A couple of weeks ago, well, actually, a couple of weeks before school ended, I randomly decided to go paleo. For those who don’t know what paleo is, it is essentially a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and protein. It is based on what the cavemen ate in their time- those things they could catch and grow. This excludes all processed foods, a lot of carbohydrates including bread, potatoes, rice, and it excludes dairy.
Now, this makes sense for me, or at least I thought it did considering I have a little bit of an intolerance to dairy. I was also believing that carbs like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes made me fat and gain weight. So why not eliminate all of those from my diet, yes?
I did this for a couple of weeks and honestly, I was not really seeing a difference in my appearance and I found it hard to follow. Eating out was virtually impossible and I just gave up eating Paleo in Europe because of the yummy pastries and bread that I didn’t want to miss out on.
As soon as returned from Europe, I jumped right back into eating a paleo lifestyle/diet and I began to workout. When I was working out, I did not have that much energy throughout my workout. A couple of nights ago, I ate a yummy Jersey Mikes sandwich, with the bread because how can you not eat the bread there, and I did my workout afterwards. Surprisingly, I had so much more energy sustaining me in my workout. I started to wonder if my increase of energy was because of the carbohydrates that I consumed before my workout.
Side note: eating healthy in college is really hard. But, eating paleo in college is nearly impossible. I do not think that eating a paleo style diet is good for college students considering the lack of fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein that are readily available.
Now, I have been trying to do the Kayla Itsines workouts (which are killer), and with her workouts is a guide for eating. This is not a diet book. This is not a quick fix. This is a book on eating right. I think that after trying paleo and not liking it, I am going to try her healthy living eating guide. I really want a positive change, and I want to nourish my body and fill it with everything that it needs to survive. I’ll keep y’all updated, though!
So my advice right now for college students is to not do paleo unless you are positive that you can get enough nutrients and food. It is really hard to find edible meat in the dining hall, it is really hard to cook vegetables in your dorm, and it is really hard to say no to those late night donut runs.
For me, this whole paleo lifestyle did not work, but I truly am happy for you if you love it and if it works for you!