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Mission Statement: Travel Food & Health Magazine
Thomas Levine is a professional photographer that is currently traveling in S.E. Asia. This magazine highlights some of his travels and he will share his photographs of travel destinations, food, and health subjects that are based on eastern ways.
This unique website is written for people interested in travel destinations, foodies & health conscious people. If you are interested in photography, food, health, or travel this website is for you.
Coming this fall 2017 will be a Free Mini Photography Course made for people who want to improve their photos its will a phone camera or a more sophisticated one. We will cover photographic composition and lighting. After Four decades of professional and fine art photography, Thomas Levine will the instructor and draw from his experience photography many subjects that will guide you to improving your photography. A more in-depth course is also under development.
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For those that are unable to travel, this website is full of articles that not only entertain, but will also educate the reader about cultural experiences, international foods, and what’s like to travel through SE Asia using photography and video. A perfect example is experiencing a train ride over the famous Kwai Bridge and enjoying the beauty of the area with beautiful photography. Experience the River Kwai Bridge and WW ll Story.
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There are two different thoughts when it comes to food. Many of us enjoying different foods, and when we travel, food may be our primary reason for hitting the road. American/Western food is very different from Eastern food. Old cultures have been eating the same for many years and use herbs and spices that are unique to the Western palate. That is what makes travel exciting, trying new foods that we have never had before.
The type of food we review could be healthy food or food you may have a craving for but is not so healthy. This is a travel site and we try to recommend healthy food, but we also specialize in finding and reviewing food that is good. We are always looking for good hamburgers as well as local food. American food is all over the world and it’s nice when it’s done right. Many places try in American and the rest of the world and were here to review for you foods that you might enjoy. Even so so food is ok when you travel if its to feed a craving.
There are many theories about what to eat and do to stay healthy. We will cover some controversial types of practices that you may or may not agree with. Please keep an open mind… How to leading a healthy positive life style has different meaning for each of us. Yoga, Thai Chai, Meditation, Massage, herbs, Reflexology, Earthing and using Food as Medicine to name a few.
Food as Medicine
How many times have you read articles about food and health and wonder where the information came from? Or you read about how good something is for you and then read another article where they say its bad for you. Travel Food & Health (TFH) is beginning a new emphasis on Food and Health. These are separate topics, yet related. I believe and live by the 80/20 rule, 80% of the time I eat healthy, mostly vegetarian and some vegan. The 20% is eating foods I like but not always good for the body. Some junk food, gooey cheeses, meat, lamb, chicken…you know what I’m talking about Fish and chips people. I also think if we are going to eat good tasting food that may not be the best for us. If it isn’t the healthiest, I at least want it to be really good food. For example when I want a hamburger, I want a really good hamburger, not McDonald’s.
Then there’s the pesticide story, GMO’s organic, food for health, nutrients in food. I will use others information from Chef’s, recipes, nutrient information and opinion based on people’s credentials, and scientific research.
A common element when looking at the cultural side of local areas, is about the food the locals eat eat. Its not that all cultures eat the same thing, of course they don’t, its that the family activities usually revolve around food and local traditions. The food is part of the culture and is integrated with the family at these gathering. The food bonds the family with the local culture and each family member. We will review restaurants, street vendors and some local families in their homes. We will be playing attention to the nutritional value of certain dishes when we are able too.
Health Trends are Changing
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) dates back 2500 years. This type of medicine, especially acupuncture is now more accepted in the western world then it was just a few years ago. It is still a mystery to many of us as well as other types of healthy practices. Most of what will be reported has been practiced or tried by several of us on the team. There has been a lot of research in the past few years that are making the news, especially since the internet makes this kind of news more accessible.
TFH posts articles for you to investigate and try but it’s your decision and its important to be aware of the benefits and the risks involved in any health practice. Modern medicine has side effects, but many herbs do too. Be open-minded and do your research and be careful and check with your doctor.
Time to Learn Preventive Medicine
We will be covering alternative health topics such as nutrition from food, herbal healing, exploring qi (the life force), acupuncture, reflexology, Chinese herbs, tongue & pulse diagnosis, yin and yang, 5 elements and the Chinese concept of internal organs and Reiki. Many of these practices were though of as being something that is not though of well in the USA until recently. There will always be skeptics, especially in the west. Slowly this kind of thinking is changing. For instance, the study of energy that our body projects. Several years ago our body energy was unproven. If we could not scientifically prove it, it did not exist. Today there is more proof and people are opening their minds that scientific proof is not always possible. Today we even have a machine that can show our energy field that each one of us has.
Please note that there are many alternative medicine/practices out there and we are not going to play judge and jury. We will let you decide, but please approach our articles with an open mind.
Thomas Levine – Publisher of Travel, Food & Health Magazine/blog
This is currently a quarterly publication with a Travel Blog that is frequently updated on a weekly or daily basis. The travel blog (tab on top menu) will be a combination of a personal observations and an update that may include attractions, restaurant reviews or personal notes.
Sometimes we review resorts with our experiences and using Video and photography to show what’s like. Are you more interested in learning about the culture or soft beds with an in room jacuzzi? This magazine will explore some of the alternatives, but our focus is to find luxury hotels when possible, with an eye out for value. South East Asia Travel is usually a bargain no matter what your budget is. A $300 room a day in western countries might only be $100/day in Asia. It all depends on the city and the resort. There are plenty of resorts that charge $400 a night too. You get your money’s worth in SE Asia.
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Western ways are great, but the west has been trying to catch up with some of the different ways to obtain health. Preventive health is not new, but its been hidden from many of us because its different and there isn’t as much money in it if it’s not patentable. Far Eastern ideas are more about preventive where western medicine is based on treatments using pharmaceuticals and surgeries once we are already sick.
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