Paleo while in Burma

Answered on November 07, 2013
Created November 07, 2013 at 3:15 PM

I will be doing a meditation retreat for 2 months and I will be travelling in Burma for 1 month. During the retreat I can probably choose between meat,fish and vegetarian and choose as much rice I want with that. During the retreat I will be eating breakfast and lunch (since there is no dinner available).

During my travelling I would like to eat out for my meals. I usually eat 2 meals a day (lunch and dinner).

I would like to avoid gluten, and unhealthy fats such as sunflower oil. I don't have heavy allergic reactions on eating gluten but my body feels better doing paleo. I would like to eat as much primal as possible while enjoying my trip, tasting new foods and allowing white rice and dairy. Eating healthy while avoiding unhealthy fats and gluten is my main goal. I will eat out all the time.

My questions:

  • I've read that Burmese cuisine uses lots of oil. What types of oil are usually used ? My body works well on coconut oil, ghee and palm oil. Lonely planet talks about cheap blends of palm oil. Should I avoid it or eat it as much as I want ?
  • How do Burmese noodles compare to white rice health wise ?
  • How do you ask for gluten-free in Burmese ?
  • Do you have any other recommendations for doing paleo in Burma ?


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on November 07, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Lots of insects dishes in that part of the world.

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on November 07, 2013
at 04:14 PM

My only experience with Burmese food was a San Francisco restaurant that we used to go to a lot. It was awesome, but in retrospect if was greasy, oily food so I'd say beware. They have this great fried bread but it is obviously a Paleo death food, wheat and oil (s/be butter if done right).

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