Hello everyone. Welcome to yet another edition of my Paleo diet food tips on making the transition. As many already know, there are certain factors that make it difficult to stick to Paleo diet.
In the previous article, I have discussed to you how to stay Paleo in a non-Paleo world. This is somewhat a continuation of that discussion.
There are other elements that we need to identify, recognize and determine the solution, since these factors play a vital role in the whole transition process.
I happened to talk to a number of people trying out Paleo – with some attaining highly impressive success and others who fell off the wagon so to speak. Here are the feedbacks I got from these individuals on major Paleo diet food roadblocks and my personal suggestions on how you can possibly overcome them:
Dealing With Negativity And Judgment
Unfortunately, this is something that you cannot entirely avoid. Much like politics and religion, food choices are commonly open for discussion and often scrutinized by some. There are individuals out there that will give you their piece of opinion whether you like it or not. It’s part of the human nature. So don’t be overly surprised if people give you unsolicited advices and judge you on your decision to embrace Paleo diet food.
So what can you do about them? Here are some suggestions:
- Don’t make it a public knowledge. You don’t actually have to explain and tell everyone you are on the special diet. By going on a stealth mode so to speak, you will be able to cut down about 90% of the negativity that you don’t really need to deal with in the first place.
- Don’t label your lifestyle. The great thing about Paleo diet food, unlike other forms of diet, you can make food choices without directing too much attention to yourself. The practical thing to do is not to label your diet and lifestyle choice as this will only polarize people. It’s either they are curious about it, in agreement with it or feel strongly against it.
It is understandable that the Concept of Paleo diet food has a polarizing effect as it is basically based on evolution. By labeling and telling everyone why you do this and avoid that, you are openly inviting them to argue and challenge your choices. The fact is, you don’t have to.
- Come up with a generic explanation. You are bound to come across questions about your food choices sooner or later. The trick here is to answer the question without inviting further inquisition. Make it something nice and simple such as, “I’m trying to embrace a healthier diet and decided to cut out processed food.” or “It’s just convenient on my part.”
Avoiding Judging Non-Paleo Individuals
Like a newfound religion, there are people out there who can’t help but act high and mighty about sticking to Paleo diet food.
While discovering and embracing Paleo is certainly something that you can celebrate about, it’s not a platform to look down on other people, especially ones that deal with health and weight issues.
Keep in mind that people generally make choices and decisions to the best of their ability to the best of what they know. Resist the urge to launch a lecture on this and that. Instead, focus your energies on becoming a role model. Allow people to notice the chances and ask you what you have been up to. It’s easier to influence people that way.
Eating Out And Socializing
Now I have to say, I have to agree eating out can be a real challenge. But it’s not something that should give you an excuse not to stick to Paleo diet food choices. Here are some suggestions:
- Conduct your research ahead of time. If are planning dinner at an unfamiliar restaurant, do your research to check out their menu. Most restaurants have their own website, so you can easily check their food and decide in advance.
- Visualize. Okay, this may sound weird but early on to my transition, I was quite apprehensive about eating out and making myself vulnerable to temptation. I realized that sooner or later I will need to learn to face the challenge. What I found effective is visualizing in advance how I should decline and resist offers of bread, pasta and other desserts. This strategy actually works for me. It’s a great way to mentally prepare yourself.
- Practice Saying “No, Thank You.” You don’t need to launch an elaborate explanation or make a ceremony out of the whole thing. Learn to decline gracefully, possibly without any explanation, unless they would ask.
Choosing What To Eat While In A Rush
When you are hungry and in a hurry, it can be difficult to see past reasons and go out of your way to stick to Paleo diet food choices. So how do you go about it?
- Make Paleo diet food snacks on advance.
- Prepare bulk meals in advance.
- Have nuts conveniently available.
- Cook hard boiled eggs in large batches.
So there you have it. These are just a few common roadblocks that make sticking to Paleo diet food a real challenge. I hope you will find my suggestions helpful in transitioning and sticking to Paleo lifestyle.