This week we had our first dinner party with the locals. We put up fliers and invited them to a friend's, Antionette's, beautiful home for a health talk and dinner. We ended up with twelve for dinner, eight of them being locals, and one an American who had settled here after she married a local man.
Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer are rampant here, along with a slew of other illnesses.
There is almost no farming, and the veggie displays at the local groceries are limited, to be kind- most of what they carry is in cans or boxes or bags - not a lot of fresh stuff, and the only "green" is iceberg, which as we all know, is white. We offered a friend a blueberry the other day, when we got our shipment in, and he said he had heard of them but never seen or tasted one before. I'm sure he could have given a dissertation on all varieties of Doritos and lunch meats. The main meal here is fried seafood, but they also eat all manner of meat, dairy, refined flours and other junk. Some of the older children here are so overweight it should be criminal, though the little ones are like little rails.
There is a shimmer of light here before we arrived, and her name is Mrs. Butters. She is a schoolteacher from Gayana, where farming is common. She started a school farm, with two huge greenhouses and lots of outdoor planting, and all of her students work in the garden and learn how to eat what they grow. The kids love it, so that was hopeful.
A few days before the dinner, we found that people were talking about us, and strangers were coming to our door asking for help with their illnesses, which prompted the dinner. They want to be well, they want to feel good enough to enjoy their children and grandchildren, to enjoy the paradise they live in. We told each one of them that a change of diet would be a good start, to give up their BAD (Bahamian All-the-time Diet) and learn some new habits. They protested very mildly, saying that it sounded hard, but if it would get them healthy, they'd do anything. We wanted to show them that it could be a wonderful, even joyful change, that while the food would be different, it would be delicious, too.
So, as people began to arrive at Antionette's house, we were a bit unsure of how this fried fish-loving group would take to the green juice we had made. We talked about alkalinity, how it is a good environment for our bodies and a bad environment for disease, as we sipped our juices, and they were all (well, except for one) enjoying the juice.
We moved to the dinner table and served the first course, Pecan Sammies (carrot-pecan burgers) wrapped in romaine leaves with fresh, thick tomato slices. We told them they were sort of veggie burgers, to be eaten with hands instead of forks, and everyone took tentative bites. Plates were soon empty, and when we brought out the main course, everyone seemed surprised that there was more food. ("You mean they aren't going to starve us? This health stuff doesn't mean starvation?")
We had rawvioli with marinara, plantain vegetable coconut curry and kale salad with Cripps pink apples, lentil sprouts and avocado. We also served sea purslane, a succulent plant that grows on the beaches here. It is very high in omegas and other nutrients, very salty and almost buttery. They loved it all, and some people even asked for seconds. We discussed good fats and bad fats, nutrient density, sugars, fiber and more as dessert was served (chocolate mousse with prickly pear-lavender ice cream and grawnola/banana candy toppings). Towards the end we even discussed the state of our oceans and what over-fishing would do to people who live on a small island.
Everyone seemed ready to jump on the wagon with us, and was very interested in getting in on our produce deliveries. We want this island to be healthy, we want the people here to be vibrant and happy. Our first foray into the junk-food-loving world of Bimini eating was successful, and we've come away from it with some strong allies and supporters.
We're planning lots more education, and as soon as our houses are ready, we'll have our place to host from. We're hopeful, energetic and with all the green-juice we've been drinking, nearly unstoppable. :) we'll keep you updated.
For 13 years i have had a dream, a BIG dream. A vision to create a center for rejuvenation on the island of Bimini, Bahamas. Back when I had this vision 2012 seemed a long way off, whilst at the same time very present, due to the prophesy relating to the Mayan end date of 21/12/2012. Stories were rife about "the end of civilisation as we know it" and impending doom.
As with all big dreams, they do not always manifest in the time scale that you imagined. Years passed by and although still in the back of my mind it seemed unlikely at times that this dream would come true. I found diversions, paths to follow that were enjoyable, but they were not my big dream. Throughout the entire time, my thoughts always came back to Bimini and "what could be" if only I had X-Y-Z. Then it dawned on me, that unless I created this dream, I would always be living a life of "what if". I had to do it. I didn't know how, so I began acting as if it was happening. I started running retreats on the island to get me back out there on a regular basis, connecting in with the energies of the island again and all the magic that entails. I imagined myself with my colleagues in our center, how it would look, what we would be doing and all the people who would be coming and benefiting from what we had created. I began to meet the perfect people to help me create the vision; Amanda a talented chef and yoga instructor and Philip a native Bahamian and fitness instructor, who held the same intentions and vibration for the project as myself. Through the connections with an old friend who passed away, the perfect property came up for sale with a deal that enabled us to purchase, albeit in stages. The ARC was looking possible if only we could secure the funding. As with every stage an enormous amount of trust and faith kept telling me to hold the vision and it would come. I am delighted to say that as of today we have secured the funds for the deposit on the property and can begin work in April on the renovations, opening for retreats from July onwards. 2012 has proved to be not the end, but the beginning. The beginning of a new consciousness rising on the planet in perfect synchronicity with the Atlantis Rejuvenation Center anchoring a point of light vibration on a major planetary vortex point. From this place our family of light will send good vibrations out to the world. I am blessed to have a wonderful team co-creating this vision with me and for the support that this project is harnessing. We still have funds to raise for the renovations and remodelling and have some great incentives for anyone interested in helping. I have such immense gratitude right now for the birth of this divine plan.