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    What would Grok eat if he had to go to India for business?

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    I'll be traveling to India for the first time in a couple weeks. I like to eat what the locals eat when I go some place, but this is the first international trip that I'll make since I started eating primal. I don't have a lot of experience with Indian cuisine, but what I have had has been pretty starchy / grainy. What dishes should I be looking for?

    I don't imagine it will be too tough to find acceptable meat dishes, but I'm concerned with getting enough vegetables. I just got back from the travel clinic, and in addition to getting loaded up with vaccinations, I was warned to avoid raw fruits and veggies, which rules out most of what I currently eat in the way of fruits and veggies.

    I'll only be there for a week, so if I have to break my eating restrictions it won't be the end of the world, but I'd prefer not too.

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    Cows! Nobody else does so there’ll be plenty for you…

    On a serious note, and this applies to every single geographical location on planet earth: meat and vegetables.

    I can’t give you specific dishes because I’m not familiar with them, you probably will have to either dodge some of the staples which are heavy in grains OR accept that you’re only there for a short while and may never eat something like that again.

    My gf and I go to an Indian restaurant maybe three times a year and I usually just take that day “off” so to speak, but still typically end up getting something primal (ie: meat!) I usually go for something I don’t usually get to eat such as goat or lamb. I suggest you do the same.

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    No worries. Beef is fairly rare, but there is plenty of chicken. When I was there the taste of the bird was far superior to American chicken although there is about half as much meat on a given piece. There is a wide variety of vegetables since so many Indian are vegetarians.

    I agree that you should avoid anything raw unless it peels, and be careful with the peels. Seriously. The local version of Montezuma's Revenge is brutal. Brush your teeth with bottled water. Do NOT under any circumstances touch the tap water. Don't get anything with ice, ever. Do not believe lies about filtered water for ice and so on. Just don't touch the ice or the tap water anywhere. You should be okay for a week. Just about anyone who stays longer will come down with something, but lots of people make it through seven days.

    It's a great country, fascinating, rich with culture and full of interesting people and amazing sights.

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    The curry and tandoori food are usually pretty primal, if you avoid the stuff with white potatos and lentils. The naan and rice that come with it are not. If you avoid the naan (although I'd suggest at least trying it, if it doesn't cause you pain, because it is good stuff) and the rice, you should be pretty clear.
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    Beef. Cuz he doesn't know any better. HAHAHA

    Okay, all joking aside. Chicken, lamb, veggies. Enjoy the trip!
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    I'm with Bookstorecowboy. Nothing raw. No ice. Bottled water to brush your teeth. If you are staying in big cities and mainly eating at hotels and big local restaurants, you'll be fine. If you go out to the countryside, I would add to check the bottled water caps to make sure they are not just refilled bottles. And I would avoid meat all together in the countryside (again, hotels in big cities and big restaurants are fine for meat). But, I've been to some small towns in India and have seen the butchered meat. No way I would eat that. *shudders* My husband is from a small town 120 miles north of Delhi and we visit frequently. I've taken to carrying Portable Aqua because I drink so much water - it's just easier. I apply these to their FILTERED water. :P Some fun things (non-primal) to try - the pizza - curried pizza anyone? And the lamb burgers at McyD's.
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    I was just recently on a two week business trip to New Delhi, and tried to stay primal.

    There are a lot of vegetarians, and some businesses have prohibited meat on site, but there is usually a non-veg restaurant nearby. I set out to avoid milk products, grains and starchy items like rice and that basically left me the dry meat dishes like tandoori (although marinated in yoghurt most of it is burnt off).

    Dishes that are made with meat in some kind of sauce are vegetable oil and yoghurt based - but made from scratch on most half decent restaurants, so you can try to order dishes made with coconut milk instead of yoghurt. And as mentioned; don't have tap water/ice cubes etc. Also; it seems quite common to thin fruit juices with water, so I'd actually say don't drink anything at all thats not bottled. The teas are _FULL_ of sugars, and don't be surprised if your coffee is sweetened too.

    Even restaurant staff/chefs don't seem to know much about macro nutrients, so there is no point in saying no grain, no milk, no rice - you have to tell them exactly what you want and that they should ask if they want to add something else. Hehe I remember ordering a hamburger primal style at the hotel only to the have chef come out and ask if there was something wrong with the order because it made no sense; no bread, no fries, extra vegetables?!?

    I'm a big fan of trying the local cuisine when traveling, but in India that got me a too large serving of gluten, milk protein and starches, so my last 12 days consisted of intermittent fasting; an egg, bacon and vegetable-feast at the hotel every morning and then fasting until the next day. If you don't get sick, tired and allergic from milk, gluten and starch you can do whatever you like I guess.

    Tip: remember to ask for the boneless meat dishes otherwise you'll be gnawing a lot (hey, nothing more primal than that!)
    Tip: don't try to show off on the spicyness; if it burns on its way in, it will burn on the way out too...
    Tip: don't give money to beggars, you will attract 50 more
    Tip: don't tip the hotel staff until you leave unless you want them hanging around you constantly.
    Last edited by primat; 06-08-2011 at 03:35 AM. Reason: more tips

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