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Asked on November 23, 2015
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So I recently moved from the U.S. to thailand for school. What I'm wondering now is the any way I can start and stick to a solid paleo diet out here? I guess what I am more specificity along is if there is anyone who currently lives in either thailand or somewhere similar that does follow paleo? Thanks

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on November 23, 2015
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In Thailand, you've got a lot going for you. Rice is on the least offending end of the grain scale. It is stupid easy to find all kinds of meats, including organ meats, from pastured animals. There is something called larp (pronounced Lap) which is spicy ground meat- either cooked or raw, often made from organs or even congealed blood. thai soups frequently contain congealed blood which is a great source of iron and other minerals. Probably the toughest part will be eliminating soy. I have no idea how much, if any, soy is in fish / shrimp sauce/paste. These sauces and pastes are added to almost everything for added savory-ness. Consider hiring someone who is bilingual to bring with you to a street food area to ask the vendors if they use soy products and to help read labels on grocery products.

In Thailand, you'll find awesome broth soups (hoi teeow gai/moo) from street vendors, a wide variety of barbequed meats, and at markets is easy to find fresh veggies and all kinds of meats. That being said, I am not sure whether those vendors make their own broths or use pre-made broth or the bullion bricks. Go for dishes that are heavy on the meat and light on the rice and noodles- so that means avoid Pad Thai, Pad Seeyoo and fried rice. 

Do yourself a favor and wake up early, hit the street and get some Moo Ping. It is a crazy addictive grilled pork on a skewer that is eaten for breakfast. 

Also know that in general, the further from a city you are, the fresher the foods and more naturally raised/grown. Poor people cant afford grain for cows or pesticides for veggies, and local farmers are selling at the markets. 

Gai= chicken

Moo= pork

Tai Dao= with egg

I hope this helps!

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