Food and the Outdoors

Do you feel different through the seasons? I can only speak for myself,  but I eat differently through the year depending on the season and it feels good. It took me a long time of experimenting (not always on purpose) to figure out how food makes me feel and to tune in to my inner wisdom. I can now listen to my body and what it needs, then make the choice if I can give it or not. Have you ever craved greens? Or nuts? Or fruit? Or just knowing you need protein? It’s really amazing once you get there with your body. Read to the end if you would like tips to get there.


I learned to eat well when I started to go on cane trips. I felt different when I was canoe tripping, for so many reasons: fresh air, using my body in ways it wasn’t used to, the physical exercise, eating proper protein, carbs, and fats. I felt more alive than I ever had before. I didn’t realize the importance of eating well, until I noticed the difference in myself and seeing in the 100’s of students I’ve taught and taken on outdoor education excursions over the last ten years. Feeling good and having energy to travel in the outdoors with all our gear, it was getting easier as the days go by. The food was carefully planed and portioned out for those trips, there was never a question about what we eat next. We followed the menu laid out for the week, each days level of protein was accounted for. I cannot seem to take that level of planning and preparation into my real life, but I know having a plan is helpful to eating well. I’ve been thinking about this feeling of vibrancy, just feeling alive and connection with yourself. I want everyone to feel it, especially women who haven’t felt it before or in a long time. It will change the way you care for yourself.

This feeling alone has been my inspiration to use my guiding experience to take women out on a beginners canoe trip in Algonquin Park for three days. I’ve taken many people into the wilderness with no canoeing and no camping experience, they love it. I am so excited to share it with like minded women who want to get out into nature on my Women’s Wilderness Canoe and Yoga Retreat. 

I’ve been paddling and spending some time in Algonquin Park this last week. I yearn to get into nature, with all the things I need to be comfortable and happy. Imagine slowly paddling in the sunshine on a quiet pristine lake, breathing the freshest air you have ever tasted. Summer has arrived, and it is sweet! Setting up camp lakeside, soaking in summer with a swim, and  hanging out, cooking over the campfire in the evening. This is bliss. Very much on my mind.

Everything tastes better when eaten outside. I’ll share a meal I had on a trip last year. Roasted sausages over the fire and mushroom risotto.

Mushroom Risotto for two campers:
– Sautee chopped mushrooms in a tablespoon of olive oil in a pot on medium heat.
– Once mushrooms have softened add 1 cup of risotto rice, let toast for one minute stirring occasionally so rice doesn’t stick to the pot. Turn the stove as low heat as possible.
– add 1/2 cup of wine let the rice soak it up, about 5 min.
– add 2 cups of broth, stir in the rice and let simmer until all the liquid is soaked in
– stir in 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese.

If you haven’t had the experience of vibrant health yet, you can still get there. You can get the checklist I developed when you are ready to transform to your best health. Start here. Click to download the checklist.

If you enjoy spending time in nature, paddling on pristine lakes, getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and taking pleasure in simple living, join us. The yoga and the paddling are for everyone of all abilities taken at a relaxed comfortable pace. Click the photo below for more information.

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