This is the time of year when we gather with friends and family from near and afar to celebrate. Whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any other holiday, this time of year brings us together over meals that are traditional and in many cases, filled with sugar and or starches. For me, as someone who has adopted the Paleo Diet, this makes things challenging for me.
I️ am pretty strict about my diet, but I️ am pretty adamant about two things.
First, I️ aim to enjoy life to the fullest. Sometimes, that means eating foods that aren’t Paleo. If someone special makes a special food or dish, I️ will eat it. Also, it’s tradition. Some foods are foods that are only made for holiday festivities, and the great memories that come back when eating certain foods are warm and filled with love and a pleasure to experience.
Second, I️ aim to refrain from negatively impact anyone else’s enjoyment of the holidays and their meals. I️ am not the Paleo Police, and I️ will never make anyone feel guilty about their food choices, especially at the holidays.
To mitigate the impact on my diet, I️ do eat lighter or smaller portions, but I️ will never flat-out skip something. I️ want to enjoy the holidays, and I️ want to make sure my friends and family do the same.