In today’s generation, everyone is a so-called “foodie”, that loves enfettering their taste buds on a a daily basis, without the slightest concern of health. Savoring on tasty…
Travel has proven to be one of the best things to do as it allows you to have increased mental health and well-being. Travelling can make you happier…
Being away from the home soil is something that liberates the mind and body and urges a person to do crazy things. There always goes a saying, ”live…
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In today’s generation, everyone is a so-called “foodie”, that loves enfettering their taste buds on a a daily basis, without the slightest concern of health.
Savoring on tasty bites could go on for a day or two but it can never become a part of one’s lifestyle. Hence it is of utmost importance to eat healthy and incorporate those cuisines that follow the health norms and healthy food habits on a daily basis.
Whether India, Chinese or Malay, most of the Asian cuisines are enriched with potatoes, legumes, beans, fruits, and vegetables that are known to provide protection against various chronic diseases. In this article, we’re going to discuss the six reasons why considering an Asian cuisine is good for you.
Most of the Asian cuisines consist of soups as a starter to enhance your appetite at the beginning of the meal. The soups are usually vegetable broth or meat broth that consists of a combination of protein like chicken, fish, or beef in combination with leafy vegetables like spinach and other vegetables. A combination of meat, vegetables, and a hot broth is comforting, filling and nutritious at the same time.
3:1 ratio stands for three times the amount of vegetables to one time the amount of meat and it, is a hard and fast rule for the Asian cuisines to follow this ratio in all their meals. This gives the cuisine, an edge of healthiness with a choice of vegetable and also taste of the meat. This is the daily recommended amount of protein and vegetable intake according to the food pyramid. Use of smaller plates
Use of smaller plates help in controlling portion sizes. It is especially useful for the weight watchers that are trying to control their portion sizes on a daily basis. The use of chopsticks also adds to the eating aesthetics as well as keeps the technique of shovel eating at arm’s length. Use of Rice
Rice is an important staple diet for the Asians. The meal is always incomplete without rice and the rice is usually served with nutritious meat and vegetables. Depending on the country living in, there are various varieties of rice used with different healthy concentrations and values like red, brown, and even purple rice, which are nutritionally denser than the brown and white rice. Seafood
An Asian diet is almost incomplete without the use of sea food. Many parts of China, India and other countries use fish on a regular basis that adds to the healthy oils’ in the body and also serves as a source of lean protein.
Herbs and spices
Not only do the Asian cuisines enhance the intake of vegetables and protein, but also include in the extensive use of herbs and spices that are enriched with medicinal properties. It is merely a necessity whilst adding flavor to the already nutritious and delicious food. India is known for using their spics extensively.
Travel has proven to be one of the best things to do as it allows you to have increased mental health and well-being. Travelling can make you happier and allow you to build self-confidence, which can provide people with new experiences and memories and enable you to meet new people along the way. There are many studies that have proved that traveling can have a positive impact on people.
There are times when everyone must deal with unexpected situations, allowing them to take the right trip to heal. Whenever possible, try to find your way around and look for things that will keep you occupied. This is one of the best ways to solve your problem, which can allow you to deal with these situations, which can be a big self-confidence boost.
Brings feeling of joy
When you see the locals are happy, there is a high possibility that you will also feel happy. You can go to places like Cambodia and Laos, which are filled with cheerful people. Despite being poor, this is a place of history, and people are still trying to uplift their moods.
Appreciate family and home
Being away can allow you to appreciate family and friends more. This will allow you to enjoy the time you spend with the family and envy travel stories more than your parents, just perfect. You can also come back with stories that will allow you to fall in love with traveling and family even more.
Make new friends
When traveling, it is much easier to make new friends that you meet on the road. No matter where you are, you need to make sure that you strike up a conversation with people in places like bus stands. This will allow you to make friends around the world and ensure that you stay curious. Social interactions can make anyone happy, and meeting new people and learning journey can give a new meaning to traveling.
A break from social media
Social media can be used for both good and bad, and it is important that you are using it in a healthy way. With the WiFi being so prevalent, it is important that you turn your social media off and find a quiet place to help turn the amazing place without clicking and posting it in social media. Try to find a place where you can relax and do it by choice. This is a very liberating experience that allows you to have better ties to the moment.
Some ‘me’ time
Travelling allows you to enjoy the space better, which can help ensure that you have a good day to day existence. It is important that people are taking advantage of the peace, which will allow you to let go of the stress. The key here is to meditate alone or with your partner.
Being away from the home soil is something that liberates the mind and body and urges a person to do crazy things. There always goes a saying, ”live it the moment” or “enjoy everyday like it’s your last”, but in reality, who can possible do that with a 9-5 job or college routine? However, these statements come to life when you’re travelling, seeing places, reaching destinations and doing things that are only in people’s bucket lists. It’s something about the place, the people, your backpack and your vibes that totally makes you do crazy things while traveling to different destinations, which helps you loosen up and “live the moment.”
Skydiving in Australia
Skydiving is one of those crazy activities that have literally made people pee their pants. Imagine seeing the world with a bird’s eye view and if you’re daring enough you can even record your experience. Having said that, it is not just an activity that is limited to Australia, however, the continent has some amazing spots that might catch our eye, like the Mission beach skydive that is 15000ft (4.57 km) where you can get a closer view of the Great Barrier Reef. You may also wanna try to do an indoor skydive Australia first to get yourself ready to taste the thrill.
Water Rappelling in Costa Rica
Rappelling and abseiling are kind of similar activity which requires you to catch on to your grip while you’re dangling on a rock face. It is the most fun activity, especially if you’re a fan of waterfalls and lush greenery around you, where you get to bounce like a Spider man down the waterfalls. Although there are hundreds and thousands of other places in the world, Costa Rica has some of the finest places for water rappelling.
Great White Sharks in South Africa
White Sharks are the most misunderstood creates of the sea. Although some cause no harm when tamed properly, others are equally dangerous. If you want to overcome your fear of dying with a shark bite, then this is the one place to overcome your scare and come nose-to-nose with the majestic creature. If you’re still skeptical about the situation, then you can try to scuba diving in the same place, and tick them out of your bucket list.
Night Volcano Trekking in Indonesia
Night volcano trekking sound like the best one thus far. If you find yourself in Yogyakarta — Java, Indonesia, and you’re heading to Bali, then don’t be boring by travelling by road or flying, but take the way of the hilly volcanoes in the night. While trekking past the volcanoes, you could witness the magical blue fires, and the sulfur flames.
If you’re a fan of mountains and love to clime the rocks, and take the pain of climbing for hours together to savor the view at the end of the climb, then this is the perfect activity for you. There is no particular place or destination where you ought to try them. It could even be as simple as trying at your hometown.
Livingstone is a town in Southwestern Zambia, just a few kilometers away from the Zambian River. This is a hub for some of the most adventurous travelers. This is a place where you can witness Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National park, which is surrounded by Zambia. This is a beautiful place that is sure to captivate you in its beauty.
Victoria Falls World Heritage National Monument Site
Victoria Falls is a part of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, located 11km away from the Zambian border crossing. This is a place which is very close to Eastern Cataract, which is very amazing, and the sheer buttress of the place is undeniable. This waterfall has a magnificent view which falls into the abyss. You can take a walk into the steep track to the great Zambezi River banks, which is considered a boiling pot. The dry season is the time where the waterfall is very low and can be nonexistent.
If you are a thrill seeker and are looking for a thrilling adventure, Devil’s pool is nature’s infinity pool, which is directly on the edge of Victoria Falls. This place will offer you some of the most extraordinary views and is a 100-foot direct drop. This is the place where the water is low during the winter months and makes it easier for people to walk across the place. If you are looking to seek this thrill, you need to come prepared with a guide.
Italian food is very tasty here, and you can easily enjoy the homemade Gelato, which the locals personally enjoy. This is an Italian place that has over 18 flavors of gelatos with classics and some original concoctions. The pasta made here is homemade and has mozzarella and tomato, which is a good value. You can also enjoy a few drinks, including Negronis, Bellini and Americanos.
Head straight through the courtyard, and enjoy the best time by the day and candlelit by night. This is one place that is bursting with local flavors and has a broad menu. The meat here is local, and you can get goal meat, smoky crocodile tail and Mopane caterpillars, pizzas, and others, which can allow you to enjoy the true flavors of the place.
Olga’s Italian Corner
Olga’s Italian Corner is a place that will allow you to enjoy some of the most authentic wood fire, thin-crust pizza with homemade sauce. It is served under a larger thatched roof. This is a great option for vegetarians, which also includes lasagna and has a crispy blackened edge served in the dish. There is always something delicious for everyone.
People who like adventures can have a break from daily stress, which can help improve lives. There are many studies which show that adventure is as important as play is t children. It is estimated that a number of people are going through a 10% global gross domestic product. Here are a few places that you can visit when looking for the place for adventurous travel.
Sri Lanka is one country that has some of the best temple ruins, leafy plantations, and golden beaches, which is sure to mesmerize you. It is also one place where you, in particular, will have to consider tons of options for wildlife viewing. In Sri Lanka, you can enjoy surfing, wildlife viewing, hot air balloon ride, etc.
Botswana has plenty of national parks, which can draw millions of people from all around the world. This is a 49 million acre river which is situated in Northern Botswana. This is an area that is considered to be real-world Eden with Cheetahs, Zebras, Buffalo, and others. During the winters, there is a lot of flooding in the areas where the grasses low and a lot of wildlife thrive. You can start your adventure with camping in the Kubu Island, which zooms across Makgadikagadi Salt pans.
The Machu Picchu panoramic view is something that you need to visit once. This is a country that has a lot to offer, from Incan ruins to climbing the iconic citadel. After you have crossed that off your list, you can start hiking past penguins in the Paracas Natural Reserve, where you can boat to the islands and enjoy the oasis in the Ica desert.
Iceland is a place for landscape beauty where many astronauts train. This is a place for adventure as this country has a lot to offer with fire and ice. There is a snow-capped volcano, which was the inspiration for the journey to the earth’s center. You can opt for snorkeling between two continents in Iceland and explore the glacier underground ice caves and hiking behind waterfalls.
Canada has become the world’s second-largest country, depending on its size but with the population, which is 82% of California. This is a place where you can hike, bike, ski, paddle anywhere in the country. You can easily start a trail with a 14,864-mile network that is the longest recreational trail in the world. You can spot polar bears, go boating in past glaciers, mountains, national parks and enjoy the Northern Lights in Yellowknife.
Brazil is famous for its Rio’s famous carnival, which inhabits the largest party and is also known for its adventure. It is a paradise for outdoor explorers who can enjoy one of the largest waterfall systems and the Amazon, which has both rivers and rainforest.
Another year full of adventure is drawing to a close! This year we’ve spoken at 62 conferences in 8 countries (Australia, NZ, Fiji, Vietnam, Dubai, Greece, Canada, USA) and clocked up a ridiculous total of 216 flights between us in 2013. Its been great to finish off the year with Jonesy presenting on the main stage at the Banff Mountain Film Festival with Aleks Gamme, and Cas presenting at TEDx in Athens. It blows us away that our presentations are still getting such a positive reaction from audiences. We’ve also just about to launch a new website dedicated to the speaking work that we do. More details on that soon!
We’re also stoked to announce we’ve recently teamed up with Yakima roof racks which has been an awesome partnership that has enabled us to load up our cars with all our outdoor toys. Awesome racks and gear…but even better they are a great crew to work with!
We’ve still managed to get out into the outdoors at every available opportunity!. In May we competed in the TNF50 & 100 (LINK: http://casandjonesy.com.au/tnf50-tnf100/), plenty of overnight hiking trips, canyons and for Cas a bucket load of rock climbing. He’s now climbing harder than ever before (thanks to having moved up to the Blue Mts 15mths ago). Mid year, we filmed a super exciting pilot for a potential TV show for National Geographic in the USA, but for now that’s all we can say! More soon.
Aside from outdoor adventures, we’ve always believed that adventure is relative and can happen in all aspects of life. Jonesy is stoked to have proposed to his girlfriend (and she said YES!) and Cas has celebrated his sons first birthday.
As we’ve hinted on Facebook, we’re busy preparing for our next BIG expedition. These plans will be released early 2014. What adventures have you got planned for 2014? We’re keen to hear! Drop us an email.
Cas & Jonesy
Since we returned back from the Tasman in 2008 our keynotes have taken us to far-flung corners all round Australia… and the world! We were honoured to be the closing speakers at a conference over in Dubai in April. What an insane place! The extravagance was absurd but awesome! We couldn’t resist the opportunity to go for a quick ski in the desert either, play at one of the worlds best waterparks (Atlantis), head up the Burj Kalif (worlds tallest building at 980m!). and, and…. so much to do in only 2 days!
We spent a couple of weeks in May over in the USA on a “micro” adventure which is the seed for our next BIG adventure. We’ve gotta remain tight lipped on this one… but all will be revealed soon! Any guess?
We’re in Antarctica! After 2.5years of planning, training, learning and fattening up we can’t believe we’re finally here. For so long, we have been visualising what it was going to be like stepping foot in Antarctica- the driest, windiest, stormiest, coldest place on earth. Some people dream of being an astronaut, well this place is the next closest thing- it’s absolutely crazy! Stepping off the Ilyushin 76 aircraft and being blasted by the frigid minus 25 degree air was everything we imagined that moment was going to be like… and so much more.
On a more frustrating note, within a few hours of arriving here we were shattered to learnt that 50kg of our food was left in the belly of the plane! This has delayed our plans by 1/2 a day on top of the previous 12 day weather delay. Fortunately the next plane heading down has our provisions on board. Mistakes happen- I guess that’s all part of the adventure.
We plan on flying out to Herc Inlet tomorrow and commencing our long march South. Temperatures are currently hovering around -25 degrees Celsius and wind is quite benign. Conditions under foot are firm but we’re still pretty intimidated by the steep climb out of the inlet…we’re preparing ourselves for some of the toughest days we’ve ever experienced on an expedition. Even with the delay in starting, we feel that we still have the time to build slowly into the expedition and not flog ourselves too early. With 3mths ahead of us, we need to take the tortoise… not the hare approach, to allow our bodies to adapt to the stresses of being here.
Our pulks are all loaded up and to burn a bit of time (and energy), we went for a ski this afternoon with them fully loaded (minus the missing 50kg of food!) – bodies are feeling good. It’s 24hr sunlight for us now and I guess the excitement of being here and the cold air that literally burns your throat meant we didn’t sleep too well last night…. but we’re sure that’ll improve when we hit the trail!
Thank you so much for all the support, well wishes and Facebook messages- we’re receiving them on the ice (yep- i know how CRAZY!) so keep them coming!
Want to join Cas & Jonesy with a FREE ENTRY in to the world’s largest, toughest and most competitive obstacle race?
The Spartan Race has landed in Australia with the first race kicking-off just outta Sydney on Saturday 2nd March, 2013. The Spartan Race sets the benchmark for elite obstacle courses globally, and will be unlike anything Australians have experienced before. Competitors will be timed, ranked and judged as they battle their way through the brutal course. They won’t throw colour, they won’t ride water slides; but they will be penalised for any obstacle they don’t conquer on the first try.
Interested? Jump on our facebook page (LINK: www.facebook.com/casandjonesy) and post a pic of you getting ugly in the outdoors.
it can be any photo… walking in the rain, climbing,… whatever shows you getting outside and getting dirty. The winning 2 photo’s will receive a free entry and will compete alongside Cas and Jonesy.
Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance.
Most recently, on the 26th January 2012, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.
Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents.
The boys are highly regarded as two of Australia’s premier public speakers and are currently working on their second book and documentary about their Antarctic expedition– due for release July 2012.
Read up on their expeditions here on this site, or leave a message of support on Facebook.