Healthy Food 101, a free community workshop on Thursday March 29 at 18:00 hrs. The event aims to educate about the importance of making healthier food choices, and raising awareness about toxic ingredients in everyday foods.
Sylvie Yaffe, a consultant for Good Karma online health food store in Thailand, will be hosting the event. The workshop will include a vegan raw food demonstration and information on ingredients in food so people can learn to make informed decisions about what they eat. She is a graduate of the Matthew Kenney Academy the first and only classically structured Raw and Living Foods educational center in the world.
Realizing the high demand for healthy food and natural products in Thailand, and how difficult they can be to find, Good Karma health food store aims to provide residents of Thailand with an excellent selection of products that were previously difficult to find or unavailable.
She says “I really think it is important for everyone to understand and be informed about ingredients in food and products and what we put in our mouths. We must question the mainstream paradigms, like the food pyramid and large food conglomerates, (such as Coca Cola, Nestle, etc.) and recognize the toxic ingredients in their products. We can’t trust food corporations to be concerned with our best interests. Now with the internet, these corporation’s self serving interest, at the expense of our health, are exposed.
“Food choices should be simple and not complicated, serving the purpose of providing nutrition and to sustain life, and this can be done without compromising on the basic pleasure of eating, and relishing the taste of purely delicious food. Vegan raw food is not simply carrot and celery sticks. It is lasagna, nut cheeses, creamy smoothies, gluten-free bread and even vegan raw desserts such as cheese cake and apple pie. It is creative and ranges from basic to gourmet.
During the workshop Sylvie will demonstrate some simple recipes like nut milk, a creamy vegan smoothie and an Italian favourite.”
The difference between raw food and processed food is that every single ingredient has nutritional value. Vegan raw food can be savory, tantalizing and gourmet. She adds “Once we learn about toxic ingredients in our every day foods at least we can make educated decisions. I certainly don’t eat perfectly all the time, but at least I have no false illusions about what it is I choose to put in my body.”
The workshop is aimed at people who are just learning about healthy eating and aims to cover the basics and raise awareness of toxic ingredients hiding in common foods and products.
The event will be held at The Book Cafe in Nai Harn ( http://www.bookcafephuket.com) and has limited seating. This is a free community event, fun, casual and informal, and participants will get to taste some final creations.