Living In Thailand, Needs Help With Low-Carb
Blog reader living in Thailand desires to get back on low-carb lifestyle
I live in the United States and have only visited one other country in my life: Chile, South America. I did a mission trip to Puerto Montt in 1992 as part of the Baptist Student Union at the end my college days at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
But other than that I'm just a Southern American boy who dreams of seeing the world someday.
That's what makes it difficult for me when I receive an e-mail from one of my blog readers about what they can eat living in countries where low-carb foods may not be as accessible as they are here in the U.S.
Here's what my dear reader wrote to me:
I am 66 yrs old my husband and I are living in Thailand until April 06. I came off my Atkins diet when I arrived here on the 1st Nov 05. I put on a lot of weight (I mean a lot big time) my husband is fine he cut out a few things he is now back to normal.
I have gone onto fish, glass noodles don't know the make and Thai home made soup. I wanted to know if the soup is high in carbs its: Bean curd sometimes stuffed bean curd soup, fish soup, mushroom, beef and hodge podge soup.
Can you help?
Again, not knowing what the food choices are like in Thailand, it makes it very difficult for me to know what to say in response to these kind of queries.
Nevertheless, here was my response:
THANK YOU so much for writing today! I am so very proud of you for taking control of your weight by making a concerted effort on keeping it under control.
Since you have gotten off the program, it certainly stands to reason that you were going to gain the weight back. It's amazing how fast it comes back on your body when you stop doing it. But that's why I talk about making this a LIFESTYLE CHANGE and not just a "diet."
Keep eating the fish because you are getting healthy omega-3 fatty acids from that. I'm not sure about the carb content of the "glass noodles" since I don't know what those are, but try to find out how many carbs are in them. As for the
soup, again you will need to watch how many carbs are contained in them. Beans can tend to be high in carbohydrates.
Does this help you? Find the low-carb foods you CAN eat (might I suggest shirataki noodles!) along with fine cuts of meats and vegetables like cauliflower, green beans, and much more!
Livin' la vida low-carb is flexible enough to work ANYWHERE in the whole world and I am so glad to see you taking it seriously enough to make it work for you.
God bless you and don't ever stop keeping your focus on the prize at hand -- controlling your weight. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Does anyone else have any insight to share with my reader living in Thailand about what other low-carb foods she can eat? I'm really at a loss here and would love to hear from people who are livin' la vida low-carb on Thai food. THANKS!