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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Don’t wait till the last second- make sure you have snacks on hand or start preparing for a meal before you’re starving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Focus on reducing stress- I’m not great at meditating but today I’ll take 15 minutes and try my best to meditate.
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.
A New Year will be here before you know it and it’s important to start it off right. To do that you need a plan of action and to make a plan you need to know what your end goals are. So lets work on setting some goals.
As you prepare your goals for the New Year especially the ones that are health related there a few ways you can look at it, you could have a goal focused on loosing weight, on improving your fitness, or even eating better. It could even be a combination of the three.
With whatever goal or goals you choose you should make sure they have these 3 success factors in common.
They’re specific- they are clearly defined. For example, “I will lose 10 pounds or I will eat no wheat”.
They have a time frame- you can provide a date by which you plan to achieve your goal or a specific time frame.
A list of actionable steps to achieve your goal- you can create a list of steps you need to complete to reach your end goal, each step should have an action associated with it.
When setting your health goal or goals for the New Year make sure they adhere to the 3 success factors. As a final note about selecting your goals, make sure that you don’t exceed 2 or 3 goals total. The more goals you have the less likely you are to complete them because of a lack of focus. The best practice is to pick one goal and go for it.
No holiday would be complete without a favorite dish or meal. To help celebrate this year we’ve pulled our top 9 favorite recipes perfect for a holiday meal to share with you. These recipes are exactly what you need to serve the perfect paleo holiday meal.