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         Guests enjoy
       themselves in
   the Michelangelo
  Restaurant, right,
  in a themed toga-
     party dinner on
     board the Costa
Fortuna cruise ship.
    All the meals are
 prepared by vegan
   chefs for Holistic
       Holiday at Sea
      The Grand Turk
      Island, bottom,
    is seen from the
       Costa Fortuna.
  The island boasts
      beautiful white
  sand beaches and
cerulean blue water.

On the cover:
The Costa Fortuna
o�ers a Holistic
Holiday in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                CAROLYN MITTELSTADT/SUN MEDIA

     Vegging on the high seas
            Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise caters to vegetarians but is also friendly to meat eaters
     CAROLYN MITTELSTADT              features dozens of experts in       ries to take part.                   Cookbook, ($19.95, Square              The four ports of call              foundation, says 410 people
          Sun Media                   about 140 classes, lectures,           I have been a vegetarian          One Publishers) written by          included Puerto Rico, the              attended the first Holistic Hol-
                                      workshops, fitness classes and       since I was 14 years old, and        Pukel and head chef Mark            Virgin Islands, St. Maarten            iday at Sea in 2004.
   The food is still the star of      cooking classes.                    I went on the cruise with my         Hanna, you can also enjoy the       and the Turk Islands — all of             About 725 were part of the
the show.                                The food is specially pre-       dad, who has eaten meat all          cruise’s amazing dishes in the      which were absolutely breath-          Holistic cruise last year and he
   But instead of feeling tired,      pared by seven chefs who            his life and has never consid-       comfort of your own home.           taking and featured spectacu-          had 1,000 Holistic vacationers
lethargic and maybe even 10           prepare gourmet vegetarian          ered becoming a vegetarian.             The captain, a ruggedly          lar excursions.                        this year, mostly from North
pounds heavier, you leave             and vegan meals using only             One of the highlights of the      handsome Italian man, has              One truly                           America, but also from Japan,
this cruise feeling refreshed,        organic ingredients.                week was a sinfully delicious        been a vegetarian for three         inspirational                                            Australia and
energetic and maybe even 10              Almost 1,000 cruise-goers        chocolate mousse dessert,            years.                              class was the                                            Europe.
pounds lighter.                       were part of this year’s Holistic   which had no dairy and no               “I’m vegetarian, so I’m very     recovery                                                    To p e o -
   Welcome to the Holistic            cruise on the Costa Fortuna,        sugar, prepared by Canadian          interested in this group,” says     panel, a group                                          ple debating
Holiday at Sea Cruise, dedi-          which also hosted about 2,300       chef Eric Lechasseur.                Claudio De Fenza, who has           of people                                              whether or not
cated to your overall health          other regular cruise-goers.            “A lot of people don’t do         been with Costa Cruise Lines        diagnosed                                              to go on the
and wellness.                            Although the cruise caters       dairy,” Pukel says. “I take it       for 21 years, seven years as        with terminal                                          c r u i s e, P u k e l
   Created by natural foods           to vegetarians, vegans and          a step further and use no            captain.                            cancer who                                            says, “try it. If
expert Sandy Pukel, the cruise        people who follow the macro-        sugar.”                                 “The food is great, and I try    turned to                                             you don’t like it,
is a week-long holiday in a           biotic diet, you don’t have to         And, with Greens and              all the dishes they prepare.”       holistic and                                         you can eat off
Caribbean paradise, which             fall into one of these catego-      Grains on the Deep Blue Sea             And, with classes running        alternative                                          the regular menu.
                                                                                                               from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., you         therapies,                                             “What do you
                                                                                                               can start your day with pilates,    includ-                                            have to lose but
                                                                                                               yoga or meditation, and then        ing macro-                                         a few pounds, ill-
                                                                                                               attend numerous lectures,           biotics, when standard                             ness, aches and
                                                                                                               workshops or cooking classes        chemo and radiation treat-             pains and the fear of the
                                                                                                               throughout the day.                 ments didn’t work for them.            unknown? You have every-
                                                                                                                  You can attend any class            Simply put, macrobiotics            thing to gain.
                                                                                                               that interests you and take as      puts a strict focus on a diet             “This week is about being
                                                                                                               many or as few as you’d like.       with no processed food, and            able to change your life, about
                                                                                                                  However, with experts in         consists primarily of whole            taking responsibility for your
                                                                                                               such varied fields as alterna-      grains, beans, vegetables, and         own life. You have the power
                                                                                                               tive health, research science,      moderate amounts of seafood            to change yourself.”
                                                                                                               macrobiotics, shiatsu and           and fruit.                                Next year’s Holistic Holi-
                                                                                                               vegan and macrobiotic cook-            By following this diet, these       day at Sea will take place from
                                                                                                               ing, you may find some of the        people, who all came from dif-         March 1 to March 8, and will
                                                                                                               classes you want to take over-      ferent backgrounds, were able          visit phenomenal ports of call
                                                                                                               lap each other or are offered       to beat cancer.                        in the Caribbean.
                                                                                                               while on you are on an excur-          As Warren Kramer, an inter-            Starting from $1,195 per
                                                                                                               sion in a port of call.             nationally-renowned macro-             person double occupancy,
                                                                                                                  Not to worry — you have          biotic counsellor, lecturer and        the price includes all profes-
                                                                                                               the option of buying a CD of        cooking teacher says, “if it’s         sionally prepared meals and
                                                                                                               the class in the bookstore so       the food you eat that makes            all lectures, classes and work-
                                                                                                               you don’t miss out on any-          you sick, why can’t the food           shops.
                                                                                                               thing.                              you eat make you well?”                   Visit www.atasteofhealth.
                                                                                                                  “The biggest complaint is           Pu ke l , w h o i s a l s o t h e   org for more information.
                                                                                                               there’s too many choices,”          founder of A Taste of Health,
                                                                               CAROLYN MITTELSTADT/SUN MEDIA   Pukel says.                         a non-profit educational                 carolyn.mittelstadt@sunmedia.ca

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