Mindful Eating

Shade Market Cooking: Roasted Celery Root Salad

Shade Market Cooking: Roasted Celery Root Salad

Coming from America, one of the great things about cooking in Turkey is the familiarity of the ingredients. The seasons for growing are very similar here: tomatoes in the summer, peas in the spring and pumpkin in the fall. The difference is the approach to using ingredients. At the morning markets in Istanbul, groups of men gather around tables to eat piles of raw vegetables, cheese and chunks of fluffy bread for breakfast. This is a country where veggies are at the heart of meals, and seasonal eating is a rule.

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Mindful Eating = Mindful Living

Mindful Eating = Mindful Living

During the 4 week duration, the cleanse took me on a journey inward. Being forced to think before eating or drinking suddenly sparked a lot of thought. While having lunch, I was aware of how the food differed from what I might normally eat: how it tasted, how it smelled, what emotions it triggered. While digesting I could feel my body working, absorbing nutrients. When something didn't agree with me, I could feel my body’s disdain.

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Rice is Life

Rice is Life

Before coming here, I was aware of rice as a part of a Thai meal.  In New York, I would usually order a side of rice to go with my giant bowl of massaman curry.  Paige and I were sitting down having a coffee near our apartment in Chiang Mai, when I noticed a young Thai woman passing by.  She was carrying a tote bag with the perfect slogan printed on it.  It said: "RICE IS LIFE”.   

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The Breakdown: Antioxidants

The Breakdown: Antioxidants

It seems that television news broadcasts are constantly advertising a new antioxidant-rich "superfood".  They tout the cancer prevention values of antioxidants as if it's a miracle.  It's no wonder that cancer prevention is a hot topic in the news. About 25% of deaths in the United States are caused by various forms of cancer.  But for all of the talk about antioxidants, I for one, was clueless about what they actually do. What are antioxidants?  How do they help prevent cancer?

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