Lake Atitlan; Mindfulness and Marathons

RUN!

Really, I am not a runner or an athlete, I much prefer the more sedentary mindful activities, like sewing, knitting, reading (ok, I do some walking too). But I do know many people who find creative bliss in getting out there and killing themselves in a marathon. And some of them are fiber fanatics too! Can you imagine….

So I am SUPER excited to see that there are plans for the Second Annual Lake Atitlan Marathon in November 2013. Our fiber addicted athlete friends can go to Guatemala for DOUBLE the thrills!

The 2012 run had over 300 participants from South and Central America and from far reaching countries like Viet Nam and New Zealand too, and the non profit event served as a fundraiser for environmental projects to protect the lake. Awesome, this is good for everyone.

The main event for 2013 is a marathon – full or half –  November 30th. If you want to run it  you can be sure we’ll make it happen, and create an amazing Thanksgiving-Creative-Gratitude week to compliment your obsession. And I can be there to cheer you on.

So pack up those running shoes along with you knitting or embroidery project, and let’s go!

Plantains Without the Fat

Plantains on their way to ripeness.

When I was last in Guatemala I fell in love with a particular treat at breakfast – boiled plantains. Plantains are those big banana looking fruit, but they stop the resemblance there. You might know them in a fried state, with your jerk chicken or rice and beans. Oh sure, I love the fried ones too, but consuming them kind of ruins my caloric intake. But boiled? No fat  and soooo delicious.

Here’s how to make them:

Start with well ripened plantains. Like, black. A dark plantain is a ripe and sweet one. But don’t wait until the fruit flies take over the kitchen (as happened to me).  Wash them with a tiny bit of soap to be sure the skins are clean and any dirt is removed.

Keeping them in the peel, cut them in half, or if they’re huge into thirds. Some plantains are really huge.

Put them in a pot and cover with water. Add a dash of cinnamon, or a piece of cinnamon stick.

Boil till soft through when stuck with a fork – about 15 or 20 minutes.

Be sure to let them cool! Then slice open the skin and enjoy.

It’s true a plantain by itself has plenty of calories so you probably don’t want to eat gobs of them. One cup of boiled plantain contains contains 230 calories and zero fat, with 2 g of protein, 60 g of carbohydrates and 5 g of dietary fiber. Not bad for something so yummy!

Create in Guatemala

Just get yourself to the airport and on a plane to Guatemala City. Then don’t worry about another thing – We’ll do all the rest.

Leave your jobs and tasks behind and step into a world of bright weavings, wood carvings, and Mayan culture.

We’ll meet with Mayan artisans who share their secrets and skills with you. Unravel the mystery of a back strap loom.

Shop in diverse and colorful markets. Start wearing a huipil.

Experience a Mayan ceremony. Refresh your soul.

Bring along that arty project you couldn’t get done at home. There’s lots of time in Guatemala.