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My biggest challenges living Paleo and how I overcome them

  1. Eating out! I have an outside sales job that pretty much requires I eat out everyday! Yikes! It’s a recipe for disaster for someone who refuses to eat the Standard American Diet. I kind of feel like Sally from the movie “When Harry Met Sally” with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. I am ALWAYS asking for something to be either omitted or added to my order. The good news, most restaurants are very accommodative. They want you to be satisfied with your meal so you will return! Many restaurants these days have a gluten free menu. If they do not, they do typically have the ability to ask the chef/ cook if something can be made gluten free. Food allergies are so common now, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK!
  2. Eating on the go! A busy Mom constantly running from place to place. Having snacks to grab and go is a must! Solution, stock up! Some of my go-to grab and go snacks are: Jerky, nuts and/or seeds, Steve’s Original grainless granola bars, a piece of fruit, hard boiled eggs, kelp or seaweed chips, and if I know I am going to run to get a hard workout I will have a Lara bar. Lara bars have a high sugar content but it is all raw fruit and nuts.
  3. My kids “Frankenfood” taste buds. Unfortunately my kids did not grow up eating Paleo any more than I did. While I tried to feed them healthy food, healthy food had a different definition for me when they were little. Low fat options and fruit juice seemed to be the answer then. Not to mention, my sympathetic, “Oh, they’re just kids, that’s what kids like. Gotta get them to eat something!” got the better of me. Now, they have this thing called a will of their own and they are very vocal about expressing their dissatisfaction with the lack of junk food in the house. I admit I still buy them a few snack foods, but it is not much and once it is gone, it is gone. I am working toward eliminating all crap from the house but admittedly, I have gone the route of weaning them from it rather than the cold turkey approach. I may try some sort do reward system for making healthier food choices. An apple, over a cookie. A piece of my homemade beef jerky over, chexmix, etc. Not sure of the reward yet. We’ll see how it goes, I’ll keep you posted
  4. Eating as a guest at someone’s home. This one can be tough. The last thing you want to do is insult your host. If you know the hosts well enough be honest about your eating habits, let them know. Most hosts will want you to enjoy yourself and will make sure there is something you can eat. Otherwise, eat a little something before you go so you are not ravenous and won’t feel the need to gorge on the gluten and sugar ridden fare. My worst nightmare is pizza or lasagna, lots of grains and dairy, neither of which do I want anymore. I keep my fingers crossed there is a salad in there somewhere too! But honestly, there is something to be said for just making the most appealing choice of the food options you have and don’t stress about it! This is a lifestyle remember, not a short term diet. One meal out of many won’t really hurt you, just do your best to reduce the damage while you are there.
  5. The skeptics. Very few people have heard of this lifestyle. They think it is this new diet fad and have no concept of the difference between a diet and a lifestyle! I get the rolled eyeballs sometimes. But hey, those people are very few and most of my loved ones and friends are just happy I am feeling so much better.

That’s about it. I can’t even make it a top ten list. You would think I would be missing all the things I used to crave before and that would be the biggest challenge. And to be honest, maybe the first 2 weeks it was a little tough (especially caffeine) but the longer I went without the Crap the less I even found it appealing. Now I’m a pro at ordering in restaurants, I always have a supply of grab and go options and I’m learning grain free recipes for muffins etc for breakfast. (I’ll post some of my favorites soon) and the kid thing is a work in progress.. Plenty of fodder there for a post on its own!

Addendum to my Top 10 Ten reasons why I LOVE my Paleo lifestyle

I thought of 2 more so now it’s a Top 12 list! ๐Ÿ™‚

11. No more chronic headaches! I had these awful blood sugar headaches and stress headaches……gone!
12. My severe respiratory inflammation/allergies ……gone!

Pretty cool, huh?

Until next time,

~ Laura

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  1. Lisa says:

    Laura, I love your blog and love all of the tips. Although I don’t do the Paleo lifestyle, I am always trying to eat low carb and no sugar. I don’t think I can give up dairy and healthy grains yet but I do limit them. My biggest challenge is finding time to make snacks and healthy meals from scratch. That’s why I love the recipes you post. Keep up the good work!

  2. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

    • momgonepaleo says:

      Wow! Thank you so much for your comment. I am sorry for the delayed reply. For some reason this ended up in a spam folder. I have no idea how to add a donate button, but I am looking into it. I am very new to the technology of all this. Thank you for the suggestion and for thinking enough of the content to even suggest it. I can use all the help I can get to get the word out so thank you very much for your support!

      ~ Laura, MGP

    • momgonepaleo says:

      Hello there! I don’t know your name but I wanted to thank you for your suggestion to add a donate button. I added one on as a separate page because I couldn’t figure out how to get it on my side bar! Technology is not my strength. So thank you so much for your encouragement!

      ~ Laura, Mom Gone Paleo.

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