7 Health Tips for the New Year

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Let’s start the New Year off well, shall we?!

Here are our Top 7 Health Tips to support you in starting this year off healthier than ever:

#1 Hydrate.

Especially after consuming sugar and alcohol over the holiday season, it’s essential to drink plenty of water to help your cells cleanse and function optimally.

Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (room temperature water is easier for your body to utilize!)

#2 Clear your pantry.

Go through your pantry and get rid of (donate preferably) old foods and unhealthy foods.
Make space for the new and the healthy and eliminate temptations.

#3 Stock up.

It’s a whole lot easier to make healthy decisions when you have healthy options available to snack on – stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts, and carry them with you everywhere you go.

#4 Read labels.

You might be horrified at what food manufacturers sneak into food products, but the first step to all change is awareness, so take the time to check the labels before you buy.

#5 Choose quality.

Since we’re Paleo we believe in the value of meat in the human diet, but there’s a BIG difference between processed, antibiotic ridden, cage-raised meat and natural grass-finished meat. (The same applies to fruits and vegetables.)

You’ve probably heard the saying “You are what your food eats” – it’s so true and worth pondering. Choose wisely!

#6 Know the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished.

Many food labels aren’t well monitored and marketing is everything these days, so food manufacturers are quick to label foods with the latest and greatest trend. Be careful what you believe and check the facts. Most grass-fed meat is actually grain-finished!

#7 When implementing dietary changes, stick to them for at least 21 days.

It takes 21 days to form a habit that you’ll stick to, but it also takes time for your body to get rid of unhealthy foods and feel the benefits of the healthier foods you introduce, so don’t rush the transformation – give your body the time it deserves and truly embrace the lifestyle changes you make.

BONUS TIP:

We couldn’t share our top health tips for the New Year and leave out Paleo Cleanse!! If you’ve done our 30-Day Cleanse already, now’s a great time to redo it and kick-start your health this year. And if you haven’t yet tried our Cleanse, grab yourself a copy over on Amazon or your nearest bookstore and give it a try! We walk you through more tips, meal plans and so much more, to help you detox, lose weight and supercharge your health.

Here’s to a healthy and abundant New Year! 

Camilla Carboni & Melissa Van Dover

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Quick And Fantastic Paleo Cookies

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It’s that time of year again…the holidays! In celebration we decided to open up our Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies cookbook and start baking. It smells delicious here and we hope you’ll join us in baking some fabulous cookies.

You can grab your copy of our Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies cookbook on Amazon. The best part you ask? It’s free!

Happy Baking!
Cookies Cookies

Now it’s time to dig out our coconut milk and enjoy these wonderful beauties. We’d love to see what you baked up this holiday season. Share your pictures and stories with us on Twitter @ThePaleoPact or Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holidays!

Melissa Van Dover

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Mediterranean Dinner Menu

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I’ve been on a Mediterranean kick lately when it comes to my meal choices. Thankfully we have several paleo-Mediterranean recipes on the blog. To show case these fantastic meal options we’ve put together a menu of delicious recipes.

This menu is perfect for a dinner party or even a themed dinner for the family.

Mediterranean Dinner Menu

  1. 5 Minute Olive Tapenade– A great start to a fantastic meal.
  2. Mediterranean Gnocchi– A great starter or main course.
  3. Paleo Tzatziki Sauce– The perfect sauce to dress your gyros.
  4. Paleo Garlic Naan– This may have been created from Indian inspiration but it’s the perfect wrap for your gyros.
  5. Beef Gyros, Lamb Gyros & Chicken Gyros– It’s your choice but let us warn you…all options are delicious!
  6. Date Orange Loaf– Of course we can’t end without something sweet.

We hope you enjoy this menu as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

Happy Dining!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Summer Picnic Menu

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Nothing says summer like a picnic. So to celebrate the start to this summer we’ve compiled a simple but delicious summer picnic menu. These dishes will delight your taste buds. They also travel great so they’ll be intact when you make it to your perfect picnic spot. We hope your summer is a wonderful one.

Paleo Summer Picnic Menu

  1. Paleo Fruit Basket– Design your own fruit basket and load it up with the bounty of summer!
  2. Paleo Smoked Salmon Wraps– Bring your wraps and a container of ingredients, and make your wraps on location.
  3. Simple Tuna Wraps– You can keep these as wraps or serve it as a tuna salad. Both options are delicious.
  4. Paleo Energy Bars– These bars will give you a nutritious boost but they’re also fantastic as a dessert.
  5. Baked Apple Chips– These chips are delicious, will fill you up and pair well with most dishes.

For other great picnic recipe ideas take a look through our blog. We hope you enjoy your picnic and time outdoors.

Happy Summer!

Melissa Van Dover

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Valentine’s Day Treat Menu

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Nothing says “I Love You” like a specially baked, homemade treat. When it comes to baking paleo, many people are worried that it’s too much work or too difficult of a task. We’ve made it simple for you by compiling a list of treats for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. These treats are delicious, but more importantly they’re simple and easy to make.

Take a look at our treat menu below! We’ve got something for everyone this Valentine’s Day.

Treat Menu

  1. Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies– If you’re looking for a cookie this is the place to find it. This book is packed with amazing paleo cookie recipes.
  2. Chocolate Date Nut Balls– Delicious, easy to make and packed with goodness.
  3. Chocolate Sauce– Lets be honest. What’s Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate?
  4. Valentine’s Peaches– If you’re not big on baking or cooking, this is simple and very easy!
  5. Paleo Chocolate Pudding– For those chocolate lovers.
  6. Salted-Chocolate Brownies- These are delicious and soon to be a favorite…

If you didn’t find what you were looking for here, don’t worry. Take a look through our blog and we’re certain you’ll find something that fits both your valentine’s and your taste buds. Have fun baking and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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The Perfect Holiday Dinner

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Are you planning a holiday feast in the next few weeks? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’re here to help and have compiled some great Paleo recipe options to fill any holiday feast menu. These recipes are simple, quick and of course…Paleo! All you have to do is select your favorite recipes from each section. You’ll have the perfect holiday dinner whipped up in no time!

Paleo Recipes For The Perfect Holiday Dinner:

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! As always, we’d love to hear from you, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Holidays,

Melissa Van Dover

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The Three Course Paleo Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of the year again…the holidays are here! Which means that it’s time to get your chef hat on and do your best when it comes to maintaining your Paleo lifestyle. Though it can seem overwhelming when it comes to preparing for your holiday feasts it doesn’t have to be.

To keep things simple for you we’ve compiled a three course Paleo Thanksgiving feast. These recipes will make your Thanksgiving preparations quick, simple and Paleo. We may have also added some additional “optional” recipes…just incase three courses won’t cut it!

The Three Course Paleo Thanksgiving:

  1. Paleo Sausage and Fruit Stuffing– Lets be honest, you can’t do Thanksgiving without stuffing.
  2. Lemon Butter Chicken Roast– This recipe can easily be adjusted for turkey, simple update the cooking temp, time and seasoning portions based on the size of your turkey.
  3. Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie– The perfect end to a delicious feast!

Of course, sometimes three items simply isn’t enough for a feast. Here are a few other optional recipes to bolster your Thanksgiving meal…

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! As always, we’d love to hear from you, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Holidays,

Melissa Van Dover

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