If you’re like the majority of kickass women out there, you’re always out and about running errands, commuting to work, taking the kids to practice, getting groceries, etc. Such a hectic schedule lends itself to crappy eating, and crappy eating lends itself to completely sabotaging your healthy lifestyle, not to mention your waistline.
I don’t want this to happen to you so here are some tips and tricks I learned for keeping up with a Paleo lifestyle in the midst of a busy life.
1. Keep snacks on you: Always, always, always keep Paleo friendly snacks in the car or in your purse (you may need a cooler). I recommend things like a bag of nuts or a bag of seeds, granola bars (Paleo-approved, not the sweet, half-chocolate kind), a bag of vegetables or a bag of fresh fruit. Our all-time favorite Paleo-friendly snack in of course our Skinny Cleanse Juices! No sugar is EVER added to our juices-- anything you see on the label is from the goodness of the fruits and leafy greens!
2. Order smart at restaurants: For sit-down restaurants, what you order will depend on what type of restaurant you’re visiting. Here are some examples of meals:
- Bar & Grille: a turkey burger without the bun or sauce and a side salad with boiled eggs and no premade dressing; a chicken sandwich without the bun or sauce with a baked sweet potato on the side (I find coconut oil is a great sub for butter on the potato); or, just a healthy salad loaded with veggies is great too (if they have avocado, that would be even better to add to your salad)
- Breakfast joints: Eggs, eggs and more eggs with some veggies and avocado would be a great option; a large fruit cup would be a nice snack
- Chinese: Grilled veggies and seafood/veggie combos; sushi (if you don’t go crazy on the rice)
- Mexican: Beef or chicken fajitas sans the fajita and loaded with veggies and a side of guacamole
- Italian: Stick with a bare salad with a protein on top
- Steakhouses: Fill up on the steak and veggies and a sweet potato; if you’re feeling dessert, opt for a fruit cup
- Deli: Any type of salad with protein; a protein-filled lettuce wrap; other wraps not made of grains (spinach or tomato, for example)
3. Do your best with what's available to you: Don't over-complicate it, or you will stress yourself out and not enjoy the process of becoming healthier! Sometimes, it just isn’t possible to eat Paleo-approved, so do your best with it and remember – every little step in the right direction, no matter how small, is still a step towards optimal health and your best self.
Arming yourself with the right foods and making them easily available is the first step. I like to keep snacks like the Skinny Cleanse Juices handy-- for before and after workouts, for an impromptu breakfast, for a snack on-the-go, the possibilities are endless!