How to survive the holidays with a Paleo diet

There is no greater test period than the holiday season when it comes to sticking to a Paleo diet. Temptation is everywhere, from honey roasted nuts, crisps, cake and chocolate, to fizzy drinks, alcohol and huge roasted dinners. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween periods can be hugely daunting, especially when family and friends are gorging themselves around you.

Fortunately it just takes a little time, effort and planning to find appropriate alternatives when adhering to a Paleo diet.

Here are 5 tips on how to survive the holidays with a Paleo diet.

1) Choose your drinks carefully

Some holiday drinks are an obvious no-no when it comes to Paleo. Steer clear of carbonated drinks and sodas as well as strong alcohol. Your liver can’t burn fat as efficiently when it’s busy dealing with alcohol, so try mixing a little spirit with soda water, ice, and a dash of lemon juice.

Avoid grain-based alcohol such as whiskey, beer, and cider. Instead stick to fruit-based drinks such as dry wine. Replace rich, sweet wine with Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, but above all the trick is to drink in moderation. You’re more than welcome to a glass to celebrate now and then, but any more than that and your body will be diverting its attention away from fat-burning.

2) Avoid refined sugar

Halloween and candy may go hand in hand, but resist the temptation to indulge. Avoid the refined sugars in chocolate and sweets and instead stick to healthy snacks. Use mixed seeds, nuts and fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth, and all your hard work will not be wasted.

When cooking, turn your attention away from vegetable oil and towards healthier alternatives like olive oil and coconut oil. It might be a tad more expensive at first, but it certainly won’t break the bank and it will do you wonders more than fatty vegetable oil in the long run. When frying and roasting all oil should be substituted with the healthier alternative. And speaking of roasting….

 

4) Steam, don’t roast

Good old fashioned roast potatoes are a staple of Christmas dinner. Along with carrots, parsnips, and a host of other treats, roasting is the first port of call when it comes to traditional holiday dinners. For a better Paleo dinner, why not try other forms of cooking?

Boiling vegetables will retain a lot more of the goodness than roasting, and steaming is better yet. It will save time and calories, and you can pick up a steamer from your local supermarket or kitchenware shop for a very affordable price if you don’t already have one.

5) Alternative desserts

Christmas puddings, cakes, biscuits, pastries and mince pies are rolled out by the dozen over the holiday period, and are the leading cause of people hitting the gym in the New Year. Get a head start by cooking up some Paleo-friendly puddings. Replace flour with gluten-free high protein almond flour or coconut flour to bake cookies, and use coconut flour and dried vegetables in a Christmas pudding. Add a couple scoops of whey protein powder for that extra kick and you’re good to go!

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Eating out on the Paleo Diet: Chipotle

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Let me start by saying that die hard Paleo dieters may be put off by this post.  While researching this topic I found that Chipotle does use rice bran oil and soy bean oil in most of its meats while marinating and/or cooking.  If you fit in this category then your only safe option is the carnitas which is the only soy free option on the menu besides the veggies.

For those who are a little less strict with the Paleo lifestyle Chipotle makes a good choice when dining out.  The best choice is a burrito bowl which eliminates an obvious no-no…tortillas.  The bowl is made up of a protein and any number of add-ons.  I recommend the following choices:

  • Chicken/Steak
  • Fajita mix
  • Lettuce
  • Mild Salsa
  • Med/Hot Salsa

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This is a really tasty combination and will definitely fill you up.  Give it a try next time you are in a crunch and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Paleo Diet Cheat Sheet

We are always on the lookout for easy ways to keep on task with the Paleo diet.  Thanks to Paleo Plan, we now have another tool in the tool-belt.  Next time you’re in need of a refresher of what you can eat, and what you can’t on the paleo diet, have a look at this!

Top Paleo Pinterest Boards

There’s no doubt that Pinterest has had a huge impact on the social networking scene. I love it because I can quickly browse various boards to get new ideas for various subjects. While I do have a few different boards setup, I find myself using it primarily for recipes. Being able to browse by photo makes it easy to quickly find a dish that catches my eye.

Here are a few of my favorite Paleo recipe Pinterest boards:
http://pinterest.com/lindalfk/the-paleo-diet-recipes-information/
http://pinterest.com/shawnafawna/paleo-diet/
http://pinterest.com/dreamaboutfood/paleo-primal-power/
http://pinterest.com/ilovefetacheese/paleo-goodness/
http://pinterest.com/robbwolf/paleo-diet-recipe-inspiration/

Are there any I’ve missed?  Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

Paleo Diet for Runners

Exercise and activity is an essential part of any diet and many Paleo enthusiasts have turned to running as their source of regular exercise. Avid runners will contend that loading their diets with carbs, sugars and starches to assist them in their sport, but the Paleo diet does not allow these. We’ve gathered a list of resources so that you can learn how to run without giving up on the Paleo lifestyle.

Paleo diet results

Time and time again I’m asked what people can expect from the Paleo diet in terms of weight loss. Here are 2 really good videos that illustrate how powerful the diet is. In addition to the obvious loss in weight, I’ve noticed the skin in the after photos have a glow or healthy look to them.

I hope these act as motivation to stay on track with your Paleo lifestyle.

Paleo diet food list infogrphic


Still unsure about what you can and can’t eat on the paleo diet? This awesome infographic put together by PaleoDietFoodList.net should help you get started.

I printed mine out and stuck it on the fridge. That way I’m constantly reminded about it when I’m about to reach into the fridge.

Source: http://www.paleodietfoodlist.net/paleo-diet-food-list/

Paleo Pregnancy


Many people who have transitioned into a Paleo lifestyle praise its many benefits. Typically you hear people tout its weight loss benefits such as less bloat, decrease in appetite and higher energy levels. I’ve even heard people mention improvements to various chronic health ailments that they’ve suffered with throughout the years. I recently ran across an article about Peggy Emch’s new book Primal Moms Look Good Naked: A Mother’s Guide to Achieving Beauty through Excellent Health that caught my eye. Peggy aims to apply the paleo lifestyle to women who are pregnant. In fact, she attributes the fact that she was able to get pregnant to the diet itself. She claimed to have been infertile and unable to get pregnant until she adopted the paleo diet lifestyle, and now that she is pregnant she isn’t stopping there.

Peggy wants to challenge traditional beliefs that pregnant women do not have control over their bodies during their pregnancy. Furthermore she believes that other issues such as depression which have been thought of as common side affects during pregnancy can be prevented through the use of diet.

In this book Peggy aims to challenge conventional thoughts about common issues that pregnant face today. She covers:

  • Fertility
  • Stretch Marks
  • Cellulite
  • Varicose and Spider Veins
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Flabby Belly
  • Skin Problems

This book seems like a welcomed shift from the traditional paleo books we’ve seen lately and are eager to hear more about some of the results its readers will report.

Paleo Resource Roundup

153818048This installment of the Paleo Resource Roundup has us searching the web for easy to follow shopping guides and lists. If you’re a seasoned Paleo pro or new to the paleo diet you’ve probably found yourself wandering aimlessly in the grocery store trying to figure out what IS paleo and and what is NOT.

Check out the sites below. They contain easy to digest (pun intended!) lists and guides that you can print and take with you on your next expedition to the supermarket.

Paleo Shopping Lists

  • Grocery List Paleo Style from Cavemanstrong.com – this is a nice list that you can print and bring with you. Be sure to print the blog page and you can print a larger version of the check list after clicking on it.
  • Robb Wolf’s Shopping List (PDF) – Former research biochemist and one of the world’s leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition, Robb Wolf’s shopping list is a great place to start. While there be sure to check out his blog and his books.
  • Do & Don’t Shopping List from Nutritionator – This resource is part shopping list and part “Do’s & Don’ts” of paleo. While there, be sure to check out Pat’s inspirational story.