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!