This article was excerpted from the debut issue of our monthly community newspaper, the Camana Bay Times, available for collection throughout the Town Centre, including the Camana Bay Visitor Centre.
By Laura Bryson
The right way to kick-start any New Year’s resolution is to set a goal – like following a healthy lifestyle – that you can maintain and have it gradually become a part of everyday life.
January is a perfect time to change your routine and at Camana Bay, a healthy lifestyle is easily attained.
Transitioning to a cleaner lifestyle may seem overwhelming at first, but with the growth of healthy options such as Jessie’s Juice Bar, a favourite eatery of Cayman’s active community, you can please your tastebuds while nourishing your body at the same time.
“Our focus is on taste as much as health and we are firm believers that you need to enjoy your food and feel good about what you’re eating,” says owner Jessie Ormond.
It takes just a few small changes to make a big difference.
“Finding healthier substitutions for less healthy choices is a great place to start and we have numerous examples throughout our menu,” Jessie says, adding that the eatery’s house-made wraps and baked goods are made from fruit and vegetable pulp and juices, which increases their nutrient density and flavour while also reducing calories.
Abacus restaurant also supports healthy eating by encouraging guests to enjoy dishes made with local fruits and vegetables from the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market, which they showcase in their Saturday night farm-to-table dinner menus. Bay Market offers fresh salads and various prepared healthy foods that are tasty and nutritious.
If you want to have a go at preparing healthy foods in your own home, the shops at Camana Bay have just what you need. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or brand new to the kitchen, appliances are available at local retailers that facilitate healthy cooking.
Bon Vivant stocks Breville juicers and blenders you can use to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables for morning smoothies or nightly soups, which allow you to add plenty of vitamins and minerals to your diet. This luxury kitchen equipment store also sells Breville slow cookers which provide a convenient, low-fat method of cooking – add meat and vegetables in the morning and return eight hours later to a prepared dinner.
For fitness lovers, it’s easy to join one of the many classes at CrossFit Cayman, but for those new to a fitness routine, it’s tough to take that first step. Both CrossFit and Anytime Fitness offer introductory specials to help new members establish a routine, along with daily group classes and private training.
Early this year, Camana Bay will welcome RYDE, a boutique indoor cycling studio that will offer both performance and rhythm classes. “We have put our focus into incorporating the finest technology with world-class instructors to create an experience like nothing else in Cayman,” says Christine Connor, one of the owners. “RYDE will feature stadium-style seating and performance-tracking technology that sets us apart from the spin class pack, creating a space for competitive personalities to thrive.”
For those who are gym-shy, a convenient and free way to start exercising is by stepping outside and putting one foot in front of the other. Walking is a low-impact exercise that offers great health benefits and Camana Bay is a wonderful place to trek.
Having the proper active wear and gear can help motivate you and overcome any mental blocks you may have when it comes to beginning an exercise routine. Catherine Dawson-James of Sand Angels recently opened Activ Angels, an active wear and athleisure apparel shop, along with a stylish kids’ boutique, Little Angels. The interconnecting shops offer a variety of brands such as GAIAM, Strong Body and Spiritual Gangster, plus fitness equipment ranging from yoga mats, blocks and towels to balance balls for both