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DISCOVER wellness in FOOD

creative culinary by PACHI 
Discover Wellness in Food
Food is a diverse as the whole world is. Nowadays we can have a meal from a different country each day of the week for many weeks. We can discover that other people eat other combinations of your foods or totally different kinds of them. As is in the case of artists and painters, we can find a palate of colors in our surroundings and sometimes even in our local markets. More and more we are coming across product in languages we do not understand but ones we can be taught about, and how to use them on the internet from our homes and even from our phones immediately after we run across them. There are even apps to help you decipher what a food labeled in a different language is, tastes like, how to eat it, cook it and more.
DISCOVERY FOOD, is a personal channel we can create. We can indulge in different foods nowadays and explore what people far away eat and feel. Animal foods like Bison, Venison, Duck and event Ants are all there for us to explore. Colorful fruit like passionfruit, Anonía Berry, , Pichuberries, Mulberies, Lúcuma some with protein content and iron. Heirloom and heritage seeds with great digestive properties, fermentative possibilities, Omega-fatty acids and with higher protein content such as the Andean Quinoa and with black red and yellow colors, Chia, Flax and Hemp. Even heirloom wheat, buckwheat, farro and millet, and other grains that are minimally processes and very well tolerated by our bodies. Spices have long traveled from one continent to the other, but now everyone is trying them, discovering the amazing changes they can make in every day foods and in physical health. 
DISCOVER cooking utensils that simplify your life, reduce cooking time and are as beautiful as any decorative piece you might want in your living room. Kitchens are nowadays the place to be, and the most fun to decorate with beautiful artifacts from many cultures that we can discover. Food preparation utensils with cooking methods like TAJINE, from Morocco are now available for people all across the Americas, and this is an old way to cook with out supervision, one dish, amazingly delicious food. There are countless appliances in color, form and matter, to walks us through preparing meals for our bodies´welfare and our families´togetherness. 
DISCOVER this multicultural society that has allowed us to discover many types of food, ways of eating, cooking and sharing at tables high and low and even in simple pillows. Restaurants, food carts, supermarkets, food stands and event street vendors standing at stop signs selling mystery foods for us to discover. They make part of social events, family gatherings and sometimes even to-go foods as we hurry into a overpopulated territory we dive into daily at work. Discover the cultural diversity though food and open up an array of new experiences that will make you laugh, cry, make strange faces and sometimes get hooked on as has been the case with SUSHI.
DISCOVER the EVOLUTION OF DEVOLUTION.  The new consumer is looking for ways of tasting history of its own family, the old world or just mere curiosity about what made things happen when there was no use of mechanical aides. A peak into what their ancestors had to eat and drink in social and family environments. Many of them bringing back some of what made the ´good old days´, good. It is very common to find a person who’s family came from another continent, she or he was born in another country and now lives in the third or fourth city in his life. So they come with a vast array of food flavors in their memory and are ready to explore and discovery beyond his four squares of life. Micro-bakers are appearing all over the country as stand alone bakeries as well as part of restaurants niche menus. They mill their special flours from heritage seeds and non GMO varieties creating hearty breads that digest slower and are shown to help with slowing down of digestion, greatly reduce stomach discomfort and allow a feeling of lightness and comfort after eating them. the reduction of certain centered borne deceases. Micro-brewers again have spread throughout the country allowing young and old the reminiscing of handcrafted beers of different flavors that are fermented into highly digestible drinks filled with enzymes and bold flavors. Older quality millers, bakers, cooks, small in size but amazingly good in quality both product wise as in community life within their business and around their towns are growing in popularity without expanding enough to loose their motto. You have to reach out to see them, travel to taste their products and live a bit of their story. These are amazing trips to take as they are heartwarming an give a sense of a world that it doing the right thing. Some are getting out word by word, not necessarily in the media but we can all get to them and learn or at least absorb some of their generosity towards life and the earth. Chefs that keep their own small places, no matter how popular they become, the exact same way they always have are a delight to go to. 
Last but not least DISCOVER the mixture of sweet and savory foods that are being served at parties and social gatherings to elevate the tone of culture of the event. One example of these are the savory yogurt sauces filled with turmeric, curries, Moroccan spices and greek olives. Be a part of this fearless trial of the unknown. Worst case scenario, have a laugh and try something else another day. Remember we all have our own particular tastes and somethings will taste different, just enjoy the journey to all the variety of experiences this world has. Many of them are just a block away, just go!

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Patricia McCausland-Gallo is a nutritionist, pastry chef, teacher, and food writer born in the Caribbean town of Barranquilla, Colombia. She has a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from Louisiana State University, attended a School for Retort Operations, and completed courses of instruction prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.