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    I recently discovered MDA (while doing some research on Stevia!) and I have since been completely enthralled with this site! I ordered The Primal Blueprint, read it all the way through, and made the leap! I have been primal for 4 days now


    However, I am a college student living with four absolutely NON PRIMAL housemates, as well as being surrounded by skeptical friends that think I should just eat "normal" (not to mention binge drink!)


    I'm curious how many other college students frequent this site and if they (or non college students!) have any tips on how they made the transition as easily as possible with their peers!


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    You should check out the thread about living with non-primal family. A lot of the same tips will translate.


    As for me, I simply eat what I eat and my friends/housemates and I do not coordinate our social events around food. They know very well that I will lead them all over the city to find the best place that serves meat and salad instead of pizza.


    ETA: OOps, it was "Living with non-Groks" Thread is here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...With-Non-Groks

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      Thanks so much! I will definitely check that out

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        Hello!


        I'm in college as well, and I've found that you really just have to learn to stick to your guns when people question you about your diet- eventually they just stop bugging you so much :P


        OR you could always lie and say that you have a food allergy. No one questions that, haha.

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          Haha, that sounds like a good idea. I'm hoping that as they start to see my results over the next couple of months they will stop doubting my sanity!

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            Love this topic. I'm also in college and I kind of drift in and out of a primal diet depending on how much money i have to spend on food. I eat a lot of fat to keep my energy up on my long barefoot runs (10 miles) and try to not eat a lot of processed carbs. It's really pretty easy to do actually. On the other hand, I don't eat a lot of food in general because I dont have much money. Fat is usually pretty dense (calorie wise) for the price so thats what i usually buy.


            The only times when I dont follow the diet are when other people pay for my food. I figure if somebody is gonna put free food in front of me I'm gonna eat it. I guess thats really the only time I break free from the diet. I eat some bread occasionally, but very little when i actually do. I think the most important thing that happens when i eat primal is that I'm happy. And if i throw in some bread or grains every once in a while in social environments then that makes me happy too.


            I feel that the reason humans are so successful as a species is that we are flexible. We can eat a lot of different things on occasion as long as we have a good base to go off of. I guess what I'm getting at is don't feel so bad breaking/bending the rules so much as long as you don't do it fairly often. And just stay happy. That will make you keep you looking good and healthy just as much as a diet.


            Any of you girls live in Iowa? ;-) you sure do look cute. lol.

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              I'm in college as well. It's easiest just to make your own meals and emphasize that you're eating "real food" as opposed to whatever your roomies are eating. My roommate eats almost entirely processed food and beer. When I drink I stick to either red wine or whiskey on ice. I'm a complete contradiction to everything that is Milwaukee.

              I've learned that arguing with folks will go nowhere because most students are so deeply buried in conventional culture/wisdom. I just stick to eating my real food and offer to point those who inquire to sources like this website or books on nutrition that i've read. When they see how good you look&feel, they might start listening. COngrats on finding the site and good luck!

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                I don't dorm but I live close to school at home and my family is not too primal. Just buy your own groceries and cook your own foods.

                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                  Another tip- Jungle juice is anything BUT primal. And neither are those maraschino cherries that have been soaking up the ever clear overnight. Oi...

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                    I am also i college student. Athlete as well! So far when i have been telling people the truth they think i'm weird that i don't eat what they call "normal foods." Its especially tough traveling all the time. In the long run I found it easiest to say you have food allergies to grains and other processed foods!!

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                      Yeah I am a college student too, although right now I am on internship and lucky enough to live with my mom who is just happy whenever I say I want to be healthy. SO yeah a friend of mine said that he keeps a blood sugar meeter with him and he shows it to people and says "I just have to watch my blood sugar now..." and they shut up and walk the other way.

                      A great tip for parties is to have club soda with lime and lemon juice in it, toss a lime in and drink on it... no one will know what you are drinking and as long as there is SOMETHING in your hand... no questions will be asked

                      Live Like No One Else

                      http://primalterp.blogspot.com/

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                        Hey welcome to the forum! I am too a college student living the PB lifestyle, and i am in the same situation as you. My one house mate is actually a vegan (this is funny because he is quite overweight) and my other one does not really care. My vegan roomy always tells me I am going to kill my cholesterol, and all that fat is bad blah blah blah CW

                        What makes the transition easier with your friends? I do not really talk about it until someone asks me about it. And than I usually give a talk about how my energy is up, my lifts have increased with me having to "bulk up" in the traditional sense of bodybuilding. Plus tell them you eat a lot of eggs and bacon. My other roommate loves it when I cook extra bacon!

                        trust me you are not the only college student here!


                        PS if you are anything like me (cheap, and poor) eggs will become your friend. I go through literally a dozen a day!

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                          I'm a college student but a non-traditional one (46-year-old distance Ph.D. student). First, if you can be healthy while doing the normal undergraduate thing, more power to you. It's a tough environment in which to make healthy choices. I applaud you all for your efforts.


                          Second, I find it sad that our social context makes it more advantageous to lie about our lifestyles than to tell the truth. It is sad that we must make our healthy drink look sugary and alcohoic to "fit in." It is sad that we have to carry a sugar meter or make up allergies to give us an excuse to eat healthfully.


                          Why can't other people just accept that we eat differently than they and leave it at that. Perhaps people belive that persuading others to adopt their habits gives those habits sanction. Seems strange to me to need the approval of others to do what I believe is right.


                          Finally, just do what you know is right for your body and mind. Your friends will accept it.

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                            I'm in college and lucky enough to have two friends that eat the same way I do. My roommates just think I'm a good cook. I have one friend that likes to naysay and tell me I'm wrong but most people just accept it as a character quirk.

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                              Switching to liquor and wine helps in drinking situations.


                              It was frustrating having to explain my habit initially, but after losing about 50 pounds people start to quiet down.

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