What John Grisham, Limes, and Detoxing all have in common

August 24, 2011

Since coming back from Mexico, I’ve been slightly more interested in a few different things.

John Grisham novels
Limes
Detoxing

I’ll explain each in detail, if you so care to know why I’m interested in these. But first, a little background.

When at an all-inclusive resort, such as the Aventura Spa Palace we went to, one usually eats and drinks without a second thought. Since it’s all already paid for, why not have a mimosa in the morning? Why not get a second helping of guacamole? Or greet every morning with a spiked coffee? Or order room service (24-hour hello!) at 1 am? Why? Because when you check back into reality, you no longer feel vibrant! That’s why.

We did a great job of eating.

We had some wonderful dishes, fresh calamari stuffed with seafood, lots of fresh seafood. Steaks and interesting salads.

FRESH fruit every morning and maybe an omelette or two. We pretty much stayed true to Paleo form, with only a slight variation added at times. No chips, no tortillas, not much in the way of grains or legumes at all, actually.

Yes, I worked out most days. Yes, we were swimming and playing.

Sascha. I don't even know how he does some things...

Water aerobics was a blast. But still.

I cannot say that I wasn’t as happy as a …muscle, as I was. I was in paradise. Who wouldn’t be happy?! But it does take it out of you.

Which brings me back to my top 3 things of slight obsession lately: John Grisham novels, Limes, and Detoxes.

It’s about a 5 1/2 hour flight to Cancun from California, and who can not bring a book with them?? I read my first John Grisham novel last week and loved it. He’s a great writer and knows way too much about law. Anyway, I’m hooked. Any good Grisham novels out there I should read next?? How about a new or great author???

Limes. I LOVE limes. Limes in Mexico are used like I eat kabocha. Or drink coffee. Or Dijon mustard. Or… you get the idea. They use limes in everything, every dish, every drink, I’m sure they may even slather lime juice on their faces. But thinking about it now, I didn’t see any limes in the coconut…

Anyway, we went to a guacamole and pico de gallo demo where they showed us how they made their traditional recipes.

Lime, lime, lime is the secret ingredient I’ve been missing! Fresh lime juice.

Traditional and Simple Guacamole

  • RIPE avocados
  • cilantro
  • white onion
  • lots of lime juice
  • salt & pepper
  • optional jalapeno

That’s it. Super easy and fast and muy delicioso!

Pico De Gallo

  • tomatoes
  • white onion
  • cilantro
  • lots of lime juice
  • salt & pepper
  • optional garlic

Again, EASY.

Even in the sushi demonstration we attended, they put lime juice in their soy sauce! It was TASTY, let me tell you! What a revelation to me. 😉

My arsenal of a kitchen is already packed with fresh limes that I’ve been loving in salads, in smoothies, and on top of fresh avocado… mmmmm….

And lastly, detox comes to mind when thinking about how wonderful it would be to cleanse my body…

 

The Cleansing Coconut

I know Lauren just started one, Spa Bettie is an active juice goddess, and now it’s my turn…

 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin August 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Wow that sushi Looks delicious!!

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Heather/HippieChristian August 25, 2011 at 7:56 AM

love how you can get great exercise while on vacation, and it doesn’t even “seem” like exercise-swimming, walking, playing, etc.
those are the best vacays to me 🙂

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Pure2raw twins August 25, 2011 at 5:59 AM

yum yum yum!! that food looked perfect

what a great vacation, and next time I want to come haha

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Anna August 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM

It’s not fair~ I want too! every pic looks better then the other. I need vacation so bad, and I’m happy that you enjoyed girl 😉

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Tea-bag August 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Limes in soy sauce? I’m on that like white on rice … Or tianna on kabocha! 😉

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Chuck August 24, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Mmmm coconut! Love the “gymnastics rings”… Crossfit style of course, right?

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liz @ iheartvegetables August 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Ahhhh that looks like SO much fun! I’m super jealous. Also, I liked that aerobics sign so much, I pinned it on pinterest. hehe

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Katie August 24, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I tried to tell you about the lime when you mentioned eating your avo with lemon juice and salt on my facebook post a while back. It is all about the lime. One of my all time favorite snacks is toast/rice cake/toasted corn tortilla with mashed avo, drizzled lime and salt. And some hot sauce. 😀

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Lorarian89 August 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

OMG Lori, looks like you had a blast!

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Ela August 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Awesome! I didn’t even know you’d gone to Mexico. Sounds like you had a great time, and those are three pretty handy obsessions to bring home…

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Lauren @ WWoB August 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Yessss, undertake this beast with me!!
And I am impressed by the food at your resort. It must have been a niiccee one! The food at ours was quite crappy. But the alcohol made it better?

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Kelly August 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

One of my favorite authors is Richard North Patterson. He writes good crime/courtroom drama. Silent Witness is my FAVORITE one!

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