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  • Is it possible to be healthy/primal in a country like South Korea?

    I am an English guy living and working in South Korea and I have been trying to go primal for the last 5/6 months. I have always had this thought at the back of my mind though - "is it even truly possible in some countries, such as Korea".

    Mark's post about Human Interference Factor (HIF) brought this to the forefront of my mind, and hence this post.

    In Korea I believe that the HIF is huge. They have no concept of organic vegetables or fruit, and they certainly do not produce or distribute any grass-fed meat. Obviously this transcends into the eggs they produce - currently of which I eat 6 a day. (note Mark's comments in the aforementioned post about how badly produced eggs can actually be harmful). The dairy is truly awful with the milk giving everybody bad guts and there is no prodution of decent cheese or yogurt etc. As with meat, they also see no need to import this kind of stuff.

    So if I am eating heavily fertilised vegetables and fruit, grain-fed meat, bad eggs and very little dairy, am I actually any better off than before when I was eating carbs/grains and processed foods.

    Interested to hear your thoughts.

  • #2
    You might start with a diet of traditional Korean foods which have kept them slim for the most part, rather than trying to swing a healthy robust western diet in a place where, where western foods exist, are not likely to be the healthy type.

    Find a nice Korean girl to help you out there.

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    • #3
      a couple of points - first off, i dont need to lose any weight. very elan and currently trying to build more muscle. so my diet is trying to be very protein heavy with plenty of calories etc. also, i have been out here a while now and so i am well aware of the traditional diet here which is basically rice served with kimchi and some kind of basic soup. eating copious amounts of rice is not primal. yes, recently (relatively speaking) it is what the majority of asian countries base their diet on and they are usually slim people. this does not necessarliy mean they are healthy though.

      i revert back to my first question of whether eating the kinds of food that i mentioned in my first post, is this a healthy way to go or am i just plugging away at something which is having little benefit for me?

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      • #4
        You're the only one that can answer that in my opinion.

        If you've been purely primal for the last 6 months and you feel better than you did - great stick with it, if not then tweak slightly or change it completely - your body should be your guide.

        After saying that I don't eat dairy 99% of the time, but ignoring the dairy aspect which if in doubt I'd suggest getting rid of, many people including myself are a non organic primal and its still been a huge benefit even though its not totally ideal according to the primal blueprint.

        Personally I'd rather buy food I can afford to eat as much of as I want that is not organic but allows me to follow the primal way for the rest of my life as it feels right to me, than give up after a couple of weeks as I'm hungry and don't feel comfortable spending such a fortune on feeding us - at the end of the day its choice each individual makes.
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        • #5
          Just a couple of points:
          1) We have seen time and again that even conventional supermarket stuff (i.e. grain-fed animals and heavily treated veggies) is superior to even organic grains and grain oils and legumes.
          2) The traditional Korean diet is actually quite healthy: vegetables (fresh when available, otherwise pickled and/or fermented), meat, seaweed, rice. I think they use sesame oil, but as a condiment; I've never seen anyone use sesame oil as a cooking oil since it has such a strong taste.

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          • #6
            i guess my main concern is with the quality of meat and eggs. i feel fine (great actually) but that doesnt mean i am good on the inside. is eating poor quality eggs and fatty meat a bad idea? i think it is marks post about human interference that has posed these questions for me. should i stick to lean cuts of meat only perhaps?

            and you are right, the korean diet can generally be good - vegetables, kimchi etc, but it is really the quality of animal products that is concerning me at present.

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            • #7
              If you stick to lean cuts of meat (probably a good idea) can you get a fish oil supplement to counteract any Omega 6s you are taking in?

              Are you buying your meat & produce from grocery stores or from farmer's stalls?
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              • #8
                I think you are better off not eating rice than eating rice in large quantities. For all the rest, I would follow the taste buds & because the meat products are not grass-fed, I would chose leaner cuts as opposite to fatty ones, to reduce the heart desease risk factor (from the saturated fats in the grain-fed beef and poultry) & try to find avocado and coconut oil to compensate. If dairy is yuk, don't add it in. Yes, they fertilize them. No, they are not organic. You do what you can. Also, try checking what fruit/vegetables grown locally require the least fertilization etc. If they do not need it, they probably won't be spraying it heavily.
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                • #9
                  Hey, I'm currently in Seoul for an exchange program until January. I've been having the same problem. I've recently gone primal and I'm having trouble finding the right stuff to eat. Like you said, there is no "organic" aisle so to speak. Although I have seen eggs that I think says "pastured" or grass fed but I don't really know what food labeling standards Korea has.
                  Btw I'm a Korean national who grew up in the U.S.. I can speak and read Korean pretty well.
                  Have you tried duck? I don't really know about the nutrition but they're pretty darn delicious.
                  What area do you live in? Have you tried Itaewon? Haven't been there myself but I've been meaning to go.

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                  • #10
                    Wild caught fish and traditional foods should be available. In the U.S. Korean barbeque is the most primal-type restaurant I can think of. Organic is not the most important aspect of primal. If you get the sugar, wheat, and seed oil part right you're doing good.

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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't get to hung up on organic. I realize this is verboten around here but when it comes to fruits and vegetables, I think the organic is way over hyped. Talk to some farmers that farm organic and you'll get a real education.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tommyho1 View Post
                        I am an English guy living and working in South Korea and I have been trying to go primal for the last 5/6 months. I have always had this thought at the back of my mind though - "is it even truly possible in some countries, such as Korea".
                        Yes, yes it is. Quite easy in fact. Just eat right, and commit to eating right.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mikebike View Post
                          I wouldn't get to hung up on organic. I realize this is verboten ...
                          NO! I MUST let perfection prevent me from making any changes until I can be perfect!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mikebike View Post
                            I wouldn't get to hung up on organic. I realize this is verboten around here but when it comes to fruits and vegetables, I think the organic is way over hyped. Talk to some farmers that farm organic and you'll get a real education.
                            Agreed. Don't get hung up on "organic" and "grass fed". Those are "tweaks" people can make to their primal/paleo diet that tend to be more philosophical/feel-good driven than by actual personal health benefits accrued. No paleo/primal diet requires organic or grass-fed to reap great benefits, and most people don't actually fuss about it.

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                            • #15
                              I lived in Korea for two years and I was able to go primal. They don't have good yogurt, but they do have kimchi. The older the kimchi the better it is for you. I actually made my own yogurt at home. Its super easy. Don't worry about the meat not being grass fed. You can actually get grass fed meat and organic stuff in big cities like Busan and Seoul. Actually most super markets like Lotte, E-Mart, and HomePlus now have organic sections. Or you can just go to a traditional market. The beef jerky has wheat on it, so I would eat a lot of dried fish. HomePlus even has almond flour in the backing section, lots of raw nuts etc. You can get nut betters in the food part of Lotte and Hyundai Depart. The only thing I had to ship from the USA was coconut oil. There is a site called Mass119.com (or something close to that) where you can get protein powder, and vitamins.
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