Paleo During the Holidays: Set Your Goals Early

If you want to stick to your Paleo diet through the holidays, goals are going to be very effective for you. Instead of just getting a half-formed idea of being Paleo, you really want to establish the diet beforehand, understand what you can and can’t eat, and have strict goals for yourself in place.

The Importance of Setting Goals

Everyone should set goals, regardless of what their end result is. For someone who is going through the holiday season while on a Paleo diet, this can help give you the right perspective. Think about your goals in terms of what you are eating, what health status you are trying to achieve, and yes, if you are trying to lose weight.

Think about short-term and long-term goals, as this gives you something to strive for. All goals, even health-related ones, should be measurable. You can’t just say you want to be healthy because it is subjective. Think of more specific goals, whether it means following Paleo for a certain number of days or losing a specific number of pounds, or getting into a smaller size clothing item you really want to wear in the next few months.

Being Paleo Before the Holidays Begin

This type of eating might be much different than what you are used to, so if you want to be consistent with it throughout the holidays, it is best to start early. Getting used to Paleo foods and what you can and can’t have should be done before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays your family celebrates. By the time the holiday arrives, you are already well prepared and not going to be concerned or stressed about it.

If you wait too long, you will have a much more difficult time sticking to it when you have only cut out sugar and refined carbs a week before.

Know What Your Priorities are

Lastly, make sure you know your biggest priorities and if there is room for compromise. For example, suppose you are doing Paleo for specific health conditions and not necessarily for weight loss. In that case, your priorities and goals are going to be much different than someone trying to lose a few pounds during the holidays.

This can change your perspective on a diet and often on what foods you are going to eat. This might mean leaving room for a few bites of pumpkin pie or stuffing during Thanksgiving, while someone else might be a bit more strict.

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