Christmas season is upon us, and our calendars are filled with celebrations – whether that be with family, friends, or work colleagues. With food and drink being the centre of so many parties, it can be hard to stay paleo. Here are our top tips on how to survive those festive functions and still stay paleo.
I try to fill myself up by eating a paleo meal before an event. That way I’m not ravishing hungry and it’s much easier to say a polite “no thank you” to the canapes when they come around. If there are paleo options (vege platter, nuts, meats, fruit etc) then awesome, that’s an added bonus!
“If it’s a work function, I have a quiet word to the organiser to mention my dietary preferences – often it’s an easy switch to a more paleo friendly option. If there is a set menu from the restaurant or caterer then I ask to look over it and see what I can and can’t have prior to the plate being put in front of me – which means making paleo choices are much easier”
This year for our family Christmas I’ve offered to bring different dishes (like one of these salads) to contribute to the main meal. That way I can ensure I’ve got something paleo friendly to eat, I can relax and enjoy myself knowing I’m staying on track. You could even offer to host your own gathering – then you have complete control over what’s served
“It’s a party, it’s summer – and we all know that generally means drinks will be involved. If I’ve made the decision to have an alcoholic one (rather than my standard soda water and lime) then I’ll opt for a paleo-friendly option (read more here) like red wine, or a cocktail with potato vodka or tequila”
At the end of the day, you need to go easy on yourself. If you choose the event to be a worthwhile time to go “offtrack” on your paleo diet, then do it! Indulge and enjoy yourself. If you’ve done a Whole30 or tested out non-paleo foods before, then you will know which foods you can relax about and which ones are an absolute no-go for your body. Make choices that won’t wreck your digestive system for days and go for it. Just ensure you get back to your regular eating the following day.