Balancing body, mind and spirit, an interactive workshop by Lia Bernardo at Mango Tree’s Healthy Kitchen

Funny how this post is, once again, about balance. Recently it seems I have been positively attracting ways to help me with my balancing act as a working mom. Needless to say, I enjoyed this talk immensely.

Below: Lia Bernardo right before her talk on mindful and intuitive eating


Below: Some of the superfoods and ingredients incorporated in the dishes served during Mango Tree’s Healthy Kitchen


“Mindful & intuitive eating is about knowing your body and how your body reacts to food,” says Lia Bernardo, integrative healer and personal growth teacher. The talk dubbed as ‘Healthy Kitchen’ by Mango Tree aimed to educate attendees on the importance of eating healthy, teaching them how to marry the concept of mindful eating with the knowledge of superfoods. “It’s about cultivating a relationship with food that’s mindful, keeping in mind that you are what you eat,” adds Lia. Making a conscious effort to incorporate superfoods in your meals everyday will in the long run enhance the natural cellular development of the body, resulting in cells that will make the body thrive, resulting in a radiant glow. Yes, the good news to eating mindfully is, you got it, beautiful skin. That’s an awesome bonus if you ask me. Thai food in particular contains a slew of superfoods and during the Healthy Kitchen by Mango Tree we were shown some of these and how they were incorporated deliciously in the menu. Guests seemed relieved that using such superfoods (kaffir lime and leaves, cilantro, galangal, kangkong, coconut water just to name a few) didn’t mean boring and bland meals–on the contrary, each dish was delicious and full of flavor.

Here are some of the dishes incorporating a whole lot of healthy ingredients which proved that healthy can be yummy:

Tom Yum Soup with prawns, lime, lemongrass, coriander


Phad Pak Bung Fai Daeng – stir-fried morning glory (kangkong) with garlic, fresh chillies and soybean sauce


Yum Ma Khua Phao Song Goong – grilled eggplant salad with shrimp


Kai Jiew Hom – Thai omelette with coriander


Som Tum Thai – Spicy fresh green papaya salad with cherry tomatoes, snake beans, peanuts, and dried shrimp


My absolute favorite dessert – the lightest and creamiest coconut custard with corn


Lia likewise emphasized how intuitive eating leads to wellbeing (versus wellness), thereby resulting in a healthy balance of a thriving body, mind and spirit.

Some health benefits from the ingredients used in the Healthy Kitchen menu by Mango Tree:

Turmeric – Lowers cholesterol, natural
anticarcinogenic agent

Kangkong – Lowers glucos, contains fiber and a source of fiber and iron

Cilantro – Increases good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol, is an antioxidant and cleanses body of metals

Galangal – Fights inflammation, treating arthritis, treats ulcers and stomach inflammation

Kaffir Lime – Aids in digestion and purifies the blood, can be rubbed on teeth and gums for dental care

Coconut Water – Helps psoriasis & excema, heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion, bladder infections, helps cure hangovers and more

Certainly looking forward to Mango Tree’s next Healthy Kitchen talk.


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