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Panchakarma Treatment, Sri Lanka

While visiting one of my yogi friends in Australia this spring, she mentioned that I should do a panchakarma treatment over the summer. Since last summer was all about the transition from Thailand to Brunei, I didn’t have the time or money to do a detox.

She explained that panchakarma is an Ayurvedic treatment, thousands of years old, that seeks to balance the mind and body through various treatments. And so for nine days* I undertook my first panchakarma at Peacock Garden Ayurveda in southern Sri Lanka.

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Lifestyle Juicery Cleanse

logo2At the beginning of the month, I completed a six day juice cleanse from Lifestyle Juicery. While I have completed detoxes before at Ananda Resort and The Yoga Retreat in Koh Pha Ngan, this was different.

The Reasons

After my trip to Myanmar, I returned to Bangkok very tired and sick. A couple weeks back into the work routine, I started getting insane headaches and extreme tiredness. It got so bad that I would go home and sleep for two hours after work, then go to the gym or resume my plans.

Had I been glutened? Or was I just exhausted from a long and stressful work year? Did I need another holiday?

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Surviving Gluten Free in Chiang Mai

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View of Chiang Mai from Doi Suthip

This lovely walled city is called ‘the rose of the north’ and it is easy to understand why. Less hustle and bustle, plus genuinely friendly people make this a nice destination for travelers. While you may find the cost of travelling here cheaper compared to Bangkok, you will also notice that there is a slower pace, another nice contrast to the capital. Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s largest cities, though it doesn’t feel too big in the centre. It is easy to get around by bicycle and motorbike – these two travel options are widely available and won’t break the bank. Continue reading

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This book helped me. A lot.

When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t do much to find out about Celiac Disease. I signed up to a few official sounding websites, but did not actively search out my diagnosis.

It wasn’t until last February, when my hair was falling out and I was really sick, that I started to think I needed to find out exactly what Celiac Disease was all about. This book broke it down for me.

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Available in kindle

Unfortunately, this is the only book I have read on my disease, but I am sure I will find some more when I go back to Canada next July. Until then, check this book out!

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GABA GABA What?

When my rice stocks were dwindling, I went to my local Lemon Farm to stock up. I was surprised by the array of rices, and asked the cashier to help me find something as close to plain brown rice as possible (knowing I should stay away from the delicious-but-nutrient-deficient Thai Jasmine stuff). She pointed me to the ‘GABA’ organic rice, for 100thb a bag.

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Available in most shops, except 7 Eleven

I have bought red rice before, but never really considered the health benefits. In a quest to ensure I am consuming enough nutrients and protein, I did a little research.  This is a brief summary of what I found:

GABA brown rice contains nutrients, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and is more aromatic due to the rice grain being coated with the aroma of the husk. Consequently, GABA brown rice offers more nutritional value than any other rice grains. It will keep you healthy and helps maintain body balance, strengthens the immune system, protects against infectious diseases. Furthermore it contributes to the prevention of metabolic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, premature aging syndromes, kidney failure, neurological conditions, cerebrovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancers.

There are many benefits to switching from normal white rice to GABA rice. The selling point for me is the wealth of B vitamins, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Not to mention that it is filling and perfect for my school lunches. For more information, check out the Thailand Canada Chamber of Commerce post here.