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What to study? please help!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I'm in my sophomore year of college and found paleo about 6 months ago, and I've really loved the lifestyle. I also am a big fan of fitness experts like Ido Portal, and a fan of what Crossfit has been able to accomplish in the fitness world. In addition to all that, going paleo really opened me up to a new love of mine, cooking and nutrition and all that. Now that I'm back at college, I feel like what i found in the primal lifestyle (nutrition, attitude, simple exercise by manipulating bodyweight and the like) is what I'm really passionate about. Should i switch my major/start taking some classes like nutrition and exercise science, or will that all be classes telling me to eat whole grains, limit fat consumption, and jog for 30 minutes a day (SAD and Lifestyle)? In that case, I'd rather stick with the path I'm on now (History/Economics) and continue to learn online from sites like this, other bloggers (Ido Portal, Mark Sisson, etc.) Any help or advice would be HUGELY appreciated!

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on August 28, 2013
at 06:56 PM

I agree, but for someone who is passionate about something, to then sit in class and hear exactly the opposite might not be the best use of resources.

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on August 28, 2013
at 04:48 PM

Conventional wisdom doesn't get everything wrong.

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on August 28, 2013
at 04:29 PM

I agree. Also if you decide to just learn about this online, the University of Oregon has some great online courseware/full semester videos on biochem!

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:56 PM

I would take a biochemistry class, understanding cellular mechanisms and how individual cells and groups of cells function and what they do (or do not do) with certain nutrients is a great thing. My interest in nutrition started when I took my first biochem class. It can help you sort through a lot of SAD BS when you have some facts to fall back on. Most biochem classes do require gen chem and organic chem as pre-reqs though.

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on August 28, 2013
at 04:29 PM

I agree. Also if you decide to just learn about this online, the University of Oregon has some great online courseware/full semester videos on biochem!

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on September 29, 2013
at 08:10 AM

It's funny, I am the opposite, I found out about the paleo lifestyle through my study- my major is anthropological science, with a focus on the archeological/biological branch and now researching maternal nutrition influences on infants.

Personally I recommend relaxing a bit and perhaps jumping into random lectures that interest you as a starting point (if you are able to get away with it- being a bit of a nerd I have a lot of fun attending random law/health/english lectures of friends every once in a while). Generally you have a bit of flexibility to move around your degree (I changed my major 3 times, jumped ship to another university and then back to the old one into a different conjoint degree), only added on about a year extra though because I could cross-credit courses. What I mean is, don't stress- you have a bit of lee way to alter your degree, if you can put in a bit of work and talk to the coordinaters/ management people.

Do remember that if you are trying to get a job with your degree, nutrition and fitness centred ones will possibly involve dealing with patients/ motivating others on a more personal case-by-case basis or research into that area, which is very different from economics/history- in other words, step back and try and see the big picture, where you want to be in 10 years time etc., might help (wish I had done that when I first left school, might of saved me some time...)

Good luck with your studies anyway :)

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:01 PM

I would stick with Economics. Wait and see if your new found passion for all things paleo/primal actually last. Anything you would study in relation to diet/exercise will probably be conventional wisdom based, such as healthy whole grains, avoid saturated fats, etc.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 28, 2013
at 06:56 PM

I agree, but for someone who is passionate about something, to then sit in class and hear exactly the opposite might not be the best use of resources.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 28, 2013
at 04:48 PM

Conventional wisdom doesn't get everything wrong.

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