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How do I do the paelo diet in college?

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My parents have started a new lifestyle by doing the paleo diet. When I go home my mom cooks paleo and I feel so much better eating paleo foods. At school my dinning hall is very small and does not have much variety. Do you have any tips as to how I could maybe continue this lifestyle while in college?

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on February 08, 2014
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The big question is: can you cook in your room? The smaller one is: do you want to cook in your room?

I like the slow cooker answer. But don't let perfect be the enemy of good. If you do this, take 1 or 2 recipes that you can make with minimal effort, and gives you enough nutrition for at least a day. This may require some experimentation to figure out. Also, a salad option an be great. Toss greens (arugola/spinach) with cut or torn veggies and a can of salmon. See Mark' s daily apple post about his big ass salad for inspiration.

Last but not least I'd invest in quality fats like MCT, coconut or butter. This is great for managing hunger in times where pale veggies and protein are not available. In this way you do a fast, and when there are good options again, you can go crazy. Don't do this for too long and only if it feels right!

If you don't want to cook in your room, negotiate with the person responsible for the dining hall. Tell them you feel very bad when eating things like gluten, milk etc. and explain them your functioning will improve greatly if they offer an optimised menu. Explain you are willing to pay more, and find other ways to make them do this (knowing the staff and showing appreciation goes a long way).

You seem dependent on the dining hall for pale food. That means you have to work with them to get this done. If diet is as important to you as it is to me, it might be worth the effort. Good luck!

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on February 08, 2014
at 06:56 PM

looks like I am not the only victim of automatic spellcheckers. pale veggies, pale food… I am considering turning it off.

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on February 08, 2014
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Hi! I am a college student that attends a small liberal art school (less than 1200 students) and I eat paleo! And I am still on the meal plan. It involves some creativity for sure but I always check the weekly menus and bring containers if they are making something that is particularly paleo (they had salmon on Monday, so good) so that I can have left-overs throughout the week if they suddenly decide to bread EVERYTHING. Also keep some basics in your fridge from the grocery store just in case...good luck!

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on February 08, 2014
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It really depends on the facilities you have, and how much of the dining hall fare is salvageable. I only work (so does my wife), but I still make 18 quarts of broth at a time, I make a large pot of rice once a week, etc. so give us details.

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on February 08, 2014
at 06:56 AM

Consider getting off the meal plan and investing in a slowcooker. Buy cheap cuts of meat at the end of the end/early morning when they're marked down for quick sale. Toss with good sounding ingredients(mirepoix, spices, herbs etc) and turn on low for 8ish hours. Starchy tubers will be your friend.

Ferment your own veggies for extra flavor/toppings. Take 30 minutes to chop veggies and salt em, stuff em in a quart jar and leave in your room. The salt will pull water out to create a brine. Barely any work involved. And no refrigeration needed. Yum.

Consider milk if you are lactose persistent, and ferment it into kefir for a delicious, probiotic dense, high calorie, drink. Those in the Caucus Mountains are said to more than half their calories from kefir.

Source: I go to school full time, work 30+ hours/wk.

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on February 08, 2014
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Eat only Paleo foods? Sorry to be short, but without knowing the menu offerings kind of hard to help. Meat, eggs, poultry, veggies, fruit, fish, potatoes, etc.

My son starts college next year, he assured me he is going to eat what tastes good - a lost Paleo cause. His life, his body.

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