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How to eat Paleo on a trip to India?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Hi All - I will be spending three weeks in India towards the end of the year and am concerned that I am going to find it really very difficult to eat paleo whilst there. We're not going off the beaten track too much - Golden Triangle plus Amritsar, Varanasi & Kolkata. Does anyone have any words of wisdom health & diet wise for me? Thanks for your help!

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on April 12, 2010
at 03:17 AM

@Melissa -- same thing for me. On my recent trip where I went non-Paleo, I ended up sick-y when I got home, whereas when I stay Paleo, I almost never get sick.

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on April 12, 2010
at 01:26 AM

I would agree, but for those of us doing paleo because of real food intolerances and serious health problems, this is a bad idea. Doing paleo for good fitness and losing weight? Go ahead and enjoy! But when I did this traveling through Europe I ended up ruining the trip because I just kept getting sicker and sicker.

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on April 11, 2010
at 08:08 PM

I hear you, and *really* wish I had the option but three weeks of locavore (thanks Patrik - love that!) will translate into three months of pain and disfunction on my return. It's a pretty debilitating set back.

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on April 11, 2010
at 08:06 PM

Melissa - It's bread and dairy especially I think, although carbs in general are an issue as they mess with the endometriosis something wicked.

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@Tess -- I am in a similar boat. I learned a lesson from a recent trip where I indulged in everything non-Paleo local.

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@Tess -- great question! I am always torn between staying Paleo or going hard-core locavore when visiting new places. Last time I went overseas and went hard-core locavore non-Paleo, I paid it for a few weeks post-trip. My sleep was disturbed and I gained weight, and not to mention a few migraines for good measure. (I am hyper-sensitive to wheat/gluten.) So, while I would prefer to go locavore, my body doesn't like it too much, and in the future, I will try to stay Paleo-ish when visiting new places.

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on April 11, 2010
at 06:46 PM

It's important to know what ingredients you are sensitive to. Is it carbs in general? Dairy? Vegetable oils? Wheat?

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at 06:34 PM

It's the eating with filler issue which is what has me concerned! lol I eat Paleo primarily for health reasons (it keeps my endometriosis under control without recourse to hormone treatments) and tend to end up in systemic anguish for months if I deviate too much. It's teh after effects when I return home I'm trying to avoid.

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on April 11, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Plan well.

I suggest going through the list of foods that are common to Northern India and learning the names of the ones that you know you can eat. Perhaps make yourself a cue card with the name and the food so you can reference them when you eat.

You might avoid tandoori chicken because it's marinated in yogurt. Goat and lamb meat might be better options for you. It seems that the Northern areas do meat kebabs. Yay! There seems to be a variety of pickles and pickled veggies that could be good to try. Definitely avoid the samosas!

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on April 11, 2010
at 07:21 PM

My take? Don't. Enjoy one of the world's great cuisines to it's fullest, and go Paleo again when you come back. A few weeks of Indian isn't going to kill you. Paleo is a lifestyle, not a religious dietary prescription...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 12, 2010
at 01:26 AM

I would agree, but for those of us doing paleo because of real food intolerances and serious health problems, this is a bad idea. Doing paleo for good fitness and losing weight? Go ahead and enjoy! But when I did this traveling through Europe I ended up ruining the trip because I just kept getting sicker and sicker.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on April 12, 2010
at 03:17 AM

@Melissa -- same thing for me. On my recent trip where I went non-Paleo, I ended up sick-y when I got home, whereas when I stay Paleo, I almost never get sick.

F652b96a3bcf646d8dad56cb1d035101

(205)

on April 11, 2010
at 08:08 PM

I hear you, and *really* wish I had the option but three weeks of locavore (thanks Patrik - love that!) will translate into three months of pain and disfunction on my return. It's a pretty debilitating set back.

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on April 11, 2010
at 06:25 PM

Maybe not the best thing you want to hear, but I just came back from a 2-week vacation in Europe. A vacation soaked in beer, frites, and pastries. I felt like crap afterwards, so I suggest not breaking your diet with the relish that I did (attempting to sample all of Belgium's beers in one night is fun but unhealthy), but don't stress about it. Sampling another culture's food is a big part of experiencing that culture. Live life.

In India, eating smaller portions of naan, rice, potatoes, etc. with each meal will make sticking to our way of eating a tad easier. Spooning a bowl of curry into your mouth straight not recommended, though, since everything is spiced so richly - it was meant to be eaten with filler.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on April 11, 2010
at 08:00 PM

@Tess -- I am in a similar boat. I learned a lesson from a recent trip where I indulged in everything non-Paleo local.

F652b96a3bcf646d8dad56cb1d035101

(205)

on April 11, 2010
at 06:34 PM

It's the eating with filler issue which is what has me concerned! lol I eat Paleo primarily for health reasons (it keeps my endometriosis under control without recourse to hormone treatments) and tend to end up in systemic anguish for months if I deviate too much. It's teh after effects when I return home I'm trying to avoid.

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on April 11, 2010
at 06:14 PM

Sounds like you will be in the north part where more people eat meat. Should not be too hard, just eat at places that use ghee.

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