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5 Tips to Help You Stay Paleo During the Holidays

December 21st, 2016 | featured, Living, resources

Is this your first holiday season since going Paleo?

Whether you’re participating in our 30-Day Challenge or recently adapted to the Paleo Diet – it can be very difficult to adhere to your new lifestyle during the ‘most wonderful time of the year.

December seems to be full of company parties and family get-togethers that are centered around food and drinks. Our culture encourages us to be ‘Merry!‘ and that usually translates into too much sugar and processed ingredients, and not enough sleep or exercise.

If you’re feeling this Season’s struggle and need some guidance to get through the Holiday guilt-free, check out these 5 tips to help YOU stay Paleo:

  1. Create Awareness
    It’s hard for others to be respectful of your new way of eating if they don’t know about it – So tell them! Take the time to talk to your family, friends and co-workers about your new journey with food and how amazing you feel. Let them know how it has improved your life and how important it is to you to continue to live this way. Ask them for their support and who knows – they might end up joining you and trying Paleo for themselves!
  2. Share Dishes
    Pot-luck parties are the perfect opportunity to introduce other people to the Paleo Diet. Not only will this guarantee you’ll have something to eat at the event, you can expose others to the delicious (and healthy!) foods that you get to eat every day. It’s also a great opportunity to have some fun in the kitchen and take the extra time to prepare a more elaborate dish you wouldn’t usually have time for.
  3. Make Mocktails
    The hardest part about staying Paleo during the holiday seems to be the endless flowing river of libations. Overdoing it on the booze can lead to overeating due to loss of self-control and a little thing called a hangover. Too much alcohol over a longer period of time (i.e. the whole Season) can also lead to weight gain. It’s basically completely counterproductive to everything you’re trying to achieve! If you absolutely want something to sip on during a gathering, try making a ‘mocktail‘ – a cocktail without the liquor. Try experimenting with different herbs, fruits and flavors! My personal favorite is muddled cranberries, mint and club soda – YUM!
  4. Plan Ahead
    Sometimes you just can’t resist Grandma’s non-Paleo Pumpkin pie or your nephews sugar cookies complete with a sweet smile – and that’s OK! You don’t need to punish yourself for veering off the path. But eating too many pieces of pie and too many cookies can set you back huge leaps in your progress. I like to suggest planning ‘Treat Days‘ – specific parties or events that you know for certain you will be indulging. Schedule it and plan accordingly. Do something physical that day to get your body moving and your blood flowing. Hydrate with a lot of water and eat Paleo like you would any other day. Also keep in mind – there are a TON of Paleo-friendly treats that are free of gluten, dairy and processed ingredients. And when the time comes for your treat – Enjoy it! Look at it, smell it and savor every bite.
  5. Pay Attention
    When something is highly palatable (very pleasant to taste) like sugar and other Wintery treats, we tend to have an overwhelming desire to overeat. Sugar sends a signal to our brains to release serotonin (the calming hormone) and dopamine (the reward chemical), which makes us feel happy, excited, and, well, pleased. However, this feeling is short-lived, as our levels come crashing back down once we stop eating. It’s extremely important when indulging in these ‘pleasure foods‘ to pay attention to how you feel. Does your third or fourth bite taste as good as the first one? Are you still eating because you’re hungry and you actually want the food? OR do you feel like you already ‘blew it’ so you might as well finish it? Check in with how you’re feeling emotionally, mentally and physically – you could very well end up eating less than you anticipated!

No matter how you choose to spend your holiday, make sure you continue to take care of yourself by getting lots of sleep, hydrating and exercising. This wonderful time only comes once a year – make the most of it!

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Download our FREE Holiday Paleo Cookbook – full of delicious recipes to try this Season.

Article written by: Andi Petty

Andi is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and Paleo enthusiast. She is currently seeking her PNL1 certification from Precision Nutrition. Read more of her work and connect with Andi here

Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba via Unsplash

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We are super excited to introduce to you our dear friend, Mateo Daniel. He is truly the epitome of “The Playful Warrior”. He brings so much love and energy to everyone he meets and has reminded us of the importance of PLAY in our lives and for our health! I used to think playing was for kiddos and those lucky people that had the luxury of extra time on their hands…now I realize how important it is for us all to PLAY! Life is so much more fun this way!

We love Mateo’s perspective on life, play and movement. Check out the article below!

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December 31st, 2015 | featured, Healthcare, Living

 

This is Part 5 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat

STRESS – The Muffin Top Monster

 

If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

Part 4: GMO…OMG!!

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December 8th, 2015 | Breakfast, Eating, featured
Photo by Julianne Shapery

We are always getting asked for Paleo friendly breakfast ideas. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of always eating the same thing for breakfast. Mix it up!

Here is a quick, easy  and unique breakfast idea full of great protein and fat! Enjoy!

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November 23rd, 2015 | Eating, featured, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!

I can’t wait! It’s my all-time favorite holiday…I love the fall, being with family and of course…the FOOD!!

For many folks the holidays are a time when they throw healthy eating out the window and binge on sweets and unhealthy food. And…typically feel like crap after it’s all said and done.

Well..I am here to tell you can still eat healthy during the holidays AND experience delicious food, WITHOUT feeling awful and realizing you’ve gained an extra 10 pounds going into the New Year. Keep Reading…

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Chicken with Cherries

November 16th, 2015 | Chicken, Eating, featured

 

This is a great dish that gives chicken a little pizazz! And it’s simple with minimal ingredients. Enjoy!

 

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1-1.5 lb chicken breast (4 small breasts)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved (option to buy frozen
  • 1 large bunch of asparagus
  • arugula

 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pound chicken so they are thin (option to buy thin breast). Clean and break ends of asparagus. Place the chicken on a baking dish drizzled lightly with oil. On a separate baking dish, place the asparagus and drizzle lightly with oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
Chop shallot. In a small bowl add shallots, red wine vinegar, oil and cherries. Place chicken on top of a large handful of arugula and add the cherry mixture. Serve with asparagus.

Recipe by Tami Monaghan

 

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This is Part 4 of 5 in the series: 5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat

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If you missed the previous posts in this series you can check them out at the links below:

Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels

Part 2: Poor Gut Health

Part 3: Obesogens…Obes-o-what?

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Obesogens …Obese-o-what?

Endocrine disruptors, also known as “OBESOGENS”, are lurking all around us and may be a key factor in making America FAT and SICK.  As you may realize, obesity is an epidemic and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes continue to escalate.

So…what role do obesogens play?

Obesogens are environmental toxins found in food, water, insecticides, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. that negatively affect metabolism and may predispose some to weight gain. They mimic our own hormones and confuse or disrupt natural hormone production.

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This is Part 2 of 5 in the series:  5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat.

If you missed Part 1: Low Vitamin D Levels, you can check it out HERE.

We will be discussing Part 3-5 in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss it!

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September 28th, 2015 | featured, Healthcare, Living, Practical Living

 

If you are having trouble shedding those extra pounds and the scale just won’t budge….I recommend turning your focus towards these 5 often overlooked factors that could be secretly sabotaging your weight loss goals.

Yes…diet and exercise are key components in losing weight, having a rockin’ body and feeling awesome. But…there is much more to the equation that people don’t realize.  Many people dial in their nutrition using a Paleo, whole-food approach and lose tons of weight, and others lose some weight…but not as much as they hoped for. And for those people…there are likely other factors holding you back.

This may be just the information you need to squeeze into that stunning, black dress you’ve been avoiding because it’s a little too snug and exposes your lumps, bumps and rolls OR give you the confidence to strut your stuff in that sexy bikini you bought as an incentive to lose weight (and is currently buried in the bottom of your underwear drawer).

Wouldn’t that be awesome!

What’s even more awesome is that all these factors…if addressed and improved upon…not only help with weight loss, but also help with improved overall health, well-being and disease prevention!!

5 Hidden Causes That Could Be Making You Fat:

1) Low Vitamin D Levels

2) Poor Gut Health

3) Obesogens…Obese-o-what?

4) GMO…OMG!

5) Stress: The Muffin Top Monster

We are going to start this week looking at how Low Vitamin D Levels may be associated with weight gain and will cover the rest of the 4 in upcoming posts.

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