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How many of us are under eighteen?

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Created November 08, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Just curious, how many of us are in our [numerical] youth? And if so, how old? I'm eager to see if there are many more near my age (16) following the Paleo lifestyle.

And really, what got you interested? Fat loss, muscle gain, your parents... Too many hours logged online? Hehe.

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on November 12, 2011
at 10:34 AM

thankyou jack and kenzie ! I had a slighly rough adjustment phase but i kept telling myself that i'm doing the rght thing and it'll pass soon. Remember, there's sun after the rain! All efforts will be rewarded :D

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on November 09, 2011
at 09:00 PM

conventional wisdom. There's so much propaganda and myths within the medical community it's mind boggling, I often have more notes on the incorrect statements the professor makes than on the actual material we're supposed to learn. If I knew back when I was your age what you know I could've saved myself a lot of pain and suffering, but better late than never right?

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:55 PM

You've come to the right conclusion. You're also curious and seem to think outside the box, which are qualities that most people who come to the paleo community have. I can tell you from experience that there are a lot of smart people (and some not so smart lol) who don't think outside the box, I see it every day. I'm studying to be a RD and the students in my class believe everything the professor says, even though a lot of it is dead wrong and not backed by solid science. Many students go into med school or mine not knowing the truth and are then swept away by the brainwashing that is. .

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Awesome man, it's great system. That's how I started...I've kinda veered off into my own routine, but I think in a few months I may re-visit 5x5 and be strict with it.

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Upvoted :) This is a wonderful story. I'm happily surprised that someone even younger than me is milling around. I am determined to make it through the adjustment phase, because I have heard almost everyone speak of their success with energy levels, exercise, sleeping, and NOT overeating, all of which I could use improvement in.

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:14 PM

And I was enjoying myself so much, soaking up information like a sponge, that I didn't even realize how much I was actually learning (I had the predisposition to think learning was booooring)! And then I decided to take the time to sit around, sift through what I thought was right and wrong, and do something with it. And what I came up with was.... Paleo.

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Your professor's statement is very intuitive... And correct, I think. It's really sad, because there is so much in the world that could, with a small alteration, do a ton of good for all living beings. I think I started really studying nutrition past the general things you learn in health class (my teacher hated when I challenged what he taught us) when I went over to a friend's house for the first time. She and her entire family lived gluten free, with lots of meats (grass raised/local), and they had an undying love for coconut oil. I wanted to figure out WHY. They inspired me, really.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:40 PM

And I have been doing Stronglifts 5x5 for about 3 months and am seeing great results.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Don't be sorry :) I ALWAYS get asked that very same question. People just are used to the norm, which is teenagers eating crappy and not worrying too much about their health. We just happen to be the opposite :)

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Your body will attain a built in muscle-memory for better composition, even if you find yourself slacking for a period down the road. Check out the Stronglifts 5x5 if you haven't started.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Dude, you're a lucky guy. It's on my mind quite a bit sometimes, that I might've been taller/grown more naturally had I eaten correctly (Paleo) when I was younger. I did grow some in my mid 20's, but I've come to terms with the fact that I'm 5'6". You, on the other hand have put yourself on the right track nice and early. If you're not lifting weights yet, I would SERIOUSLY recommend it.

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on November 09, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I didn't go to prom at the time, but the prom king and queen ended up being losers so I don't feel so bad about it. All kidding aside, if you're under 18 and on this website, you're light years ahead of me and most of the "experts", who usually only came to realize this stuff later on in life. One of my professors once said "we're a back against the wall society", meaning we don't change the things we need to til we have no choice. That's how I started studying nutrition, but to do it without having those problems shows a lot of maturity and thoughtfulness, so keep doing what you're doing.

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on November 09, 2011
at 03:47 PM

+1 for food technology teacher.

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on November 09, 2011
at 07:59 AM

Keep at it! I wish I'd known about Paleo when I was 16!!

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:50 AM

Sorry, I should edit. I didn't mean to say you're not young! You are definitely :) I just wasn't sure how else to word it. I just was wanting to see some demographics of how many technically-not-adults there are roaming around on PH. I agree, it is definitely stigmatized more when you're younger. People tend to treat you differently when it comes to eating healthy, and I've been asked a lot "Aren't you a little too young to worry about this stuff?" but really, by taking care of the present, I'm thinking about my future.

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:19 AM

Omgsh!^ I've seen your blog before. Anyways. Regardless, it's never too late. I'm sorry to hear about the prom aspect... I haven't gone either. I didn't really feel secure enough to go at the time. /:

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:16 AM

I completely agree on the invincible thing. I know so many naturally thin people, and they brag on and on about how they eat (entire boxes of cereal? check!) and I just wish I knew how to convince them that being thin is not the same as being healthy. A lot of them have hardly any muscle (especially the women...) and I can't imagine their blood work would show healthy levels. Perhaps I'm wrong. But the crap they put into their body will most likely catch up with them eventually. I am proud I've decided to take care of my body BEFORE it gets out of control. Props to you, too :D

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on November 09, 2011
at 03:33 AM

I also wish I'd know about it. I was sickly and pudgy when I was a senior in high school. Maybe I would have gotten to go to prom if I had known about paleo? Either way, researching nutrition is a hell of a better hobby than online gaming or something.

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on November 08, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Well, I suppose that is a good point Ben, but I manage to find time for both! Hehe, I get myself into some innocent trouble, but I am going to do my best not to put my body in any trouble, you know? I have a huuuge interest in health, nutrition, and overall wellbeing... And I really think that when I'm older, it's something I want to be included in my career. I want to help people find their most natural, healthy state of mind, body, and soul.... Heh.

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on November 08, 2011
at 09:39 PM

I wish I'd known about paleo/primal when I was sixteen.

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on November 08, 2011
at 04:09 PM

AdApp - copy/paste your comment into an answer. I bet you'll get some upvotes.

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on November 08, 2011
at 03:38 PM

And there's plenty of naughty bits to go around when you're the only one at school with a six-pack ;)

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on November 08, 2011
at 03:34 PM

I'm sixteen too. I don't see why I can't make healthy living choices at an early age, instead of stuffing myself with pizza and cookies like most of my peers.

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on November 08, 2011
at 03:34 PM

I'm sixteen too. I don't see why I can't make healthy living choices at an early age, instead of stuffing myself with pizza and cookies like most of my peers do.

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on November 08, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Kenzie - I think Ben is being partially facetious but he makes a decent point actually. Honestly... I wish I ate better at sixteen. I ate pure garbage (whoa.. isn't that an oxymoron?). It's good that are starting to eat healthy early, even though some might think you should be off being naughty. Anyway nice to have you here. Seems like a lot of cute girls are flocking to Paleo lately. I think everyone is basically ok with that. lol.

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on November 08, 2011
at 02:46 PM

I hope close to zero. I hate to think that young folks would spend time on a site talking about the merits of food rather than all the naughty good bits they should be seeking out

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F536e4448719eded66f4ec6d84cfd35c

on November 09, 2011
at 10:08 AM

15 here :) I've got a few reasons!

I was in a cycle of anxiety, emotional eating (sugary foods that gave me a "lift") and sleeping issues. I am completely different from how I was before. I used to love and crave sugar so much , it was so hard to let go. I also had no idea about cooking and bought lots of takeaways. I didn't really care about healthy eating until I came across MarksDailyApple. From then on everything changed.I did tons of research and gave up the sugar, grains, processed foods, and vegetable oils. It was hard but now that i'm long past the adjustment phase I feel absolutely amazing. I sleep better, i now know enough cooking to make my own dinners(etc), I can exercise without feeling run down afterwards, my memory, mood and school work have improved and i don't get ups and downs in energy throughout the day anymore. My food technology teacher and friends have complimented me on being so healthy.

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on November 09, 2011
at 03:47 PM

+1 for food technology teacher.

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Upvoted :) This is a wonderful story. I'm happily surprised that someone even younger than me is milling around. I am determined to make it through the adjustment phase, because I have heard almost everyone speak of their success with energy levels, exercise, sleeping, and NOT overeating, all of which I could use improvement in.

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on November 12, 2011
at 10:34 AM

thankyou jack and kenzie ! I had a slighly rough adjustment phase but i kept telling myself that i'm doing the rght thing and it'll pass soon. Remember, there's sun after the rain! All efforts will be rewarded :D

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on November 09, 2011
at 02:01 AM

I'm 17 years old and my college essay is actually all about how I went on a healthy road no alcohol or drugs eating healthy etc. and my overcoming crap that my peers continue to partake in. Congrats for being one of the only youngins to give a crap. It's really stressful to feel like the only person who cares. Most people our age act invincible.

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:16 AM

I completely agree on the invincible thing. I know so many naturally thin people, and they brag on and on about how they eat (entire boxes of cereal? check!) and I just wish I knew how to convince them that being thin is not the same as being healthy. A lot of them have hardly any muscle (especially the women...) and I can't imagine their blood work would show healthy levels. Perhaps I'm wrong. But the crap they put into their body will most likely catch up with them eventually. I am proud I've decided to take care of my body BEFORE it gets out of control. Props to you, too :D

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Even though I am 18 (apparently not a young'un), there aren't many people my age going down the healthy route either. It is hard at younger ages due to all the temptations that are put in front of our faces, and all your friends making fun of you for being a "health freak". I don't see any reason NOT to eat healthy at a young age, as long as you are eating enough and not depriving yourself.

I keep hearing older Paleo people saying how they wish that they would have adopted this lifestyle way earlier in their life. I am thankful that I have came across it this early and I think all younger folks should be too. Being healthy this early on will probably save us a lot of stress and medical bills :)

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:50 AM

Sorry, I should edit. I didn't mean to say you're not young! You are definitely :) I just wasn't sure how else to word it. I just was wanting to see some demographics of how many technically-not-adults there are roaming around on PH. I agree, it is definitely stigmatized more when you're younger. People tend to treat you differently when it comes to eating healthy, and I've been asked a lot "Aren't you a little too young to worry about this stuff?" but really, by taking care of the present, I'm thinking about my future.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:40 PM

And I have been doing Stronglifts 5x5 for about 3 months and am seeing great results.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Your body will attain a built in muscle-memory for better composition, even if you find yourself slacking for a period down the road. Check out the Stronglifts 5x5 if you haven't started.

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(5639)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Dude, you're a lucky guy. It's on my mind quite a bit sometimes, that I might've been taller/grown more naturally had I eaten correctly (Paleo) when I was younger. I did grow some in my mid 20's, but I've come to terms with the fact that I'm 5'6". You, on the other hand have put yourself on the right track nice and early. If you're not lifting weights yet, I would SERIOUSLY recommend it.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Don't be sorry :) I ALWAYS get asked that very same question. People just are used to the norm, which is teenagers eating crappy and not worrying too much about their health. We just happen to be the opposite :)

Medium avatar

(5639)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Awesome man, it's great system. That's how I started...I've kinda veered off into my own routine, but I think in a few months I may re-visit 5x5 and be strict with it.

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on November 08, 2011
at 09:38 PM

While I don't qualify as a "young'un" these days, my mental/emotional/psychological state regarding body image and its relationship to diet and exercise was severely deranged when I was.

Granted, I did work out and I thought that I was eating "right" (the classic chicken sandwich at McDonalds = healthy fallacy), but it was for all the wrong reasons (approval seeking, low self esteem, etc.)

However, my current perspective on diet and exercise is shaped by having had plenty of context throughout my life. I have arguably done the most unhealthy things possible to my body and am now on the complete opposite end of the spectrum (unless we find out that animal fat does in fact cause heart disease and diabetes, then I'm f'd).

This does not preclude others from possessing much higher levels of maturity and awareness that I did, however.

If you are 16 and have a healthy desire to be healthful with regards to your diet and exercise choices, then more power to you!

I was firmly anti-establishment as an adolescent, but I think that its better to focus that natural rebelliousness towards the dietary conventions rather than the legal/ethical ones!

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on December 17, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Im 22. UK. But I started when I was 16. I think it just enhanced my teenage years. i became more confident, even thought I was the odd one out compared to my peers lol

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