People are living healthier and happier than ever here in the Lowcountry. Are you?
I grew up the daughter of a cardiologist who believed in a whole body approach to health. He was always active — constantly running, lifting, riding or doing some other form of exercise. It fortunately rubbed off on his kids, and I’m so grateful for it. I eat healthy and enjoy working out regularly (Pilates with Esmeralda and on my fancy new Peloton bike). It makes me feel better; physically and mentally.
While everyone’s path to good health is a little different, I think we can all agree it takes a combination of diet and exercise. Lowcountry residents are blessed in both regards. We have access to the freshest organic foods, with regular farmers markets. We also have a great selection of grocery stores and restaurants that serve delicious and nutritious fare.
Thanks to our sub-tropical climate, we can get outside to exercise all months of the year. We also are blessed to have an abundance of workout and wellness options, from yoga studios to medical spas.
Wellness is certainly not an afterthought here, and that’s what this February issue is all about: Living happy and healthy in harmony with our beautiful surroundings.
We reached out to several local experts who offer tips and advice to help you achieve your wellness goals.
Learn of natural remedies. Work out at the best outdoor fitness pavilions. Discover the most beautiful hiking and biking trails. Read essential literature to help you be your healthiest.
Create your own chemical-free cleaning products. Grow healthier vegetables in your garden. Cook restaurant-quality meals with healthier ingredients. Re-energize and rejuvenate with the power of Reiki.
Want to get away? Pack your bags for the ultimate wellness road trip. The Southeast Vipassana Center and several over-the-top spas you might not be aware of are just a short drive away!
Another highlight of this issue is a fun Q&A with new Hilton Head Island residents Tyler Crispen and Angela Rummans of Big Brother fame. The article was written by two of our interns, who were big fans of the show before moving here. Actually, one of the interns helped convince the other to move here by saying, “We may end up hanging out with Tyler and Angela at the beach.”
Those words were prophetic. Shortly after the interns moved here, the famous couple bought a house on Hilton Head, and the two arranged for an interview (at the beach, of course). Be sure to check it out on page 44, then go to our website to watch their awesome behind-the-scenes video with the famous couple.
Tangela (what youngsters call the couple) both go on and on about how much they love it here, and how much better it is here than in California. Of course, we didn’t need them to tell us that. We already knew. Have a wonderful February!
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Grapefruit Green Smoothie
Thanks to the mild winter, my grapefruit tree just keeps on giving! This recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 medium grapefruit, peeled
1 large sweet apple, cored, peeled
2 cups spinach
1 large ripe banana
2-3 ice cubes
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon ginger, chopped
 Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.  Add more liquid if too thick, ice to thicken, and banana or apple to sweeten.