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    So i've been going primal for 2.5 months now and I feel great. I've only had a couple cheat meals/days which mainly occured during christmas. I have been quite consistent and I really dont find it too hard because I love what im eating.


    However, im going to Thailand for 6 weeks and im super excited about it. Only problem is I really dont want to deviate too much from my diet. And in Thailand noodles and rice is a big part of their diet.


    Has anybody been to Thailand and if so do you think it would be difficult maintaining a primal diet? I obviously dont expect to be completely perfect but like I said I want to continue to eat clean.


    I do look forward to snacking on some coconuts though. lol.


    Thanks


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    "When in Rome (or Thailand)...."


    Enjoy yourself. Don't sweat a short term variation.


    You sound young. Don't sweat it. Enjoy yourself. Did I say that already?

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      Don't sweat it...I spent the better part of 4 months in SE Asia last year and they love to eat animals. When ordering dishes at restaurants you can usually get the rice separate from the veggies/meat...especially in more touristy places. Or if on the go there's plenty of street stalls that sell "meat-on-a-stick". And of course on Khao San Rd you can be adventurous and go for the grasshoppers/spiders/etc.


      But definitely don't worry about it, and I highly suggest you don't pass up on the pad thai or tiger beer...life's just too short

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        Thanks for the info. Im really looking forward to the food there. It sounds bad but its probably what im most excited about. lol.

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          When Ive backbacked in south america and asia, the one advantage was being able to eat seafood for super cheap. The major downside is the meat- be careful, since most of it isnt processed and maintained in the 'cleanest' way (left outside, etc). There's always a lot of dried stuff, which is good (asian-style jerky).


          Load up on the coconuts! Fresh coconut juice, Im jealous

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            Yeah thats a good point. Fish should be fairly inexpensive. Im not sure where I heard this but I heard in Thailand, Coconut is their primary fat in their diet along with butter. I believe I read this on Stephan Guyanets blog. He mightve been referring to another country but if not thats awesome news.

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              hmm, thats interesting. Lucky you, you'll see street vendor coconut stands where people will seperate the milk, the dried coconut, and the coconut water all in seperate bags for sale. Also, its easy to find small snacks and food-on-the go like kabobs of grilled chicken.


              For emergencies, Id bring almonds/butter and jerky with me. should be fun!

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                Yep, I cant wait. So it sounds like you've been to Thailand? If you did, did you enjoy it?


                Also, i've been browsing these forums for a few weeks now and I came across a thread about backpacking through Canada. Im not sure if you were the one who wanted to do that but if its you, good luck. that would be awesome. Its something I want to do within the next couple of years.

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                  I went around SE asia, but only spent a little time in thailand, although it was amazing. there's so much to see. are you going with friends?


                  i wanted to do canada bc i backpacked other countries, and realized, that i hadnt even travelled in my own! im a bit nervous, i don't plan on following nuch of an itinerary


                  are you hostelling in thailand? have you tried couchsurfing?

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                    Yep, I plan on staying in hostels throughout my trip. I went to Costa Rica last year and backpacked for 5 weeks so i'm a little more comfortable going this time around even though its a different country. And yeah, im going by myself. Im a little different from my other friends, they arent really interested in doing the things I do. So I usually just do the backpacking stuff alone.


                    Never tried couchsurfing. Ive heard of it though. How about you?

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                      Same here, I couldnt find a buddy and usually travel solo, although I think you learn more that way Its smart to hostel, I save a lot of money, but you might also try couchsurfing, you stay for free, and meet randoms and could end up travelling with new people.


                      Have fun on your trip! Keep us updated on staying primal, Costa Rica's next on my list.

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                        Thanks for the info. I'll definitely look into it.


                        And definitely do Costa Rica. I'd go there again this but a friend I met in Costa Rica recommended I hit up Thailand. So Costa Rica will have to wait. I met so many great people.

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                          Thanks, Im excited to see south america again. wish travel were cheaper though. my best friend is in thailand right now, its really hot (90 degress high). so at least you'll come back home tanned.

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                            Yep, if anybody needs a tan, its me.


                            Definitely right about the cost of travelling though. I just graduated in December, started a job 1st week of January just so I can pay for this trip and my last day is tomorrow. Ive been working a horrible job 6 days a week for the past 2 months, feels like I just wasted 2 months of my life. lol.

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                              I've been to thailand 4 times over the years. My advice for primaling it (i sort of did the last time I was there):


                              1. stay away from sweet beverages - they love them. Super sweet teas and such.

                              2. While you get rice with a lot of dishes, just don't eat a ton of it. I made a point of eating maybe 1/4 to 1/2 of what I got.

                              3. Careful with fruit too - they also eat a lot. I was eating a couple of mangoes/papayas every day.

                              4. If you have a sensitive stomach, watch the water.

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