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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The Case For Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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We have comfort zones for a reason. They help protect us from bad things and fulfill our need to be safe and grounded. For this reason comfort zones are great, however with everything there is a good and a bad. The bad with comfort zones is that they can lead us to being complacent and to act without thinking.

Complacency and acting without thinking are major contributors to becoming out of shape, having a poor diet and being generally unhealthy.

So it makes sense that if you find yourself in any state of living unhealthy that you may want to make a change and such a change will push you outside of your comfort zone. In this instance you have a great cause for stepping outside your comfort zone, that being said it could still be intimidating and scary. So to help make this change less intimidating we have 5 tips that will make stepping outside of your comfort zone to become a better you less overwhelming.

The 5 tips are…

  1. Don’t do it by yourself, find someone to join your on your journey to a healthier you. In the Paleo Cleanse we call this an accountability buddy.
  2. Have a plan. A guideline can be really helpful when you’re reaching for a health goal, spend a few minutes writing out what you plan to do.
  3. Get some help from those who have done it themselves. In the Paleo Cleanse we share our journey to health, listening to others who have been through the same experience will help to alleviate stress regarding your journey to a new you.
  4. Take it one day at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the stress you may feel as you step outside your comfort zone and change will take time to ease.
  5. Keep the end prize in mind. Whenever you have doubts remember what you’re fighting for, it will keep you going.

Stepping outside your comfort zone can be intimidating but rewarding. This is especially true when we’re doing so to find a healthier version of yourself.

Happy Transformation!

Melissa Van Dover

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7 Tips For Paleo Living While Traveling

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Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling is a challenge. Let’s be honest, often times when we’re traveling it’s difficult to stay on track. Especially if you’re running around to meetings or have limited food options, lets say if you’re stuck in a theme park.

Don’t worry though, maintaining your paleo diet while traveling isn’t impossible. It just takes a little more work and determination.

The top 7 tips for staying paleo while traveling:

  1. Don’t wait till the last second- make sure you have snacks on hand or start preparing for a meal before you’re starving.
  2. Stay hydrated- often times we get so caught up with what we’re doing when we’re traveling that we forget to drink water. Your body can confuse thirst for hunger, so make sure you stay hydrated.
  3. Visit the grocery store- buying snacks or food from a restaurant or the hotel gift shop can be expensive and often times there are no paleo options. Take a half hour break and run to the local grocery store and pick up some fruits and nuts to stay on track.
  4. Preview the restaurant menu- before you go out to lunch or dinner spend 5 minutes online and find the best paleo option for your meal.
  5. Keep it simple- when you eat out keep it simple, vegetables and protein are always a safe bet. If you don’t know what to get order a steak, chicken breast or fish fillet and pair it with some veggies.
  6. Start off right- you’re much more likely to stay on track throughout the day if you start it off right. Make sure to eat a paleo breakfast and get in your morning exercise, you’ll be much more likely to stay on track for the rest of the day.
  7. Think about your options- it’s so easy to say that you can’t, before you get their think about your options and think about what you can control. You’ll be amazed at what you can actual control if you don’t count yourself out right away.

Maintaining your paleo lifestyle while you’re traveling isn’t impossible, it just takes a little extra work. Don’t give up before you’ve started, you’ll be amazed at how manageable it actually it is.

Here’s To Staying Paleo!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Cleanse Reset

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Can you believe we’re almost a third of the way through 2016? I can’t. If you’re like me then the time has surely flown by and maybe a few of your goals have found their way off track. Now is a good time to take a second look at your goals and find your way back to the path that will help you accomplish them.

One of the first goals that tend to go off track for people is their diet and health focused goals. This is because these goals require daily commitment and a day or two off can easily derail months of hard work.

If this is the case for you, don’t worry. The Paleo Cleanse was set up to help in these instances, it is a 30 day commitment that was created to help you get back on track with eating and living well. Committing to the cleanse for these 30 days will help you break any bad habits you’ve created or fallen back to since the beginning of the year.

If you’re ready to get back on track or need help keeping on progress with your goals, commit to the 30 day, Paleo Cleanse. As always we’re here to help you on your journey.

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Happy Reading!

Melissa Van Dover

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A New Year, A New You

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It’s the New Year! Even after two weeks it’s still hard to believe that another year has gone by and a new one has started. Every year the transition into a new year seems to creep up on me and then fly by before I even realize what has happened.

I’m encouraging you to set aside time right now and think about your coming year, because we know we won’t actually do it later like we say we will. A New Year offers so many possibilities, you can adopt a new look, start a solid exercise plan, do better at eating well, basically become a new person. So what are you going to do to become a new you?

Pick three things to focus on this year that will help you become a new you, a you that is more inline with your goals and dreams. Then do one thing today for each of those areas of focus. To help you with this I’ll show you my focuses and tasks.

The three things I will do to become a new me this year…

  1. Focus more on my yoga practice- today I’ll go to the hot yoga class I haven’t had time for, for the past week.
  2. Focus on reducing stress- I’m not great at meditating but today I’ll take 15 minutes and try my best to meditate.
  3. Focus on enjoying the moment- today I will go for a walk and not spend the whole walk thinking about what I need to do when I make it home but instead enjoy being outside and having time to myself.

Now it’s your turn. Don’t over think it, just write down what’s on your mind, there is no right or wrong answer here. Now tomorrow do one thing towards each of your areas of focus and so on. This are slightly different than health goals because they are broader, don’t need to be as defined and don’t need to be health specific.

Happy New You!

Melissa Van Dover

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