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Tips on eating Paleo while in Thailand?

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Created December 22, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I am going to be vacationing in Thailand during the month of January. Does anyone have any paleo food recommendations?

Cheers!

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on December 23, 2010
at 01:56 AM

Hear, hear! And the recommendation about coconut water is great. That's one of those things I can sometimes find in U.S. supermarkets on sale (keeping an eye out to avoid the sugar-added ones).

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:31 PM

Yeah, a buddy of mine loves Thai food and spicy food... BUT he is allergic to shell fish. So he is not allowed to go to that region of the world. Shrimp paste and sauces are used in most everything.

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:12 PM

Awesome answer Sean!

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:10 PM

that is one thorough response. and you make it seem awesome. Now i wanna go to Thailand.

29686e6867f73a7deee8bf0578cb2107

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on December 22, 2010
at 02:24 PM

I haven't been to Thailand, so won't put this in a true answer, but... I recently discovered Amy's Thai coconut soup in cans, and it's real food with very little in the way of pointless carbs. Also, I wonder if food in Thailand is really as sugary-sweet as "Thai food" in the U.S. -- I hope not! Have a great trip, and I'll be watching the answers with interest myself.

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B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:02 PM

I ate primarily from street vendors during my stay in Thailand and did fine.

  • Positives:
    • It was all fresh food and simply prepared. The most common is meat+veg+spices cooked in a wok and then dropped on rice. Or curries with lots of coconut milk.
    • Cheap and fast.
    • Food everywhere: The street vendors are all over the place. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • 7-11 has nice things like coconut water, dried seaweed and pork cracklings.
  • Difficulties:
    • Most dishes are rice-based.
    • You likely won't know what type of oil is being used.
  • Food tips:
    • Rice is fairly neutral. Much better than the breads of other countries. If you don't want it, just leave it on the plate. Don't try to explain that you don't want rice.
    • Stick with freshly prepared foods cooked. Grilled or cooked in a wok. Check what they are cooking for the people before you to see how much oil they use.
    • If you didn't get enough, order another portion. Food is cheap.
    • If you can get through the language barrier, ask for more of what you want and offer up a few more Baht.
    • For safety reasons make sure it is fresh. You want to see them cooking it or re-heating in a wok.
  • My favorite food finds:
    • Breakfasts of shrimp or pork saut??ed with veg, eggs and spices for 30 baht!
    • Bugs and meat-on-a-stick in the Chiang Mai night market. Grubs are my fave, and you can't beat grilled pork bowel on a stick.
    • Pork cracklings in 7-11.
    • Eating all the food I cooked myself during a cooking class.
  • Other tips:
    • Do a cooking class. Seriously, they are awesome. Like this one on an organic farm.
    • Prepare to sweat. From the food and the weather.
    • Make sure taxis turn the meter on or you agree on a rate before hand. The only stress I had in Thailand came from the transport.
    • In Bangkok, use a canal taxi on Bangkok Klong Saen Saeb canal. Much faster than any other form of transport there and a great ride.

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:10 PM

that is one thorough response. and you make it seem awesome. Now i wanna go to Thailand.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:12 PM

Awesome answer Sean!

29686e6867f73a7deee8bf0578cb2107

(68)

on December 23, 2010
at 01:56 AM

Hear, hear! And the recommendation about coconut water is great. That's one of those things I can sometimes find in U.S. supermarkets on sale (keeping an eye out to avoid the sugar-added ones).

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on December 22, 2010
at 04:14 PM

I've been all over Thailand several times and you shouldn't have too much difficulty finding something to eat and staying relatively on track.

Having said that, you should keep your expectations realistic and loosen up a little because food in Thailand is a highlight of it's own.

Some of my personal favorites Larb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larb

Tom yum goong http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_yam

Fish Cakes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thanin_market_tod_man_pla.jpg

Massaman Curry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massaman_curry

The grilled meats and curries are everywhere. Thais like meat so thats a good thing. I regularly eat from street vendors but going to humble restaurants are good value as well as you can escape the heat and relax while you eat. I tend to go the the non-tourist oriented places. Not because Im some travel snob but rather because the food is always "family style" meaning you order multiple dishes and share rather than ordering individual plated meals which Ive experienced at a couple tourist places in well developed areas. These plated dishes while generally always come with rice or noodles so go family style if you can. That way you can get some curry, some stir-fries, meat dishes and ask them to not give you rice (although I always get rice because Im not that strict when travelling).

Enjoy.

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on December 22, 2010
at 02:55 PM

And please take photos of the food

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on December 22, 2010
at 04:16 PM

I was in Thailand for a 2 week vacation this year and ate eggs for breakfast and then would have some type of curry (probably made w/coconut milk) and a side of stir fried veg. Amazing food!

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:05 PM

Here is a discussion about this same topic on a different forum: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f15/staying-paleo-thailand-1213017/

Hope this helps!

I did mostly low carb in Singapore for about 3 years. It was hard, but not impossible. The biggest issue really is soy, but I wasn't trying to avoid it back then.

That part of the world is amazing. Unless you have some serious allergies or auto-immune type issues, I hope you will be a little less strict with how you eat over there.

Have fun!

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:31 PM

Yeah, a buddy of mine loves Thai food and spicy food... BUT he is allergic to shell fish. So he is not allowed to go to that region of the world. Shrimp paste and sauces are used in most everything.

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on May 16, 2013
at 04:59 AM

I've lived in Bangkok and around Thailand for over 4 years and use a strict paleo (perfect health diet / bulletproof diet style with Weston Price add ons). You can get nearly everything you want with a bit of effort.

Issues with Street Food Depending on how strict a paleo you are you'll want to be careful of Sean's street food suggestion:

  • "You likely won't know what type of oil is being used" - It is refined palm oil and they heat it to really high temperatures so it will contain a lot of oxidized omega-6.
  • Be aware of stomach troubles from street food (could be parasites or other bugs). It happens often so you have to be alert.

Restaurants

  • Be aware that a lot of the Thai restaurants use MSG (Monosodium glutamate), and that is an excitotoxin (I personally react to it badly so have to be careful where I eat).
  • There are now a few organic and good quality restaurants in Bangkok. So google for them. One great place is Roast on Thonglo Soi 13, it's a San Francisco style restaurant with excellent coffee and using organic produce. Must do.

Hard to find Paleo and Weston Price foods

To buy 100% grass fed meats, pastured eggs, organ meats and safe starches from supermarkets and other suppliers check out a detailed post I wrote on the subject: Eating Paleo in Thailand: Where to Find Hard to Get Items

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on December 23, 2010
at 12:09 AM

Wow, this is a useful post. I'm off to Thailand for the whole of January to do some cycle touring. I'm planning on eating a lot of eggs, fatty pork and coconut milk, and weird things on sticks.

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on December 22, 2010
at 09:30 PM

Do the movnat course whilst you're there

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:44 PM

I eat Thai food in America all the time and just avoid the rice and noodles. For instance, I eat green curry with chicken in a bowl just like soup. Stir-fried dishes are delicious without the rice.

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