Is The Food Better In This Third World Country Than In The United States?
Many Americans would be hard-pressed to believe that countries believed to be “third-world” or otherwise impoverished could possibly provide better nutritional food than a super-power like the US.
However, according to one family, after spending many years in America battling food allergies and related health problems, they, quite by accident, stumbled onto an unexpected solution. For years they felt the could not eat regular food because the gluten or dairy would cause real discomfort.
You can imagine their trepidation as they prepared to travel to Bolivia where there is limited consumer safety mechanisms as well as sanitation issues.
It so happens that while in Bolivia they found a solution to their gluten and dairy issues. The solution? Eat whatever the heck they wanted!
The difference, they believe is that in Bolivia there are No GMOs. No Monsanto. No USDA. No Big-Pharma. No FDA.
Read more about their amazing experience below!
In the States I was always told that if I travel to another country the food and water will make me sick. We have always heard that developing countries are so dirty and the water is so bad that people from the States cannot handle it at all. So, the week before our trip to Bolivia, I started preparing our bodies. Hubby and I took probiotics and all 6 of us put Diatomaceous Earth in our smoothies every day.
Since 3 of us cannot have gluten or dairy, I loaded our backpacks full of granola bars, fruit snacks, and a few other things to survive on until we figured out the food situation. I assumed that I would not be able to speak the language well enough to tell people “no flour or milk” so I wanted to be prepared. On the plus side, I joked that the last few pounds I wanted to lose would quickly come off when I got to Bolivia.
When we arrived in LaPaz, I did not eat unless I could be positive there was no milk or flour in the food. It is amazing how frozen in fear I get about ordering food because of the nonstop worry of getting sick.
A mom of 4 just has no time for constant health problems.
When we arrived in Ixiamas, I discovered that bread is a cheap staple (1 Boliviano for 2 pieces of bread the size of large dinner rolls). Also, since the bread was made with only butter, lard, and flour -no milk! – I decided to try it. It tasted good and I felt fine.
After this surprising success, I tried the milk from a friend’s cow.
No symptoms! I could not believe it! It seemed I was able to eat everything here! The only time I have gotten sick is when I ate at a chain restaurant that sold burgers and a store that served previously-frozen empanadas. Later a friend told us those places served “fast food”. I do notice that if I consume too much milk I will get a little congested. I try to space the dairy consumption out so that I only have dairy every other day.
I have not had one headache while in Ixiamas, while in the States I usually had one every two weeks. I have not gone to bed all stopped up or woken up by a sneezing attack. When I eat flour, my tummy does not feel horrible and bloated. In the States, I typically got sick after eating out. No matter how fervently the restaurants promised they did not have milk or flour in their foods, I always seemed to spend the next day sitting on the couch feeling horrible and trying to get well.
Let me be clear. In the States, I could not have any gluten or dairy. Even when I was extremely strict with the foods that I ate, I still became sick. I could not eat trace amounts of dairy without experiencing flu-like symptoms for 3 days. And if I had flour, I would have intense stomach cramps for at least a day.
So how is this possible? Why did I spend so much of my life sick in the States since my childhood? How is it that I am well in Bolivia?
I think I know the answer.
There are little to no chemicals used in food production here. Vegetables and fruits are picked from the garden and go straight to the market. After the cow is milked, the milk is poured into a rinse- out soda bottle and sold. We buy the food and then we eat it – that’s all.
There are no planes spraying chemicals and no huge factories manipulating food with additives. There are no FDA regulations, no Monsanto, and no companies enforcing rules for how things must be prepared, processed and packaged.
And the water is clean; it comes straight from a spring in the mountain. It is not treated with added fluoride or any other chemicals “to make sure we are healthy.”
And Ixiamas is FAR from sanitary. Nobody boils water before using it. No one runs around washing their hands or using hand sanitizer before serving each meal. The bathrooms that most people use are nothing more than a hole in the ground. Everyone deals with free-roaming farm animals wandering through their homes, stores and restaurants. The roads are covered in dirt and when a motorcycle drives by, dirt flies everywhere.
Read more about their interesting journey: http://domorethanexist6.com/…/i-can-eat-all-the-food-and-i…/
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