I'm currently (as of last week) attending veterinary school in the caribbean. I will be here for about 2.5 years at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
There are perks. I have a lot of food allergies including wheat (I'm celiac), dairy, egg, chicken, shellfish, and I typically vomit fish. However, I have AMAZING and CHEAP and ORGANIC produce available here at amazing prices!
Basically, there are plenty of mango, banana, plantain, pineapple, coconut, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes (sweet and white), eggplant, and a myriad of other foods available! Also, there are a lot of greens and interesting new green vegetables. I just tried a caribbean pumpkin, which was amazing mashed with a mango!
Fresh spices like ginger, turmeric, and nutmeg are also available very inexpensively.
The downside: My two forms of protein, beef and pork, are very expensive. I've heard goat is cheaper here, so I have to further explore that option.
Is getting a lot of my calories from coconut ok? Is adding more calories from fruit ok?
I'm 5'1.5", and I weight 142 lbs. I would like to lose the remainder of the 30lbs I gained at the end of last year moving back home and eating non-paleo foods when I was unemployed and at the mercy of others diets in my house! I didn't eat wheat, just- potato chips, candy, etc.
Is eating red meat 2-3 times/week alright? I'm going to try the fish and see if I can tolerate it!
What is your best suggestion? There are also nuts available. I eat some home-made almond butter with my fruit!
PS- I have been making my own coconut oil, which is amazing!
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Beyond researching meat availability and experimenting with local fish I can suggest:
1) Use protein supplements, maybe up to 25 grams per day. I personally like:
Tastes awesome, dairy free (..I cannot tolerate dairy either). I just use a teaspoon's worth a couple times per day. A 5 lb. container should last six months.
2) Try to eat one or two eggs per day.
You can probably get by w/o eating all that much animal-based protein, and you should be able to lose weight.
Goat is good. Also, are you allergic to all fowl?
Also, maybe a dumb question but do they eat lizards? Enjoy your new environment!
Restricted access to protein in my opinion, just might be a blessing in disguise. I realize I'm in Paleo Land but my attitude toward protein is that less is more. I don't read up on every little study but my own gut instincts (which may be wrong) suggest that our ancestors weren't that successful at obtaining animal protein on a regular basis and that our bodies might actually perform better on a lowered animal protein intake. I am not saying that animal protein is bad, quite the contrary - Nothing is better.
But your access to organic produce in conjunction with great sunshine closer to the equator puts you in a great position to maintain or build your health.
With regards to beef etc... being sorta expensive, I too would give some other meats like goat a try. And perhaps carefully add in fish and see if your allergic reactions and sensitivities might only apply to certain ones or prep. Point is to log everything and experiment.
Good luck both in your diet and academic endeavors!
- about adding more calories through fruit.... (i dunno, I prefer starchy roots myself to up energy or caloric needs) Fruit I use as a supplement for vitamin c, manganese etc....)