20 Sep

International Yoga Festival & Health Expo Foundation has joined forces with Marlene Watson-Tara to continue to educate the need to move toward a vegan world.

Marlene has worked as a Macrobiotic Teacher & Counsellor, traveling the globe to help clients discover a healthier and happier way of life. She inspires and educates the next generation through her world-renowned lectures, books, and cooking/nutrition workshops.  Alongside her husband Bill Tara, they have 90 years combined teaching experience with graduates of their MACROVegan Health Coach in 28 countries.

We must eliminate the practice of eating animal-based foods.

It is the only significant contributor to climate change that all individuals can address immediately on their own. There is overwhelming evidence that our grossly unsustainable habit of eating animals contributes more to climate change than all other drivers combined.

 The joy of cooking

In today’s post, I am going to talk about the importance of cooking and how integral it is to your health. It’s easy, it’s fast and it’s delicious.

Why we cook

Cooking is an ancient human art. For thousands of years, humans have used fire, seasoning and time to change the texture, flavor, and smell of what they eat. Our ancestors also learned to preserve food so that it could be stored and saved for times of scarcity.

The true art and alchemy of food happened alongside the agricultural revolution. When humans settled into a plant-based diet, cooking was a tool that made food healthier, easier to digest and more flavoursome. The exploration of using different cooking techniques, such as steaming, baking, and sautéing, along with an understanding of fermentation and seasoning, transformed a fairly narrow range of grains, vegetables and beans into the diverse cuisine we enjoy today.

But the modern era handed cooking over to restaurants and factories. Most people are now eating food that is manufactured, not cooked.

Bringing you into the present

Aside from the serious health risks of eating a predominantly processed diet, it doesn’t take a lot of thought to piece a film lid and put the ready-to-eat meal in a microwave. The art of cooking naturally brings you into the present.

Modern living took away our time; it turned cooking from an art into a chore. My recipes aim to take the stress out of the kitchen, whilst bringing the goodness in. The emotional benefits of spending just a little time preparing your own food are outstanding. As you slice and sauté each wholesome ingredient, your mind is channelled on the task in hand, encouraging you on your way to good health and vitality.

You will also benefit from the satisfaction of your creation. Sitting down to enjoy a nutritious wholefood plant-based vegan meal, that you have prepared, is incredibly rewarding. Understanding the fusion of flavours, brought together by you, is excellent food for the soul.

So don’t forget to savour every moment that brings your food to your table. You are doing wonders for your body and your mind.

In good health








“Marlene is quite simply a human dynamo. She delivers the most powerful and life-changing programmes. I have first-hand experience of her cooking and nutrition workshop, and she won me over with such fabulously delicious, simple, and healthy cooking without spending hours over a stove. She is incredibly passionate about what she does and should be because IT WORKS.  A true genius and force of nature. I feel the huge benefits overall since following her programme.”

Iseult Sword: P.A.