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    I started Paleo at College in late August of 2011 in hopes of reaching out to more of my age group. I usually end up talking to someone about Paleo everyday, but no one really has actually been successful in keeping with it for more than a week.

    Does the community here have any tips about how to address my younger population?

  • #2
    Thinking back on college, I know there's no way I could do 100% Paleo alone. There's simply not enough time to cook and go to the grocery store and farmer's market. Also, there's a cost factor since grass-fed beef is expensive. In college, it really needs to be a group effort.

    Think about starting a Paleo club on campus. That way, the shopping, cooking, and cleaning duties can be split among you. Heck, you might even be able to get some money from your school to bring in speakers and buy food. If you could somehow arrange to live with other Paleo people, that would be optimal. Moreover, the social element helps with accountability and not missing workouts.


    • #3
      I think you'd want to emphasize the 80% rule a LOT. Students want to have fun. Introduce the idea that if they are 100% Mon-Fri with nothing out of line, they can do 2 or so social meals and a few drinks over the weekend and still hit 80%. You probably aren't going to convert the ones who live to party, so don't bother unless they are already open to it, obviously.

      My college had an online nutritional facts/ingredients list for all the food in the dining halls, which was AMAZINGLY helpful. If yours doesn't already have that, start a petition to get them to offer that information at all times online, using the "we all want to take care of ourselves" type argument. If you do have that, make a list of the foods that are primal/paleo and distribute it when people become interested. They may find that they have longer lasting success with a menu to choose from.

      Again, support and social involvement are going to be key. If you get a small group going, see if you can work out after class and then go to dinner together. You're in college, so you're allowed to go out to eat in sweaty gym clothes. Embrace it while you can! College is the easiest place to make friends and influence each other, so it should be easier to find or generate interest.
      Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.

      2012 Goals:
      Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
      More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
      LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
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      • #4
        A couple months have passed since you have last seen it, and it has completely changed. My goal is to become to go-to site for college students that are either trying to start the paleo diet or are already on it.

        Feedback is much appreciated. I took the advice of apple and ppham27 and started a facebook page that provides paleo options at the dining hall. What I do is look at the menu online and then post the paleo friendly foods for each day. Blog: College Paleo and the facebook page is


        • #5
          • Academic advice
          • Professors who make a difference or favorite quotes from professors (memorable or funny)
          • Benefits of liberal arts edu (humanities vs pre professional track).
          • Choosing majors
          • Advice on choosing classes
          • Crazy class (the most interesting class you had)
          • Balancing academic with extracurricular
          • The class everyone fears...
          • Current projects
          • Best/worst class offered at your school
          • Favorite professor and why

          Study Abroad
          • Travel abroad experiences
          • Study abroad experience

          • One idea could be a "finals survival checklist: [insert partner college] edition".
          • Time management tips
          • Stress management advice
          • How not to procrastinate
          • Sleep deprivation.
          • Favorite studying spot
          • Finals/Finals week

          Career Opportunities
          • What do you want to be when you grow up
          • Worst/best internship ever,
          • Selecting mentors, having mentees.
          • A prompt that focuses on seniors and plans for the future

          Personal Stories
          • What has changed most about you since college?
          • "Talent show"
          • "Fitting in,"
          • College vs home (a comparison)
          • How college changed your view of the world
          • Change in rigor/expectations in college
          • Maintaining vs. Forming new relationships
          • Inferiority complexes
          • The adjustment to college
          • Adjustment to living on your own
          • Difficulties encountered sophomore year
          • Places you grew up/hometown you hail from.
          • Realations
          • Things most people don't know about you
          • Your bucket list
          • Things you've learned since you've gone to college
          • Most rewarding experience
          • A difficult obstacle
          • Significant others/interest in someone
          • Embarrassing moments
          • Difference in high school and college life
          • Most memorable experience so far.
          • The importance of mental health.
          • Icebreakers
          • Funniest childhood memories
          • Something I wish I had kown

          Campus life
          • If you could change anything about your school what would it be?
          • School spirit
          • Most fun thing at your college
          • Community service
          • "Diversity”
          • Campus life
          • Extra-curriculars
          • Leadership on campus
          • How to party smartly
          • Campus/college culture; how you fit into it
          • Religious life
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          • 10 things I like about college
          • Call me maybe? (nice Valentine's Day events happening on campus)
          • Reasons why you love your school
          • Things unique to your school
          • We can also do themes like "a day in ____", where the blogger reports a typical day in school
          • A list of the coolest things about your partner school
          • Eating out of a dining hall/cafeteria
          • Bad dining
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          • Clubs on campus
          • How important extracurriculars are
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          • Gender relations as a student
          • How religion affects your student life
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          • Orientation
          • Undercover spy blog report on university culture
          • Outsider's perspective on the daily life of a college student
          • Busybody nightmare

          Living on campus
          • Dorm life
          • A day/life in the dorm building
          • Eating healthy
          • How to deal with roommates
          • Food choices

          Spending wisely
          • No money to go out
          • Being frugal/spending habits

          College Sports
          • Attend a sporting event that your college is participating in and write about your experience
          • Sporting events
          • Times with your sports teammates

          Seasonal Events
          • “Surviving the winter blues: how students from sunny states can still enjoy their first winter term away from home."
          • Halloween night
          • We can do holiday themes such as new years and thanksgiving.
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          • Artistic blog posts
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          • Favorite movie and why

          Around town
          • Go out into the city around your college and write about what you did (accompanying pictures of your adventures are a plus)
          • University city life
          • Walking through the city/neighborhood
          • Visit to a nearby museum
          • Music culture in our university's city
          • Off campus life

          Quest-scholar specific
          • Opportunities of a questie
          • I'd love to take the divide between high and low income students in elite schools
          • The positives of being a first generation college student.
          • The need for low-income student activism, is college really worth it?

          • "Going green"

          • Interview admissions on views on qb
          • March madness - waiting for your admissions decisions
          • "Summer - sun, surf, and application essays"
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          • Recount when you applied to questbridge national college match
          • How to visit a campus

          Financial aid
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          • Financial aid
          • "January - it's still not over! On to financial aid applications"
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          Last edited by marksimon112; 08-24-2013, 04:46 AM.


          • #6
            Wow you gave enough ideas to last years! Thank you marksimon, I will look into all of them!


            • #7
              My goal is to become to go-to site for college students that are either trying to start the paleo diet or are already on it.