I saw a few questions about this earlier, but they were didn't go too in-depth.
So I'm going to be living in Osaka from next week through July, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to eat cleanly!
I have celiac and a milk allergy, so anything with soy sauce is definitely out. I speak conversationally fluently, so I'm not worried about explaining myself and asking about ingredients.
I'll have access to a small kitchen in my apartment, so I can definitely buy and cook my own things, which I'll do as much as possible. I'm mostly wondering if anyone has any experience in Japan, and can give me some pointers on what to avoid/cheap food on the run!
Thanks so much!
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on January 25, 2013
at 02:55 PM
Aussie beef is the cheapest and apparenty grass fed. Eat plenty of seafood; it's usually good value for your money and off the charts in nutrients. Snack on traditionals: niboshi (dried sardines), atarime (dried squid), and different varieties of seaweed. Also, eat a shitload of kabocha -- cheap, grown year round, delicious and surprisingly lowish in carbs.
You might have trouble finding cultured butter (A Price) and coconut oil (Kaldi Coffee). Gotta hunt for stuff!
Eating paleo and avoiding gluten and dairy shouldnt be too difficult if you avoid processed foods. It's also relatively cheap to eat this way.
I would learn the kanji for everything you want to avoid. Take photos of what you buy or are interested in buying and start an Evernote library.
AEON brand products now list allergens on their packages. Ive seen this on other brands as well.
Good luck in Osaka!
on January 20, 2013
at 05:28 AM
Where in Osaka will you be? If you're near the center of the city, there's an excellent small organic grocery store near Namba. It's called Carrot, and has a large sign with a carrot on it. It's expensive of course, but you could get all high-stakes food from there (such as meat, fish, oils for cooking, etc), and get low-stakes food just at some decent mainstream grocery store such as Life (low stakes being vegetables, etc).
on January 25, 2013
at 11:52 AM
初めまして！エヴィンと申します。私は大阪で留学しております。 私は、この子と一緒のアレルギーがありますので、良かったらちょっと説明いただきたいです。 「シリアック」(celiac)と言うことは、麦のアレルギーです。シリアックがある人は麦を食べると、大変病気になってしまいます。 麦は、普通の麦だけじゃなくて、小麦や大麦です。後は、醤油の作り方は麦を使いますから、醤油もだめです。それに、大麦が入っているお味噌もだめです。
on January 06, 2013
at 05:15 AM
Would it be possible to bring over packets of gluten free tamari sauce? The packets I get are similar is size to a ketchup packet-- I buy them here: http://amzn.to/Uy7Ayq and always have a few in my handbag at all times. I would think that sashimi should be readily available (just verify that none of it is marinated in soy sauce, of course) -- add in your handy dandy packet of GF tamari and you should be all set.
on January 06, 2013
at 04:38 AM
Get a food allergy translation card! I recently studied abroad in Romania. I understand that it is a completely different food environment but it is helpful when dining out to clearly relay your allergies and sensitivities to your server. Have fun:)
on January 05, 2013
at 10:03 PM
I lived in Japan for four years back in the 1990s, long before I discovered the Paleo world. I would imagine going dairy free would be very easy in Japan. However gluten free might be a challenge in restaurant environments. Not sure how up to speed the Japanese are wrt the concept of gluten sensitivity. If you are truly celiac then you might be left to preparing your own food. If tiny slivers of gluten is workable then it might not be so bad.
When I was there I often ate breaded pork cutlet (katsudon?) with rice and soy sauce for lunch. In the evenings drinking beer with colleagues was an absolutely must, although sake could have worked too. Yet as for dairy, I only had it when I had yogurt for breakfast ... dairy is not a terribly common food in Japan.
Best of luck. My time in Japan was both the best and worst of my life. But I wouldn't have changed a minute of it. Gambatte.
PS - oh, Korean barbecue places are common. I think they would be the "go to" place for Paleo folks.