Basically I'm trying to improve my fitness/body composition and so forth as I increase my training. I've been trying the paleo diet recently, though including milk, and have been getting decent results. My weight's decreased, my muscle mass has increased, I'm generally getting leaner and stronger. Thing is, I'm a student and on a fairly irregular schedule, which makes it tricky to cook for myself all the time and, given how much I'm eating, it's pretty expensive to meet all my needs without the bulk carbs helping me out. So my question I suppose is twofold: 1.Although I feel better on this diet and am making good progress with training, has anyone found it significantly better than eating 'normally' to a degree that justifies the expense. 2. Would a diet that leans towards being paleo still provide the same benefits, albeit on a reduced scale? This would mean staying on a primarily paleo diet but allowing myself occasional pasta meals and so on, particularly on days when I'm rushed and doing a lot of training. I do realise I'm going to have to experiment myself to some extent and it's very individual, but I thought I'd see if anyone has tried this and had good results, particularly the second option. Thanks!