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Yay! I live in Lima, Peru. Nice to meet you too!!!  :D

 

Generally speaking, people here in Lima haven't heard about paleo yet (I found a few pages online, but when I talk to my friends, people I know, nobody ever has heard about it). How is it over there? I know Santiago is much more advanced than Lima, so I'd love to know!

 

Thanks  :)

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I think very few people know about Paleo here. There was an article the other day in the main and most-respected newspaper about some strange new diet: "Paleo-chic". It was a short review of the Spanish translation of Esther Blum's Cavewomen Don't Get Fat. The author apparently had no idea that there was more than a decade worth of Paleo diet. There were a lot of comments. Two people knew about Paleo, practiced it and tried to explain more; the vast majority of people said things like: "Those people must smell like a cemetery with so much meat", "If everybody ate like that the planet would be destroyed in a year", "Another crazy diet that's totally unbalanced and unhealthy". So you see the picture...!

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Thanks for that -I think it makes me feel better! I hear the same comments when I explain what this is all about. Oh, and don't even get me started on the comments I get about the Whole30! But oh well, let's never give up on sharing the joy  :D

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Yeah, that's incredible! I often hear people talk about how they could try something as odd as the genotype diet. But when I tell about ditching sugar and other foods that the human body hasn't evolved to eat, I get a blank face and a "I could never give up bread!"  :lol:

 

Where do you come from? I'm French. (And I read American websites because that's where the good stuff is.  :rolleyes: )

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EXACTLY! People can be so weird sometimes... Here in Peru for instance, people are used to eating tons of bread in the mornings, and every lunch and dinner with a massive amount of rice too. I usually get this reply: "No rice? Are you mental?", and then I go about explaining the whole list of reasons behind it, and they end up with "But how would I eat my lomo saltado?". 

 

The other day I explained the basic stuff to my mom, and she seemed to understand it all. We were making good progress, for instance she said "Beans? But beans are so healthy!", and then I read her the Legume Manifesto, and she said "Ohhhh...". Great. I really thought she was about to say something like "I'm in! Let's do a Whole30 together!". But then she gives me "But I can have corn, right?", and there I go, with the Grain Manifesto. She said "But it's a vegetable!!". So I read to her Mark Sisson's article on how it's not. That's when I lost her. She said "Well I can't live without corn, so forget it!".

 

I was born here in Lima, and I also read the American websites because they've got the best stuff  :P

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I think I can guess why you lost her!  :lol:

 

Say, do you easily source good food in Lima?

Here it's slowly beginning to be more common. Now I can find grass-fed beef and lamb at the supermarket (I'm lucky to live close to one the most modern supermarkets in Santiago). It also carries gluten-free, additives-free sausages and *almost reasonably* raised chicken. I have a weekly delivery from an organic farmer with produce, olive oil and free-range eggs. And organic coconut oil and water imported from the united States.

But fish is so hard! Can you believe, in a country with so many miles of coastline, all you can find at your local stores is Chinese farm-raised tilapia? :blink:  People here just don't eat much seafood anymore. I hope it comes back, just like the rest.

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That is something that's just getting started around here. There's currently TWO decent health stores. The first one is about 1 hour away from my place, and the other one (thank god), only about 10 mins, so that's where I shop when I can -it's not cheap. I can get good chicken, good eggs, and good produce (they have a farm a few hours away and they make sure everything they sell is the real thing). They even sell organic wild-caught trout -but canned, not fresh. The only fresh meat they sell is chicken. I haven't been able to find grass-fed beef anywhere. Oh and fish? We have a few more options, but it's not that great either. At the supermarkets, they got salmon, very expensive, and when I asked where it comes from... guess where... Chile! We have Chilean farm-raised salmon (and with tuna). The rest of the fish, some come from China (there's this one called "Basa" or "Panga", which I know is the worst of all -cheapest one too). But some others come from Piura (north of Peru), wild-caught and sent to Lima -those are the ones I get. They're the best choice and not that expensive either.

 

I adore seafood, we eat tons of it around here, especially now that it's summer.

Oh great, now I want ceviche!  :wub:

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Hi Susiek, 

 

I hope you read this on time for your trip in September  :)

 

There are no Whole30-specific places in Lima, but the most popular Peruvian dish is called Ceviche. It's my absolute favorite, and Whole-30 compliant (it's fresh fish, marinated in lime juice -not like sushi though-, sometimes it's served with a side of corn, so you can just skip that). It's the best thing ever, for real. Now more important than where to eat it, is WHEN TO. Never, ever, ever order ceviche at night, it's just not fresh. Now where to eat it... you'll find it just about anywhere (almost), but here are the best places:

  1. Francesco (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294316-d1074373-Reviews-Francesco-Lima_Lima_Region.html). Best ceviche ever. Expensive but absolutely worth it.
  2. La Mar (http://www.lamarcebicheria.com/). This one is not that traditional, but amazing. Expensive too.
  3. Punto Azul (

There are some great places to eat that might work out if you adjust your dish (or if you simply want to eat healthy and yummy). Most of these serve raw, organic, vegan and/or vegetarian food, etc. A bit pricey for Lima, but that should still be cheap for US tourists. A great little place is called Raw Café Club (https://www.facebook.com/RawCafeClub?ref=br_tf), it's absolutely tasty. Then there's Deli Viva (https://www.facebook.com/Delivivaperu), which is right next to my favorite health store. You also have Las Vecinas eco-bar (https://www.facebook.com/LasVecinasEcoBar), right next to another health store. My favorite one is Veggie Pizza (they have one with no cheese). Their crusts are made of linseed, no flour (https://www.facebook.com/VeggiePizzaPE). By far, the best pizza you'll find in Lima. 

 

Feel free to e-mail me if you want more info, my country is absolutely awesome! I just came back from Cusco (4th time I go there), so I know all the best places there too. 

 

Have a blast!!!  :D

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