Yesterday I had a pearler of a day cruising around town with my friend Kim. Kim is a wonderful free spirited girl who runs her own business selling hemp seed oil back home in New Zealand. When I first met Kim she was travelling around the East Coast of Australia, doing some soul searching and looking for inspiration from the world. Our paths crossed when we both attended an OceansWatch event in Mooloolaba, and although we only knew each other for a few days Kim made an indelible impression on me, and we’ve kept in touch ever since.
Kim is passionate about saving our oceans and the fish that live in them. She surfs every day and gave up eating fish as a stand against overfishing. In fact her hempseed oil business was spawned out of a desire to raise awareness about the unsustainability of fish oil (plus hemp seed oil is way better for you she would argue). I didn’t know much about the benefits of hemp seed oil until I met Kim, now I always have a bottle in my kitchen, I love adding it to my green smoothies and salads – it is SO good for you, internally and also externally on your skin (great for eczema).
Kim arrived in Ubud a couple of days ago, and we have been having great fun enjoying everything this wonderful town has to offer – coconuts, yoga, massages, juices and green smoothies. Much of our conversation has revolved around nutrition and health. Kim has introduced me to activated charcoal (good for settling my tummy) and has me munching on cacao beans (a good source of magnesium and antioxidants). We are both completely in our element here, ooooh-ing and ahh-ing at the amazing selection of juices, smoothies, tonics and elixirs.
Today we had lunch at a fabulous little café called Soma which serves a massive range of raw and vegan food (mostly organic). Kim ordered a kombucha vinegar with vanilla, lemon and honey, and I tried the Belly Love Juice – a blend of potent stomach healers including turmeric and ginger. Kim then snaffled a green papaya salad and I made short work of some delicious feta cheese with tomato and sweet fried onions on sourdough bread.
Craving some ocean time we have decided to catch a shuttle bus to Padangbai tomorrow, a funky little beach town with a beautiful bay called Blue Lagoon Beach. Stay tuned for some updates from the Green Smoothie Queen (Kim) and The Coconut Lover (c’est moi).