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College and the Whole30


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Hi everyone!

I am a junior in college and just decided to try the Whole30. I am on Day 2 and it is SO hard so far. It seems like everyone around me is tiny and full of energy and they just stuff their faces with terrible food and alcohol. For the last three years I have been doing the latter, but I have lacked energy and am overweight.

Can anyone give me some pointers on how to stay on track? I NEED to make this lifestyle change. I want to be happy and full of energy and fun. I have never tried to change my eating habits before and so going from eating chips and doughnuts and Dutch brothers drinks is so hard!

I am having problems with knowing how/WHAT to cook as well. Basically anything you think would be useful for a college student with a low budget to know, post please.

Thanks!

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Hey girl!! So glad you are doing this, you will thank yourself later I promise! I am a sophomore in college and I understand it can be hard with people around you! Especially with roommates, parties, friends, events, etc... But you know what, it will be the same in "real life" ; there will always be people that don't understand your food choices and events to go to. You just gotta make it through! I have done two whole30s and for me it was a big change too. I used to eat mostly "healthy" the way conventional wisdom tells us is healthy, but a lot of stomach issues showed me that I wasn't doing the right thing, so in came the whole30! Don't worry about those people around you; they may be tiny and full of energy now, but I promise, PROMISE it catches up to them. Just because they look healthy on the outside does not mean they really are!

Here are some thing that I (and my friend, who I convinced to do the whole30 with me) found helpful:

--Eat a FILLING breakfast, and filling meals in general --sometimes people are scared of fats, calories, etc... But I promise, if your breakfast is not filling, you will want to snack and eat junk all day. I do 2 or 3 eggs, coconut oil, avocado, and veggies. And coffee with canned coconut milk!

-- precook some foods-- like bake several sweet potatoes at one time to have for leftovers, same with roasted veggies, make meats in more than one serving; Tupperware will become a very good friend ;)

-- use a crockpot!! Mine was super cheap, 17 dollars at target (ok fine, 20 with tax) and I LOVE IT. You can get a bag of frozen veggies, chop some meat, pour on some tomato sauce, and put it all in the crockpot before class. Then you come home later and your roommates are jealous of your hot meal while they have pb&j's :)

-- when buying veggies, go to frozen aisle and see what compliant veggies there are. We have a Kroger and their bagged frozen broccoli/cauliflower/ green beans/ whatever can be really useful, and only about $1.25 each! Also, I use frozen chicken and frozen burgers sometimes

-- when on a low budget, don't worry so much about "organic, grassfed" labels and just focus on getting the food into your cart. When I can, I buy organic and higher quality meat and eggs, but that is not all the time. If I had to choose, I would always get higher quality meat over vegetables and fruit though

-- don't skimp out on healthy fats!! I think this is probably my biggest one and yes, coconut oil and avocados are expensive, but so worth it!! I go through coconut oil like its my job whenever I cook, and avocados are some of my favorite fats. This is one area I splurge and get the good stuff!!

-- use spices to add flavor to everything from stir fries, to eggs and stews! Try to look for spice blends or individual spices that are compliant (aka no sugar or msg... I swear they all add in crap) like Italian seasoning, and I think some Mrs. dash spices are okay, although I haven't bought them in a while. Seriously thought, spices help so much!

-- every week when you grocery shop pick only a couple fruits for the whole week-- I think at first I went a little crazy with it and realized, fruit in the winter is expensive! So that's another money saving tip, haha.

-- at parties, when everyone is drinking, I swear it is not that big of a deal if you don't drink. Mostly people just look at you for a second and then forget about it, they are too focused on themselves! If it is that big of a deal, buy some sparkling water and then you will just have something to sip on!

-- recipes: I use tons of blogs like paleomg.com,nomnompaleo.com, and health-bent.com to change up my recipes week by week. Most of their recipes will be compliant, except for obviously dessert recipes or recipes with sweeteners in them. Every week I usually pick a couple recipes and make them, because they're usually meant for 4 people, and I am just one... So that means that I eat a lot of leftovers, but when they are delicious and different each week, it doesn't really bother me

I really, really hope you have a good experience doing this! I know I still battle with some of my own problems (hello, sugar dragon) but it is 100% possible to do the whole30 while in college if you plan a little. Like I said, my friend did it with me; she went from asking "so, what CAN I eat?!" To saying it was the best she has ever felt, and even asking me to do another one starting next week. You can do this, you know you can. When your friends are eating junk, just take a second to think about what that junk food is doing to them, and don't feel pressured to give in, because it is ultimately YOUR choice! It will be tougher at first, but I know you can get through it! Sorry for the mammoth post. I saw this and I immediately knew how you felt, because at first, i honestly didn't know if I could do this at all, let alone in college. Let me know if you have any questions, for cooking or tips, or anything else! And good luck!

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Thank you so much! Seriously, I needed the mammoth post. It has only been two days and my cravings are so intense it is killing me. So I am sitting here with brocolli and cauliflower at my bed instead of a glass of wine or brownies. I really hope I can get through it all! I will keep you updated! Thanks again :)

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Wow! Ohiolovin has covered sooo much in that post. The only thing I'd add, is have you read the book? If not, I'd really advise it. I find it so much easier to stay on track when I understand why i'm eating the way I am. Good luck and keep us posted

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Yes reading the book, a couple times actually, helped me a lot because it all made sense to me and it didn't just seem like some diet. Hang in there, the first week or so is the hardest! Cravings are the worst part for me, at least, but you're welcome I hope that helped. And if you haven't read the book yet make sure you go like Kirsteen said :) it'll make good bedtime reading to draw focus away from those cravings!

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I also have to add that I really admire that you are doing this in college. When I was in college, I was so depressed I was barely eating, and when I did it sure wasn't healthy foods...

The huge post above covers so much ground, I have to say. And when it comes down to it, I did also find the book really helpful.

I think another really important piece of advice is this: BELIEVE that you can do it. I am coming from a place where I have been eating crap for so long, and commonsense would suggest that I would NOT be able to get through this. But I am on Day 25 now, and I AM doing it, and I think the biggest success is that I have believed in myself. I know it sounds cliche and cheesy, but it's so true.

Good luck to you!

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I'm going to agree with everyone else- I'm in college too! More things I found helpful (food wise)-

*Make sure all your veggies are cooked in some kind of fat, it will fill you up so much better (as opposed to that OMG stuffed-bloated-but starving two hours later kind of thing)

*I always buy cheap family packs of meat and cook about 1/2 of it, freeze the rest. That way there is always something cooked when I get home or run out in the morning. Throw in an avocado or throw it on top of a few handfuls of lettuce/small raw veggies or even cookied veggies if you didn't eat all your leftovers the night before and you're set for a meal

*Drinking wise..I love a good drink. :( No way to get around all the 50-cent nights and quarter pitchers and ladies nights around here. I live in New Orleans so EVERY social event is at a bar, I am probably in bars 3-4 nights a week at least, but I've learned just to get the club soda and lime and start laughing at whatever anyone else is laughing at. I feel great, and get those endorphins anyway, and will have my drinks (but much less of them, on my new tolerance levels probably) when this is all over.

Socially- I know many people here are offended by calling this a "diet" or a "cleanse" or even "low-carb/Atkins" but honestly it's whatever. People in college will say things, and most of the time forget them immediately because they're too wrapped up in their own daily drama.Even my seemingly nutritionally obsessed buddies from the weight room are a little ignorant but I think sometimes its easier to just let them mislabel what I'm doing. Lately I've even been letting people think its a post-Mardi Gras/pre-Spring Break detox kinda thing. I care a little more how I feel than how others label it.

Also, most meals on campus if you're like me are either in the cafeteria or taken from the food court outside. Basically, perfect settings to just pull out your brown bag and fit right in anyway. If you don't feel comfortable discussing diet you can just point to the exorbitant amounts of $$ the food court charges and say you're saving a few bucks.

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On 3/18/2013 at 10:18 AM, redhotlizzard said:

I'm going to agree with everyone else- I'm in college too! More things I found helpful (food wise)-

*Drinking wise..I love a good drink. :( No way to get around all the 50-cent nights and quarter pitchers and ladies nights around here. I live in New Orleans so EVERY social event is at a bar, I am probably in bars 3-4 nights a week at least, but I've learned just to get the club soda and lime and start laughing at whatever anyone else is laughing at. I feel great, and get those endorphins anyway, and will have my drinks (but much less of them, on my new tolerance levels probably) when this is all over.

Socially- I know many people here are offended by calling this a "diet" or a "cleanse" or even "low-carb/Atkins" but honestly it's whatever. People in college will say things, and most of the time forget them immediately because they're too wrapped up in their own daily drama.Even my seemingly nutritionally obsessed buddies from the weight room are a little ignorant but I think sometimes its easier to just let them mislabel what I'm doing. Lately I've even been letting people think its a post-Mardi Gras/pre-Spring Break detox kinda thing. I care a little more how I feel than how others label it.

Hi! I know this post was a few years ago, but I'm a junior in college and on Day 8! I am going to my friends 21st this weekend out of town and I'm trying to stock up on compliant snacks and veggies for the weekend, but what I'm worried for most is them saying that I'm being a pain or "don't need to lose weight". That's not why I'm doing this and I'm just nervous! Thank you for the club soda idea, anymore suggestions?

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Why would they think you're being a pain?  If you were celiac or had some sort of allergy, would that be a pain?  Don't make it a big deal... if they say you're being a pain, then they say it... who cares, your health is more important than what someone thinks of it... and not everyone who wants to eat healthy needs to lose weight.

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Hey everyone! I am not in college - but law school... so I get the struggles of hectic class schedules and lack of income lol! I also live in NYC so the whole no income thing is rough - food is SO expensive here. $6 for a cauliflower. $3 for an apple. Madness! 

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