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Moving to New York! And dorming... how is paleo eating gonna be?

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Created July 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Well I'm moving to New York to study art in August. And I'm dorming and have had to pay for a compulsory meal plan. :/ Does anyone living there/who has been there know how accessible it is to stick with a Paleo (maybe even GAPS) diet? Oh, and I live in London at the moment.

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on August 02, 2012
at 04:00 PM

My little brother works there, but at the one on 3rd near Kips Bay. And he lives with us while he is in college so... free bacon and bleus on a lettuce wrap all the time!

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on August 02, 2012
at 09:14 AM

yes bare burger is great and there is one minutes from one of the NYU sites near washington sq park!

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on August 01, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Also, there are fruit carts on almost every corner, especially in busy neighborhoods, and they frequently have some organic options there, for about 40% less than grocery store prices. If you opt for conventional, you can usually barter a banana, an apple and a peach for $1. Oh and the halal carts all over the city are great too - just skip the bread wraps and have the meat with lettuce, or rice if you're into that. It is probably cooked in vegetable oil, but I don't know how compliant you are with the strictest of rules. A nice treat - $4-5 in most neighborhoods, $6 in midtown.

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on July 18, 2012
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Unrelated but I still need to find a place in NYC before grad school starts for me in August :-(

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:07 PM

you could try this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-college-meal-plan/#axzz20zFnceLD

Generally I found my college food choices ok-ish. Salad bar was always available and it typically had some type of "grilled" meat. You won't get to grass-fed organic, but you can certainly stay away from grains and sugars.

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on September 02, 2012
at 11:58 PM

I'm at NYU and honestly the city is probably the easiest place to eat paleo. There's never a shortage of veggies, fruits, whatever- whether you buy from Whole Foods or a street vendor.

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on August 01, 2012
at 08:18 PM

NYC is a very easy place to eat paleo. The Green Markets (most popular one being the Union Square Farmer's market) has great produce, some of the farmers cannot claim to be organic but do note that that don't spray their apples or what have you. Raw cheese is available there, but expensive (if you do dairy) but raw organic cheeses can be found in most supermarkets in the city anyway. If you know what neighborhood you'll be living in, I could give you some more local hot spots. My favorite is Bare Burger - it is a small chain of all organic, grassfed burgers, which of course, you can get with a lettuce wrap. The local WAPF chapter can help you locate more raw dairy if you are into that. Is your dorm a straight up dorm room or a studio with a kitchenette so you can do some of your own cooking? Oh and there are a few places, if you can't cook, that have roasted organic chickens ready made, others just have antibiotic free rotisserie chickens, but you can find straight up organic ones too. Those are great for a hot meal and then loads of leftovers and bones for broth (again, if you have any cooking materials allowed). Have fun and welcome to NYC!!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 02, 2012
at 04:00 PM

My little brother works there, but at the one on 3rd near Kips Bay. And he lives with us while he is in college so... free bacon and bleus on a lettuce wrap all the time!

C7960eecd671a3ac8a1700445631b74a

(115)

on August 02, 2012
at 09:14 AM

yes bare burger is great and there is one minutes from one of the NYU sites near washington sq park!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 01, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Also, there are fruit carts on almost every corner, especially in busy neighborhoods, and they frequently have some organic options there, for about 40% less than grocery store prices. If you opt for conventional, you can usually barter a banana, an apple and a peach for $1. Oh and the halal carts all over the city are great too - just skip the bread wraps and have the meat with lettuce, or rice if you're into that. It is probably cooked in vegetable oil, but I don't know how compliant you are with the strictest of rules. A nice treat - $4-5 in most neighborhoods, $6 in midtown.

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on August 01, 2012
at 07:59 PM

NYC is full of options- I get the impression I can find pretty much anything I need!! I think you will be fine :) It's a city that offers choices for all IMO.

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on August 01, 2012
at 06:41 AM

Hi I'm a freshman at Wellesley! It's always nice seeing other college students eating the Paleo way too!

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on July 18, 2012
at 06:03 PM

My daughter attends NYU and the meal plans are pricy but for the most part she was able to eat pretty healthy (she's not Paleo officially but she eats very healthy). She never gained that freshmen 15 she was worried about. Now a days the NY universities are numerous and they are pretty good about healthy food options, you should be ok for the most part.

I'm not sure which school you are attending but your meal plan usually covers 2 meals day, so that 3rd one can be used for off campus dining to get something more paleo in your day if needed.

NYC is pretty full of good and fast options of all varieties, you should be ok!!! Fresh food markets in parks, you'll get the routine figured out quickly!

oh she just returned from 2 semester in London at the campus there and she said it was much easier to eat healthy in London, so it might be a slight adjustment at first for you!!!

good luck!!

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on July 18, 2012
at 04:18 PM

first off, congratulations and welcome to nyc! from my experience, it depends on the size of the school as to what their cafeteria selection will be like, but i agree with CD that the salad bar is always a good option with hardboiled eggs and bacon for breakfast. you can always supplement cheaply with tinned fish, too, as long as your dorm-mates don't wretch at the smell.

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on July 18, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I live in The Bronx(the hood). It hasn't been difficult for me. Theres a nice farmer's market in union square(14th st.). Plus theres a bunch of whole foods n trader joes. I buy in regular supermarkets though n im doing just fine. Something very paleo about this grossly unpaleo place is you walk like crazy. http://huntgatherlove.com/content/walking-cities-and-baseline-fitness

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