The Balinese town of Ubud has introduced me to whole new categories of food. I’ve made friends with vegetarian dishes, tasted fresh raw food, learned about macrobiotic diets and felt how they have affected my body and mental state of mind positively. Ubud is a great place to stay if you’re looking for healthy meals and inspiration for delicious new recipes. Personally, I’ve never been to a place – if we don’t count Thailand – where I basically want to order everything on the menu. Seeing as I am one picky lady, that says a lot.
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In general, you can expect to pay $4 – $6 per meal in Ubud. If you’re on a budget, you’ll find the lowest prices at the Warungs – they serve local cuisine and can be found all over town.
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Raw food is uncooked, unprocessed foods. A raw food diet does not contain homogenized, pasteurized or produced products with the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical food additives. In other words – it must be organic, raw and free of chemicals.
Vegetarian food does not include meat or animal tissue products. To get the protein needed, vegetarian meals often include beans, tofu, tempeh and chickpeas. As I’ve recently learned, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines have some great vegetarian dishes!
Vegan food is the same as vegetarian food only it contains no animal-derived foods or products. This means no dairy and eggs. Anything eatable that derives from an animal is no-no.
Macrobiotic food consists of grains and vegetables, avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods. The main idea is that this diet affects health, well-being and happiness. A macrobiotic diet has often been suggested to help cancer patients although there is no scientific evidence to support such recommendations.