Photo: "Healthy Food" by Spin Diva
I suddenly came to the realization that eating organic, market-fresh, good for me fruits and vegetables was going to be nearly impossible here in GiTMO and I am disappointed because this is, after all, a tropical island where things are supposed to grow abundantly year round. So yes, my expectations were a little on the high side. In the Dominican Republic, where I was born, we had just about everything we needed or wanted to eat growing all around us. Not in GiTMO. It seems that this beautiful weather comes with it's own set of consequences. We have warm mornings, hot afternoons and cool nights in the Winter - everything gets about 20 degrees hotter in the Summer; however, we have the pool, the beaches and the AC to keep us cool. Overall, it really is beautiful, every single day. So what's the problem? It doesn't rain. The ground is dry, vegetation is scarce and the water is tightly controlled. That's insane, how we could be surrounded by water (albeit, ocean water) and have such arid, dessert-like terrain. That really stinks!!
I really miss the open air, farmers markets. If you have them in your area, learn to appreciate them, visit them often and enjoy the real flavor of the foods you eat. Unless one exists on base that I don't know about, it looks like I will have to depend on the food that we get at the Commissary (not always the freshest or bestest), frozen fruits and veggies (very limited options) and growing my own (Yikes!), I don't have the greenest thumb but maybe out of necessity I will acquire one, who knows. Will most likely be consulting my mother-in-law frequently in matters of the garden.
This makes being a semi-vegetarian very challenging but I'm up for it and will have to see what creative recipes I can come up with using only what's available to me from the produce and frozen isles; at least until something starts to grow in my own garden. As for the dry goods I think I can make do with what we have. Many different types of grains are not available but I'm sure I can get someone back home to send me a box of goodies with things like Eight O'Clock Colombian Whole Bean Coffee (hint, hint), Quinoa, Bulgur Wheat, Barley and Sea Salt.
In the mean time I will continue to climb that hill, get back in the swing of things with Spinning and Swimming. The kids are spending a lot more time outdoors and because we are in such a small base there really is no competition or try-outs for sports, the kids just join a team and play "competitively" for fun, so we're looking at tennis, soccer, swim lessons and volley ball. I'm really excited to get all that started.
I hope you have resolved to not make resolutions this year; instead, put your time and energy into staying active, eating well, and enjoying life indefinitely!!
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