Dear Dr. Cordain,
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and your associates for all of the work you’ve done over the years. I’m sure you get emails like this all the time, but your work changed my life. After discovering your work, in harmony with the work of Tim Ferriss’s Four Hour Body, I’ve gone from 216 lbs and well over 25% body fat to 159 lbs at 7.3% body fat with little to no loss in muscle mass. It’s been amazing. I feel better, I look better, I get no acne, I sleep better. It’s the epitome of what Hippocrates meant when he said “let food be thy medicine.”
I’ve found, though, that the Paleo diet hasn’t really caught on yet in college students. I’m a sophomore at Ohio State, and when I look around at my peers, I see a nutritional quagmire. Sugary coffee drinks, Easy Mac, Pop Tarts, Ramen noodles, beer, pizza, and candy run amok on campus in ways that now disgust me more than I care to admit. When I tell people how I lost my weight (Paleo with no fruit, one day off per week), they gawk and say that it’s impossible to eat like that on a campus dining plan. Granted, it’s difficult – there are over a dozen places to eat on campus, and only around four have lean meat and vegetable dishes – but it can be done.
I guess my whole point in writing (other than a huge, huge thank you) is that I’d like to see the Paleo diet presented more to college students. I absolutely dominated the freshman fifteen with your (and Mr. Ferriss’s) help, and I honestly believe that this is a time when many of the slightly overweight Americans become the next generation of obese Americans.
Thank you again,