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Ibiza – the island that gifts you

Footprints, Uncategorized - Carola - 23. June 2017

After about 20 years I returned to Ibiza in September 2016 and in 3 days time the island surprised me, once again, with a gift. That gift would come in the form of a wonderful man, who to this day is my partner. The magic of the island brought our hearts together and it was love at first sight. Sascha, who lived in Ibiza prior for a couple years wanted to show me the island in all its diversity because it has so much to offer apart from all the main tourist attractions that it’s known for.

The anticipation of this trip had excited a feeling of being a kid once more in me, which was only enhanced by the great experiences I would come to gain at Ibiza.

It seems to me that the island attracts people that are just alike. And so it happened that we ended up in a little Italian restaurant called ‘La Mesa Escondida’ in the drowsy village San Rafael. This blog entry will be dedicated to this restaurant. This little anecdote shows once again just how much you should follow your heart.

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Amidst the little village San Rafael on the opposite side of a supermarket parking lot, Renzo from Roma opened one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to outside of Italy. The pasta, as well as everything else, is fantastic.

The cook – an older Sicilian man –stands in an 8 sqm kitchen with an older Argentinian woman, conjuring delicious meals in such a tight space.

The selection of wines were excellent but was also our undoing on one of the last nights. We spent a surprisingly amusing night ‘til 3am with Renzo in his restaurant after all the guests had already left and there was rain coming down as if it were a myriad of buckets filled with water.

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When Renzo told us his story of how he ended up in Ibiza I felt as if he was explaining my own life, the parallels were uncanny. At about my age Renzo worked with a corporation business for a long time, he was a consultant who had to travel very frequently from place to place, spending most of his time for a year at an airport.

After about 15 years he asked himself – as I do now – what’s the point of it all besides chasing money? There was something missing in Renzo’s heart, but he knew not what. He then decided to quit his job, leave everything behind and move to Ibiza where someone offered him to take over a small restaurant. It was in Ibiza where Renzo discovered his passion and got to live his dream as he wanted, and thus fulfil his hearts desire which was not satiated by his previous job. A dream come true! And after securing his personal success he will soon archive financial security as well, if the Neapolitan-Argentinian dream team keeps working the kitchen with their hearts and souls.

No matter where you are on the island: a drive to San Rafael and Renzos ‘La mesa escondida’ is always worth the journey. Make sure in advance you have a designated driver 😉

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Here is the link to his Facebook page.

If you want to share these and other experiences on Ibiza with us at the wonderful Hotel Calador with sea view join us on our sports and lifestyle journey to the island from 22nd – 29th of September. Besides a diverse and extensive sports program a great spirit and many unforgettable experiences await you.

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Renzo also send me one if his famous recipes for you:

Caserecce with pesto of pistachio

Ingredients for 10 persons

  • 1 kg pasta “caserecce” or similar
  • 200 g shallot
  • 500 g pesto of pistachio
  • 700 g cherry tomatoes
  • Oil, salt, chilly
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 glass of white wine

 

Pesto of pistachio

  • 200 g minced pistachio
  • 50 g grana padano cheese
  • 100 g white almond
  • 100 cl water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 100 g basil
  • 300 cl extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Peel of 1 lemon

 

Preparation

Chop finely the shallot and let fry lightly in a deep saucepan with extra-virgin olive oil, adding the chilly pepper and let fry until they are golden brown. Add some white wine and let bubble up.

Add cherry tomatoes and let cook for 15/20  minutes, adding at the end the lemon peel.

To prepare the pesto: put in the blender all ingredients and mix everything together until you get a pesto not to much smooth (you still must see the pistachio, the almonds and the basil in very small pieces).

When it is ready, cover with climb to avoid that it turns black.

Cook the pasta until it is al dente.

The last 2 or 3 minutes let cook in the sauce.

When the stove is off, mix with the pesto until it is creamy. Serve in a plate, garnishing with some chopped pistachio and, if you like, some almonds.

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Goals vs Resolutions

Uncategorized - Carola - 12. January 2017

Resolutions – personally, I don’t want to hear it anymore. There are too many newsletters advertising special offers around fulfilling New Year’s resolutions. Topic and wording have been repeated so many times, you really get tired of reading about it.

We all have hopes, dreams and wishes. Why don’t we pretend that 2016 never existed and therefore we don’t have to start 2017 with new resolutions? Why don’t we just pick a random day to start implementing our goals and dreams, regardless of whether it’s the beginning of a new year, or the end of the old? No excuses, no time pressure.

What do I want you to take away from this:

Let go of unrealistic resolutions at the end of the year – they won’t get you anywhere.

Instead, look at the new year as a chance to make some fundamental changes. It is in your hands to fight for your dreams and make them come true – no special offer, newsletter or blog will do that for you. You need to have the strength and the will to do it yourself.

Sounds logical, right?

For my part, I chose to finally start with a series of webinars because so many people keep asking me to make my lectures on nutrition, coaching, sports and other topics accessible online.

The first webinar I want to organize will be a 1.5 hour workshop designed to help you define your goals so you’ll be able to really work on realizing them.

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If you are interested in participating, send me an email. I will let you know as soon as we have set the date for the webinar.

Until then, start thinking earnestly about what your goal will be and write down in detail where you want to be 1-5 years from now. Describe what the scenario looks like for you. Start a dream diary in which you jot down all the things you think are important and which steps you have to take to reach your goals. If you like, add pictures or draw some sketches.
It doesn’t matter whether your goal is to avoid or reduce stress, to find more time for family and friends, to do more sports, have more time for yourself, eat better, change jobs or emigrate…

It is all in your hands and only you are responsible for your excuses.

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Don’t give the Monday Blues a chance

Healthy, Uncategorized - Carola - 29. December 2016

Monday blues – for most of you, Monday is probably the worst day of the week. Maybe even Sunday evening, when you are thinking about the start of the week when you have to switch from mellow weekend mode to the hectic pace at work.

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More energy through vegan nuitrition

Fitness, Healthy, Strong, Uncategorized - Carola - 12. October 2016

Many of my friends and clients are amazed by how much energy I always have, despite my mainly vegan/plant-based nutrition. As you know, I am not a vegan and enjoy my life but I love to prepare my food with fresh, seasonal ingredients mostly in the raw food aisle, i.e. also plant-based.

When developing my independent business, which I initially started with a lot of sport lessons, I discovered that this kind of nutrition suits me best, as it doesn’t burden my body, offers all important nutrients, and grants me a degree of calmness and balance in my daily life as well, which is certainly more than necessary in the first years of a start-up.

So how was it possible to receive the nickname “Duracell Bunny” while I live without animal products for 95% of the time? There are so many nutrition myths and after a while, one simply does not know what to believe anymore.

I can only speak to you from my own experience, and in my opinion it is possible. Here are a couple of facts summarized for you.

Veganism is also suited for elite athletes

It also one of the reasons for the creation of the nutrition platform Wellville that wants to show you how to provide your body with strength and endurance and reach great goals by using natural and mostly plant-based nutrition.

There is absolutely nothing to say against plant-based nutrition or a vegan lifestyle for professional sports. Even if most plants have a lower energy density than a steak, they supply us sufficiently with important carbohydrates.

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A balanced diet as a vegan is possible!

How about protein supply?

Many athletes regard animal proteins in form of meat dishes, milk products, eggs, and protein shakes as irreplaceable based on the better amino acid profile. However, if you combine various plant-based protein sources and superfoods such as lentils, flax seeds, as well as our Wellville Superfood Mix Gladiator,  you will get a similar worth. You will really not have to succumb to the paranoia of checking which amino acids are included where. It is enough to select foods with sufficient protein content. Due to the lower worth, athletes will require 1g protein per kg of body weight in case of plant-based nutrition (meat eating athletes require only 0.8g).

Very athletic vegans should regularly check their blood values in order to recognize deficiency symptoms

And now here is the explanation, why I am so fit: The advantage of natural food supply is that the body will require less energy for metabolizing it. So it frees more energy for athletic performance and for the daily life in general.

Very athletic vegans are advised to receive continuous check-ups in order to prevent or recognize deficiency symptoms, especially concerning vitamin B12, iron, and magnesium. Products such as yeast (e.g. alcohol-free wheat beer or Isano metabolism bars) assist you, as they are high in vitamin B12.

If you have any questions, please contact me at any time – I would love to talk with you about it (carola@wellville.ch).

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Raw Food? Is It Like Food for Animals?

Healthy, Uncategorized - Carola - 11. April 2016

Whoever has not had any different experience with it, will probably think that eating raw food consists of chewing on boring, green leaves, raw vegetables and fruits. Well yes, all these elements are certainly part of raw food. However, this is only the beginning. Nature-based nutrition is much more than this. And it is the reason for developing my blog and the platform Wellville with my two partners: To discredit this myth and to demonstrate how you can nourish yourself optimally in your day-to-day life, in order to guarantee a perfect, comprehensive supply for your body.

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Easter without an Easter Lamb and without Fish on Good Friday

Uncategorized - Carola - 24. March 2016

I am originally from Vienna, and our tradition always included a big feast for the entire family. Traditionally, fish would be on the menu for Friday after the 40 days of Lent, and then on Sunday, the poor Easter lamb had to pay its dues. Luckily, the Easter bunny stayed alive, as we would have burst from all the food, however a few chocolate bunnies were always gobbled up for sure.

Nowadays, vegan nutrition in all its varieties is very much in vogue, and quite some Easter lambs will be saved. Instead, one grabs meat substitutes and forms Easter themed replacements from tofu or seitan. And those who want it even more convenient, buy ready-made products. It remains questionable how healthy that really is, and I always ask myself, why do you have to mix everything together to resemble the taste and even the look of meat again if you decided to turn your back on animal products in the first place? On top of it, most of the ready-made foods such as vegan deli meats and cheeses are not better than other processed foods at all. Have you taken a look at the list of ingredients yet? Often, there is not a single ingredient anymore that I would use for my cooking; except if you always prepare your food with all kinds of starch, flavors, potassium sorbate, food colors and so on?

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