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Archive for March, 2009

Thai Organic Life

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

These people have a shop in Koh Samui and have a website at http://www.thaiorganiclife.com/.

Checkout the website and see this page for mail ordering:-

http://www.thaiorganiclife.com/SHOP.html

If there is more on offer why not post here?

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Cafe Corner

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

This is another healthy restaurant located in Banglamphu – http://www.vegdining.com/GetRest.cfm?rk=THA-BANG-CAFEC.

It has recently moved (not far), and has a restaurant bar and an alcove across the street. Pleasant for a fuddy-duddy like me – music! I avoided this before because it was backpackers. It still is but it is pleasant as well.

Well worth a visit.

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May Kaidee

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

May has opened a series of restaurants in Banglamphu near Khaosan Road, please see her site for details (http://www.maykaidee.com). This place was a godsend for me once I started the diet. I had visited there before when not on diet but then to find that I could eat there and eat healthy macrobiotic food is excellent.

Her food is suitable for macrobiotic, vegan and vegetarian as well as being organic.

One small quibble. Some of her food contains TVP. Whilst natural soy is fine I have concerns about processed soy.

Well worth a visit.

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Cheewajit

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

When Thai people ask me what is my diet I say “Cheewajit”. For me Cheewajit is a Thailand diet which is macrobiotic without the yinyang balance. Many Thais say to me they do Cheewajit a bit!!

Cheewajit is very important to me and one of the main reasons I am trying to develop this blog. All Thai people who eat Cheewajit will use recipes and access sourcing for foods in Thailand that macrobiotic people could use. So ginsukapaapdee is asking for their contributions. Can you help us with restaurants, sourcing and recipes?

Cheewajit  is a diet started by Dr Sathit who has a foundation promoting his cures. There is  a Cheewajit website (in Thai)

http://www.cheewajit.com/about.aspx

and the foundation promotes training and activities. In Bangkok Dr Sathit is based at Bangkok 9 International Hospital, 10th floor.

Email for the website is apitason@amarin.co.th

Addendum

Sadly Dr Sathit has died but I understand that his work continues at the hospital. I also believe there is a Cheewajit magazine.

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Diets

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

What do these people eat?

Vegans – people do not eat meat, fish or dairy.

Vegetarian – people do not eat meat or fish.

Macrobiotics – people tend to eat natural food and balance their foods using the principle of yinyang. They tend not to eat processed foods, sugar, coffee etc. They eat mainly grains, beans, vegetables and fruit – and a little fish.

In Thailand brown rice is a good indication of healthy food but in restaurants it is rare to find brown rice. Buying brown rice is quite easy as main supermarkets have it, but it is more difficult to buy organic brown rice.

A vegetarian diet can be more healthy but not eating meat or fish only marginally improves your health. Of course a vegetarian diet can embrace healthier eating such as not eating processed foods.

It is healthier to eat organic food as organic food has not been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides. It is not known how much these chemicals affect the foods but logic tells us that foods without pesticides are less likely to be harmful.

If we write about restaurants, can we write (with tags) suitable for macrobiotics, vegans or vegetarians and whether food is organic?

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Herbs

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

Thailand has a strong history of traditional medicine combing the two branches of massage and herbal treatment. Hopefully we can discuss the advantages of such herbal treatments but to begin with here is a summary table of some Thai herbs:-

http://zandtao.com/health/healthtable.htm

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Restaurants

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

Eating out is always difficult on a diet. Whilst there are always online sources for restaurants it is better to get recommendations. With macrobiotics in Thailand brown rice is an issue as white rice is ubiquitous. In the blog there will be recommendations. Please add your own.

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Sourcing

Posted by billzant on March 19, 2009

In the macrobiotic diet you  eat grains, veg, beans and fruit mainly. Brown rice is readily available, but is organic brown rice? What about other grains?

If you look at a macroibiotic recipe book there are many items that are not available in the supermarkets  or local stores.  Are there any suppliers prepared to deliver? If so please write a comment.

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Gin sukapaap dee!

Posted by billzant on March 18, 2009

Welcome to Healthy Diet in Thailand – กิมสุขภาพดี – gin sukapaap dee.

I am convinced Thailand can be a healthy place to live but it is not always easy finding what is good for your  health as I have recently found out when just starting a macrobiotic diet.

For people on a diet they need sourcing, restaurants etc. Can you help with this?

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