I've got an amazing opportunity to live and work in India while practicing Ashtanga yoga, but my job is cooking vegan and vegetarian food for the guests at a very nice yoga retreat. I've done this job before and I know what it available to me, and not much of it qualifies as paleo! I don't intend to be a vegetarian myself while there and plan to eat fish at least a couple times a week, as that is good and local. I've never eaten other meat in India and don't really want to!
I can get:
~coconut, coconut milk, oil, etc. but there are no jars of Artisana- more like hammering away it and attempting to wrestle out some coconut meat. The milk is in boxes or cans and I wouldn't be surprised if it's full of weird ingredients.
~eggs - I love to blend up raw eggs with coconut milk but not sure about safety in India.
~raw milk from the neighbors- but it's not exactly a pristine deep-green grassy pasture- more like a garbage-strewn ditch- so I'm not too sure about this.
~papayas, banana, pineapple, mango, jackfruit (yuk) or imported, old, radiated apples and whatnot that are horrible. ~a decent variety of vegetables although they usually seem kind of lifeless and nutrient-poor. beets, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, some organic leafy greens too ~grains~ different kinds of rice, and wheat flours (want to avoid) ~legumes~ mung, lentil, garbanzo etc. (need to avoid)
~ghee ~ nuts, cheese, curd, spirulina, bee pollen, are also available. So the question is, how can I make the most of this? I plan to emphasize coconut and make shakes of raw milk/coconut milk with raw eggs and honey or stevia, eat bananas, papaya, pineapple and mango, green smoothies with fruits and add spirulina, vegetables with ghee, and sneak out and pay for fish once in a while? I don't do well with nuts and want to keep the sugar to a minimum although I do like papaya and mango- and of course that is the local food. Is this a do-able paleo diet? coconut, tropical fruit, eggs and fish, basically? Also I will be pursuing during this an advanced ashtanga practice and need to keep the weight down and the energy up! Any advice is appreciated and thanks for bothering to read this long post!