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.Read More
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.Read More
Growing up the fairest person in LA, I despised my skin. I found the process of protecting it exhausting and embarrassing. Everyone was comparing tans, while I thought about sun poisoning; I knew from experience how it would feel if I was out too long - one major reason why I love the shade.Read More
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”.Read More
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?Read More
Nearly everyone in the world consumes caffeine on a daily basis. Whether it’s an actual dependency or you seek it for its health qualities, our morning brews make it easier to get up and running.
Since most teas and coffee contain caffeine, they have similar health benefits and negative side effects. It’s not fair to say one is better than the other, as both affect individuals differently. In general, caffeine can increase mental alertness, has antioxidants, and preventative qualities towards Parkinson’s and different cancers. Others find caffeine causes nervousness, insomnia, nausea, increased heart rate, or shortness of breath. We encourage you to notice how caffeine effects you as an individual.Read More
In NYC, I am most captivated by the beauty of this city and the people in it. The Green Market at Union Square is one of those places: the surrounding architecture, farm stands with piles of produce, flowers, fresh fish, and a sky framing the buildings; New Yorkers walk at a slower pace than usual here.Read More