We are social beings first and foremost and living amongst other people is what makes life interesting. Social connections are not just for mental health, and a point can be made for when having a social life often becomes more important than eating perfect food every time. In other words, sometimes you’ll have to let go of a few principles in the name of being with friends and family.
The good news is that it’s often perfectly feasible to stick to Paleo while having a fun social life at the same time. Today we wanted to give you a few easy tricks on dealing with some common social situations:
Traveling by plane:
Cook up your favorite chicken dish the night before and pack it in a plastic container for the plane. Most people forget that you can bring your own food on a plane as long as it is sealed properly.
In most cases, if you are clear and polite about it, the server will help you find something or modify a dish to suit your needs. Just don’t start explaining the principles behind Paleo to the server, they are not in a head-space to learn about nutrition. If you’re choosing the restaurant, look at the menu or call ahead of time. A good steakhouse is always a good choice.
Sometimes, it’s better to say that you’re not hungry than to start on a discussion about why you’re avoiding so and so foods. Everybody has their own opinion on food and socializing is a time for fun and laughter, not debates. You can always choose to eat before an event, bring snacks, or even your own food along if eating is going to be involved. It takes some willpower, but it does become easier while you are out and about surrounded by a different lifestyle.
Your kids will no doubt learn the importance of eating well, but at the same time kids will be kids and sometimes being too strict about something backfires. Let them to their mistakes and learn on their own. Let them be kids and eat cake at their friend’s birthday party (unless of course they react strongly to gluten in the first place). On the other hand though with kids, it’s often easy enough to prepare something healthy that they’ll absolutely love. Just don’t call it healthy or Paleo and they’ll be perfectly fine with it. A good way to try to have kids eat on the healthier side is to give them a few options of food to have in their lunch or meal and let them choose.(1)
Thursday, May 21st, 2015:
A) Run, Row, Air Dyne, Double Under for 15 Min, Stay moving the entire time
- Front Squat BW – From Rack
- Push Jerk
- DB Bent Over Rows
7 Min AMRAP:
- 30 Mountain Climbers
- 10 Weighted Step Ups (53/25)
Rest 2 Minutes
7 Min AMRAP:
- 100 Yard Farmers Carry Jog (53/25)
- 10 DB Deadlift