Mission Statement: Travel Food & Health Blog
Improving with Age
This blog/magazine is now over four years old and counting. Over the next 12 months (2019) it will be undergoing a complete overhaul. When this publication began, it was mainly about travel, but food and health have been involved since we all must have an interest in for our well being. Now all three topics will be covered more in-depth. This is the blog for Thomas Levine Photography
In Depth Topics
After four years of traveling in SE Asia, I now see more ways to help others. Because of my formal education in mental health, a background in the restaurant business, and traveling in Asia enjoying different cultures and foods, this magazine/blog will become much more comprehensive. We will be adding not only posts, but ebooks on a wide range of topics from relationships, cooking, travel and photography.
Thomas Levine is a professional travel photographer (over 40 years) that is currently traveling in S.E. Asia. This blog highlights some of his travels, and enjoys sharing his photographs of travel destinations. His food and health subjects are based on eastern ways. TL
How Tom Travels
I recently reviewed one of Anthony Bourdain’s videos and found that he once traveled much like I do. I still miss the man and at least we can still enjoy his past travels. As much as I like staying at resorts, the missing ingredient is you miss learning about the culture of the place you’re traveling.
I love to travel and try new foods, but I’m a travel photographer. I work low budget, Stay in one local and get to know the people, and the culture, it’s a better way to travel in my opinion.
World Wide Travel
Travel – Features for Travelers and Homebodies
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.
Travel Western United States
Visit Cambodia’s Unesco Angkor Temple Ruins
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 goal 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. Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all have a different way or preparing food. Thailand’s know for spicer food, Cambodia has their own uniqueness and Vietnam is a combination of spice and the use of herbs that make their food unique.
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. Traveling can create some heath problems and also solve some health problems by releasing stress. Please keep an open mind… SE Asia has many benefits… Chinese Medicine and herbs, Yoga, Thai Chai, Meditation, Massage & Reflexology, Earthing and using Food as Medicine to name a few. Staying healthy when traveling is our main goals.
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.
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.
Looking for Excitement and Learning About the World
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.
About Travel Photographer Thomas Levine
Thomas Levine is a fine arts and travel photographer as well as an educator. His background is varied and he’s spent years photographing advertising products for national publications including: architecture, products, people, food, fine art, nature, now travel. He is currently traveling in SE Asia and sells his photographs for wall prints as well as stock photography.
Thomas is currently working on a travel-coffee table book about three countries in SE Asia, featuring over 200 photographs from the past three years. In addition, he’s working to publish his travel stories and photographs in national magazines and travel sites. To see more of his work and bio, or roam around this blog.
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