Any Deployed Soldiers on Paleo? How are they adjusting with being deployed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2011 at 3:01 AM

I'm about to deploy soon and want to use this time away from all temptation here @ home to get off the crack. Any suggestions? Start slow, fast first, go balls out? Thanks



on May 26, 2011
at 04:15 AM

No suggestions, unfortunately. Just good wishes, and thanks for your service. I hope folks here have some good ideas for you.

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on May 26, 2011
at 05:20 AM

When I deployed two years ago I was not Paleo but it wouldn't have mattered. There was no way to maintain it and not eating is not an option.

Depending on your branch (Marines), job (infantry), and location (tiny FOB 25km from any other Americans), it may be easier for you. If you're close to a PX and can frequently get mail you will do much better but I would have found it impossible to cut out preservatives or processed ingredients even if I'd been on Camp Ramadi proper. Fresh food is not readily available and the stuff from the chow hall is lowest-bidder like everything else.



on May 26, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Every chow hall has meat options and usually has a salad bar. What I do is get double of whatever meat looks the most appealing, skip the fries/pasta/carb side dishes and go to the salad bar. Their cooked veggies are usually disgusting and coated in god knows what. Sometimes I'll get mashed potatoes if my energy is dragging. The hardest thing will be to avoid the ice cream and treats, as it'll be pretty damn hot. Bring some fish oil with you to combat the Omega6's you'll be getting from the bargain basement meat and some probiotic supplements. It can totally be done, but avoiding temptation will be the hardest part.



on May 26, 2011
at 03:34 AM

In '03, just due to lack of the availability of kosher food, I ate salmon, kipper snacks, tuna, fresh fruit and veggies for the better part of the year with some dairy (ice cream cups) early in the day once or twice a week, and only one or 2 on those days. Worked out a lot during down time, and lost a lot of weight and got stronger. Had no idea at the time it was paleo-ish, but it worked. With the stuff that you will have available it is very do-able. IF you want to dive straight in, it shouldn't be a problem.


on May 26, 2011
at 03:23 AM

My husband is deployed and was Peleo pre-deployment. He confessed to me tonight that he was one a two a day ice cream diet for a while. Hopefully you do better than him.

I do know that dependent on where you deploy to, different kinds of chow halls offer different things. Sometimes, there just isn't enough food to maintain Peleo. I send him a crap ton of beef jerky and nut mixes from Costco to fill him up. When he isn't stuffing his face with ice cream.

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