Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Kraków, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Stress Management On The Road

Generally we travel to relax, escape, adventure, experience and learn. Although we hope to unload a wheelbarrow of stress, unforeseen circumstances, language barriers, unfamiliar territory, lost belongings and surprise cleanses can add a dose of stress that we don't anticipate.  Jet-lag and dehydration can make stress even more difficult to endure.

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Eat for Your Health: Eggplant Claypot from Vietnam (V, GF)

Here is part two from my series on plant-based recipes from around the world!  This one is a traditional Vietnamese dish that comes from Kim of Kay Vegan Bistro in Ho Chi Minh City.  I ate there several times during my stay in March and everything was so delicious!  The restaurant is tucked in a peaceful little side street in Saigon and the staff is so friendly, especially Kim!  Here is the recipe for a special traditional dish that many of their guests enjoy, myself included!  I also highly recommend the papaya salad.

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The 4-Week Plant-based Lifestyle Challenge

Try it for yourself and experience the difference!  I'll be running a mass challenge for anyone and everyone who wants to participate.  The challenge begins Monday, April 17, 2017 and will include daily email support with recipes, shopping lists and lifestyle suggestions. It's just about the best thing you can do for your health AND the environment (make up for that POTUS slack and make an impact this upcoming Earth Day). Talk about an all around #positiveimpact.  SIGN UP HERE!!!  IT'S FREE

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7 Dangerously Common Nutrition Misconceptions

Welcome to the 3rd installment of my National Nutrition Month series. I'm writing this after spending a week traveling through Northern Vietnam where I feasted on an abundance of amazingly delicious healthy food options.  But WHAT IS healthy? There's an abundance of conflicting dietary information out there.  Choosing what to eat while being bombarded by advertisements, magazine articles and the persistent villanization of certain macronutrients that help keep the fad diet industry alive can be downright dizzying.  Carbs are bad, fat is good, wait, now fat is bad, protein is king or it doesn't really matter what you eat as long as calories in equal calories out.  Ahhhhh!!!!!

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Spirituality for Your Health: Calling on Ong Dia

Dear Mr. Earth, are you there? It's me, Kara.

The Vietnamese are a superstitious lot and tell legends of how they descended from dragons and fairies.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to Suô’i Tiên Fairy Park in Ho Chi Minh City, an amusement park built on 'sacred fairy lands'.  The park embodies Vietnamese folklore and myths fused with Chinese legends.  When you enter the park you feel as if you are stepping directly into a folklore story.  Vietnam is a predominately Buddhist country, so touches of Buddhism are strewn throughout the park.  

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Eat for Your Health: Brown Rice for Breakfast

I was disappointed I couldn't find oatmeal, as this was my breakfast staple last month in Malaysia, but I figured this month I would branch out and do as the Asians do: eat rice for breakfast!These brown rice porridge recipes are simple, quick and you can make so many different variations!  

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