Grok the High Schooler

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My name is Christy and I’m an 18 year old high school student. I’m an athlete, primal fitness enthusiast and have been paleo for over a year now. I’m pretty much your standard high school Grok. I do my best to sleep when the sun goes down and move slowly many times throughout the day. It can be hard when you go to school, work, play sports…but I love everything about the paleo life. I enjoy long walks in my Vibrams and have been known to eat chicken and sweet potatoes multiple times a day…

I’ve always loved the outdoors. My earliest memories consist of afternoons in the park and endless trips to the zoo; you could find me swinging in the trees and splashing in the mud while the other kids clung to the jungle gym. My parents never complained…

Once I hit middle school I began to notice my weight. Keep in mind I always loved food and lots of it; I could proudly put down a rack of ribs or an entire order of P.F. Chang’s fried rice. I hit 125 lbs at 5’2”, not obese by any means but a bit pudgy for my taste. So I cut back on the rice, upped the chicken and veggies, and hit about 118 lbs feeling great and as though I had taken control of my body for the first time. This sparked my interest in nutrition and sent me into high school feeling great.

I went into my freshman year as a varsity tennis player and track runner. I began sprinting and power lifting, falling in love with cleans, squats, and bench presses and could easily crank out 10 pull-ups. I loved lifting, but I missed running as I was a pole vaulter, so I naturally began doing extra on the weekends causing me to burnout by the end of the season.

Christy Playing Tennis

Track gave me a new passion for fitness and a desire to change my body, so I continued working out through the summer, slimming down to 108 lbs but losing a large amount of muscle. I was lethargic most of the day, running each morning and thinking about food constantly; I wasn’t following a certain diet but restricted my portions and ate foods like low fat cereal, turkey wraps, and chicken, veggies and rice for dinner. I stopped menstruating and became irritable. I stopped strength training because I lost all desire to lift. I stayed slim for the next two years, eating more and lifting again throughout the school year but I still obsessed over food and staying thin rather than my overall health.

So I tried out for the girls lacrosse team my junior year never having played, which gave me the motivation to eat more and focus on what I could do rather than what I weighed. I wanted to reach my maximum potential physically, so I trained twice a day, eating things like Greek yogurt, oats, chocolate milk and Gatorade. I turned myself into a decent player but would burn out easily as I ran mostly on sugar. It was frustrating for me because after all these years of dieting and working out I felt I should have been the fittest girl there was, so I continued to look for answers.

I saw “The Paleo Diet for Athletes” one day on Easter vacation, read it and felt an immediate light go off in my mind. Eating what our bodies were meant to eat, plenty of meat, fresh fruits and veggies (I’d always enjoyed carrots out of the bag), this diet couldn’t have been more perfect.

I ate high carb at first, not quite grasping the “fat is GOOD” concept. I fueled up with egg whites and spinach, fruit, carrots, Lara bars, nuts, DATES, and smoothies and was feeling good but was having some minor stomach pains due to excess fiber/sugar. I immediately had more energy and felt how efficiently my body was beginning to run. My year ended with a few too many hard workouts and carb cravings, so I reduced the cardio, took up sprint days, plyos, hiking and rock climbing and had the best summer of my life. I ditched processed foods and cooked more, bought Vibrams, went out with friends and enjoyed life. I was feeling great and headed into my cardio-heavy tennis preseason eating eggs, grass fed butter, sweet potatoes, and plenty of meat and veggies. I felt like a machine: no longer taking medication, sleeping soundly, working two jobs, and always having energy at the end of the night.

Christy and Friend Enjoying Summer

The success of that summer sent me into my senior year feeling better then ever. However being 18 provided many distractions and I derailed more than a few times. I ate ice cream, had cravings, binged, I got off track and back on, then got off again, but I never forgot how I felt that summer. Food had taken a grip on my mentality but I knew what a healthy body felt like. I wanted that body back so I kept fighting and eventually got back to the primal way. I know what my body likes and what it doesn’t, and while I still have days where I have a bit too much almond butter-dates-dark chocolate I always know I can come back to the foods I love and the training style that treats me right. I currently sit at a comfortable 120-123 lbs, can pump out 100 push-ups or an easy 4 mile run, and eat to fuel my performance, life and happiness.

Strong Christy

By far the most rewarding part of this journey has been my friends asking why I do this “paleo thing” and if I recommend they try it. I give them your website, suggest what to eat, and answer any questions they have along the way. I’ve helped a best friend lose weight and change her life, given your website to complete strangers, and constantly use social media to expose the paleo life and express how passionate I am about it.

I’m heading to Penn State University to study Agricultural Sciences (where food comes from) and Dietetics and Nutrition (how to get the good stuff into people). I’m so excited and ready to help people beyond my close circle of supporters. I know I’m young and have a lifetime of information to learn, but I can’t wait to learn it and love having the energy to do so. Thanks, Mark, for inspiring me to inspire others everyday, for keeping me above the influence, and for making me the happiest, healthiest version of myself. I look forward to exploring campus next year and maintaining my diet throughout the year. Grok on!

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  1. Great job, Christy! I love how you kept experimenting to find out what worked for you. You truly have set up a “blueprint” for your life and the best of luck with the new chapter that will start very soon. Gotta love it when the next generation grows up with primal and sets about changing the world!

    1. I’m afraid your knowledge and lifestyle will conflict with college courses on diet and nutrition. Beware of CW.

      1. While true, I hope she will approach her course work with an open mind. The science in the courses is generally sound, as far as my understanding of it goes. It’s the conclusions that need challenging. Best of luck Christy! Learn the rules before “breaking” them. 🙂

        1. All she has to do is get the degrees, they can’t control what she does with it.

      2. I agree with Jenn Rath – all of the basic sciences are fine, it’s just the application.

        I, however, think that the process college puts someone through – sitting on one’s butt for hours listening to a lecturer, and spending even many more hours trying to memorize facts just so you can regurgitate it back onto an exam and forget it by next semester – is something very unnatural and unprimal that this girl will have to tackle with.

        1. Everything about school is unnatural and unprimal. If she can be primal in high school, she’ll be able to handle college. I actually found it liberating comparatively!

      3. I first learnt about carbohydrate metabolism during my first year course of Biochem doing a Bach of Dietetics and Nutrition. I dropped the degree the next semester and began doing a straight Bach of Science, Bach of Education degree. I applaud those who can swallow the CW for 4 yrs. I certainly could not. But it will take people to get through those years and come out the other end with the paper to help change CW. I think in another generation we may find Primal is the new CW. Be great to be a part of that! Good Luck!

  2. Awesome story. Pretty cool how eatimg a certain way has kind of pointed you I’m a direction for a career! Good luck

    Ps impressed by the 100 push ups!

    1. I’m impressed too. I was 35 before I could do 10 pull-ups. She’s WAY ahead of the game!

      1. I need to get on the ball! I’m 28 and can’t do more than maybe 6 at a time! lol

        Super impressive!

    1. Yes, yes, most of us only discover this way of living way into adulthood! You look awesome and congrats on being so you and finding this! 🙂

  3. Christy – thanks for sharing your story and congratulations! You are on the right track and you are a true inspiration for people your age. Best of luck in your endeavors.

  4. Congratulations on your discovery and best of luck at PSU. You have an amazing and bright future. Always good to hear from a fellow Nittany Lion. You will love it, just be careful with the dorm food!!

  5. Just realize you’ll be walking into a curriculum full of “Big Ag” and the conventional wisdom of the standard American diet! Don’t let them indoctrinate you away from Paleo!

    1. I agree, everything I have read you cause you to lose your mind sitting through class after class of healthy-whole-grains and carbin’ up. You know fat is bad, right? Cause if you don’t you may fail.

      Hopefully Penn State is a little more progressive than the typical state and corporation funded school.

  6. Great story!

    I’d love to know more about how/why you focused on your health at such an early age? Is there a secret to reaching high schoolers?

    Thanks for any advice you may have…. and best of luck in college… you’re a force for good!

    1. Thank you!! I took an interest in my health because I had an image in my head of a person I wanted to be, so I really pushed myself in any way possible to become her. I’m still learning and progressing everyday, but for the most part people my age are going for physical looks. My friends are constantly trying to lose weight and get fit, so I kind of point them in the right direction without saying I’m “paleo”. They usually end up looking for more advice and turn out going pretty much paleo either way 🙂

  7. Wonderful!! The best part is that you’re taking your knowledge forward. You are great spokesperson for a truly healthful lifestyle. You’ll change many lives. Continued success and discovery!

  8. Wow! I’m amazed at your ability to do what’s right for yourself – at a time when most of your peers are doing everything they can think of to ‘fit in’. What an inspiration!

  9. You look absolutely outstanding! And I love hearing that you figured out health from a young age. I find a lot of teens figure “I’m young, I can bounce back” and it eventually catches up with them. Most would have looked at you and called you healthy but yet you still pursued better health and strength. I expect to see your face on a book within 5 years. Your story is an amazing one and I plan on reading the rest of it 😉

    1. Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to give an update every few months so maybe Mark will have to do a college addition as well 😉

  10. Make sure not to get de-railed by all the conventional “wisdom” that will be taught in college. They WILL try to get you to understand that your way of viewing food is backwards and devoid of nutrition without all the grains, soy and other nastiness that is so common in American food these days.

    Hit them hard with facts, studies and try to reach as many people as possible and you have a good chance of reaching a whole new generation of nutrition professionals and researchers and in the end could potentially benefit a much larger circle of people.

    1. I did some number crunching the other day out of curiosity (with a dash boredom mixed in).

      I did a hypothetical days worth of whole grains – SAD 6 servings – and compared it, nutritionally speaking, against about 8-9 servings of vegetables (was honestly trying to get to a comparative amount of carbs but it wasn’t realistically going to happen lol). The vegetables kicked the grains butt from here to China and back AND for WAY less calories/carbs (I know, who woulda thought?!).

      What I’m getting at, Christy, is if the college teachers start really pushing you on the grains thing, maybe you should bring in a comparative chart on veggies vs grains and show them just how devoid grains really are of nutrition….then you’ll just need to convince them fat is ok…….yeah….good luck with that…..

      1. Don’t forget to add in the fiber element too…they’re always pushing that.

  11. I hope my daughter will gain the understanding and the attitude you have today when she is of your age! Right now she just have to take things on faith! Have a wonderful time in college!

  12. What a great story! I have 10 year old twin daughters, and I can only hope they catch on to the primal way of eating like you have. They live with their mother most of the time, and my wife is not primal, so no hope of forcing them. It just occurred to me that all I can do is educate when possible, and lead by example. I have been primal for almost 2 years, but this winter got the best of me with work stress etc. More motivation to keep up the hard work, if it helps my daughters learn a healthy way of eating!

    1. P.S. I attended PSU, and others are right, you will be hit with CW, and dorm food which will make avoiding the freshman 15 tough. You have the benefit of being in top shape, so when you meet resistance, all you have to do is flex 🙂

  13. What a blessing to have figured all this out at such a young age! You’ve put yourself on the Happy and Healthy Train for life!! Got to show this story to my kids!

  14. Where do you live? It looks so green and lush there. No wonder you spend so much time outdoors!

    I lost my period at 108lbs and 5’2+ inches, too. Even though back in the 80s that’s what the chart said was healthy for my height. I guess the charts don’t account for women with strong bones and muscles! Get used to seeing lots of charts and data in your coursework that don’t match up to the reality you have experienced the following the paleo way.

    1. I live in West Chester PA! It’s green from about April-September so we enjoy it when we can 🙂 and every doctor has always said I’ve been at a healthy weight no matter how big or small I am. It amazes me how different you can feel at different weights, it really is just a number!

  15. Amazing! I discovered Paleo when I was 20, and it turned my world right side up. I’m 35 now, have never gone back, and I’m so glad I found it when I did. I’ve got a good, simple, healthy life, and 2 healthy (paleo) kids. It’s so worth it.

  16. I just love this story:) Every Friday I get so pumped to read about someone who has gone Grok, and yours is just so cool- I wish I would have had a better idea of how to be healthy 7 years ago when I was 18! College was such a hard place to find real food- I not only gained the freshman… 35, but I got so sick I ended up sleeping in 24 hours asleep, 24 hours awake cycles. Not so good when you’re trying to go to class. Things got WORLDS better when I came home to the country! I’m just glad a friend referred me to this website before any more time got by me. Thanks for sharing! Have a great summer- I hope this one feels even better than your first primal summer! Grace and peace to you!

    1. Ah thank you!! I applied for east but I won’t know until July if I got in. I know they have a healthy option in their dining center but as long as I can find plenty of veggies and protien I’ll survive. can you take apples/ hard boiled eggs back into the dorms with you? I’m thinking I’ll have to buy my own sweet potatoes and maybe some canned salmon for the dorm. The microwave will be well used haha

  17. Wow that is awesome! I just graduated from college and I can assure you people will push unhealthy food at you at all times. Not only dorm food, but late night pizza, icecream parties, beer etc. Your friends may say you are no fun at first, but believe me they will be the ones asking you for advice come 6 months in.

  18. Thank you, Christy, for sharing your story. I’m certain that you have the opportunity to inspire many teen/athletes who are searching for their health identity.

    What would a normal day of diet and exercise look like for you? What food items do you routinely eat, calorie content, etc. Also, what is your exercise routine? Have you thought about starting a primal teen blog where you can talk and support each other?

    1. I actually have started thinking about a blog! My friend and I made one as a trial run but it needs some work, hopefully by the end of the summer it will be up and running.
      A typical day for me is as follows:
      7:00 wakeup, 30 minute walk with my dog
      7:30 breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/2 baked sweet potato (or veggies with 1/2 avocado if rest day)
      9:30 WOD: example circuit: 5 rounds of 300 jumprope, 25 pushups, 25 squats, 25 situps (takes 30 min) OR 20 minutes bike intervals or hill sprints. I rotate these workouts every other day
      10:30 Post workout snack: 3 oz turkey or chicken, 1/2 baked sweet potato, apple
      1:30 lunch: 4 oz chicken or salmon mixed with 1/2 avocado and chopped red pepper, sliced carrots and cucumbers on the side
      2:30 usually a 45min-1 hr hike through the woods with my dog
      4:30 snack: 3 oz leftover meat (usually chicken) 1 cup grapes, handful of almonds, walnuts, raisins
      7:30 Dinner: 5-6 oz chicken, steamed veggies (usually broccoli, typical haha)
      during the school year I wakeup at 5:30 and do pretty much the same thing just with an earlier breakfast. I also take rest days as needed but workout around 6 days a week. I exercise as I feel and am in a current circuit training/ sprint training obsession!

  19. Hey – I graduated from Penn State Ag Sciences too! I have a PhD in Plant Pathology. You will have a great time and learn a lot there.

    1. Oh, and keep in mind that most of college agriculture is heavily influenced by ‘big ag’, transgenics and that sort of thing. My advice is to go out there, get educated, learn both sides (or all sides) of the argument, and make your own decisions. Grok on.

      1. Spot on! You need have a deep understanding of CW science. Know thy enemy, so to speak. Then, when you can take a stand, you’ll know just where to aim the torpedoes.

    2. Ah thats awesome! were you paleo in college? I can’t wait to go!

  20. Another PSU alum chiming in! First off, the campus alone is massive. You’ll get lots of walking in just getting to and from your classes. The food in South is definitely the way to go. They have the standard dining hall food, but they also have stations that will make it easier to customize what you’re eating (salad station, Mongolian-wok-type station). I lived in South, so I had the benefit of not having to go to far for food…that was of course balaned with the fact that absolutely none of the classrooms are anywhere near there. So avoid the busses and walk!

    1. Thank you! I have a ton of friends already up at state, so I pretty much know the layout of the campus. Also I know they have a crossfit gym which I’d love to try, how much of your own food did you buy to have in the dorm? Hows the fitness center?!

      1. Another PSU alum here – there is a ‘psu crossfit club’ run by a few students who have their level 1 certification. It’s a great group, very well organized and is way cheaper than the actual crossfit boxes in the area. You can find the website pretty easily.

        Great story by the way, keep it up!

      2. Hey Christy I’m a PSU senior and avid crossfitter! Check out crossfit lionheart when you get there. That’s my gym and all the people and coaches are amazing!

        1. No way thats awesome! I’ll definitely visit the box within my first week there, maybe I’ll see you next year!

  21. Christy, you knew more about treating your body right in high school than some people learn in a lifetime! Best of luck to you in the future. 🙂

  22. Thank you for sharing your story — it is a true inspiration.

    What I find most impressive is that you identified a problem, saw a possible solution, made the leap, stuck with it, and saw the results — all at the age of 18!

    I’m a runner, standing at about 105lb and 5″2. I run on carbs – lots of it. Bread, cereal, rice. And perhaps a bit too much fibre. I’ve been considering paleo all this time yet never made the leap from my ‘conventional’, ‘healthy’ diet. You might just have persuaded me to really give paleo a try.

    1. Do it do it do it!! I was so carb/ cardio heavy without really realizing I was holding myself back from my full physical potential. I can do more now actually exercising less than I could before. Try it for 30 days you’ll be surprised 🙂

  23. Usually you can’t use “teenager” and “goes to bed when the sun goes down” in the same sentence ! You are an inspiration to teenagers everywhere!

  24. I Love Friday Success Stories! Here on the east coast we have to wait for them until about 11am and I’m always watching the clock, waiting to read the latest…and today’s story is fantastic!

    Congratulations, Christy, for the healthy life you’ve attained. You’ll be hit with conventional “wisdom” in college nutrition classes — be ready for it. But you can handle it, you’ve obviously got a good head on your shoulders.

    I’m sending your story to my daughter, who is a senior at Georgia Tech. The first week of freshman year she said the cafeteria food was so bad she didn’t even know what it was. After one week she joined a sorority that has a chef so the food was delicious–one of the benefits of joining a sorority. Now she tries to eat primally, has even talked to the chef about it, and he’s all for it but he has to satisfy 200 girls, so she chooses the best she can in the buffet line. No meal plan on the weekends, and sometimes she’ll call to tell me that she just made a primal meal for herself. She likes to run and work out too, and I think your story will inspire her to stick with it.

    I hope you’ll send an update to your story telling about your success during freshman year!! Best Wishes 🙂

    1. Sandy thank you so much! I’m so glad you think my story might help your daughter, I’ll definitely give an update after a few months at school, I’m sure I’ll have a lot of tricks figured out by then!

    2. Here in France we have to wait until the late afternoon – I make myself a milky ricoré (coffee and chicory) and enjoy the success story! Well done Christy! Great story and inspiring to think that the younger generation can adopt this lifestyle if they really want to (just like the oldies can, if they really want to!) It’s all a matter of really wanting to!!

  25. As a mother to three young daughters, and former high school athlete (tennis! whoohoo!) whose weight fluctuated too, I just love your story. High school is SO hard. You should be so proud of yourself, who you’ve become and who are you going to be! GREAT job!

  26. This is awesome, a new generation of Groks and Grokettes. Another great Friday story.

    P.S.: Its okay to have the ice cream once in a while. Full fat, made with heavy cream, of course. Life without ice cream for those who love it is no life at all.

  27. Christy, great story. I wish I would have discovered all of this information back when I was a high school athlete.

    Have a blast up at Penn State (I graduated in ’09), best of luck… WE ARE

  28. I am yet another Primal Penn State alumni congratulating you on your choice of college and wishing you the best of luck. Freshman year is cr! I think if you try to find a routine and stay organized, you will be fine. Go Lions and Grok On!

  29. Fantastic drive and motivation! I can relate when you talk about getting off track during school. Socializing can make healthy choices difficult. It’s still something I’m working on.

  30. Awesome job in Christy! As a former intercollgiate varsity rower who didn’t discover Paleo eating and the Paleo lifestyle until age 43 (2 years ago), I am envious of your future athletic career. I wonder how much better an athlete I would have been had I not constantly been eating carbs because that’s what we were told to do. I’m not sure I ever ate meat in college unless it was in spaghetti sauce 🙂 And I was always annoyed that I carried around so much extra body fat given that I worked out intensely 2 hours a day 6 days a week. At least now I know why! Have a great experience in college, and, if you have the opportunity, maybe you can do a side-by-side comparison study of athletes and diet? On group eating and training Paleo and one group conventionally. Perhaps real data from a Penn State study could help change attitudes??

    1. Thats a great idea! I’ll keep that in mind once I head up to State, it sounds like it’d be a great project for one of my health classes!

  31. Wow you are such an inspiration to me! I am a 17 year old girl who is trying to get in shape this summer for my senior year in high school. I also play tennis and love to walk my dog!

    How did you keep primal when you were with your friends? Also, did you eat alot of fruits for your carbs?

    Anyways, keep up the great work and keep us updated you are amazing!

    1. Hey Toni! I keep primal around my friends just by making the best choices wherever I am. If we go out to eat I usually get steak or a salad. I pack my lunch everyday so I am always prepared and I actually just upped my fruit intake (about 2 servings per day) and have seen some great results in the gym (check back a few comments for my daily eats). My friends are aware of my diet as well as my teachers, and they are all very supportive which is helpful. Good luck on your senior year, and if you get off track don’t become discouraged; you’re young and always have the next meal to get back on track 🙂

  32. Christy,
    This is awesome. I am in the process of switching to the primal/paleo diet. Are you allowed to drink raw, organic milk on the primal diet? There are some things I am confused about. Is using a treadmill for sprints and walking fine? I just don’t know where to do sprints outside. Congrats on Penn State. I’m sorry to say it….but Go Ohio State! Yes, I’m a Buckeyes fan. I hope you keep up the good work and if you would be willing to swap e-mail addresses or become friends on Facebook that would be awesome so maybe you could answer some of my questions. Grok on. My e-mail address is [email protected]. Hope to hear back from you.

  33. Awesome story!!! So good to see that at such a young age you are so focused!!! One thing… consider both a Nutritional Sciences degree as well as Nutrition & Dietetics. Depending on where you plan on working or what you want to do as a career, the degree you get may make a difference. Registered Dietitians tend to end up working in a clinical setting, or other facilities in which they must teach CW. Best of luck!!!

    1. Wow thank you!! I have my orientation soon so I’ll have the opportunity to talk about my major with a school adviser, I’ll definitely keep Nutritional Sciences in mind 🙂

  34. So awesome and refreshing to hear a positive health-conscious attitude coming out a young person like yourself! I know you will go far in the future!!

  35. Hi Christy! An inspiring story! Just beginning this journey myself. I also went to Penn State and am so excited for you – watch out for those West Halls cookies and infamous tailgates. If there’s a way to connect with you on social media, let me know!

  36. AWESOME! I love hearing about other teens who are PB’ers like me! Your story is SO similar to mine! keep it up! 🙂

  37. I can totally relate to your story. I became interested in health/nutrition the summer before my senior year. Unfortunately, I believed that CW was the only way to go. So I did high carb, low fat and joined the track team doing long distance running. I will say I did lose weight, a lot of weight. I’m sure it was mostly muscle though. I also lost my period for several months. When I went to college, things got worse. Although I was studying exercise science/physical therapy, I was definitely eating my weight in food. It was so easy to do at the cafeteria and fast food places everywhere! I gained probably 30+lb my freshman year. It is very, very difficult to stay healthy in college, especially with regards to nutrition and sleep. It is definitely something you will have to figure out early what works for you. I never figured out how to balance everything all 4 years. Luckily, my senior year I discovered how amazing I felt on a high fat, low carb diet. The documentary ‘Fathead’ is what changed everything for me, and it has all been uphill since then… the last 2 years or so. My advice: don’t be like me. Get good sleep, don’t eat crap, don’t drink too much, find time to study and time with friends. And enjoy your college years. Graduation day will come sooner than you think. 🙂

  38. What an awesome and inspiring story from a next generation Grok! I’m going to have my 10 year old daughter read this as it is so encouraging to see younger people understand the importance of this lifestyle and to fully embrace it. Good luck in your studies!

  39. I’m another PSU alum and was so happy to read your story! I didn’t find primal/paleo until years post college. I used to go weeks in college without eating a vegetable. My favorite meal was a chicken cosmo (fried chicken patty) covered with cheese wiz with a side of fries dipped in cheese wiz. I ate a lot of pizza and drank a lot of Natty Light. Needless to say, I gained a lot of weight and felt awful.
    You are extremely fortunate to have found the primal lifestyle when you did. I also wish I had gotten my degree in a nutrition related field instead of business, but alas that was not my path.

    I am trying to raise my very young daughter primal. I am going to print out your story and save it for when she can actually read and understand.

    Congrats on becoming a Nittany Lion! Penn State is a wonderful place to attend college. I made some life long friends and met my husband there and had a blast.

    I highly recommend getting involved in THON. It’s really such an amazing thing that the students do and so rewarding to be a part of.

    Good luck!

  40. So awesome, Christy! My understanding is that colleges must provide gluten-free meals to students who are gluten sensitive. At least Celiac is considered a disability and they are much more accommodating now than they used to be regarding special diets. So you might consider telling them you need GF meals, or grain-free because it affects your blood sugar levels. Maybe they’d give you more veggie options for your carbs, just a thought.
    It would be a real help to other students if you could write an ebook with easy primal dorm snacks and meals. Maybe you can get Mark to publish it! Heck, we could all use those kind of meal and snack ideas! And maybe that could be a project for one of your classes, and help pay for your schooling! Go for it, girl! You’re off to a terrific start and light years ahead of most people!

  41. Almond butter-DATES-dark chocolate? I think I won’t even try that because I already know how I am when I combine almond butter and dates…

    Thanks for sharing a story that shows how Primal is a journey and not a destination. Best of luck at Penn State! While I didn’t go there, since I went to Ohio State (go Big 10!), I can at least say that you should take advantage of everything you possibly can and learn from as many different kinds of people as you can. It was such a diverse, eye-opening experience for me that all I can say is learn everything you can, not just convention wisdom/non-conventional wisdom, but checking out the arts, going to guest lectures, scoping out student activities, participating in the summer reading series, stuff like that. It’s awesome!

  42. I wish I knew what you know when I was your age. I’m hoping my daughter (who’s only 4) grows to understand the right way of eating. There are so many reader comments that I wanted to ‘like’ all the way down the page. Go out there and change the world! 🙂

  43. WTG, Christy! Wow, well done you, so healthy and focused at 18, with a whole future of wonderful possibilities ahead. It’s so nice to hear from younger primals, I’m 45 and only discovered ancestral eating at 42 – what a difference that would have made in my life if I had found it at 18. I sincerely hope when I’m retirement age, low-carb will be CW and big food/pharma will be more on side, hopefully thanks to your efforts and those of other primals 🙂 Grok on!

  44. Awesome Christy! Wish I had know about Paleo / Primal back when I went to Penn State! I am a two time graduate of Penn State (lived in East Halls for two years) and agree with the comments above that the courses / research they teach at PSU will definitely try to convince you that CW is right and Paleo / Primal is wrong – hold firm! We need more folks like you going through that program and paving the way!

    Agree on joining Cross-fit there and on getting involved in THON! You will Love both!

    Had to chuckle on Jules comment above about the chicken cosmos – They were my favorite dorm food too back in the day 🙂

    Hope to see you in the Penn Stater some day writing about your successes in modernizing the program there and helping to change the way the world views nutrition. Fight on State!

  45. Great story, Christy! I’m from DubC, too, (Henderson ’02), but I live in Iowa now… It’s so cool you found the primal diet in high school. Congratulations on your success so far & good luck at Penn State in the fall!

  46. Christy, fantastic journey you have been on so far. You can make a big difference in many people’s lives.

  47. So inspiring! Its great to hear how primal has worked for someone also in college! It can get discouraging trying to balance friends and health especially in college (I’m currently a senior) I know you will do well with keeping up this lifestyle 🙂

  48. I am incredibly jealous that you discovered this while you were in high school… its going to make those tempting late night binge sessions in college much easier to avoid, and start this lifestyle much earlier in life than myself. Good luck in college and Grok on!

  49. Christy, that’s an inspiring story! All I can say is keep it up and get those agricultural baddies once and for all.