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What's a good Paleo college or university?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

My daughter will be applying for college in a few months and I'm worried about her gluten allergy issues in college. She eats 80% Paleo. Indulges in 1-2 SAD meals per week when she goes out with friends. I want her to live in the dorm but I'm wondering if any of the college cafeterias offer a Paleo meal everyday?

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on August 01, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Thanks, glib. Guess my daughter will have to learn to cook.

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on August 01, 2013
at 05:26 PM

UNC sounds great! We will have to check it out. Thanks for your response.

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on August 01, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Yes, it is soooooo good! As a freshie, though, she can't bring her car or live in anyplace aside from a dorm unless she has a really special reason. But this is to an advantage! You can hitch a ride! Or take the bus! Also, if she's requesting a meal plan, she can talk to the nutritionist and figure out everything. I had one pal who was vegan who didn't eat grains. Somehow, it worked out.

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on August 01, 2013
at 03:26 PM

Not to mention that NC barbecue is the best in the world and fresh oysters aren't far away.

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on July 29, 2013
at 12:53 PM

What's CLO? So where will your daughter will cook the foods you're supplying in a dorm kitchen? I doubt that mine will attend anything within driving distance but I could have the foods shipped there if she has a fridge and small kitchen. 30 years ago the Ivies dorms didn't have much modern conveniences, like a kitchen. Maybe that's changed now? Even so, not sure that my daughter would cook for herself.

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on July 29, 2013
at 12:45 PM

Interesting! I hadn't thought about this.

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on July 29, 2013
at 01:09 AM

VT has a lot of food options, you can maintain your "paleo street cred" without much effort there.

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on July 29, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Hah yeah Cougar Gold is good but their dinning hall options are pretty weak in my opinion.

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on July 28, 2013
at 11:22 PM

If its a school she is really set on, she could ask for special treatment. She could ask if they could use olive oil instead of veg oil or margarine, but if the cafeteria isn't restaurant style, that probably won't work. Other than that, there's a dorm with a kitchen, eating out at 'nicer' restaurants, etc. Allergies suck.

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:20 PM

It is one thing to care about having quality food. It is another to choose a college based on its food rather than the quality of the education. It is quite possible to get both. And, no, there are other options. Just off the top of my head, you can have a microwave and mini-fridge, sometimes even a hot plate, in the dorm even if it doesn't have a full kitchen for things that must be heated and order food by the case off Amazon. You can eat the vegetables and salads available in most college cafeterias. I stick with my "SO DRAMATIC."

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:11 PM

@Varelse-- I think it's ok to eat sub optimal once in a while and be okay but when you live in the dorm and don't have a car, you are pretty much eating whatever the cafeteria offers everyday. If you have serious allergies and intolerances, your health can spiral out of control pretty fast. So I don't think it's dramatic at all.

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:06 PM

It's a good idea to call the dept or research their food offerings, though. I will have to do that.

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:05 PM

That's great that you have convenient access to organic farm stand foods. This is something I will check on, wherever she plans to go. And she also indulges in pastas and pizza occasionally so the gluten free option is good. Thanks!

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:00 PM

*hate to see is what I meant to type

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at 09:59 PM

@Kate-- I appreciate your response because having been through really bad health and turning it around with a Paleo diet, I feel that feel is very important. Same for my daughter but to a lesser degree. Food affects health, health affects happiness, and happiness affects general study habits and quality of life. I would hare sto see my daughter's health spiral out of control when I'm spending $$$ on her education.

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on July 28, 2013
at 09:54 PM

I don't think we will would choose a school based solely on on what they serve. We have a few schools picked out, just hoping that that some some of these will have more progressive food plans. But food is really important since she has these allergies and I'm always concerned about her health.

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Food is one of the most important parts of picking a quality education that you will likely spend tens of thousands of dollars on? No, I think that the quality of the education should come first. That is just ridiculous- you're going to college to learn, not to get some good food. You CAN eat even if it's not 100% what you want or particularly convenient. I don't know of any colleges that promote starving their students. SO DRAMATIC.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:17 PM

Thinking about the same issues myself since they are coming up soon. My daughter expects me to drive over and deliver grass fed butter and eggs, and garden vegetables, if she is not too far. I will comply. Even she will need one month to eat 48 eggs, and much more to eat a few Kerrygold blocks, and she will take CLO. Once you have set up a good fat base, and some vitamins, I am willing to ignore the rest. Frankly, there is a lot of corruption in academia, and the level of instruction is not that well correlated to the tuition. But higher tuition buys you higher social status and entry after graduation. So I find the original query not so preposterous, although in my case she will go to the highest tuition school for obvious reasons. She can also get an athletic scholarship for sure, having medaled at the Nationals, but she knows it is best to go for the prestige and drop the hobby.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on July 29, 2013
at 12:53 PM

What's CLO? So where will your daughter will cook the foods you're supplying in a dorm kitchen? I doubt that mine will attend anything within driving distance but I could have the foods shipped there if she has a fridge and small kitchen. 30 years ago the Ivies dorms didn't have much modern conveniences, like a kitchen. Maybe that's changed now? Even so, not sure that my daughter would cook for herself.

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448856e75f0af457a37c3f6b912ab9e0

on July 31, 2013
at 11:15 PM

Definitely check out UNC-Chapel Hill. I'm a student there myself, and they do have local markets around Carrboro and Chapel Hill. My university is really green, and quite a few students do paleo. As a paleo student, however, I cook my own food. I just hitch a ride to the local supermarket, or wait on weekends for the green market exchange, and get some goodies. I cook in the kitchen in the dorms. Also, our students love to exercise.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on August 01, 2013
at 05:26 PM

UNC sounds great! We will have to check it out. Thanks for your response.

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on August 01, 2013
at 03:26 PM

Not to mention that NC barbecue is the best in the world and fresh oysters aren't far away.

448856e75f0af457a37c3f6b912ab9e0

(278)

on August 01, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Yes, it is soooooo good! As a freshie, though, she can't bring her car or live in anyplace aside from a dorm unless she has a really special reason. But this is to an advantage! You can hitch a ride! Or take the bus! Also, if she's requesting a meal plan, she can talk to the nutritionist and figure out everything. I had one pal who was vegan who didn't eat grains. Somehow, it worked out.

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52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

on July 28, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Never knew there was a such thing as a "paleo" school.

Why doesn't your daughter just look at the meal plans of the universities and colleges she is interested in? Call the department.

Get her a dorm with a kitchen so she can make her own food due to her allergies.. Lots of universities offer dorms like this

Choosing a school based on the food they offer is a bad idea... sorry but you should know this.

(Sorry if I misunderstand your question)..

The University that I am attending this fall has paleo choices. I don't know about the oils or what not but I can definitely ask (and so can you)

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:06 PM

It's a good idea to call the dept or research their food offerings, though. I will have to do that.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 28, 2013
at 09:54 PM

I don't think we will would choose a school based solely on on what they serve. We have a few schools picked out, just hoping that that some some of these will have more progressive food plans. But food is really important since she has these allergies and I'm always concerned about her health.

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

(416)

on July 28, 2013
at 11:22 PM

If its a school she is really set on, she could ask for special treatment. She could ask if they could use olive oil instead of veg oil or margarine, but if the cafeteria isn't restaurant style, that probably won't work. Other than that, there's a dorm with a kitchen, eating out at 'nicer' restaurants, etc. Allergies suck.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on July 31, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Hi NewPaleon, sorry but I am at a computer from where I post rarely, and I do not get the comment button here. CLO is cod liver oil. My daughter cooks reasonably well (whenever she is at grandma, she cooks with her), and certainly she can cook eggs. Dorms have kitchens nowadays, in most places. She has always had free access to the garden and she eats a fair amount of vegetables. So it is just a matter of providing the goods. Probably "durable" goods: eggs, butter, CLO, olive oil, apples, carrots, beets, cabbage.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on August 01, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Thanks, glib. Guess my daughter will have to learn to cook.

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on July 28, 2013
at 11:02 PM

Ag schools. I could live on WSU's Cougar Gold cheese or the various dairy products available from Michigan State. While this is not strictly paleo, the ag schools believe in meat as food.

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on July 29, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Hah yeah Cougar Gold is good but their dinning hall options are pretty weak in my opinion.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on July 29, 2013
at 12:45 PM

Interesting! I hadn't thought about this.

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on July 28, 2013
at 09:42 PM

Not moravian college! There's no options for gluten free and very few foods that are non processed. And I disagree I think that food is one of the most important parts of picking an undergrad program. If you can't eat it's really going to be a miserable experience. Defiantly call the department. And be warned going in on accepted students day they will usually have another company do the food or order a higher level then what is normally given to students. If you want to sample just stop by the school and order from the cafeteria.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 28, 2013
at 10:11 PM

@Varelse-- I think it's ok to eat sub optimal once in a while and be okay but when you live in the dorm and don't have a car, you are pretty much eating whatever the cafeteria offers everyday. If you have serious allergies and intolerances, your health can spiral out of control pretty fast. So I don't think it's dramatic at all.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 28, 2013
at 10:00 PM

*hate to see is what I meant to type

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 28, 2013
at 09:59 PM

@Kate-- I appreciate your response because having been through really bad health and turning it around with a Paleo diet, I feel that feel is very important. Same for my daughter but to a lesser degree. Food affects health, health affects happiness, and happiness affects general study habits and quality of life. I would hare sto see my daughter's health spiral out of control when I'm spending $$$ on her education.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 28, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Food is one of the most important parts of picking a quality education that you will likely spend tens of thousands of dollars on? No, I think that the quality of the education should come first. That is just ridiculous- you're going to college to learn, not to get some good food. You CAN eat even if it's not 100% what you want or particularly convenient. I don't know of any colleges that promote starving their students. SO DRAMATIC.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 28, 2013
at 10:20 PM

It is one thing to care about having quality food. It is another to choose a college based on its food rather than the quality of the education. It is quite possible to get both. And, no, there are other options. Just off the top of my head, you can have a microwave and mini-fridge, sometimes even a hot plate, in the dorm even if it doesn't have a full kitchen for things that must be heated and order food by the case off Amazon. You can eat the vegetables and salads available in most college cafeterias. I stick with my "SO DRAMATIC."

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on July 28, 2013
at 09:00 PM

I have been paleo for over a year now, and I go to California Lutheran University. My school offers gluten-free options/replacements such as bread and pasta, but I usually avoid those and was able to do just fine my first year!

We also have an organic farm on campus and a bimonthly farmstand, where students can buy our produce for 1 or 2 dollars and cook it in the dorm's common kitchen.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on July 28, 2013
at 10:05 PM

That's great that you have convenient access to organic farm stand foods. This is something I will check on, wherever she plans to go. And she also indulges in pastas and pizza occasionally so the gluten free option is good. Thanks!

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