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Healthy, Holistic Week-long Cruise Set to Sail Sunday

by Kyle Machado, The Miami Herald, Thursday, February 26, 2004

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The week-long holistic cruise offers good food, lectures and discussions on everything from reversing the aging process to unlocking the keys to spiritual development and curing disease.

Start with thousands of pounds of brown rice. Add some Zen teachers from around the world, a few famous chefs, healthy desserts and put them all onto a cruise ship.

The result is a “Holistic Holiday at Sea,” which is set to start Sunday in Port Everglades. The whole cruise was planned by Sandy Pukel, owner of the Oak Feed Natural Food Market in the Grove.

He is expecting more than 400 people from around the United States to celebrate all things alternative and healthy on the ship the Costa Atlantica.

Pukel says this “Voyage to Well-Being” is not a usual cruise filled with excesses. Pukel is supplying all the food for the cruise and chef Mark Hanna will prepare..

Pukel says that for those who can’t deal with a week straight of tofu, the ship will also have its regular menu items available.

Along with the food will come lectures and discussions on everything from reversing the aging process to unlocking the keys to spiritual development and curing disease..

“It’s more than a vacation and more than a bunch of seminars [on health],” Pukel says. “Nobody can be happy without being healthy and it’s the same vice versa, and this cruise will have the setting and the atmosphere to facilitate both.”

The first stop on the cruise will be Key West, where instead of the usual romp down Duval Street, there will be yoga in the morning followed by a journey through feng-shui basics, and right before dinner, “The Magical Macrobiotic Food Mystery Tour.”

The health boat then heads for Cozumel, Mexico, where there will be Ohashiatsu with Ohashi, and Flying Star Feng-Shui in 2004 with Jami Lin.

Cruiser Larry Krug, 58, of Coconut Grove is looking forward to the diving in Cozumel. He – and four of his friends who are all trainers and physical therapists – are also taking the cruise to learn.

“Combining the sun and the fun of a cruise with lectures and cooking classes all the while eating the best food in the world,” said Krug, a customer at Oak Feed Natural Food Store for 35 years. “What more could I want?

“This cruise is perfect for anybody. It would be perfect for an athlete and it would be perfect for someone recovering from cancer,” he said. “I just know I will be learning, eating well and having fun.”

After Cozumel, the cruise will travel to Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, and spend two days at sea.

Erica Rand, 60, of Coconut Grove has been on a macrobiotic diet for 22 years and has been one of Pukel’s customers for 24 years. Rand, who is going with a friend, said she is “looking forward to some quiet time on the boat” but added, “I’m looking forward to some dancing and lots of meditation. I also want to go to some cooking classes.”

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