I survived a mini-vacation! My family and I went on a long weekend vacation to Santa Fe, New Mexico. My parents are moving there this summer and I had never been. I wanted to see where I would be spending the next year of my life after I graduate plus see some of the houses they were looking at. It’s different then anywhere I’ve lived before and I can guarantee you I am nervous about moving… but I’ll be spending the next year completely focused on treatment so I suppose the location doesn’t matter THAT much. I don’t care about making friends or going out, I just want a sunny, warm place to heal. I suppose Santa Fe will do ;).
This is the first semi-real vacation I’ve been on in over 2 years thanks to Lyme. I don’t count flying home to DC every month to see my doctor as vacation. My parents flew out to Denver and we drove my car down to NM. It is an 7-8 hour drive but that just meant plenty of time for me to rest. Plus, driving meant I could bring all my treatment stuff with me (my juicer, my sauna, food, meds, etc). It turned out pretty nice and my parents and I didn’t kill each other! That is a miracle in itself :).
While I was there I had a phone appointment with my LLMD and found out some big health news but I will be posting about that later this week.
So what else did we do? Oh besides seeing the town and looking at some houses we ate some AMAZING food. My mom and I did research (okay, mostly I did) on restaurants in the area before going. I wanted to find organic, mostly raw places of course. And DANG DID I FIND THEM! Almost everywhere we went offered fresh juice so I hardly needed to use my juicer the whole trip!
The first night we went to Cafe Pasquals. Everything is organic and they have lots of gluten free and vegan options. Plus fresh juice, of course. We started with some great appetizers and green juice but my main course was a gluten-free vegetable-quinoa burger with sprouts+guac+side salad.
The next days highlight of meals was dinner, again. The second night we went to BODY. An all organic, locally sourced, raw, gluten-free restaurant. They also have yoga classes and other holistic fun things. I’m excited to explore all they have to offer when I move next year.
We started off with a raw chips platter that had dehydrated sweet potato, beet, onion, and kale chips. PLUS, Fresh juice, of course! AND A WHEATGRASS SHOT!
For my main dish I had this incredible chopped kale salad with a creamy almond dressing and sunflower seed croutons (how cool?!)
The third days highlight was lunch! We went to Rasa, another all organic, local, raw place. The place was adorable! They also have a spa and yoga. They had amazing options that change daily along with smoothies and juices, raw treats and chocolates, and raw crackers and granola that they sell, too.
I had another green juice plus portobello “steak” that came with a mixed salad and jicama “potato” salad. My mom had the most amazing raw pizza! I didn’t get a picture of the pizza but trust me, delicious and beautiful.
The last morning my mom and I hit up Sweet Water Harvest Cafe where they make most things gluten-free, grind their own flours fresh every morning (from sprouted grains), and offer a few raw options. I didn’t snap any pictures but my mom had awesome buckwheat pancakes and I had a banana-almond butter smoothie with raw granola.
I’m excited to move and explore these places more plus up my raw cooking and baking game (I guess I should say raw food prepping, instead). I’m planning to get a dehydrator so I can be more creative in the kitchen with raw food. Anyway, wanted to share a quick post about my trip and all the amazing food! I’m sorry I didn’t take more pictures and the ones I did are kind of crappy…. but I had to get a quick pic before devouring these meals. Eating=more important than pictures :). Got to enjoy the moment!
I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I’ll post a health update soon.
What is the best meal you have ever had? Favorite restaurant? I’d love to know so share in the comments!