Lake Atitlan Morning

Getting Our Life Back….A Beautiful Morning

After a long year of late sleepless nights we are finally getting our groove back. We knew that we had to get into a really great stress free environment to reestablish our lives. Before Iza, Rache and I were very involved in healthy eating with lots of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, regular meditation and yoga, and daily of exercise.

Over the past year, lets just say we have strayed far from shore. Because Iza doesn’t really like to go to bed before 11pm and usually wakes up one or two times a night our usual 5am wake up has been pushed back. That means it’s hard to get up to meditate and do yoga as the sun rises. And because we are often stressed or over tired, we resort to bad habits like drinking too much or eating crappy food (well, relative to our usual diet). It’s a vicious cycle and I’m sure thats why so many parents start to get those love handles that turn into rolls that turn into….you know what I’m saying.

So the Brand Fam has grown sick of those nasty habits and decided to get their sh@# together! We both woke up at 4 this morning, Rache fed Iza when she woke up and I went and layed down with Iza after her feeding. At 5 Rache went off to do yoga on the roof and I sat in Zazen for a while on the front porch.

 

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Afterwards Rache started getting ready for her first commute into Panajachel to work and Iza and I ate a killer breakfast of raw chia seed pudding with coconut milk, lightly fried plantains, and fresh fruit salad. Rache wanted to wait to eat because she heard that the place she was going has excellent breakfast (turned out to be true, see shortly in another post).

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Breakfast of raw chia seed with coconut milk pudding, fresh fruit salad, plantains fried in coconut oil, and turmeric and ginger tea.

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My view from the meditation bench.

A flower along the creek on the way into town.

A flower along the creek on the way into town.

 

I think we are finally getting back to the way we love to live.

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