You can’t always be 100% Paleo or Primal… or whatever your diet requires; least of all on holiday or dining out. It is very difficult for most people to find grass fed meats, even when wanting to cook at home. (adapted from content in post – Primal eating in Bali)
Chicken thighs – marinated in Tamari and weber smoked
So i don’t panic if it’s not Paleo and you shouldn’t either. The health aspects of simply eating meat (albeit probably grain fed) with vegetables is a darn sight better option than the weight i might gain (with the associated health problems) from eating a lot of heavy processed carbs like bread, pasta and white rice. However, there are fish and eggs too, so there are always choices. You don’t want to be obsessive about this, but simply conscious. You can always improve your diet when and as you learn of better choices and suppliers of these foods. On holiday, don’t worry about it at all, just focus on eating low glycemic carbs and eating good proteins when you can find it. You have to be careful with seafood but fillet fish is 99% of the time safe for me and should be for most people.
My diet does have a heavy Paleo basis but no one is watching me. I am not on it and off it, i simply follow a guide of eating. Thats all Paleo and Primal is, a guide. I occasionally introduce legumes or gluten free grains in a small way into my diet – namely green beans and spelt toast on the occasional mornings. I avoid dairy more than legumes or grains because i don’t do well on it. But i have a dollop of milk in my tea sometimes and the occasional parmesan cheese in a salad. No ice-cream ever, it blocks my sinuses like a Bali drain. I also drink the occasional soy latte when i don’t feel like a long black (americano) – and I am not concerned about the estrogen aspects of soy as it is one glass in a week. I also have a teaspoon of brown sugar in coffee at times and i regularly have a beer, but more often wine. All these things i do mildly compared to my overall diet of meat, veggies, nuts and fruit. I use an 80/20 rule – 80% Paleo and 20% outside this.
Pork Scotch Fillet – weber smoked with mild salt
The key to all this eating we all seem to have trouble with, is to let yourself still enjoy not so good things (20%), but MOST of the time (80%), be good to yourself by making good food choices during the main meal times. Snacking is hard when away – i tend to eat nuts or fibrous fruit at home. During holidays i do nibble on peanuts or corn chips when times are tough, but i can always find fruit! Just don’t eat a whole packet of whatever you start on! Drink plenty of water with things you eat, i find this helps feel full longer.
Coconut and Mango soft serve – with crushed almonds and cacao bits
Making good choices at anytime is hard work or else we wouldn’t have a world weight epidemic! Don’t think your special or find it harder than others, thats your story. We all have to work hard at this. The answers to good eating lie within us all. Just because there are man made processed foods tempting us, it doesn’t mean we have to eat them. I know that when i do manage to avoid these bad foods and eat well, i feel magic. That memory of feeling good keeps me from touching the rubbish food more often. The more you do this, the better you get at it. The more you eat well, the worse the bad stuff makes you feel when you eat it. You have to try harder with this and for periods long enough to know how this feels. Have faith that you can make the difference to yourself for yourself.
When you eat isn’t so important; but what you eat is.