So, since I am in college and eat primarily out of the cafeteria, I have absolutely no control over food quality.
With that, I still manage to eat low-carb paleo, but I am curious as to just how important food quality is to my weight loss.
I have learned most ins and outs to the food provided, but I was wondering if anyone had insight on specific conventional foods I should avoid at all costs, and also what foods should be safe no matter what.
Can anyone help me make the best of my situation?
I keep dark chocolate, coconut oil, and almond butter in my room. I also brew my own Trader Joes coffee with kerry gold butter!
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on February 05, 2013
at 05:11 AM
try to get food that are grilled, when i was in the dorms my staples were beef and i'd take some hydrolyzed geltain w/ it or you could do beef jerkey....lots and lots of whole milk, fruit, rice, potatoes
on February 05, 2013
at 06:55 AM
Random O/T tips for college students:
You should never tell anyone you're on a diet, IMO. Otherwise, you'll be seen as a freak. Or worse, defective. If you're a girl and think you're fat, don't whine about it. Just quietly lose the weight.
OTOH, it's fine to say you're eating Paleo because it's the optimal energy diet. Carnivorously eating lots of meat is quite respectable among teens, and even awe or fear-inspiring (j/k).
The social life from kindergarten through university is precious, IMO. Food should not take absolute priority. Sisson's 80/20 rule is good rule of thumb for students here. So, I'd recommend eating the cleanest/most Paleo of whatever restaurant or eatery your friends have chosen (I don't care how alpha/socially dominant you are, you will not always be able to have your way on this.) Nor should you try to proseletize or force others onto your diet, as vegans notoriously do. But you may expound gloriously upon the strengths of Paleo casually if asked.
However: No sugar or processed foods. This is pretty easy no matter where you're eating.
Also avoid fried foods. This is not always possible, and difficult in college years. Violating this rule when no substitute is available is okay. But just so as long as you promise yourself to go clean after university.
Moreover, always eat greens. They're more important than coconut-whatever, IMHO. If you follow these 3 rules you will reach 90/10, I think. Then, with your specialty items and whatnot, get to 95/5. Forget the remaining 5 for now. IMO, if you go 95/5 you're at the top percentile of Americans in heathfulness of diet already.
After you graduate and make your own cash (rather than depend on limited funds from parents and side jobs), and aren't limited to the cafeterias on campus or nearby, you will be able to eat as clean as you want.