My first time in Asia after living in the Philippines in 2007.
Ever since I have introduced lots of changes into my life.
One of them was changing my diet overnight from a standard american diet to a raw vegan diet.
One day I got sick from over-consuming coffee and just in general having a poor diet. That night I discovered the raw vegan lifestyle and decided to make a decision right then and there.
I packed up my kitchen completely, all the meats, dairy, beer, etc and gave everything to my coworkers. The next morning I went to the local grocery store and spent 200 USD on just produce. For the next 6 months I had nothing but raw fruits, vegetables and a few nuts and seeds. It was such an exciting time because after the initial caffeine withdrawal symptoms that lasted about 2 weeks, I started to feel amazing. So much energy!
Although I ate all day and only exercised for about 30 minutes a day, I constantly lost weight which was an added bonus. I tracked nutrition and slowly I realized that my life started to revolve around my diet. I can truthfully say that I was a fanatic.
I still care, eat raw and organic if I can, but also have cooked vegan or vegetarian food.
While traveling these days I try my best to eat healthy. Of course, fresh organic fruit is not available everywhere, and beside that I strive to experience local dishes as food serves as an expression of cultural identity.
Fresh organic fruit is not available everywhere
I am so glad to be in Chiang Mai right now as I feel that that eating a high amount of raw dishes, or even just mono-fruit really improves my state of wellbeing. I don’t really care about longevity but rather the quality of life. Really like the feeling of not being weighed down after a heavy meal. For me its important to do as much as possible and gain experiences while traveling. Eating sometimes gets in the way, so it is easy to just grab some fruit from a market and move on. And of course the taste is so much better than when the fruits are picked unripe and then sold to in western stores.
In addition, Chiang Mai has great restaurants that offer lots of vegan or vegetarian foods
and the quality is usually really good.
One of my favorites is a bowl of fresh fruit with coconut yoghurt. I would have that every day. Just once I got sick from restaurant food which brought me a sleepless night in the bathroom.
I found out about an ayurvedic center here in Chiang Mai that offers colonics, which I took advantage of the very next day to get cleaned out - and voila - it fixed everything right away. Got to say that the two ladies did an outstanding job and I never experienced a colonic like that.
Firstly the old lady at the front desk is super lovely and cute, and the two ladies actually doing the colonic are very professional and fun. One of them is doing the actual colonic , while the other one was massaging the abdominal area, firstly with nothing, later with hot oil. I have never experienced such a pleasant and gentle massage. All the staff was really nice and friendly, definitely a place I would come back to, such an awesome experience.
It is awesome to see that more and more vegan places show up, and it positively surprised me being in Chiang Mai for a couple of weeks. I personally stay away from street food, as somehow I found that eggs are used quite frequently even without them being mentioned on a menu. Another thing is to watch out for hidden sugars. Another thing that’s not mentioned on the menu. It’s a good advice to always ask about added sugar syrup and ask for it on the side.
For me health is not only about the food, it includes so much more. Food is a great to jumpstart the journey to health. Factors like stress are definitely super deteriorating to health and have to taken seriously.
Personally I include as much much physical and non-physical exercises. Some of which are:
Massages, Essential Oils, Fresh Air, bodily movements, Yoga, Stretching, Daily Check-In, Sun, Meditation, Breathing Exercises and keeping a low stress level in life.
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