The Demise of the Vegan Yogi

Damn it! I have gone about this all wrong.

Note to self for the future and all others that are considering heading off overseas for training, retreat or detox. Follow this valuable advice..

Holiday FIRST, Detox SECOND.

Three weeks of solid daily yoga practice combined with tropical weather and vegan food does the most amazing things for your body and skin. I was literally radiating at the end of the training; my skin was glowing and my body was looking better than it had in years. I was strong, healthy, fit, and glowing from the inside out.

The first few days after the teacher training I kept up my yoga and vegetarian eating styles really , really well. Then the cracks started to appear.

I think it was maybe about a week after we completed it that I had my first reunion with meat in 5 weeks, in the form of a hamburger. I had sat there at dinner with my husband and girlfriends on previous nights ordering my vegetarian dishes green (literally) with envy at the delicious burgers that were coming to the table. I could do this, it was fine, I didn’t even miss meat… Who was I fooling?!

On the night before it all went pear shaped (pun city here!), I laid awake thinking of those burgers. It was all I could think about, my body ached for meat, my dreams were filled with burgers, beautiful… beautiful burgers…

So the following night I made it my mission to get myself the most delicious burger, and it was a meal dreams are made of. How had I survived so long without this?!

The next night I still hadn’t sated this hunger for meat, so I went to another restaurant for another burger… and then the next night, and then the next night…


My girlfriend and I had to laugh as we sampled the burger on the menu at every restaurant in Canggu over the next few nights, Deus, Betelnut, Echo Beach, Lacalita. We certainly weren’t fitting the mould of the authentic vegan yogis, in fact we were failing miserably at it.


The DELICIOUS burger @ Lacaliti

Needless to say, my banging yoga bod is a distant memory. Instead I am rocking a noticeable burger belly…

Ahhh who runs away to yoga camp and comes back to tighter jeans? Yes that’s me, I do!

Don’t even get me started on the boozin’.. With no work to wake up to, and your only priority every day being to pick where you watch the sunset. Well it gets pretty hard to knock back the happy hour specials…


Aint that the truth!

So if there is one thing you take away from my blog it’s this; always finish with the detox, ALWAYS finish with the detox.

Onward Bound xo

About Onward Bound

After a couple of years of dealing with anxiety and infertility; I quit my job and headed overseas to do my yoga teacher training and travel. Here is my place to share my experiences about life, love, yoga, travel, food & everything else in between. This is my pursuit of happiness. I hope you enjoy xo
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