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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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Self-Reliance in Thailand

Self-Reliance in Thailand

When I think of the "American Dream", I think of George and Lenny huddled next to a campfire making grand plans.  The idea of being able to "live off the fat of the land" is as American as cold beer and barbecue.  It's fulfillment, however, is far less common.  In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck was writing of an "American Dream" that is all but dead.  Like George and Lenny, most farmers never experience the ideal of being self reliant.  Ironically, it is here in Thailand, at PunPun Center for Self Reliance, that I see the actualization of an American Dream.

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Mindful Eating: A Struggle with Meat

Towards the end of the year, many of us self-reflect and evaluate what we want for ourselves. My continuing hope is to listen to my body. Over the last 4 years, I’ve struggled with what my body is saying about whether or not I should eat meat.

This is not a moral objection to eating meat masquerading as a health concern. I want to, I really do. This is especially true as I embark on this project exploring and reporting on all things in the intersection between humans and food. But, certain meats just don’t agree with me. Where most people get energy from meat-protein, I feel weighed down, and my body has a hard time processing it. Some meats go down more harshly than others: I was not-so-kindly reminded after eating lengua & cabeza tacos last week. But, some meats don’t affect me at all, like chicken and rabbit. I am not the type of person to deprive myself of things I like, but there has to be some self-control if they end up hurting me.

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Moderate Yourself

With Thanksgiving a couple days away, it's fitting to discuss this topic which few Americans have mastered: why is it that we can't seem to monitor ourselves in eating moderately? We've heard it countless times - eat until just before you feel full. Why don't we listen to our bodies? It's not like we feel good after we stuff ourselves to the point where it's hard to breathe. The human body can use up to 80% of its energy to digest food. If we could make this process easier on our systems - by consuming whole foods that are easily digested, heavy in nutrients, and stopping before we're full - think of the energy we could save and use towards other activities.

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