For the past few days I have received at least a few messages that stated that Chiang Mai, a small city of about a quarter of a million people in the north of Thailand , was the safest city to live in in the whole world. As someone who lived a not particularly safe year and three months there, I found this a hilarious thought, because if Chiang Mai is the safest place in the world to live, this world doesn’t have much in the way of safe places to live in. The articles and their discussions struck me as more than a little bit ridiculous, as if the fact that Mark Faber enjoys living there makes it safe for everyone. As far as places to live go, it’s certainly decent enough if–and the ifs are important–you have no interest in Thai politics, are okay with occasional protests/riots, and don’t mind an absence of good bookstores and are able to afford eating as you wish. I will get to this more in the second part of the blog.
In thinking about my experience in Chiang Mai, I thought of a diet based on my own experiences in Thailand. When I arrived in Thailand I weight a bit more than 200 pounds and when I left Thailand about fifteen months later, I weighed less than 150 pounds. I did all of this while eating three to four times a day, at least, trying desperately and largely unsuccessfully to keep the weight on. I will comment, as I said, at more length in part two of this entry on how my weight loss tips can work for you in getting rid of that unwanted third of your body weight, even if keeping it off will be a bit of a challenge, no doubt. Given this dramatic weight loss, I thought it would be worthwhile to begin my discussion with a bit of context. Any place where one can lose nights of sleep because of concerns about the police establishment, where politics is unstable and life is dangerous for those who don’t know how to keep their mouths shut, and where one can lose a third of their body weight while eating three or four (or at times even five) times a day is clearly not a place that is for everyone.
For most people, Chaing Mai is a perfectly decent place to live. There is a lot of scenic beauty in Northern Thailand, the cost of living is generally pretty low, as long as one knows where to eat, and the ordinary people are quite friendly. If you’re a person who is content to dwell at the surface level of life and enjoy the surface level smiles and friendliness of those around you, you will enjoy this country a lot. It is not, however, a country that rewards those who are looking for depth. Not a lot of people enjoy reading–and the expat literature one finds can be pretty terrible for those who read in English at least. It is a good place to go if you have a taste for spicy food (more on that in part two) and have an appreciation of peasant farming. Not a lot of people eat beef or dairy products, and so those who like red meat and dairy food will be out of luck. Even so, the local food is tasty enough that one will likely have a few favorite dishes among the ones that can be found. As for this picky eater, I loved kao soy and krapow gai kai dow in particular and regularly made time and saved money to eat both of these tasty dishes in the course of my time there.
As I close part one, I would like to set up the context for the Chiang Mai diet. If you desire to enjoy this supposedly safest place in the world and eat your way to losing up to a third of your weight, then stay tuned for my suggestions on how you can do just that, all without the burden of excessive exercise. This isn’t a diet plan that is going to require you to run or play takraw, although that will help you to lose weight faster. This is a diet plan that depends only on the local conditions as well as one’s diet, and one can do all of this without spending large amounts of money as is the case in most rival weight loss plans. In fact, the less money you spend, the better. Are you prepared to live cheaply and in constant danger of a visit from the special police for blogging about Thai politics all while losing a crazy amount of weight? If so, read on…
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