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by 1523 · about 20 hours ago

I'm recently returning from a period of lazy, horrible non-paleo eating. It was really more like a two month bender that brought back dairy, pasta, and all their wonderful friends. Anyway, needless to say I've gone from 10 percent body fat to... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · November 15, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Once you're keto-adapted, much of your brain will use ketones for fuel. Before you adapt, there is a period when your brain can't access much glucose, but ketone production is still low. That often feels uncomfortable. This will pass quickly, as... (more)

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

Hi all,  I'm a first year at my university this year and have been mostly paleo for about a year.  My mile time increased, I felt stronger, more awake.  I slept better.  I love everything about paleo.  Unfortunately my... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · August 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Don't let perfection be the enemy of good. And don't make yourself some social pariah because of an arbitrary diet.  Load up on veggies. Even sub-par veggies (with who knows what butter substitute) are fine. Eat meat, who cares if it's not... (more)

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

Hey guys, I'm very interested in Ray Peat's work, although I'm at a college cafeteria. I have access to conventional milk, sugar, OJ, eggs in unlimited amounts. Would it be possible to devise a plan without things like shellfish and... (more)

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samc 0 · March 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Having attempted to read his articles I quickly found that I'd rather go get my teeth drilled then continue on reading. That doesn't mean that it invalidates his theories, it just means I can't figure out what he is all about. I'm pretty darn... (more)

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

I'm a 5' 7", 130lb, 20 year old female. Not overweight by any means, but I'm trying to get back down to my 115lb fighting weight in a way that is healthy and sustainable. I understand the benefits to a VLC paleo diet when trying to cut weight,... (more)

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by 53 · about 20 hours ago

So, I'm a D3 Athlete, run at-least 2 miles a day, I am just not getting enough calories though. I don't do dairy or nuts, except coconut. I would like high calorie foods or easy meals I could cook up in one batch and just store all week... (more)

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TheGastronomer 0 · January 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Canned fish are great, specially smoked herring (I get the Kipper Snacks from Polar), tuna, sardines, canned salmon, heck even mackerel if you're into it. What you can do with the canned salmon is blend it together with one egg (or two) add some... (more)

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

Ok, so I am new to paleo, as in I just finished my first week. I have been hungry non stop this week. I'm a college freshman eating dorm food which can be difficult but I make it work. For breakfast (8:30) I eat 3 scrambled eggs with... (more)

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Methodician 0 · November 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM

I suggest you head to the market and replace your apples with some sweet potatoes/yams (really the orange ones are sweet potatoes too) and some kerrygold or other quality butter. There are a number of ways to microwave sweet potatoes. I did an... (more)

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

Hi all! New here to paleo hacks, so give me a break if something like this question has already been on here.. BUT I hve been researching the paleo diet for about a year and have finally taken the plugs after a gradual introduction to the... (more)

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Creative_Caribbean_ 0 · January 07, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Oh, Hey! I'm a college student too and am pretty paleo except some rice...which doesn't even do me any justice when I eat it...I just eat it cause i'm poor and it's brown rice and not as bad as other things. I really am not even eating it much... (more)

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by 421 · about 20 hours ago

Hi y'all! I am a freshman at university in Georgia, where to be frank, it is too hot to exercise outside. As a college student, my windows of free time are pretty limited, as well, so it is no longer possible for me to actively be active every... (more)

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LateralFractal 0 · September 03, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Try these. 5 minutes every other day: Tabata Sprints. Check minimum health requirements. Once a week is an good starting point. Indoor options include step exercise, static exercise bike, skipping rope, on-the-spot running If Tabata or similar... (more)

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by 421 · about 20 hours ago

Hi all! I will be a freshman at university in a few short weeks. I've been eating clean for nearly a year, paleo for almost 6 months. For the last 2-3 months, I have eaten dairy. I do not have any food intolerances, so I will eat things like... (more)

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BGottfried 0 · August 07, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Firstly, all of the answers already given are excellent. Glad to see there are some other Paleo college students around :) Firstly, sounds like your cafeteria offers some decent options, but if you find yourself getting tired of the food after a... (more)

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by 233 · about 20 hours ago

I'm starting a paleo club at my university this semester. We all know college students can have huge egos. I expect to be opposed in every sense of the word by challenging whole grains, beans, bad dairy, chronic cardio etc. I want to be able to... (more)

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PsychandStang 0 · August 07, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I don't remember college being about challenging everything lol. Graduate school,yes! College, no. I do remember there being a handful of huge egos but who wants them in a club anyway? It's more about seeing is believing. It all depends on your... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

I started eating paleo about a week ago (I know, it's not very long) and so far it's been exhausting. I can't seem to find the right things to eat on my college campus. With my meal plan I can only eat in the dining hall once a day (which is... (more)

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Christina_13 0 · March 25, 2013 at 6:25 AM

I am also a college student, and I have learned the ins and outs of my dining hall in order to stay paleo, but it has been rough. I also take fruit from dinner the night before and bring it back to my room, it is good, but it makes me tend to eat... (more)

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by 1405 · about 20 hours ago

My feet and legs seem to fall asleep pretty easily whenever I am sitting down. Then when I get up, it takes a few minutes to get the feeling back. Is there a cause for this? Should I be sitting a certain way to avoid this?

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raydawg 0 · June 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Might be nerves getting pinched, or it might be arteries. I'm a side sleeper, and I get this at night with my arms, usually the one I keep under the pillow; I just can't fall asleep lying flat on my back. The weird thing is that that I feel numb... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

Hi all, I'm a dutch college student, 21 years old, skinny. I just started a few weeks ago with Stronglifts to gain strength and muscle. I have trouble getting 500 more kcals then normally needed to gain weight. Mainly because I don't really know... (more)

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Bradach 0 · February 07, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It's insanely difficult to gain weight on a primal diet. But unless you are dangerously light because of malnourishment, you may be finding it impossible because you are just a natural ectomorph who is destined to be wiry, agile, durable and... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

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... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · January 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

???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)... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

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... (more)

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Intellectual_Savage 0 · January 22, 2013 at 2:28 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... (more)

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by 1005 · about 20 hours ago

I'm sure this has been asked before, but do any of you have any tips for incorporating a paleo lifestyle into a hectic modern world, one with college and exams and due dates and a recovering stroke patient dad and an aging grandpa to take care of? (more)

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Sayeds 0 · December 24, 2012 at 4:40 AM

One thing that I do is set aside a few hours every week to cook a bunch of food for the week. A bunch of chicken, cut up veggies for salads or quick fry, make some coconut or almond flour baking... that sort of thing. Then it's super easy to grab... (more)

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by 1405 · about 20 hours ago

As a college kid with a meal plan, it is really hard to eat what I want and to know exactly what I am eating. I really want to increase my fat intake as an experiment, but with the cafeteria food, I am not sure how to do that. I know they use... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · December 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Olive oil and butter are usually available in some form. They might be low quality, so try to find some labels or ask someone. There are ultra-light olive oils that are probably super-processed and have almost no nutritional value, and lots of... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

I have been doing the paleo diet for about two and a half months and I just recently cut out fruit. I'm on the rowing team at my school and I want to be around 110 pounds by the time we start racing in the spring so i have about three and a half... (more)

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by 100 · about 20 hours ago

Since I don't have access to a kitchen and am required to go on a meal plan, I have to get my food from cafeterias. It's actually not that bad - I usually get beef brisket, grilled salmon and eggs for protein. Vegetables generally revolve around... (more)

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Jackie_4 0 · October 02, 2012 at 2:25 AM

It sounds like you are making the best of your options at college, it's great that they have some fattier pieces of meat. As long as the dairy doesn't bother you, getting extra fat in with dairy sounds like a good plan. If you have a small dorm... (more)

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by 2341 · about 20 hours ago

Most decent fast food combo meals cost around $4-6. I can eat an entire days worth of food for $6 (i don't buy grass-fed). I feel guilty when I'm around kids my age who say they can't afford to eat healthy when i'm stuffing my face full of... (more)

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Diane_4 0 · September 23, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Just being out and about jogging and riding my bike, in the last couple days I've spied: 2 fig trees with ripe, ignored figs, one that was full of crows 1 apple tree dropping fruit 2 walnut trees being attacked by crows for the nuts Macadamia... (more)

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by 144 · about 20 hours ago

Hi Paleohacks, I'm back for another semester of college! With a collage of my food issues, stress levels, social factors and desire to be Primal I am living a co-op (which is lots of fun) with mostly vegetarians. Lunch and dinner are supplied... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · September 07, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Are you allowed to do any of your own cooking there? If you do ever plan to spend money on food at the store in town, you don't have to limit yourself to Clif and Luna bars and wacky stuff like that. (Mostly soy protein isolate and all kinds of... (more)

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by 499 · about 20 hours ago

I have been eating primal for about a month now and (much to my surprise) I have started to get bored of just cooked meat with saut??ed veggies. I'm looking for a paleo cookbook that has good recipes that are also easy. I'm in college and while I... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · September 06, 2012 at 5:53 PM

theclothesmakethegirl.com everydaypaleo.com nomnompaleo.com paleomg.com (though I wouldn't make many of her recipes because there are a lot of paleo-ified SAD crap recipes) If there is something in particular you want to try, type "paleo... (more)

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by 5 · about 20 hours ago

So, I've been pretty strict Paleo for about 5 months... I am extremely active (college athletics and crossfit) and have always been relatively healthy. I have no auto-immune disorders, celiac, etc. and I'm not trying to lose any... (more)

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jake_7 0 · August 20, 2012 at 3:49 AM

yeah don't stress it so much. i was sorta the same way, trying to be as close to paleo perfect as possible and worrying way too much about the little details when i was already healthy. i've started to eat non "paleo" foods more frequently and i... (more)

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by 50 · about 20 hours ago

I live in a city where tortillas are the main ingredient in many of the foods here. I go to college and I'm living with the parents, so I'm basically stucked eating the foods the prepare. I have other siblings so sometimes I need to eat... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · July 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I would say that the ingredients and preparation method of the tortilla would make or break whether or not I considered them ok to eat every now and again. First off, I would not consider wheat based tortillas a viable alternative (unless I was... (more)

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by 45 · about 20 hours ago

Hi everyone, I'm on a college campus and I don't have access to a kitchen. Most days I eat at least one and sometimes two meals in the dining hall, and I find eating paleo very restrictive of what I can eat in the dining hall. For dinner, I... (more)

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Kelly_9 0 · May 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Given your restricted options, it sounds like you're doing great! As regards dairy, you might want to look at Dr. Kurt Harris' blog, in particular his getting-started post and wherever he addresses what he originally termed "neolithic agents of... (more)

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