We always wanted a home stay. Living in the coastal area of Northern Holland and later in the beautiful Ardennes of Belgium we could offer the perfect location for a long weekend or summer holidays. The idea of meeting new people from different backgrounds, with their own views on life appealed to us. I could tell the guests all about the interesting places in the area, and my husband, a passionate amateur chef, was looking forward to preparing and serving the most delicious and fancy meals. Accommodation was available. But it never came to it though. Our jobs demanded regular relocations and so we moved forth and back between Europe and South-East Asia. We never stayed in one place long enough to fulfill our dream. Until that moment came that we had to ask ourselves how to continue with our lives. At that point we were enjoying all the ingredients for a troublesome future; stress, poor diet and insufficient exercise. If we wanted to live that happy and healthy life away from medics and medicines we needed to have an honest talk with ourselves and make a few drastic changes.
Since moving had become a routine, it was decided within 2 weeks to change hustling and bustling Hong Kong, our residence at that time, for the quiet hills in Northern Thailand. Besides a few chill weekends in Phuket and a few days in Hua Hin when it was only a few houses with a market, we had not been in Thailand. For a still unknown reason we decided to check out Chiang Mai. My husband's look at an online hotel reservation system took us to the (wrong) area way north of the city. A place where we actually did not want to start our 'new life's destination' research. We arrived in the dark, no idea where we were. But the following morning when we woke up our jaws dropped in 'awww' and decided this would be our new home. Two months later we moved to Thailand, together with our four dogs.
Our daughter, who had lived in Beijing for 6 years, also came to live in Chiang Mai. The pollution of China's capital had not done her health good. To improve her health condition she was advised to follow an all green and raw diet for as long as520it would take, but at least for a few months. Now, for a member of a gourmet family that is worse than any traditional boot camp. But left no other choice, she courageously started her new diet. One never stops being a mum or dad so we offered to support her by joining her on her vegetable crusade. Not as rigid though, but we did limit the glasses of wine, nice steaks and great cooked Thai curries. Now how does one enjoy a raw veggie plate each and every day? Our paths crossed with a raw food chef who willingly stayed with us for a week or two. She taught us the do and don'ts and how to prepare great tasting dishes that were not just salad piles. After two weeks we felt fitter than we had done in the past years. A few weeks later a loose remark from Jan about baggy pants made us realize we had lost significant weight. The best part was that our daughter's symptoms had disappeared. Just by adjusting her diet, no medicine used. Slowly but surely the fresh ingredients replaced most cooked ones. We regained our vitality and energy, and we felt very healthy and happy. Jan and I did lose something though; 25 kilos each. Now how can you tell your loved ones about this change that had such impact on our health and live. How can you convince them to follow this lifestyle if they want to have the same results? Gradually the idea of sharing our thoughts and passion took new forms. And the idea of Chivasuka was born. A place where people who also realize something has to change in their lifestyle can come and make a start. Or people who are looking for a healthy break. And it is a very comfortable place to start for those who do want to lose a few pounds in a healthy and sustainable way. Every one deserves to feel as good as we do. And our home stay? Chivasuka surpasses our dream.
Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher, Health Enthusiast with a love for people and a passion for life