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  • College Gal Goes Paleo

    Hi Paleo Community!

    I've never done a blog before but I have always wanted to give it a shot. I started one a few months ago via Blogger, but I didn't have any motivation or support to follow through with it, probably because I felt like I was talking to myself without any reciprocation of love and support! But, since this paleo community seems very social, so supportive, and fun to interact with, I hope that through fun conversations and feedback, I can follow through with it. Not only that, but this will keep me in check on a paleo lifestyle as I am currently on Day 2 of my 30 Day Paleo Challenge.

    I went paleo two years ago, about the same time of the year, and saw amazing results. I got down to my lowest weight of 118lbs, was at my peak fitness, and was at my best mental state! But, one word pretty much ruined all that hard work and determination: College.

    Sticking to a plan like paleo throughout college felt impossible for me as I transitioned into this new lifestyle. The beginning of the year had so many events with free cookies, pizza, and going out to parties (and drinking...). Oh, and not to mention living in an apartment where I struggled to figure out what to cook on a college budget while resisting the non-paleo foods my roommates devoured in front of me.

    Another year has gone by, and now being at my heaviest weight of 133lbs, I want to tackle the next school year with a vengeance. New apartment, new lifestyle, and new me - ready to inspire and ready to be inspired! I'm starting off with my own 30 Day Paleo Challenge to kickstart the transition. I want to continue journaling the college experience of being on a college budget, resisting temptations of free finger foods at parties, and what not. I will allow myself non-paleo foods if there's no way around it - such as not being able to control how foods are cooked at restaurants, or the occasional add-in of dairy or dark chocolate if I'm feeling it.

    I'm ready to see my body transform and to feel mentally and physically healthy and happy! I'd love to hear any advice, feedback, from whoever, whenever! Thank you!

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    I know exactly where you're coming from with a lot of this lol I'm 19 it's tough but sooo worth how I look and feel. Good luck to you!

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    • #3
      The fact that you have some to a place like this 'The school of Grok,' and want to make a change than I think you will. Just remember fat and protein are your friends. Grains, not so much. They talk about you behind your back, they cant be trusted.

      Richard
      It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out....Its the grain of sand in your shoe.

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      • #4
        Thank you! That's great, I'm feeling better and better each and every day, and no crazy temptations as of yet. Do you have a strategy to staying primal?

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        • #5
          Haha thanks Richard! Yeah, grains are backstabbers!

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          • #6
            Happy Wednesday!

            It's the start of a new month, Day 3 of 30, feeling good feeling great! So, I'm still trying to research as much as I can about the primal lifestyle, I haven't read the book yet but it seems like I don't need to considering there are hundreds of articles and little freebies of information that I can get on the website. The thing that is concerning me as I continue this lifestyle is getting bored with my ingredients and recipes. First off, I don't have the money to afford some good quality steak, in which I have to resort to canned salmon (an actual favorite), or just chicken from the local Trader Joe's. I'm trying to branch out of eating the same vegetables, but even that's kind of a problem because if I branch out and eat new things, I probably won't get the same satisfying taste I would get with my favorite vegetables. It seems like the only solution would be to mix it up with spices and sauces, but I'm not sure exactly what's primal and what's not...I guess that's for me to figure out.

            Does anyone have any pointers on making similar recipes but just changing up the taste?

            As for me, no physical changes as of yet. I am waking up naturally literally a minute before my alarm goes off, though. Oh my gosh, I realized it's 5pm and I didn't have my coffee at all today, nor did I need it - whoahhh...magic! As I'm writing this, I'm noshing on mixed nuts, those will be the death of me. I know I'm only supposed to have a handful or two, but those dried cranberries make it so..good...

            My thoughts are everywhere today, but has anyone seen or heard of the Nike Fuelband? I think it's a great supplementary tool on the primal lifestyle that keep you on track to staying active. Basically, it has an accelerometer that tracks every type of movement, from walking, to dancing, to boxing, and calculates "Fuelpoints." It adds up until the end of the day up until your specific target number of Fuelpoints, based on your height, weight, and average activity level. It also tracks calories, steps, and time. It's a very sleek black design and people give me so many compliments on it, they want to get one too! Because the primal lifestyle is so into staying active throughout the entire day, having a Fuelband reminds me that oh, I should probably walk home instead of taking the bus, or nahh, I shouldn't take the elevator, I should use the stairs. I definitely definitely recommend it!

            Anyways, see ya!

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            • #7
              I just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow college student! Good luck and enjoy the ride
              Live Clean, Love Hard. Or vice versa.


              Female! Height: 5'10.5" HW: 161 SW: 135 CW: 124 GW: Whatever number my body wants to be when I'm eating and moving well - trying to get that muscle mass up.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MissPaleo View Post
                Thank you! That's great, I'm feeling better and better each and every day, and no crazy temptations as of yet. Do you have a strategy to staying primal?
                You'll continue feeling better, that's for sure. I think just finding and surrounding yourself with people who are open minded about the lifestyle and not so pushy about drinking beer and eating pizza helps.

                It also helps to not be so regimented sometimes, if it feels like a "diet" then you'll be tempted to cheat. IMO there's days you eat primal and there's days you don't, it's not the end of the world. Do your best and just get back on the bandwagon if an off day happens. It gets muchhhhh easier as time goes on

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                • #9
                  Nice meeting you!

                  Wow, you are in GREAT shape! 124 is exactly where I'd want to be, and I'm many inches shorter than you...hahaha :/ What's your fitness regimen?

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, I agree. It seems like nowadays eating is such a social bonding thing that people seriously think I'm weird if I pass up dessert or decide not to eat chips, or drink as much. Especially, because my friends knew me before being primal, so they know of course I love to eat those things. And now, they just look down on me, and it makes me feel bad making good decisions!

                    But, right now, it's great. Only when school starts back up will I start to get the pressures and temptations to give in! We'll see how it goes! Thanks for chatting!

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                    • #11
                      I had a similar experience with alcohol. I used to go out after a game of rugby with the guys (more out of habit than desire). A couple of years ago I essentially gave up drinking. I mean Il have the occassional small glass of red wine at home with my wife, but my party days and hangovers are long gone. Felt great though + given how much we spend on food I couldnt afford to drink. Haha.

                      Richard
                      It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out....Its the grain of sand in your shoe.

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                      • #12
                        Awww shucks, you're sweet

                        Weeeeell as for that fitness thing.... if you want to check out the "about me" on my profile it'll flesh out what I'm saying here a little but...

                        As a heads-up, I have a connective tissue disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that keeps me from doing the sexybeastly things I would love to do like competitive swimming, crossfit, traditional heavy lifting, anything with impact, etc. So my routine is modified and pretty gentle. And 124 for me is pretty arbitrary at the moment now that I'm feeling better about my body composition. My current fitness goals are to increase my strength, pack on some muscle in that process, and to reduce my body fat %. I have no idea what my BF% is now and I don't really care - I just want to get as lean and strong as I can (and can physically handle) while maintaining this Primal/Paleo thing as a lifestyle instead of just a means to an end - you know? This isn't for aesthetics anymore - I'm finally pretty happy with how I look. But for the sake of my condition and the fact that I am desperately fighting tooth and nail to keep from being wheel-chair bound before age 30, I want and need to keep a low BF% as I can while being as strong as I can to take any stress off my joints that I can. So right now I'm focusing on body composition as opposed to weight. I'll gladly pack on as much muscle as I can (and because of my condition and personal limitations, I'm not about to be able to get "big" but I think I could add 5-10+lbs of muscle over the next year or two...slow gains) while minimizing body fat.

                        So to answer your question - I just started a serious strength routine. I was doing a series, at home, every 7-10 days of chin-ups, assisted pull-ups, pushups/planks, squats, lunges, and static lateral raises in a door frame. Now that my body fat is a little lower I'm more serious about strength gains I'm trying do to a 1-4x/week hardcore strength routine on this AMAZING thing my new strength&conditioning coach (I replaced my physical therapists with him because he doesn't treat me like I should be in a damn bubble) called a rip60. Check it out on Amazon. He has a TRX system but the Rip60 is pretty much the same thing at less than 1/2 the cost. It allows you to use gravity and your body weight for strength training and unlike gym equipment, it is very very easy on my joints. I also bought a 10lb kettlebell and have started doing 1-leg kettlebell deadlifts so I can start building up to legitimately deadlifting. And I say 1-4x/week because I just have to go with how my body feels. It will average close to 2-3x/week, but I know I have better weeks and worse, so that's that. On the Rip60 I've been doing squats, 1-legged squats, lunges, tricep extensions (modified skullcrushers), elbows-out and elbows-in rows, and bicep curls.

                        Then lots of slow movement. House cleaning counts as my slow movement because excessive daily activity is kind of a no-go for me. I just get damn tired. So cleaning/walking/fooling around with my dogs for 4-8 hours a week is solid for me. I'll throw in a fun bike ride with my boyfriend or something once in a while if my joints feel OK since bike riding is surprisingly difficult on my wrists and elbows. On my walks, every 7-10 days, I'll do about 5 sprints. Always uphill and on my toes because that's the only running/impact that doesn't seem to bother me. I was a competitive swimmer for much, if not most, of my life, so when my shoulders feel good I'll go for a swim for an hour or two.

                        SO, to sum it all up, I got to where I am by doing lots of slow movement, and sprints and body weight stuff every 7-10 days, and now I'm focusing on body re-composition and strength gains by really upping my strength routine on this low-joint-stress system.

                        I hope that answers that Good luck!!
                        Live Clean, Love Hard. Or vice versa.


                        Female! Height: 5'10.5" HW: 161 SW: 135 CW: 124 GW: Whatever number my body wants to be when I'm eating and moving well - trying to get that muscle mass up.

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                        • #13
                          Just wanted to chime in with a note of support for the college students going Paleo. I went Paleo in my first semester of college and certainly experienced the temptations you all have mentioned; it's hard staying motivated about nutrition when all the social pressures around you are to ignore healthy living entirely for "living in the moment." Some of the most important things I discovered in my first two years of college:
                          -When doing dining hall eating, lean protein and veggies are best. I'm taking a wild guess that most of your dining halls don't serve grass-fed or pastured meats on a regular basis, so it's better to avoid the grain-fed fats and just get the protein from the meat; also, the salad bar is a godsend. Strongly consider getting a lot of your veggies from there, since those veggies aren't cooked (think pretty much all dining halls cook with either canola or peanut oil at this point, both of which are big no-nos).
                          -Cooking in the dorms sucks, I know. I hated trying to cook in my dorm, because you had to carry all the food and equipment down to the shared kitchen, cook, clean everything, then carry it all back while finding time to eat your food in between. The best solution I found was to cook up huge amounts of food at one time, then refrigerate most of it and reheat it in the microwave. Sweet potatoes are excellent for this (cook sweet potatoes in the microwave until tender, then mash with butter and/or cream - divine) as are soups or braised meats. If your dorm kitchen doesn't have an oven (like mine), find a good friend who lives in an apartment who will let you borrow their oven to roast a whole chicken or pot roast, then take it back and refrigerate it.
                          -When partying, bring your own drink. I've seen what people put into the PJ at most places, and honestly the stronger it is, the better off you are, because that (hopefully) means less soda and other sugary crap in it. My personal favorites? Vodka and seltzer with a small amount of fruit juice or tequila and seltzer with lime. Don't be afraid to go for slightly better brands to avoid feeling like crap the next day.
                          -It's worth staying Paleo in college despite how hard it is. Not only are there the obvious benefits (feeling rested and ready for class, not dealing with a massive hangover on sunday mornings, looking good when naked) but you might also change someone else's life for the better. I take shit from my friends all the time about the way I eat, but one of my friends decided this past summer that she was going to go Paleo and see if she liked it. If you can help bring even one person into the fold, you'll have helped them down the path to a better, healthier life. Stay strong and keep up with the tips; we're all in this together

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