Before you started Paleo, you might have thought about Christmas not just as a time to gather with friends and family but also to enjoy chocolate in your stocking, a big breakfast on Christmas morning, hot cocoa in the evening, and plenty of other sweets, treats, and lavish dinners.
However, if you want to stick to the Paleo diet, you will need to make some adjustments to what you do eat, though it doesn’t have to feel like you are missing out. Here are some things to know about being Paleo during Christmas and why you shouldn’t expect perfection.
Start by Setting Your Priorities
This is really important because it allows you to get into the right frame of mind before the holidays begin. You know what your priorities are, and those will help you to stay on track or make compromises during the holiday season and throughout Christmas. If your priority is to stay on plan strictly, then make sure you plan for it. If you decide to allow one treat on Christmas, that is okay, too, as long as it is something you have worked out for yourself.
You Don’t Always Have to Be Perfect
Many people who are following a healthy way of eating don’t do it 100% of the time. You can follow the 80/20 rule during the holidays, where you follow Paleo 80% of the time and go a little off course 20% of the time. This doesn’t mean you necessarily plan on doing it, but sometimes situations arise where you are willing to have something with bread, sugar, or grains and feel okay about it because you follow your Paleo plan the rest of the time.
Again, everything you decide to do is completely up to you, and not something you have to reason or explain to anyone else.
Making Compromises When it’s Worth it
When it comes to what people term “cheats”, it is entirely up to you in terms of what you deem appropriate or worth it. You might absolutely love pecan pie more than anything else and feel like having some on Thanksgiving is worth it after eating a healthy meal with all Paleo-approved foods.
If this is something you feel is worth it, you won’t have guilt, and you may go another year on the Paleo diet before you have another slice of pecan pie. You can also compromise by having just half a slice as long as your other foods are all Paleo-approved foods.