A welsh girl (pushing forty but still a girl right?!), married to a Canadian, embracing a more simple way of being by living on a beach with our two uber active pre-schoolers, Coco and Alonzo. My husband, Earl, is co-owner of a small eco-resort, El Coco Loco and co-founder of a non-profit, community development program Waves of Hope, located on the pacific coast of northern Nicaragua, which is where we currently call home.
A Registered Dietitian by trade with a Doctorate in Epidemiology, I am passionate about the role of nutrition in both preventing disease and optimizing health and wellness.
I have struggled long and hard about how to categorize this blog: nutrition … health… lifestyle… travel …. parenting. These topics are all relevant and will feature in my posts. So I guess for now, I will conclude that my life (and blog) defy categorization and I’m okay with that!
My purpose in creating this space is to capture our experiences as we attempt to navigate the undulations of this incredible journey that we’re on… in real time … and in a raw, honest and transparent way. It’s also a forum to communicate the most up to date, evidence based nutrition and health information on topics that I find myself pondering as a woman juggling the numerous roles of mother, wife, daughter and friend.
Why Cool Wet Grass?
Don’t let the breezy beach babe façade fool you …. I am a type A, worry wort who gravitates towards anxiety in the majority of situations.
‘Cool wet grass’ is a mantra used by firewalkers to help them walk over hot coals. As an angst ridden teenager my eldest, university going (i.e. wiser) brother, made me repeat this phrase as a way of evoking a sense of serenity in the face of upcoming challenges …. Whether it be a pending exam or a bad hair day!
Over the decades that have passed since this time, I have often been bombarded with my inner voice yelling “I can’t do this” …. But simply remembering this mantra ‘cool wet grass’ has helped to quell the voice and control the jitters. Perhaps the phrase is particularly comforting for me because it reminds me of the green green grass of my beautiful homeland of Wales and it is useful in my current home of Nicaragua where walking barefoot on the sand is often like walking on hot coals!
I guess ultimately ‘cool wet grass’ is about finding your happy place … a place of peace, joy, and contentment! This blog is my personal quest to do just that!
I hope you enjoy reading, maybe you’ll even take away a nugget of information, or be inspired to make a lifestyle change. Either way ….