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8 Ways to Party – and Keep it Paleo

It’s that time of year again where the party season is in full flow. It’s a time where everyone should be in good spirits, surrounding themselves with great food, music, and most importantly, great company. It can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to stay on track with your Paleo lifestyle at this time of the year, especially if your family and friends aren’t as conscious about their health as you are. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can stay on your path to better health, whilst not missing out on any of the enjoyment of the holiday season.

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1. Be careful at the buffet

This one is self explanatory, but if you’re at a social event hosted by a non Paleo friend or family, the chances are the buffet table will be laden with gluten, sugar, and countless additives. If you’re hungry and don’t want to miss out on the social connection of eating with friends, head straight for the crudités. Filling your plate with crunchy raw vegetables will help you stay sociable and have a full plate at the same time. You may be lucky and find some nice meats, hardboiled eggs, and maybe even some salted nuts. Just watch out for anything swimming in sauce, as its most probably ‘enhanced’ with sugar and some kind of thickening agent.

Sometimes it can come across rude asking ‘can you check the ingredients in that?’ or ‘are those sausages gluten free?’ – so it’s best to stick to the food you know will be safe. If you’re really concerned there will be nothing for you to eat, tip number 2 is something worth bearing in mind.

2.    Eat before you leave

If you don’t want to risk being gluten bombed at the buffet, I’d recommend eating a good meal before you leave. It might mean changing around your meal times slightly, but it’s much better to leave the house knowing you have eaten well, rather than fret about the lack of healthy options when you arrive. If there is anything suitable for you, then hey, it’s a bonus!

3.    Experiment with IF

If you’ve never tried Intermittent Fasting before, now could be as good a time as ever. If you’re going to be travelling to visit relatives, or at long events where there may be a lack of good food options, why not try incorporating a 12 – 24 hour fast into your day?

4.    Paleo cocktails

If you’re at a social event where the drinks are flowing, you may be presented with a lack of options. If you want to stay alcohol free, there are plenty of great non alcoholic cocktails you can make. Equally, a sparkling water with some ice and a wedge of lime is refreshing and looks sociable.

If you want to treat yourself to a drink or two, do so. You deserve it. Just stay away from the beer and high sugar mixers if you can. Your best choices would be red or white wine, but if you’re in the mood for spirits, look towards cocktails made with tequila or rum. Try and mix them with low sugar options like sparkling water or vegetable based juices to avoid blood sugar crashes. Dark rum and coconut water is incredibly refreshing, and the electrolytes in the coconut water will counteract the dehydrating effect of the alcohol.

5.    Throw your own

If you really can’t face a non Paleo party, why not throw your own instead? You don’t have to make a big fuss about the health benefits of your food – simply serve up lots of tasty meat, veggies, and Paleo friendly drinks and nibbles. You’ll be able to spend good quality time with your friends and family, whilst being able to enjoy clean, wholesome food at the same time. Chances are, they’ll be none the wiser either!

6.    Take advantage of the extra free time with long walks

We know how important it is to move often, so try and incorporate a good amount of movement into your day where you can. If you can’t get to a gym, you can’t beat a long walk with friends or family. Alternatively, head to your local park in the morning for a few sprints and pull ups using tree branches. You’ll have some extra free time (hopefully!) so put it to good use with a bit of exercise every day.

7.    Sleep well

Again, take advantage of the extra free time and focus on getting some good quality sleep. Aim for at least 8 hours a night, and as you have no work to set an alarm for, wake up when the sun wakes up to reset your circadian rhythm.

8.    Don’t worry too much!

Last but not least, if you do fall off track, don’t beat yourself up about it. Wake up the next morning, and get back on the Paleo wagon. After all, you have eaten healthily for the other 364 days of the year – we’re all entitled to ‘off’ days every now and then. Simply put it to the back of your mind and move on. The most important thing about this time of the year is the people you spend it with, and a bit of a slip up every now and then won’t hurt you.

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How To Kick Off A Healthy (Paleo) New Year

A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. Whether you want to finally lose some weight, get fit or get on top of some health issues – there’s no time like today – right now – to dive into the Paleo Diet

Where To Start

Have you got any lingering treats left from the festive season? Instead of promising to get stuck into a healthy regime, just as soon as you finish that last box of chocolates, throw it away! Your body will thank you for it.

The best way to start is, well – to actually start! Throw yourself right into it.

Organise

Sit down and plan your menu for the next week, meal by meal, then shop for everything you need. If it’s in your fridge or pantry it’s easy to prepare some great Paleo meals

Look through paleo websites and paleo cookbooks for inspiration for delicious meal ideas. Experimenting in the kitchen is a great way not to get bored. Paleo is no reason to have a bland, boring diet!

Whenever you cook, make at least double what you need. You can take the rest into work for lung the following day, or freeze for future dinners when you don’t have time to cook.

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New to Paleo?

If you’ve not yet started a Paleo diet before, depending on how you ate before, you may get “carb flu” as your body adjusts to fewer carbohydrates. You can go cold turkey into Paleo (and remind yourself how much better you’re going to feel once you acclimatise) – or you can slowly transition into a paleo diet, gradually reducing grains.

The initial period of following the paleo diet is a great time to read as much as you can about this lifestyle. It’s great to understand why it works so well. When changing the way you eat, you’re also likely to get a lot of questions from family and friends – so being well read up on Paleo comes in very handy

Unfit?

Instead of launching straight into a hardcore fitness routine, it’s often great to start slowly. Walking is one of the best ways to increase your fitness, with the added benefit of fresh air and sunshine.

Weight to lose?

If you have weight to lose, Paleo is a great place to start. Once you reach a plateau – it’s time to change things up a little. Some people have great results with techniques like low carb (or even nutritional ketosis) or intermittent fasting. Everyone is different, so it’s important to find out what works for you

Where are you right now? Are you new to Paleo, or needing to refocus? What are your health aims for this brand new year? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

It’s nearly the end of the yea, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions! Other than the usual quitting smoking* here are my Paleo related goals for next year. I’d love to hear yours too!

Sleep

I’m realising more and more how important sleep is. It impacts everything. No matter how well you eat and how fit you are – without adequate sleep it often feels somewhat futile. So my plan is to allow myself a nine hour sleep window at least five nights a week. If I wake up early, I didn’t need it! I will try to do this every night – but have to be realistic about those days when I have no option but to get early (typically to travel for work)

Ferment

Fermented food is so beneficial and I really need to make more time to prepare things like sauerkraut and kombucha! I’d like to have something fermented in my paleo diet every week – and also find a good kimchi recipe!

Offal

Another thing I’m not so good at is including Offal in my Paleo Diet. I plan to make an effort to consume things like liver, heart and kidneys on a regular basis. I think creating a good Pâté recipe will be a great way to do this.

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Sun

I’m also going to pay much closer attention to my Vitamin D levels in the new year, so will have my levels tested more frequently and make sure I either get 20 minutes of sun exposure each day – or take a vitamin D3 supplement as close to midday as possible.

Organise

Towards the end of the year my organisation got worse and worse! I’m going to make sure I’m more organised and bring in my lunch each day – instead of spending my lunch breaks searching the city for something Paleo!

I’d love to hear your New Year’s Resolutions. What are you going to start doing, do less of and stop doing altogether? Please share in the comments below

*I’m only joking. I’ve never been a smoker!

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How To Recover From An Un Paleo Christmas

How’s your Paleo diet going this Christmas?

Did you keep it Paleo, or did all the SAD traditional food get the better of you this Christmas?

No matter what your intentions or plans, at this time of year it can be easy to get swept along with family and friends – and find yourself eating all the foods you’d normally avoid. Be it tradition, peer pressure or a one off – at this time of year above all others – it’s easy to fall off the Paleo wagon.

So what now if your Paleo diet has gone by the wayside?

How does it make you feel? Chances are a rare gluten exposure will make you feel far worse than it would have before you went gluten-free. Once you get gluten out of your system, a one off exposure often seems to have a far bigger impact that it did when you regularly ate gluten-laced food. If you’re used to a relatively low carb diet a sudden influx of sugar can leave you feeling moody, tired and lacking in energy – and above all crave another sugar hit. A vicious circle you don’t want to get into!

 

Perhaps you’re thinking that as you’ve been eating un-Paleo, you might as well continue until the weekend? Or New Year? Or until those cakes and chocolates the neighbours brought have finished?

But the best course of action is to get straight back onto your Paleo diet. If you can’t bear to throw away the remaining non-Paleo food – give it away to your non-Paleo friends or neighbours! Remove the temptation.

Bone broths are a great nourishing way to get back into a good dietary routine – particularly if you’ve had a bad reaction to a gluten exposure.

How was your Christmas? Did you keep it Paleo? I’d love to hear your comments below.

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