Spooky and Delicious

Oh, Halloween!  A time of overindulging, and the following stomachaches and sugar rushes (and crashes).  Not this year.  I’m not saying you have to be the neighbor that distributes toothbrushes.  But if there’s a bulk bag of junk and sugar in a decorative bowl, and you are going to be walking past it all day…You know what trick or treaters love? Toothbrushes.  Or maybe be that neighbor with the tiny boxes of raisins.  

Here are a few tips for getting through the Halloween madness.  Make the most of your meals and snacks this week.  Make sure they are filled with satisfying protein and good for you veggies.  And remember to hydrate.  Hunger and dehydration lead to sugar cravings, and sugar cravings lead to–  Hey! Where’d that decorative bowl of candy go?  Take a deep breath, put that bowl down and go have some REAL food.

Try to keep your house and workplace Paleo friendly, even on Halloween.  Keep cravings for junk away.  If eating a whole bag of candy is a temptation, do not even bring it into the house.  Keep an emergency apple in your pocket when that candy dish at work becomes a pumpkin shaped bucket of badness.  And whatever happens, be kind to yourself.  If you wake up on November 1st, covered in brightly colored candy bar wrappers, recover well.  Toss any remaining junk, make yourself a good Paleo breakfast, and remember that this challenge is about being good to yourself.  And sometimes, that means a little hit of sugar…a little.

Here are some delicious Halloween recipes:

From nomnompaleo, a savory and satisfying protein option.  And so cute to bring to a party.  Use sliced tempeh instead of sausages for a vegan/vegetarian version 

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/64585929115/yummy-mummies-a-k-a-halloweenies

And, as for the sweets, sugar is sugar. Enjoy…in moderation, and keep your eats good and clean the rest of this week.  Elanaspantry.com has many paleo friendly recipes for cookies and other sweets

http://www.elanaspantry.com/healthier-halloween-candy/

 

The Vegetarian Option

You leave sweat angels on the floor, and the floor thanks you. The pullup bar sees you coming and starts to shake with fear. Kettlebells bow down before you.  You are a CrossFit athlete.  You’re into it, you get it.  Everyone is comparing calluses and Fran times.  And you’re right there with them.  Then it happens, someone starts talking about bacon.

It happens, the Paleo lifestyle and the CrossFit lifestyle intersect at many points. Essentially, both are about making a commitment to take care of yourself.  You want to use your body to its fullest physical potential and feel good doing it.  Nourish yourself and be strong.  Can it be done, ahem, without the bacon?

Yes! Absolutely.  Vegetarians and Vegans welcome.  Your Paleo Challenge diet will differ from the omnivores on the challenge.  But your goal is the same. Detox your body from fake foods.  Nourish yourself with quality, natural and whole foods.  Kick @$$ at the gym, at home, and in general be awesome.

 

On the Vegetarian/Vegan Option, avoid wheat and modern grains.  Break up with hyper-processed food (That square-shaped, bright orange “cheese” in your fridge?  Tell it buh-bye.)  Aim for a gluten free diet for 30 days.  If you usually consume dairy, give your body  break and avoid that too.  The Vegetarian lifestyle should be about high quality food that your body needs and loves.  No vegan caveman ever consumed a box of TVP filled, batter covered food nuggets.  But man, he loved him some kale chips.  Who doesn’t?

Avoid: Gluten, wheat, and modern grains. Dairy. Fake food, highly processed food.

Eat: Vegetables, Healthy Fats, Nuts, Seeds, Some Fruit.  Plenty of Water.  Ancient and nutritionally dense seeds and grains. (Think flax, chia, amaranth, quinoa, etc.)

And then there is soy.  On a typical Paleo diet, soy is avoided.  You’re not on the typical Paleo diet right? But the goal is to eat naturally.  So some shelf stable soy spread filled with weird preservatives is out.  Stick with less processed soy products, as close to whole as possible.  Tempeh, miso, and whole soya beans.

Keep track of all your meals and snacks, your water intake, exercise, stress and rest levels.  Challenge yourself to get enough protein (share suggestions on quality ingredients, supplements, and recipes).  Be good to yourself and eat well.