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College student trying getting in to Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Hi,

I'm new to this and looking to improve my overall health. For breakfast and dinner I do alright, but the biggest problem for me is lunch. I almost have to eat lunch at school everyday, but the cafe only sells bread and fried foods. There is nothing else close by which I can lunch at.

What would be easy to bring for lunch everyday?

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on January 23, 2013
at 12:21 AM

Are you on a meal plan? It might make sense ot pack a lunch or eat off campus...

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:35 PM

No coffee though. Only water.

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:54 PM

Usually I eat 4 strips of bacon and 3 eggs in the morning. I'll try it out tomorrow to skip lunch or have some fruits.

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:37 PM

At first breakfast is a pain because the norm is to just throw some cereal in a bowl and you're done. For me, bacon or other meat, and eggs. There's more than one way to cook eggs so I never really get tired of them. And... even though dairy isn't exactly 'paleo', I'll use greek yoghurt with it too. Yeah, sometimes it takes a little thought, but I find that a little thought in the morning is WAY better than going crazy during the day, looking for something decent to eat. Leftovers are also life savers for a college student. I always cook big so I always have a backup.

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:24 PM

What do you usually have for breakfast then?

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Yes, I could bring something to school. Atleast if it doesn't take too much time.

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:32 AM

They don't even have hamburger with lettuce and such. Its a cheap bread with some disgusting fried hamburger. Honestly, everything they sell is crap and expensive.

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Fish in a can, almonds, walnuts, a couple of avocados, a coconut, fruit, jerky. Part of it too is just changing your mindset about the need for 3 square meals a day. Eat a big ass breakfast and a big ass dinner. Skip lunch, or keep it light. Hit up the salad bar and skip the dressing, or bring your own olive oil, and squeeze some lime on there.

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:13 PM

I'm a college student too. Here's a thought... intermittent fasting. Skip your lunch. It'll be hard for the first couple of days and then your body will get used to it and you'll find that you're actually more mentally and physically switched on during the day at school. I find I am much more focused when I don't have a gut full of food. If you do it and feel foggy headed, then it'll be fine to eat some fruit and get some sugar in your brain.

Fairly sure the 'three meals a day' was something we invented long after our paleo ancestors.

If you're not keen on fasting then what about dried meats/jerky?

Cc1c4e4ea913583d8ab9509a26d9513c

on January 22, 2013
at 02:37 PM

At first breakfast is a pain because the norm is to just throw some cereal in a bowl and you're done. For me, bacon or other meat, and eggs. There's more than one way to cook eggs so I never really get tired of them. And... even though dairy isn't exactly 'paleo', I'll use greek yoghurt with it too. Yeah, sometimes it takes a little thought, but I find that a little thought in the morning is WAY better than going crazy during the day, looking for something decent to eat. Leftovers are also life savers for a college student. I always cook big so I always have a backup.

9e96b50d5aeb7171083bfa3ebd928074

(5)

on January 22, 2013
at 02:54 PM

Usually I eat 4 strips of bacon and 3 eggs in the morning. I'll try it out tomorrow to skip lunch or have some fruits.

9e96b50d5aeb7171083bfa3ebd928074

(5)

on January 22, 2013
at 02:24 PM

What do you usually have for breakfast then?

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on January 23, 2013
at 02:22 AM

I've found that packing healthy, convenient lunches ahead of time can be crucial for a college student. Food found at college cafe's is overpriced and usually ends up in cheating on the paleo diet. Usually, an apple or Larabar can sustain me for a couple of hours until I'm back at home. Also, some coffee usually helps me to get through those days and now that I'm used to black coffee I've saved a lot of both calories and money.

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on January 22, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I'm a student, and I usually have to ways to sort this out.

  1. Eat a big breakfast. I mean big. I mean so big that you're not hungry before six o'clock in the evening. Fat is the shit.

  2. Bring left-overs from yesterdays dinner. I usually make more food than I can eat when I cook dinner. That way I have something to take with me to school, otherwise it means that I don't have to cook the following day.

Something I make my lunch from scratch. Combine tuna and mayo, hard boiled eggs and sauteed spinach or sallad, and you're ready to go. It's really cheap as well.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Just bring some snack foods with you even if they aren't ideal by paleo standards. I'm also a college student and find lunch difficult, but I usually bring an apple, some figs or nuts with me and/or something like jerky. Its easy to carry in your book bag and you can easily find time to eat it in between classes if you're in a rush. If these aren't foods you really like, try cooking extra food at supper the night before and eat left overs the next day for lunch.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:26 PM

Bulletproof coffee in a thermos? Assuming you drink coffee and the caffeine at lunch-time won't mess with your sleep.

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:35 PM

No coffee though. Only water.

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Sounds like you eat your breakfast and dinner at home and/or you are able to cook. Can you bring your own food?

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Yes, I could bring something to school. Atleast if it doesn't take too much time.

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:31 PM

Fellow college paleo here! Usually, cafeterias should have a salad bar you can make do with. I would stay away from the salad dressing though. Having worked at dining services, I can tell you first hand that the vinaigrettes made with "olive oil" usually have soybean oil as a cheap substitute. Instead of fried foods, you can try eating a bun-less burger or deli meat.

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:53 AM

You could eat a turkey deli sandwich without the bread. It is not 100% ideal but it is better than eating wheat. You could order a hamburger without the bun. See if they will wrap it in lettuce. You could also ask them if the have a gluten free menu.

9e96b50d5aeb7171083bfa3ebd928074

(5)

on January 22, 2013
at 10:32 AM

They don't even have hamburger with lettuce and such. Its a cheap bread with some disgusting fried hamburger. Honestly, everything they sell is crap and expensive.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 23, 2013
at 12:21 AM

Are you on a meal plan? It might make sense ot pack a lunch or eat off campus...

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