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 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.
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 :)
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.