I’ve been making a conscious effort to add more Thailand-friendly whole food prebiotics to my diet. One way to achieve this is to eat more green bananas. Green bananas are about as commonplace as dirt in this country, with a price tag to match. Problem is though, who really wants to eat one? To find a way to answer that question with the words, “I do,” Continue reading “Green Banana Salted Date Smoothie”
It’s time for another 6-week Plant Paradox update, so let’s get to it.
Luckily, these past 6 weeks have found me mostly in Thailand, which translates to an easier time sticking to the program. Eating out so much during work travel brings in the mystery element with food sourcing, and I’m becoming increasingly picky about this sort of thing. When I am in Thailand, I mostly eat from home.
And so, without further adieu, after 18 weeks attempting to put myself into a low lectin Continue reading “Plant Paradox – After 18 Weeks !”
For a time, a few years back when both my boys were still at home with me in Thailand, and to go with our Family Movie Nights, I was knocking out 2 pizzas nearly every Friday evening – one with red sauce and one with white (because dinner would be way too easy if everyone wanted the same colored sauce on their pizza).
These days I make pizza far less often, in part because Continue reading “Garlicky White Sauce for Pizza”
Sometime I celebrate my annual holiday in the US by making questionable kitchen purchases to bring back to Thailand.
For example, a size large Continue reading “Simple Roasted Root Veggies and Friends”
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies such as 23andMe have been around for years already. But do they provide any useful insight into one’s health? Or are they best considered a recreational pursuit, taken with the same grain of salt with which, for example, a girlfriend and I recently attempted (unsuccessfully) to find a fortune teller in Chinatown last to tell us about ourselves.
How it is possible Not to find a fortune teller in Bangkok’s Chinatown Continue reading “Genetic Testing for Wellness: Worth It?”
Australia comfortably identifies with both Eastern and Western cultures. It has been fascinating to visit the – to my initial mind “Western” cities of Sydney and Melbourne, only to find Japanese noodle shops on every block, Thai food every other and reliably authentic Continue reading “Cookbook Review: Paleo Every Day”
The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, “If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.” Said Diogenes, “Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king.
— Anthony de Mello
Lentils – and legumes in general – are a polarising food.
I’m loyal to the Lentil.
I like the taste and think my body appreciates them too, at least in moderation.
They are earthy and make me feel like a low-on-the-food-chain sorceress every time I cook with them. That means something to me in this era of i-phones and food delivery services.
A good lentil salad can go places, Continue reading “A Go-to Lentil Salad”
Before writing anything more, I need to put out here that my initial thoughts were that I’m not proud of my performance during these past 6 weeks. Compared to the first 6 weeks, really, I didn’t think I improved at all.
Or did I?
As I reflect on this second 6 week period of focusing on eating in a Plant Paradox friendly (Dr Steven Gundry’s Low Lectin Lifestyle Diet, Continue reading “Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In”
Yes, the accommodations are over-priced.
Yes, the island service can be indifferent.
Yes, the restaurant food may stress your GI system.
But, as a 13-year Bangkok resident, I’m a forever fan of Ko Samet, a small island off the eastern seaboard in Rayong province. It’s a 4 hour drive to the pier and another 20 minutes by speedboat (or 40 by ferry) to get onto the island, where its numerous white sand beaches Continue reading “On Letting Go + a Luxe Day Spa (Paradee) on Ko Samet”
To eat is human, to digest is divine. — Mark Twain
Getting enough prebiotics into one’s diet is really important. Prebiotics are food for the good gut bugs (aka, “probiotics”) residing in our microbiome – the ones we need in large numbers to keep the bad bugs in their place and generally have a healthy digestive process, and it seems increasingly, good health overall.
Prebiotics tend to be fiber-rich foods. This can make it a challenge to eat enough when you are also trying to eat a low carb diet. By dramatically reducing our daily carb intake, as one does on the Plant Paradox eating plan, we might inadvertently be starving our good gut bugs.
One solution, some people think, is Continue reading “How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help”