Im planning to move to China for a few months with my girlfriend to teach English.
I hear nothing good about the quality of food in china (no grassfed meat, no organically grown, clean food, etc.)
Has anybody lived in China before and how did you go about eating the most healthy way possible over there?
Any tips and advice would be appreciated.
It is okay. Things are more fresh over here. Been living already for 8 years, of which 5 years in Paleo habit.
I think it is the fear that will take over your diet. No advise can help you with that.
Come over here and have a great time. Enjoy the life good food and maybe you and your wife make some new friends along the way.
And uh...become a real hunter gatherer in China!
Be well, Petra
My brother teaches English in China. He says in the northern part of China they eat more meat, and in the southern part, they eat more vegetables and rice - so the availability of food may be different depending on the region you are in.
He did tell me a funny story about how he had a party where he served a hickory farms sausage he had received from our parents. Apparently, no one would eat it until he told them it came from the U.S. and then he said they descended on it like a pack of wolves and devoured it. So, I probably would stay away from Chinese sausage if they are afraid of it. :)
OO good luck my friend is of to Beijing to teach at the international school I think he is Paleo or close, but best of luck. I'm sure you can find something whether or not there is variety it might just be Chinese leaf and chicken wraps all day everyday with the occasional duck? :)
However paleo you go or however you go about doing it, I would still recommend getting well acquainted with the local cuisine. I've been to China a few times and it's some of my favorite food anywhere in the world. Also for what it's worth I was the thinnest I've ever been when I lived in Hong Kong, and basically ate nothing but rice, grilled meat, and steamed veggies, with absolutely no effort, as those things are available everywhere there. It's good that you're thinking about your health, but don't forget to enjoy yourself. This should be a defining experience. Best of luck!
The problem with China is not that you can't get paleo type foods, it's the food (and air) quality that makes it a horrible place to live. I'm at a point were I'm not sure if I will ever go there again. Every single food group has one or more serious scandals attached to it. If you can read Chinese, check out this list http://www.zccw.info/query#fn
I don't even want to know what kind of crap I ate there every single day.
Also, this guy wrote a pretty good blog about it: http://chinageeks.org/2012/07/why-im-leaving-china/
Just a little note: the meat there is great - if you're not queasy about it. Pigeon, duck, venison, even rabbit or crocodile meat. These are likely caught wild.
Also, seafood is plentifully available! It might even be dirt cheap depending on your region and its proximity to the seas.
Hi guys! I'm heading to China in about a month. I know this is an old thread but having recently switched to paleo and feeling very positiveI want to keep it going, so I was wondering Kriss how you've gotten on there and if anyone else is still there and still staying paleo? Thanks
Whitelycan, you can absolutely eat a paleo diet in China (I live in Beijing). The main problem, as one of the previous posters commented on, is the environmental toxins. For example, currently we're suffering through some extreme air pollution. In general, your ability to find quality food will vary by region. Where are you moving to?
In Beijing, you can buy direct from local organic farms and buy meats, fruits and veggies at a local market. If you do dairy, there are several sources for reliable fresh milk, and if you don't trust any of it, you can buy imported UHT milk (not my thing but many people do it). Another perk is it's very easy to find chicken feet and carcasses to make excellent bone broth!
By the way, it took me a long time to find someone with kombucha and kefir grains in Beijing. I've since found them and regularly have extra so if anyone needs some just let me know.
Thank Mitch, I'm starting off in Hunan on a 6 month contract, but was actually thinking about trying out Beijing. I'm not a big fan of gigantic cities having lived in London for 7 years, but I noticed that Disney seem to pay a lot more for English teachers and maybe I could afford to live by myself there. Anyway that's a bit of an aside. Apparently Hunan is known for its fish, so hopefully that'll work out well. Kombucha sounds good! Do you enjoy Beijing?
Hi guys, saw this tread and thought i might add a few questions as well. I work in China now and try to stay Paleo as far as it goes, but at times i find it quite hard.
I live in a hotel, so i dont have the possibilty to cook my own food. Therefore i must be more creative since i work long hours and usually have to bring my own food (at work they only buy pizza, mcdonalds etc.)
Does anyone who has lived in China know about the ingredients they use in Chinese food over here? I know at home they stuff the sauces with sugar and wheat, but i dont know if its the same here. Sometimes i go to a chinese restaurant because its convenient and i get tired from eating at the same western resturant every day. It looks very much like Paleo since i only order meat and veggies, but i dont really know whats in the dish. Asking them for a special order is impossible since they don't speak english at all. But i must say, when i eat the dishes with no rice i dont feel like im eating sugar or alot of bad carbs and i can usually feel it right away when i eat a slice of bread or something
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