroughly recommend downing tools by 9pm latest just to have a decent night’s sleep, and I also have found the ‘do not disturb’ button on my phone essential for a good night’s sleep. But how about a day/night with NO digital devices at all?

Spend more time WITH people that you love rather than messaging them.

Give yourself at least an hour off of all things by attending a YOGA class (yep, you knew that one was coming!!) – and of course, the ultimate in slow living, spend a little time each day meditating, trying to clear the mental clutter (tips on meditation for beginners here)

Let me know how your slow living is going by commenting here
Peace out!

Let’s talk about food

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It’s quite possibly my favourite subject after yoga!

I have always loved food, even in the days when I believed it to be the enemy (oh dance training how you scarred me!) but now more than ever I find I am super interested in what I use as fuel for my body, especially as I want this body to last a long time!

Maybe it comes with age, this desire to respect my body, or maybe it’s because I’m in the business of health and fitness? Whatever way you look at it, food is a necessity of life, and like in life itself we have choices….we can choose to celebrate life by giving our body the best nutrition we can, or we can abuse it by poisoning it with bad food choices.

I’d like to make a caveat here – I’m not trying to turn you all vegetarian, or make out like I don’t ever ‘poison’ my body, I’m just laying out what I find works for me to have a healthy body and leaves me feeling positive about my food choices. And if you’ve clicked to read this post I’m guessing that’s what you want too.

So – my top tips for staying healthy:

SUGAR IS THE DEVIL
No joke. That stuff literally breeds disease, it’s highly addictive and is responsible for most modern-day chronic illnesses. FACT.
Of course, sometimes it’s nice to have a dance with the devil, and I would do this with alcohol, it’s the only refined sugar I let into my body these days, unless someone has managed to talk me into a cruffin of course!
Don’t think of sugar as an ingredient that will make you ‘fat’ it’s way more serious than that…it can cause anxiety, depression, stress and of course can be linked with most chronic illnesses. Of course practice everything in moderation, it’s difficult to cut it out completely, but where possible stick to natural sources like fruit and the odd alcoholic beverage now and again!

CARBS ARE NOT THE DEVIL
And in fact we need them, especially if you are cutting out refined sugars, you will need to find an alternative carb (energy) source – from things like starchy and high fibre foods -whole grains, rice, potatoes, vegetables and pulses.
I was thinking about carbs the other day and how I have reintroduced pasta into my diet…and I’ve not suddenly bloated, or put on weight. When I was a student and I LIVED off tuna, tomato pasta and never a wheat or gluten bloat thought entered my head. So get back on the carb bus….it’s fine, you will be fine!

VEGETABLES ARE KING
Eat them in abundance – plant-based protein ROCKS. Colourful vegetable dishes look so.damn.pretty. (read instagrammable)
As previously stated, I’m not telling you to become veggie, but do EAT YOUR VEG, make it the star of your dish, get creative with how you eat them, blend, roast, griddle, saute them, there are countless ways, just EAT THEM!!!!

PREPARATION IS KEY
Organising a whole week of meals can be intimidating, and quite frankly, boring – who knows on a Monday what they want to eat on Friday? but bulk cooking is your friend…making larger quantities of meals and freezing or refrigerating will save you time and stop you falling into the takeaway rabbit hole…I’ve always got a couple of soups and curries/dhals in my freezer for those CBA moments. And humous. I seriously think my life could fall apart if i don’t have a tub of humous in the fridge – arguably the best healthy snack known to man!

Of course the main points to get across are to eat fresh, unprocessed food MOST of the time and don’t let food become an enemy, never label things ‘bad’ (except sugar, sugar is bad to the bone).
From time to time have a little of what you fancy – although be warned you might just start to ‘fancy’ kale!

To be happy and healthy, IT’s THAT SIMPLE ūüôā

I’m no chef but I reckon I’m a decent home cook/veg manipulator so from time to time I’ll be adding some recipe ideas to the blog….

8 Step Guide to Stop Your Self Loathing

So I got this comment on my blog after my last post ‘Asteya’ and it really upset me – one of the reasons it hit me hard was that I could TOTALLY relate to what the reader was saying, and I know that many others of you also do, or know someone who, feels this way…

The reader wrote:

‘I love your analysis, I am stealing all the time and need to stop, I have stolen my own joy, by constantly being unhappy with who I am, my own vanity on how I look, how much I weigh, how I am ageing and then constantly comparing myself to others, on the mat I feel stressed because I worry if I don‚Äôt do the practice right, if someone else is doing it better and I have finally stopped going to practice, now am sabotaging myself because I have lost my form, am putting on weight and feel lost. How do you break the cycle, feel totally aligned with oneself and stop stealing joy and peace from your own self?’

Firstly, I would say the only way to START to stop this cycle is to literally stop – try stop thinking this way, get back on the mat and just show up, everyday. Remember you are the ruler of your own brain, you are not your thoughts and YOU are the only one who can control them.

About me¬†– I grew up in an industry that was purely based on looks first – talent second. At dance college I went through needless dieting to have the ultimate dancers body…when in reality I was a UK size 8….and it stuck with me for many years. Finally I found myself in a happy relationship, travelling the world and feeling content, and like a lot of people who think they have found someone who will love you exactly as you are, who loves you for you and not your appearance, I put on weight. Then began the ‘loathing years’, rather that actually grab the bull by the horns and do something about it, and I mean really¬†do something about it, like stop drinking/eating so much and find an exercise routine that you will stick too, I went down the path of self-pity and comparison. Looking back now I must have enjoyed feeling shit about myself as I managed to waste a lot of valuable time obsessing over how shit I looked….anyway, for me, my saviour was Yoga, slowly, slowly I began to rejoice in the things my body COULD do, and how it felt and of course the effects of this soon start to filter into your mental health.

I got so immersed in how GOOD yoga made me feel that I took the teacher training and left my job as a Dance Lecturer to pursue a life of a travelling yogi (meaning no fixed abode, travelling and teaching around the world)  A few years on and I have made a much more spiritual connection, started in earnest a meditation practice and get on my mat daily to practice Ashtanga Yoga. Through this practice I have changed the way I eat, and even though I am still at war with myself somedays I have learnt how to manage it, I have a much more positive outlook on it and am much much better at accepting myself for who I am, right now in this moment.

It wasn’t, and isn’t, as easy as writing this post. Somedays I look in the mirror and feel disgusted, somedays I just feel ‘meh’ and somedays I don’t look in the mirror at all and just go on how I feel. And somedays I look in the mirror and think – ‘I am not my physical body’

So, as I resonate with this, and have first hand experience of this and have, and am STILL working on this, here is my ‘8 Step Guide to’ helping you get out of the cycle…

  1. Stop comparing yourself. Time and time again I come across this, but stop this behaviour RIGHT NOW!!!! comparison is the thief of joy….FACT.
  2. Unfollow ALL those ‘perfect’ people on social media. It’s even more difficult in the digital age to feel happy and content with how we are, we are constantly bombarded with images on social media of models and celebrities looking ‘prefect’ giving us a totally false, airbrushed image of society. So, I suggest that you unfollow all the ‘unrealistic’ filtered people (I’m talking Kardashians/Models/Fitness Gurus/ex-models turned Yogi’s et al)
  3. Try a photo diary – take a photo of yourself each day and write down how you felt about yourself AT THAT MOMENT. Take them over the course of the week/month, hell even year. Try to hold the same pose, maybe in your undies (no one is going to look at it but you) Look back at them at the end of the project. I guarantee that (unless you are also dieting) you will look the same in all the photos yet your emotion or feeling about yourself will be different – this will prove that body image is all in the mind
  4. Get out and MOVE – yes, of course I am going to recommend you do yoga, it’s my life, but really just do anything that helps you get a sweat on – cross fit, run, swim, dance – it doesn’t matter, just do it, and do it often, I’m talking AT LEAST 4 times per week. Staying fit keeps your body, and more importantly your MIND (hello endorphins) healthy, but it’s hard and it takes commitment.
  5. Re-assess your diet. Cut out ALL processed foods, junk foods, unhealthy snacks and – gulp – seriously cut down on the alcohol. Use this post as a guide Go processed food free here¬†. Don’t ‘diet’ but think of this as a lifestyle change, a complete change in your habitual nourishment.
  6. Mediation – start a meditation practice (beginners guide here). By meditating we are training our brain to focus on the present, the power of now, and to accept things for what they are.
  7. Stop giving a shit, cause no one else does!  Seriously, I have a friend who looks like a model, tall, slim, tanned, beautiful sun kissed hair and even she gets bikini panic! Seriously, no one gives a shit about you as they are all too busy self loathing themselves!!! And if you think too much about how you look to find a partner you are looking for the wrong partner. If your friends judge you on your waistline they are not good friends that you need in your life. Which leads nicely to:
  8. Find a self-esteem friend – you know, you may be lucky enough to have one or more than one already – that pal or sister/mother/brother who loves you for who you are UNCONDITIONALLY and tells you so. He/she will tell you you are amazing when you need to hear it, or better still will be able to tell you to ‘get over yourself’ when you are wallowing in the pool of your self-pity.

Sounds simple right?  It is.

WITH PRACTICE, working on a change in your mindset, like everything it will come.

Let me know how you get on! Please comment and start the discussion below!

 

An un-flitered me – crow’s feet and all – but blissfully happy on a beach in Thailand

Private Yoga Lessons – Special New Year Offer

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Hi All,

New year is upon us, a time where we take stock and normally make plans to improve our health and happiness, I am offering a special New Year’s deal to entice you into taking care of your body and mind with yoga.

Want to start yoga but intimidated by the thought of group classes?

Interested in deepening your existing yoga practice?
Have group classes you want to attend but the timing doesn’t fit with your hectic work schedule?¬†
Have an injury that makes you feel vulnerable in group class?
 
Private (one-to-one) classes may be for you!

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The special rate of  £99 for 3 sessions including a free healthy eating check up.

(Private sessions are normally £40 per hour)

So why should you choose private sessions? Well, with a one to one session you will have a tailor-made personal programme where we focus on the areas that YOU would like to work on. With my undivided attention you can benefit from constant alignment checking at corrections or adjustments and will get so much more from it than a group environment.

The session will be tailored to suit your needs, strength, flexibility, working with injuries, using yoga as a moving meditation to calm your stressful life, whatever you feel you need.

Another option available is to share your session with another, or small group (prices vary according to the size of the group). This is a great option for those who may lack the confidence or are unable to attend a group class, but will be comfortable in the presence of those they know well.

 

 

In addition to the class, as part of the New Year offer I will help you also on the path to a healthy nutritious diet. I worked on the detox programmes at the Yoga Retreat in Thailand and also follow a plant-based diet myself and I am keen to share some hints and tips with you on how to improve your diet.

 

 

Please use the form or email/facebook direct message to find out more details.

I’m so excited to bring the benefits of yoga and a healthy diet to you!

 

 

 

Why should I do yoga?

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Why should I do Yoga? you may ask yourself. What’s in it for me?

I try not to go on too much to people who I meet, friends and family, I do believe that it’s a personal choice. But ask anyone who already does it and they will probably tell you it’s one of the best decisions they made in regards to their health.

 

Claire yogagogo Camel pose in Mysore, India

 

Yoga works on the BODY and the MIND more than any other style of exercise. Arguably people find moments of meditation and or calmness of mind during running, cycling, many other sports, but yoga is as much about the mental as it is the physical and unlike other sports you should leave a class practice feeling calmer and more positive than when you entered.

‘I really regret going to that Yoga class’ – said NO ONE EVER!!!!!

 

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As with most people I came to Yoga from a purely physical perspective, as a dancer it was a good way to keep flexible and what other class do you get to lie down and have a little rest in at the end?!! As I dived deeper into the yoga ocean I started to like how that ‘little rest’ left me feeling relaxed, positive and calm. During a time of emotional turmoil I started my teacher training and now can say, without any exaggeration that Yoga changed my life.

So, that’s me, and if you don’t like Yoga no worries, find something else that works for you, but as the one of the western world’s fastest growing ‘fitness’ style it is proven to work for many.

 

eight limb pose, ashtanga, mysore, India

 

So WHY should you do Yoga?

Here are just some of the amazing benefits:

  • Stress relief, helps anxiety and depression
  • Helps breathing problem, respiratory related illness
  • Improves strength, balance, dexterity, and mental clarity
  • Helps physical ailments improve, particularly back pain
  • Improves your awareness of a healthy diet, and sustainable living and eating
  • Tones the body using own body weight
  • Helps the mind focus and stay positive
  • Brings loads of lovely, comfy yoga pants into your life ūüėČ

So, if that hasn’t convinced you to give it a try then I don’t know what will!!!

But seriously, I find it the best thing for me, and I would love to share that passion and enthusiasm with you – so if you live in Gloucestershire, UK, come and join me on the mat! Details of classes can be found on my Facebook page:

Claireyogagogo

bird of paradise, hotel metropole, Mysore, India

 

NAMASTE xxx

Climate Change – it’s real, and deadly serious

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As part of the blog I want to focus on you, the reader, getting a healthy mind and body, and sharing tips on how I do the same. However, all the spirulina digesting and yoga practicing in the world is going to be fruitless unless we all start taking some positive action towards saving the planet.

Ban Ki-Moon, Seceratary General of the United Nations sums it up thus:

‚ÄúClimate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.‚ÄĚ

This is a real problem, and action is needed by everyone, NOW.

I implore you – watch this movie, and more importantly, if you have them, make your children watch this movie, and then sign up to show your support.

EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND YOUR CHILDREN (click here to watch the movie)

The ‘Before the Flood’ website states:

Research at Standford and other major universities is showing that we can in fact quickly transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 making fossil fuels obsolete. When we stop burning fossil fuels the climate will gradually cool off again. It may take a bit of time to get back to a stable climate, but if we act now we can do it.

Write to your goverment representative asking them to support using alternative energy sources, eat less red meat and diary, offset your carbon emissions (if you live in the US this is live here)¬†just do whatever you feel is going to make a postitive impact on the rest of your life, and the lives of our future generations. But please do something. If you can’t change the world – change yourself.

Before the Flood – TAKE ACTION

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Title courtesy of the original quote by Theodore Roosevelt 

Oh yeah. This one’s an obvious one, but one so many people struggle with.

Constant comparison with each other’s looks, success, finance and seemingly ‘perfect’ existences will bring nothing but sadness. Robbing you of the joy you could have if you simply just become happy with what you are, and have, right now, right this minute, in this present moment…can I make that any clearer? Comparing yourself to others will inevitably only bring disappointment.

Everyone has their idea of what their life should be like…how you deem your own ‘successfulness’ or ‘happiness’, But when was the last time you stopped and thought, rather than trying to have it all, you just feel grateful for what you have – right now. Go on, do it, I dare you, right now, what are you happy with?

ME: warm air around me, a full belly of fresh fruits, chilled music in the background, my laptop is working, my creative mind is helping me type these words, I feel loved, even though half the people who love me are miles away and not even awake yet.

 

fooling around on a swing - or being thankful for that moment right there!
yippee! I am grateful for this swing to act a fool on!

 

It’s quite easy to do the opposite and think negative thoughts and make negative comparisons, especially in this modern society where we are constantly bombarded with images of seemingly perfect people, lives, bodies etc. But doing this is a one way path to unhappiness.

Now, I’m certainly not advocating that we all just sit back and give up on improving ourselves, being as healthy in body and mind as we possibly can be is something that we can, and should, be doing. ¬†But comparing that development to others is where the danger lies.

Bringing the focus more into you own feelings of self-worth, what makes you feel good about yourself? It’s a tough one sometimes when some of us can’t think of even one thing. Please do try to think of at LEAST one thing, per day, even the simplest of things, like today I could eat, practice yoga, laugh with friends, or whatever YOU are grateful for.

Comparing ourselves and competing with each other is, as the quote says, stealing the happiness from ourselves…when you think about it like that, it sounds crazy right?

For those of you reading this who are still dubious, or think there is no way you can do this, head over to this article, where two science boffs discuss how comparison is inevitable, and how to use it to your advantage.

http://The Science of Us

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Sometimes the sunset is all we need to feel grateful for being alive. Alone or with friends it’s one of the greatest sights on earth.

Enumeration – or how writing a list can save your life

Ok, not save your life, I felt like being dramatic, but help to get things in order or help with setting some good intentions, which in a round about way may help you when you need it.¬†Charles Green Shaw an American abstract artist said: “Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish.” ¬†Therefore, by making a list of intentions or ‘rules’ to live by, or set yourself, it can help you work towards accomplishing your goals, dreams and aspirations.

Use the lists when you need a bit of clarity in your life. Create them with friends and family, or even your work mates!

I’m a big fan of lists, from the mundane ‘things to do today’ to setting myself targets and goals so I fully advocate this kind of activity! In fact, writing this list promoted me to share with you today.

 

my list of things to do and think this month

 

Not a fan of pen and paper? No problem, use one of your many electronic devices.

 

create a list to make you feel happy and focused

 

Not a fan of the writing things down? No drama, create a Pinterest board, or go old school and cut pictures out of magazines. Use an online collage app. Get creative, paint or draw one…you get the idea.

Haven’t got the time? (Liar) then just set yourself ONE thing, the thing that you would write first if you had time to write a full list, and use that. Read and act upon it.

Stick it somewhere you will see it daily (like the fridge door or above your kettle) and just let the happiness flood in!

 

thinking about writing my list whilst watching sunset!
Thinking about writing my list whilst watching sunset…..ok, not really just love this picture and thought I’d add it into this post!

 

Where to eat in Canggu – my top choices to eat in Canggu

Ok, I’ll stop harping on about Canggu after this (did you book your flight yet?) but eating for me in Canggu was on a par with the surfing and yoga – in fact I could say it was the highlight to my stay!

As you may have realised I’m passionate about eating a healthy diet, and Canggu has plenty of inexpensive options of places to eat and nourish your body and mind. So here is a guide to my favourites:

Peleton

Entrance to Peleton Cafe 'Supershop' Canggu, Bali

 

I visited Peleton for my first lunch…and I thought wow! the rest of the places I’ve researched have a lot to live up to! I could have just eaten here for the whole week it was that good. They serve a mixture of healthy vegan food – breakfasts like the Biker Bowl, The Tandem Toast and Pedel Power Pancakes. They have a range of lighter dishes and amazing salads, hot drinks, juices and smoothies. A pretty impressive plethora of food and drink.

What I ate: The Fuel Good Salad, a mean mix of FUEL GOOD Kale, Spinach, Purple Cabbage, Capsicum, Broccoli, Mild Chillies, Carrot, Beetroot, Green Onion, Toasted Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds, Sesame, Smashed Pumpkin and Hummus. Quite possibly the best salad I have eaten. EVER.

Fuel Good salad, Peleton Cafe, Canggu, Bali

close up of Fuel Good Salad, Peleton cafe, Canggu Bali

 

I also got food  envy of the table next to me who were eating the Burn Out Burger Рit looked so damn good. The decor in the place is as you would expect bike orientated. The staff were so lovely and friendly and the place had a more chilled vibe and was quieter than the places along Batu Bolong as it is a little more out of the main drag on Pantai Berewa. If you go to Canggu or even staying in nearby Seminyak, you MUST try Peleton. It rocks.

inside Peleton cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

wall monuted single gear 'fixies' at peleton cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

Crate Cafe

Crate Cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

Well, having to meet my expectations set at Peleton, Crate Cafe did not disappoint. Full to the brim with the post yoga and surf crowd I had to wait a while to get a table, but it was a great people watching place so a wait so I did not mind – This is the place where the cool kids like to hang out.

I had an ah-maze-ing flat white (again something I had been missing on Koh Phangan) and a breakfast bowl, a deliciously thick, creamy fruit smoothie with fruit, granola and coconut on top, (the name of which can’t remember) and then went back the next day to have the ‘Peas Please’ a huge chunk of sourdough bread with peas, spinach, feta, avocado and a perfectly poached egg balancing on top.

flat white - yeah life is crate at Crate Cafe, Bali

 

breakfast bowl, lifescrate, Crate Cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

Peas Please, brunch style at Crate Cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

The decor is industrial graffiti and there is a real buzz in the place. The friendly attitudes of the staff here is wonderful, something that unfortunately I had been lacking in Thailand of late. Crate I salute you. Life certainly is ‘crate’ here.

wall menu at Crate Cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

Betelnut Cafe

Betelnut Cafe at Sunset, Canggu

 

Betelnut is probably the most ‘famous’ of the cafes in Canggu, and is in the ‘centre’ of Batu Bolong, opposite Deus Ex Machina so easy to find. Having a small air-conditioned downstairs section the main seating area is upstairs where you can see across the rice fields to sunset in the early evening, when I visited for an early dinner.

A good menu of comforting burger and wraps, salads and juices, the standard for all these places in Canggu. I had a divine Turmeric Lemonade and the Falafel Wrap with Fries.

Turmeric Lemonade at Betelnut Cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

Falefel Wrap, Betelnut Cafe, Canggu

 

The upstairs view was pretty awesome

The Sunset View at Betelnut Cafe, Canggu, Bali

 

The Shady Shack

The Shady Shack, Canggu, Bali

 

wave after wave

 

I was recommended The Shady Shack by a Canggu local who came to eat at The Yoga Retreat in Koh Phangan, she told me it was her favourite place to eat, and I see why. A fabulous menu in a beautiful space. Again a vegan and vegetarian healthy choice paradise, Canggu you are really spoiling us with these places!

I ate the ‘Signature Shady’s’ from the All Day Breakfast menu – Onsen eggs with sprout, carrot, beetroot and fennel salad. The herby, lemony dressing was TO.DIE.FOR – the gluten-free bread and smashed new potatoes made it a meal I deserved after an Ashtanga Practice AND a surf.

signature dish at Shady Shak, Canggu, Bali

 

Onsen Eggs - poached to perfection, The Shady Shack, Canggu, Bali

 

The decor was so nice, and again, that Balinese welcome from friendly staff made you feel at home, and, I have to say, the best cafe toilets in Canggu! I love a good bathroom tile!

 

interior, The Shady Shack, Canggu, Bali

 

bathroom blues, The Shady Shack, Canggu, Bali

 

Little Flinders

Little Flinders, Canggu Bali

 

For my final choice I went to Little Flinders, a bit further south on Batu Bolong from Crate and Betelnut. It is more of a restaurant than the cafes, and also has meat and seafood on the menu.

I had a refreshing Ginger Ice Tea and the Rosti Burger (naughty but oh so nice) and as they didn’t have any wedges left I had mashed potato – delish!

 

veggie burger and mash, Little Flinders, Bali

 

ginger tea

 

It was beautifully decorated and I was lucky to hit it just before the evening rush and had the place almost to myself so I was able to take some nice interior shots

beautiful floor tiles, Little Flinders, Canggu, Bali

 

soft seating interiors at Little Flinders, Canggu, Bali

 

If this post hasn’t convinced you to go to Canggu then I don’t know what will. There were many other places to eat and of course drink, Old Mans, Deus, Avocado, Local Warungs, but these were my top choices, as I am always trying to look for the healthy options. Most of the dishes will set you back about 50/60k Indonesian Rupees, that’s about ¬£4 – so it’s still cheap in the grand scheme of things.

Canggu – it was a brief love affair, maybe someday we can have a longer term relationship??