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3 Apr

Blogging on the Beach…

…something I could definitely get used to!

I was in Thailand last week at one of my favorite spots in the world – a little beach resort area in Phuket. They had been hit pretty hard by the ’04 tsunami, some 700 people having been lost in flooding in the town of Patong beach alone. Yet, other than a small memorial there was almost no remaining evidence that this devastating event had ever occurred. The Thai are very resilient people, and very appreciative of what they have, which, in most cases, isn’t much compared to what we have. I am reminded of the longevity studies that show that the single most important trait in living a longer, healthier life is the ability to “move on” from life’s major setbacks. The Thai people seem to me to be a shining example of this trait.

The other thing you notice in Thailand (and in many Asian countries) is that there are very few overweight people. Wait a minute, you say, don’t they eat a lot of rice and isn’t rice on your list of no-no’s? Well, the truth is, they do not really eat a lot of rice. They may have a small amount at many meals, but virtually every meal we ate during our time in Thailand contained a comparatively greater amount of protein and vegetables and a tiny amount of rice. And the portions at each meal were fairly minimalist. No super-sizing here. The result was that after each meal, we felt very satisfied, but never full. That is the key to eating healthy (or, as my eighth grade English teacher would have me say, healthily. But it just sounds wrong!).

Between the great food, the beach, and the relaxing pace, my wife, Carrie, and I had a great time together just getting away from it all.

A few pictures:

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A relaxing evening together after a day in the sun…

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I’m very serious about this frisbee business.

(I’ll post a couple more pictures on the Pictures page later today.)

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  1. Enjoying life and relaxing… that is something that I’m glad you have made a priority in a Primal life. Although it would be hard to quantify just how beneficial fun and relaxation is, I think we intuitively know, just by how good it feels.

    Restoration is a great feeling.

    Matthew Caton wrote on March 15th, 2012

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