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Paleo teens doing this on their own?

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Created January 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

So I'm an athletic paleo 17 year old and I'm the only one in my house who's paleo. It gets hard sometimes between home and school and I guess it would just be nice if I could talk to other teens in my position who probably have a better idea about what they are doing than I do. Maybe we can swap tips/advice/whatever.

Anyone out there?

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on September 02, 2012
at 01:09 PM

Please look into the effects of soy products. There all gmo, irradiated and are huge estrogen mimickers.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on May 10, 2012
at 04:47 AM

I feel ya :/ definitely difficult when the other family members don't do it, or even think its a good idea.

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on February 03, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Yeaa.. Im 17 and doing this on my own at my house. My mum thinks im crazy, and isn't that supportive. But this is something i really wanted to try. So im doing it lol. I go to crossfit alot thou..idk if thats good or not..but yea. your not alone there =)

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(1683)

on January 24, 2012
at 01:38 PM

ahh...see i gained the freshman 15, but a lot of it had to do with my birth control i started a month into my freshman year. i know it didnt have to do with the 2/3 times a month i ate "unhealthy" according to CW...my diet prettymuch got better when i came to school b/c i was afraid of it and i dropped 5 lbs initially before starting BC....luckily, guys dont have to worry about it and the hormone changes dont make it difficult for you to lose the weight. im struggling to get it all off, but eating LC has fixed my skin and bad food binges (most recent was dried fruit and dark chocoloate ;])

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(8938)

on January 24, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Oh, and I'm 20.

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on January 24, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I really commend you. I never got the freshman 15, and I think low-carb was a big part of it.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:01 PM

lucky for dad, gluten is minimal or nearly obsolete in most beers. i asked a question about marinating meat in beer, and someone posted something from anheuser-busch about gluten in beer

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 23, 2012
at 07:59 PM

im a sophomore in college too... ...last time i went out and binged on pizza at 2 AM? probably a year ago. now i binge on bacon :D

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on January 23, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Yeah, same with my folks. But I've been gearing towards healthier, natural foods since I was 15; after over 2 years of that, going paleo wasn't as big a shock to them (or me). Do you participate in any of the shopping/cooking? That's my key to success. There is literally nothing in the house that my parents have bought - without my "guidance", that is - that I would eat, except for frozen spinach.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on January 23, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Actually, that tends to happen almost every day.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on January 23, 2012
at 06:36 PM

They support it but don't really understand. It's hard sometimes because when I'm hungry my dad will say, "Well there's bread and some deli meat in the fridge."

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on January 23, 2012
at 06:35 PM

My parents tend to eat on the healthier side but couldn't deal without grains and deli meats. Knarf & Nance- Thanks for the encouragement! My healthy eating has actually rubbed off on friends and teammates. It's funny and awesome!

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on January 23, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Joy- I have three brothers and I'm from the New England area in the U.S. I've always brought my own lunch to school since I started school with an allowance of one school lunch a week as we couldn't afford to buy lunch regularly. I just started adjusting the lunches I brought about a year ago. My dad usually makes dinner focused on vegetables, meats and natural herbs, with grains or condiments on the side so it wasn't hard to adjust my dinner. But if we have the occasional pizza or pasta I just make my own dinner.

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on January 23, 2012
at 06:16 PM

You rock. I started this when I was 20. Now you can one up all your friends in performance markers. (That's an ego talking.) Good work on staying healthy.

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on January 23, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Also where are you from? How many siblings do you have? I ask because in some countries it is more common to take your own lunch to school and also maybe if you don't have many brothers or sisters you can ask your parents for a budget for food for lunch? Or maybe you could put in requests for dinner that are meat and vegetables a few times a week if your parents are interested in eating healthy? Neither conventional or Paleo will disagree on meat and veges.

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on January 23, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Good for you! My 17-yr-old is eating semi-paleo. He still has an occasional energy drink. :-)) He doesn't eat at school because of the foods offered there so I'm sure he'd relate with you. I hope you find others on this forum to compare notes with. You should definitely visit paleo sites for ideas and support!

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on January 23, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Hey, sorry to hear the troubles you have. Hope you find some others out there to help. How do you manage if your parents buy all the food?

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on January 23, 2012
at 05:29 PM

16-finally have got my whole family on paleo with the exception of my dad and his beer (ugh):)

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 23, 2012
at 08:01 PM

lucky for dad, gluten is minimal or nearly obsolete in most beers. i asked a question about marinating meat in beer, and someone posted something from anheuser-busch about gluten in beer

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on January 23, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Yeah I'm 18. We're probably all so hot.

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on January 23, 2012
at 06:12 PM

19 and in my sophomore year in college. life is really hard when surrounded by people that don't understand why you don't eat their fast food or drink corn/rice-based beers. I still smoke and drink on the weekends but find myself to be 95% primal compliant during the week.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 23, 2012
at 07:59 PM

im a sophomore in college too... ...last time i went out and binged on pizza at 2 AM? probably a year ago. now i binge on bacon :D

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5d829f71b536241c2c51fa763917209d

on January 24, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Yepp!! Just turned 16 :) I was alone but now my dad and auntie are with me too and its awesome :D It is becomming less difficult for me, my friends are very open minded to it and I helped my friend stop a sugar addiction . I happily pack my hearty salad that varies with nuts or meat added every day for school. I find people don't notice that I eat differently, if they offer me some S.A.D food I just say I'm full or its not to my taste. In terms of going for snacks after school, if I want to fit in i'd just buy a mineral water. Gotta love Schweppes ;) I've talked to a few teachers about it actually and they reckon my knowledge is amazing :PPP

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on January 24, 2012
at 04:44 AM

17 here, High school senior. I'm the only one in my family and frankly it has been difficult as hell.

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(333)

on May 10, 2012
at 04:47 AM

I feel ya :/ definitely difficult when the other family members don't do it, or even think its a good idea.

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 23, 2012
at 07:49 PM

I'm 19 (closing in on 20) and a sophomore in college! I started last May, and let me tell you it has been HARD complying. When all my friends want to go out and binge drink and get pizza at 2 AM or go eat "normal food" its hard to contain myself...especially on days like today when weve had severe storms and we all want to be snuggly and binge on ice cream. Good for you though for starting to get your health together!!! its very important. if you have any questions feel free to ask!!!!

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 24, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I really commend you. I never got the freshman 15, and I think low-carb was a big part of it.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 24, 2012
at 01:38 PM

ahh...see i gained the freshman 15, but a lot of it had to do with my birth control i started a month into my freshman year. i know it didnt have to do with the 2/3 times a month i ate "unhealthy" according to CW...my diet prettymuch got better when i came to school b/c i was afraid of it and i dropped 5 lbs initially before starting BC....luckily, guys dont have to worry about it and the hormone changes dont make it difficult for you to lose the weight. im struggling to get it all off, but eating LC has fixed my skin and bad food binges (most recent was dried fruit and dark chocoloate ;])

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on September 02, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Yep 16 year old gal from Australia :) Pretty hard to do when all your mates are filling up on maccas, doritos and pizza. But it's so worth it! Ever since I cut grains, most fruits and starchy carbs I've been feeling 100% better than I used to feel before. My energy is stable, my mental clarity has improved (although not yet optimum which is the main reason I went paleo, apart from a previous Eating disorder that I wanted to beat). I can honestly say this has been one of the best lifestyle decisions I've made the past year or so, apart from beginning a regular strength training program and some cardio to complement it.AlL I can say is, keep it up! It's worth all the extra effort. It also helps if you have your family's support but if you don't you always have us!

Btw Fern whereabouts in Australia are you from?

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on February 09, 2013
at 09:26 PM

I just turned 20 and I'm a girl from Germany :) I have IBS/Crohn's for a long time so Paleo ist a great option. Didn't help alot with my guts but let alone the feeling that you are eating perfectly healthy is enough to me :) Fuck grains!

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on February 09, 2013
at 09:20 PM

im 14 and semi-paleo. i eat a few whole grains sometimes, but i eat a TON of fruits and veggies!!

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on September 02, 2012
at 01:43 PM

It is difficult only if you make it difficult. I'm 19 and have been on the Paleo lifestyle for about a year. I used to be overweight and loved my junk food. The sudden transition shocked my family. There never goes a day by without them making some remark. I take it as a joke and laugh along. Nonetheless they have been really supportive and make healthy choices with their food too.

From my experience with the paleo diet is stop trying to explain yourself to people who no matter what are going to perceive the paleo diet as harmful. Keep your mouth shut and do what you do since you know you are on the right path. If someone wants more details? Sure why not but otherwise it's best to keep your ways to yourself and stand by it.

Haters Gonna Hate!

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:08 PM

16 here.. just a tip for anyone who wants to track carb/fat/protein, calorie, and vitamin/mineral intake. Buy a scale and use chronometer.com It's amazing :]

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Bf6e67874dc71f8793be084cb24f0b9e

on May 10, 2012
at 01:18 AM

17, high school senior girlie here. I've been paleo for the last year or so. I usually cheat with ice cream PWO. And I'll have white rice covered in butter and steak juices (it's a neutral carb, and I'm young enough to get away with it for now, and it's cheap). My family isn't paleo at all, but at least we all love steak and quality butter. I do a lot of cooking on the weekends and I help in the shopping. It's not that bad. You're going to be doing this when you're on your own anyway.

I'll be entering college soon, and my school is offering all these fancy meal plans, but I'm not worried. I'm in fricken southern Louisiana! Strawberries and oysters, here I come!

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 24, 2012
at 02:50 AM

I'm 22 but went gluten-free in college. I also had to cut back on other things in college, too. So while not Paleo until right after graduation, I was moving closer to it for a few years, starting around 18.

My family isn't Paleo, but my Ma is gluten-free, which helped. In dorms, I ate a lot of salads, and deli meats and other quick grabs like that. Corn tortillas, while not Paleo, were a good staple for me when needed.

Now, I live in New York on my own and will be moving out west with my paleo mate. In both cases paleo is getting a bit easier.

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D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

on January 23, 2012
at 05:20 PM

18-year-old here! Not sure if I have a better idea of what I'm doing than you do, but I'm in pretty much the same situation (but I'm doing paleo to recover from some debilitating conditions that kept me out of school for 4 years, so not very athletic yet, haha). But yeah, it gets a little hard. Is your family at least supportive of your efforts, despite not eating the same way?

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on January 23, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Actually, that tends to happen almost every day.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on January 23, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Yeah, same with my folks. But I've been gearing towards healthier, natural foods since I was 15; after over 2 years of that, going paleo wasn't as big a shock to them (or me). Do you participate in any of the shopping/cooking? That's my key to success. There is literally nothing in the house that my parents have bought - without my "guidance", that is - that I would eat, except for frozen spinach.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on January 23, 2012
at 06:36 PM

They support it but don't really understand. It's hard sometimes because when I'm hungry my dad will say, "Well there's bread and some deli meat in the fridge."

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on March 10, 2013
at 09:11 PM

I'm a month from 17 and have been doing strict Paleo since August of 2012. My parents buy the food thankfully, and my sister, a vegan, works at a organic food store thankfully where she gets a massive discount on locally grown, organic, grass-fed, and healthy foods, along as being able to bring home whatever she likes from the compost bin where a surprising amount of great produce gets put.

I'm very athletic. I'm in a weightlifting class at my highschool, varsity swimmer, varsity baseball player, and go to the local golds gym. I workout, in some form, six days a week.

As a teen, I find myself never being full haha. I'm constantly eating, but because of what I'm eating, I don't gain weight and don't feel bad eating it. I make all of my food myself. My mother and non-vegan sister don't mind it much. My dad gives me grief for it at times and I'm working to get him to converge as his weightloss has hit a wall. My friends all make jokes about it but I think its fun so I don't mind haha. When eating out, I eat regular food because I rarely ever eat out.

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on March 04, 2013
at 03:49 AM

I totally feel you! I'm 18 and started this journey when I was 16 and a half after I found out I have food allergies, and a sibling got me hooked. I live with my parents who I had to umm.... ahem force bread and other junk out of the house. After many occurring fights, their plates are looking better and better by the day! I do take packed lunches to school. I believe this diet is a mind-set. After that, it becomes easy. I sit with my friends who eat pizza and chips everyday, and I just tell myself it's poison and that I'm also eating some tasty food that is good for my body. It's so fun to have paleo be your friend if you're an athlete. At meets, bring packed fruits and veggies. Drink coconut water for electrolytes and potassium. Just enjoy what you're doing and how it makes you feel. Don't let others' inability to try or understand stop you from pursuing this amazing thing you're doing for yourself!

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on March 01, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Hello,

I am 19 and in the same boat, I am a very athletic as well, and I am trying to get my family on board but its not working! I would love to talk about tips/ advice ! where are you from?

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26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Hey! I'm 19 and about to start sophomore year in college. I just started paleo about a month ago. I've been away from home all summer, pretty much on my own. I've been buying all my own food and cooking for myself, which has been really fun and also made it much easier to stick with clean eating. I'm about to go home to Mississippi, and to my very southern family. I told them about it when I made the switch, and they weren't too thrilled. They don't really get it, and they think I'm just being weird. It's gonna be tough to stay on track when I get home, being surrounded by everything I love (chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, etc.) but hopefully I'll be able to stick it out. Anyway, I definitely understand where you're coming from. Just keep at it and your parents will get used it it eventually! Good luck and all that.

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Hey! I'm 19 and about to start sophomore year in college. I just started paleo about a month ago. I've been away from home all summer, pretty much on my own. I've been buying all my own food and cooking for myself, which has been really fun and also made it much easier to stick with clean eating. I'm about to go home to Mississippi, and to my very southern family. I told them about it when I made the switch, and they weren't too thrilled. They don't really get it, and they think I'm just being weird. It's gonna be tough to stay on track when I get home, being surrounded by everything I love (chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, etc.) but hopefully I'll be able to stick it out. Anyway, I definitely understand where you're coming from. Just keep at it and your parents will get used it it eventually! Good luck and all that.

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Hi there! I am 16 and paleo. Love it and feel amazing. I have a blog too if you need ideas or want to chat: spintas.weebly.com. I have slowly transitioned my family to paleo and they love it too. But I understand your frustration. My mother, doesn't agree with my eating habits :(.

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:33 AM

17 here. I'm the only Paleo that I know of offline. My friends know I have certain "dietary requirements", which can get kind of awkward if I speak about it as a choice rather than a legitimate allergy or intolerance. I'm really lucky that my mum will buy me what I want to eat, though I haven't requested anything grass-fed or organic because I think that that's a bit too much to ask for when I'm not paying for the food. I lift at least twice a week. Eating out is frustrating, though I can usually rely on a steak. I haven't actually talked to my family about what it is that I'm doing specifically, though I did send a link to MDA to my dad. I'm pretty sure he's ignored it, though. I make all of my own meals, including school lunches, but lately it's just been easier to not eat during school because it takes a while to organise. Sometimes my mum does get annoyed because she buys tons of meat and vegetables and I don't eat regularly, only when I'm hungry, so some of it goes to waste. My Paleo-ness actually stemmed from a bout of anorexia. I'm much healthier than I was before and have a better relationship with food.

At the moment I'm enjoying my current situation because I know that next year when I'm off at university it will be up to me to shop and budget and clean up after myself. And pay for a gym membership! I'm pretty hopeful for a local Crossfit, though I've heard that they're quite expensive. I'd love to keep in touch with you all, to share experiences and everything! Is everyone here in the US? I'm in Australia.

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on July 28, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I'm 18. Starting college this fall. I've only been on it for a couple days but man, this is hard!! I love my ice cream and bread hahah

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6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on May 10, 2012
at 04:45 AM

yup. I'm the only one in my family. working on convicing my mom and my smartass sister thinks the whole thing is BS. I don't eat 100% "paleo" as I have gluten free grains and am thinking of experimenting with fermented soy products. I'm just on paleo for my acne though (so far not working ugh) and honestly probably not going to do it in college, or at least until I move out of the dorms and off the meal plan.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on September 02, 2012
at 01:09 PM

Please look into the effects of soy products. There all gmo, irradiated and are huge estrogen mimickers.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 24, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Doing paleo is very easy for me. I have an awesome source of grass-fed meat, organic vegetables are easy to find, ... I cook in a steamer, so it's only a matter of throwing everything in there and letting it do the job. Money isn't that much of an issue since I spend 90% of the money I get and earn to food.

The real problem is my family. I have to avoid discussions with them about food, since I know way more than them about the subject (and that means a lot, since I don't know very much), and it often ends up in a fight.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 24, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Oh, and I'm 20.

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