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Created January 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I decided to go Paleo by switching over from eating 300+ g of carbs a day (consisting of lots and lots of cookies from college dining halls). I am 18 and I know I do not have the healthiest diet in the world. I live in the dorms on my college campus, so I can't cook any of my meals. The dining hall is a huge trap for binges because I can't seem to resist the dessert area every time I eat there! This is difficult because I'm trying to lose a bit of weight. I've been reading a lot of the "how to start" guides for going Paleo but I still have some questions. Hopefully someone can help me with them? :)

  • Do cravings go away (I guess it's pretty obvious I crave sugar all the time..)? In the mean time, how do I manage them?
  • Any tips for possible meals especially when I can't cook?
  • I get hungry very often, do I eat more protein or more fats?
  • Honestly, after reading through the many articles about how to go Paleo on the Internet, I am more confused than ever. What do I do for carbs/proteins/fats in general? Do I still retain moderate carbs or do I go very low carb right away?
  • I used to run everyday (or I tried to) in an attempt to lose weight. Except whenever I ran, I would get hungrier and subsequently I would binge. What do I do?

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on January 30, 2013
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???Do cravings go away (I guess it's pretty obvious I crave sugar all the time..)? In the mean time, how do I manage them? Yes, they will go away, but not if you keep feeding them sugar and junky carbs. Eat the good stuff (see next question) until you're satisfied, understand the difference between physical hunger and psychological desire. If in doubt, add fat.

???Any tips for possible meals especially when I can't cook? Eat meat, fish, eggs, bacon, non-starchy veggies, and good fats (olive oil, coconut oil--buy your own jar, since they won't have it at the dining hall--real butter). In a cafeteria setting, that's a lot of meat, veggies and salad. Stock up on healthy snacks for between meals, like nuts, hard boiled eggs (buy them if you can't make your own), jerky, etc. I would wait to add so-called "safe starches" until you know how your body is responding to the above--then you can judge for yourself whether they are good for you or not.

???I get hungry very often, do I eat more protein or more fats? More fat with some protein. Too much protein turns to glucose and will keep you on the blood sugar roller coaster so you will constantly be hungry. But some protein is OK.

???Honestly, after reading through the many articles about how to go Paleo on the Internet, I am more confused than ever. What do I do for carbs/proteins/fats in general? Do I still retain moderate carbs or do I go very low carb right away? If you need to lose a lot of weight, consider low carb (and see my comment above about when to add in safe starches). But if you don't have much to lose (10 to 20 lbs), just dropping the junk and eating a healthy diet may be enough to bring your weight in line, as long as you don't make carbs the focus of your diet. I suggest you pick one Paleo Guru (i.e. Robb Wolf or Mark Sisson) and stick to his or her approach. It will reduce your confusion and keep your eye on a target. Once you get the hang of things, THEN you can tweak.

???I used to run everyday (or I tried to) in an attempt to lose weight. Except whenever I ran, I would get hungrier and subsequently I would binge. What do I do? Don't run every day. "Chronic Cardio" is counter-productive. Consider some more effective exercise routine that includes heavy weights, sprints, a little cardio and DAYS OF REST in between.

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on January 30, 2013
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Do cravings go away (I guess it's pretty obvious I crave sugar all the time..)? In the mean time, how do I manage them?

Unless you are extremely chemically deranged, I would firmly say that yes, physical cravings go away. For many, they go away quickly. You will need to learn to be honest with yourself, and really address if a cravings is possibly the result of habits and conditioning.

Any tips for possible meals especially when I can't cook?

Do you have access to a microwave? I'm not a fan, but if I was stuck in a dorm room again, I'd probably rely on mine. There's a lot of fresh foods that can be cooked in a microwave.

I get hungry very often, do I eat more protein or more fats?

Long term: yes, both. Short term: you are likely getting hungry so often because your diet is so extremely high carb - transitioning may be difficult, but often times it is not.

Honestly, after reading through the many articles about how to go Paleo on the Internet, I am more confused than ever. What do I do for carbs/proteins/fats in general?

Don't worry about ratios. Without knowing your goals (fitness? weight loss? supporting a highly active life?), talking about ratios is silly. Stick to worrying about food, not nutrients.

Do I still retain moderate carbs or do I go very low carb right away?

Do you want to go on a VLC diet? No? Then stick to a "moderate" level of carbohydrates. Better: stop thinking about your food as nutrients until you get to the point that you feel comfortable optimizing your diet instead of repairing it.

I used to run everyday (or I tried to) in an attempt to lose weight. Except whenever I ran, I would get hungrier and subsequently I would binge. What do I do?

You need to support your physical activity with a good diet. If you want to run, go ahead, run. Make sure before your next run you "tank up" with some good, dense carbohydrate sources (potatoes, sweet potatoes are probably easiest for you, but there are plenty of options). Regardless of type of activity, definitely do something - running isn't for everyone.

Good luck!

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:58 PM

A college is the ideal place to find fresh, healthy, delicious meat. Learn to depend on the kidneys, not the kindness of strangers :-)

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