My wife got a good chuckle when she heard I was going to write a blog article on healthy international cuisine. After all, I am not exactly Julia Child around our house, as my version of a self prepared healthy meal is steak, Rice-a-Roni (the butter and herb version), and tossed salad with ranch dressing. I reminded her, however, that I was quite good at scouring the internet for fresh ideas, and even offered (she refused) to make one or two of the dishes pulled from my research. While most are familiar with healthy dietary choices at home, travelers to other countries are often faced with a plethora of unfamiliar food choices without any understanding

of what is healthy and what is not. Eating out is unhealthy to begin with, as most establishments provide large portions, heavily salted and filled with fat derived calories. Restaurants in foreign countries are no exception, so it behooves the international traveler to plan plenty of home cooked meals, if possible. Here are a few websites that feature some wonderful recipes, broken down by region and/or type of food. The list is quite short, but should give the international cuisine novice committed to eating healthy a good start:

Heart and Stroke Foundation- Recipes from Around the World Healthy Latin American Favorites World Health Circle of International Cooking International Vegetarian Union- Especially for Vegans Healthy Salads with an International Flavor Fermented Grains For the Die Hards Bon Appétit!

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About The Author

Frank Gillingham, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Director for HTH Worldwide. Frank has led HTH Worldwide's international business development efforts in Europe and Canada and has been a guest speaker at international business conferences and has authored a series of articles on travel medicine, including pieces on travel information available on the Internet and the role of physicians working with travel insurers. Frank is a Board-Certified Internist and Emergency Medicine Specialist. He is also a private emergency physician in Southern California and a former emergency department director and member of the UCLA emergency department staff. Frank completed residency training at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania .

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