I'm asking because it seems that we may need to keep the age and growth status of people in mind when posting answers.
Are you a teen? How did you find Paleohacks? Have you done much reading on paleo? Do you identify yourself as a teen when asking diet questions?
Note: I am not biased against teenagers. Two of my absolute favorite people in my life are teens and they are incredibly bright, curious, energetic people. I would never want any harm to come to them. I'd just want their needs as being in growth stages considered.
I'm 17. I've been Paleo since I turned 16. I've identified myself as 17 when I've asked questions and I have researched the Paleo lifestyle. I found Paleo Hacks through my father who turned me onto Paleo. My whole family is Paleo including my 2 year old brother who has been Paleo his whole life.
Although I am far from being a teenager - my son has been paleo for over 3 years (he is now 15). He is doing great health wise and is on the honor role every year at school now. Of course I have guided him along.
I'm about to be 16. I'm paleo. I came across the paleo/primal world from MDA. It kinda turned me onto the whole paleo-sphere. I also learned much from Kent Rieske's site. I've done tons of reading. Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, Kent Rieske.
I very much agree. While I applaud the teens for doing research and making health decisions, I do feel it is not very ethical for me to advise them regarding weightloss.
There is so much body and brain development going on for teens. It's a very crucial time. My daughter is 13, and I don't want her getting nutritional advice from strangers on the internet. No matter how nice they might be.
I'm 16, got the whole family on board too. I think you have to follow the path that works for you. Paleo saved me from being an anxious, raw vegan with absolutely no life.
I'm 21, so there is no "teen" in my age, but I began eating Paleo around 19. I found out about Paleo through fellow CrossFitters and turned to Paleo Hacks for answers because the rest of my family does not keep Paleo. When I cook for them they do, but since I'm at college, they pretty much eat a SAD lifestyle.
As a young adult, I continue to look for answers to my many questions and constantly feel that I have much more to learn and modify in my life.
However, I will say this- there are definitely times when I look on this site and have similar questions, but the answers don't necessarily apply to me due to the fact that I don't have as much damage to repair (I say this in the nicest way possible, but my weight and intestinal health was relatively healthy when I found Paleo seeing as how I'm gluten intolerant already.)
I also turn to this site for support and to remind myself that there are many other Paleo eaters out there, which can be difficult when you're in college and a diet staple of my friends is beer. I do wish there were more college aged paleo kids out there!
I'm 18 and have been not-so-dedicated to paleo for about a year. I always take a person's age into consideration when reading any advice on dietary health online, since I obsessively read every question on PaleoHacks. Adjusting to a paleo lifestyle has been anything but easy, but I never give up. Changing my diet made my last year of high school fantastic and I wish other teenagers would give Paleo a shot.
Edit: My mom actually got me involved in this diet. She studied Nutrition and Fitness in college and never understood why all of the nutritionists were either severely underweight or morbidly overweight. My only wish is that I would have become aware of this sooner! I think this diet would be beneficial for a person of any age.
I'm a 17 year old girl. I've been not-strict-paleo for about a year. As with most teens I started out looking for a weight loss solution, but I find paleo has really made me feel much more secure and feel fantastic in general. I echo Paleomofo on not being able to afford grassfed meat, and Fern on parents not taking my eating choices seriously. As for concern about teens being impressionable, I actually think most of us are discerning enough to evaluate information sources and make our own judgements!
I think it is great that teenagers are on here and they should be helped out and supported as much as possible! It is so great that younger people are getting interested in Paleo, this only means great things for advancing the health benefits of this type of diet :) I do agree however that it would be best of parents are at least aware and involved with any non-professional health advice their kids might be receiving on the internet, but what of those kids who found out about paleo but their parents aren't buying it yet? That's a tough matter in a way.
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