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Doing the Daniel Fast in Asia

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A few pros and cons of doing the Daniel Plan abroad:

The biggest plus is that most of the foods I miss are 6,000+ miles away from me, and not having a car means that even if my husband and I want to go eat something less than healthy we have to walk, take the subway, and walk some more, then turn around and do the same to go home. I lost over 10 pounds my first semester in Korea just from these two things!

What's also great about South Korea foodwise, is that a traditional meal (usually some kind of beef, pork or seafood dish) is served with anywhere from 3-7+ side dishes, which mostly consist of kimchi and vegetables, and for no extra charge! It's great going out to lunch with my husband and seeing that most everything in front of me is Daniel Fast friendly.

On the downside, I can't always read what's on labels, and can't always ask (because of language) what's in food, but if I exercise common sense I do pretty well. Also most recipes in the Daniel Plan are impossible for me to do. I only have a range and a rice cooker. Ovens aren't common; they look like huge microwaves but since I'm not sure how long I'll stay in South Korea I don't want to invest the money in it.

Another downside is that I'm in Seoul, where there are tons of fastfood joints. Just recently a Dunkin Donuts opened up next to my apartment and I was like, "You're kidding me. I have to walk past THAT every day!!!" My biggest temptation, Baskin Robbins, is only a few doors down from that! Gotta stay strong!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEEEBEE 1/13/2014 11:56PM

    We're in a global economy, all right! Just do your best and enjoy the experience while it lasts. Maybe take some language lessons??? Best to you!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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LADYHAWKES 1/13/2014 10:05AM

    Wow the traditional foods look pretty healthy I'd stick with those...all that walking will certainly make up for "mystery" calories....look at baskin robbins as Satan In the wilderness, lol! You're really building up your willpower!

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FEMISLIM 1/13/2014 8:40AM

    All the best and remain blessed!!

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AZMOM1 1/12/2014 3:44PM

    Good luck in your journey emoticon

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YMWONG22 1/12/2014 8:59AM

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    Pursue the positives!

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CHERYLHURT 1/12/2014 8:37AM

  I'll have to read about the Daniel fast as I've only ever heard about it!

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JAROL7 1/12/2014 8:12AM

    Good luck. After 2 months in Thailand, I know the problem with labels but I ate mostly at street vendors and that certainly did not cause a weight gain but losing weight could be a problem.

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