Four recipe books for putting the “fun and balance” back into “healthy living”

Gareth Stubbs and Jeroen Coenen, founders of the Spanish retreat D-Toxd Living are crowdfunding to launch a recipe book called The Balance Factor.

Four recipe books for putting the "fun and balance" back into "healthy living" (F)Based in Benissa, Spain the health retreat opened in 2014, with both owners having never had any formal training in cooking but just a mutual love of eating.

Stubbs met Coenen in 2008 and he asked him to help him understand food, and healthy living, better.

And now, two and a half years later, and requests every week for a recipe book, the pair decided to launch one.

On their crowdfunding page they describe the book as: “It’s an experience that takes you through the seasons, providing you with detailed plans of what to eat throughout the year – Warming Winter stews and soups to Sizzling Summer salads and stir fries, Amazing Autumnal roasts and relishes to Scintillating Spring smoothies and sauces.

“But healthy living isn’t just about food – it’s about much, much more and we know from our experience of working with quite a few people, that planning is the key area of challenge when it comes to living a healthy balanced life and The Balance Factor takes all of that into account. Meal plans, shopping lists, food diaries and exercise plans for the seasons – we have done our best to combine it and put it all in one place for you to enjoy.”

On their page they ask:

“In order to get this book, or should we say, series of books out into the world, we need your help.

It’s taken almost 18 months of consistent, solid hard work to get the format of our books clear and we’re pleased to say that we’re finally there. We have a structure, we have a list and we’re ready to rock and roll.

But publishing a book is expensive. Creating and publishing four is even more challenging – but if you know us, you’ll know that we do like the odd challenge every now and then.

So, over the course of the next year, we’ll be releasing our four books – that is, if we achieve the targets we need to get this done.

January 2017 – The Winter Edition

April 2017 – The Spring Collection

July 2017 – The Summer Assortment

October 2017 – The Autumn Arrangement

Each edition (or season) will provide you with plans, recipes, information, exercises and so much more that will, at the end of the year, give you a complete collection of everything you need to be healthy and happy.

Recipes will be as seasonal (and simple) as possible, providing your body with what it truly needs during the different times of the year.

Exercises will be tailored and created for you to do in the comfort of your own home, again in line with the times of the year.

We’ll include all of the favourite meals from our Retreat, following our Program and structure that we use each week including Easy Meals, Juices & Smoothies, Soups and Salads, Naya Fiesta Meals, Family Favourites and of course, everyone’s favourite, Snacks and Treats.

Plans will be structured so that they are as simple to follow as possible, giving you a true balance without having to sit down and think too much.

We’ll even be running Special Weeks at our Retreat in Spain, dedicated to showing you exactly how we create the meals we do every week. These Gourmet Fitness Weeks will be tied in with the launch of each of the books as they come out so stay posted for more information about those.”

If you are interested in finding out more about their project you can find their crowdfunding page here.

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