I’m weird. At least that’s what people have told me. It’s likely because I simply refuse to conform. I don’t do what others do or want me to do. In fact, I usually make a point to do the exact opposite as to what the mainstream is doing. It’s worked out well— this not listening to what others want me to do concept.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. – G. K. Chesterton
My name is Dave Chandler, the co-founder of HerbScoop.com and the rapidly growing herbal Facebook community, I Love Herbs @iloveallherbs. I am a 49-year-old American who has been living in the amazing country of Thailand for the past four years. See, I warned you. I don’t conform.
Like many of you, I am a believer in the power of herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
Learning about herbs, and I mean anything and everything herbal, is my passion. But not just herbs, really anything that is about the planet, mind and body.
In front of me is a shot of gotu kola and wheat grass. I drink this daily. In fact, I started taking wheat grass tablets when I was about 14 or 15 years old. You think my friends growing up thought I was strange?
Wheat grass is amazing. This small shot has the nutritional equivalency of two pounds of fresh, raw (green) vegetables. And gotu kola is no wimp either. It is well-known for improving intuition and meditation, but it has a host of other benefits as well. Elephants love gotu kola. Heck, if it’s good enough for the elephants, it’s good enough for me.
I certainly don’t drink/eat these herbs and plants for the taste, only for the health benefits. I find no problem with a little bit of pain (bad taste), because I have the other 23 hours, 59 minutes each day to enjoy good health and vibrancy. We, as Westeners, have become addicted and accustomed to everything tasting great. Not everything should be required to taste good!
Since moving to Thailand (I’m originally from Atlanta, GA), I have focused on healthy eating, even more so than I did previously. The city where I reside is called Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, in the mountains.
I moved to Thailand because it just felt right when visiting here initially about five years ago. The people are kind, the architecture is incredible, the food’s fab, the weather’s warm, and there is an amazing spiritual vibe that goes on here in Chiang Mai. The biggest draw: plenty of healthy, organic eating— smoothie & fresh juice bars and great restaurants are abundant.
I’m into fitness and exercise, and have been working out since I was 13. But I have not even picked up a set of weights for more than 12 years; my strength training is purely Yoga-type exercises that takes just 10 minutes per session, and are done three times per week. As for cardio, I am a runner and I also do alternate-leg (one-legged) rope-jumping (I have tried running on one leg at a time, but it didn’t work out very well). Back to being weird, you should see the looks I get when working out with a jump rope.
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If fitness isn’t your forte, then simply visit this site often, as there will always be something new and fresh that you’re sure to find interesting and valuable.
I look forward to producing a lot more content on HerbScoop, and I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed what’s been created so far. And, as always, please share this site with your best friends and loved ones.
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