A week in the sun is one of the best medicines ever in my book – a good dose of vitamin D, swimming in salt water, eating and drinking al fresco and plenty of time to relax from the stresses of everyday life. So we took ourselves off to sunny Lanzarote for a week of relaxation, sunshine and good food. This was the perfect setting to maintain our sugar free, gluten free lifestyle (well, the odd blip with a jug of sangria on one night but we’re only human after all!).
Our hotel was located on the beach and we enjoyed a daily swim in the sea. Swimming in the sea is beneficial to our health – salt and potassium in the water helps to heal damaged skin, particularly conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. The chilly water activates cold sensors in our skin which trigger a burst of adrenaline, a natural painkiller which relieves our aches and pains. Research has shown that swimming just three times a week in open water activates our immune system and increases our white blood cell count, helping fight and prevent infection.
There were plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from in Playa Blanca and over on the Marina, in fact we were spoilt for choice. There was always plenty of fresh fish on offer and meat dishes if you are looking for something gluten free, sugar free, paleo or ketogenic. Of course, they all serve the high carb meals too – pasta and pizza, chips and rice – but it was easy to stay away from this. One of our favourite tapas bars is located in Playa Blanca overlooking the ferry to Fuerteventura. Padron peppers are my particular favourite – charred on the grill and tossed in olive oil and rock salt. Delicious. We enjoyed a variety of other dishes there too along with the local red wine and didn’t have to feel guilty about any of it.
Feeling slightly brave one evening on the Marina, we decided to try the octopus for starter and share it between us. I don’t think either of us expected to be presented with a whole octopus, not least because it was meant for one person! We weren’t sure if you could eat the body so just played safe and ate the tentacles – delicious. Having researched it later, it seems that octopus is full of nutrients and minerals. Low in saturated fat, it is a good source of niacin, vitamin B6 and phosphorous, potassium, zinc and is a very good source of protein, vitamin B12, iron, copper and selenium.
So, whether you are gluten free, sugar free, paleo or ketogenic – a holiday in Lanzarote can easily cater for all of these and any dietary requirements. If you are looking for a Mediterranean style holiday and delicious food then look no further. It even adds sunshine into the mix and beautiful crystal water for swimming. What more can you ask for?