I got asked this great question recently, and I thought I’d share the answer with everyone since it can be confusing.
This recipe for Paleo Cookie Dough Brownie Bites was brought to you by Camilla Maybee, food enthusiast and lover of all things chocolate. Her blog, The Not So Desperate Housewife, shares her love of cooking and experimenting with all types of dishes, cuisines, and mash-ups. Check it out!
During the holiday season, it is absolutely mandatory to consume chocolate several times daily.
This is a fact. If you didn’t, you would clearly not be normal.
So how ‘bout a rich, fudgey brownie topped with a sweet, buttery mound of cookie dough?
Alessandra Wall is a practicing psychotherapist and holds a Level One CrossFit certificate working from CrossFit Elysium. She has been a featured speaker at PrimalCon gatherings and blogs regularly at Life In Focus.
What do adopting a new diet, culture, identity and grief have to do with one another?
The Merriam-Webster and the Oxford dictionaries define grief as deep sorrow, especially relating to the death of someone. While this definition is adequate, I feel it is incomplete. Grief is in fact the sense sadness and mourning associated with any kind of loss: loss of a loved one, loss of a cherished object, or loss of context or habit.
When we choose to adopt new and healthier dietary habits, we give up foods and practices that have shaped our identity.
When we choose to adopt new and healthier dietary habits, we give up more than health issues and unwanted fat. We give up foods and practices that have shaped our identity, our histories and our culture. Grief is a natural by-product of the losses we face when we make changes. For some, the inability to recognize the loss, process it and bridge the gap between old and new practices is the barrier that prevents them from sustaining change over time.
Back in May of 2009 I made my first foray into the world of Paleo. Stuck with some extra baby weight and unable to make it vanish with exercise alone, I decided to try it. My plan was to adopt Paleo for a month or so and then go back to my “everything in moderation, Mediterranean-based” way of eating, which had so far worked well for me.
To my great surprise and later chagrin, Paleo worked wonders; not only did I lose the baby weight, I felt better, performed better at the gym, had more sex drive, my rosacea was finally abating, and I had more overall energy and mental clarity. With such positive outcomes, why was it that I found myself fighting this choice, circumventing what I knew worked, and feeling sad at the prospect of a lifetime of Paleo?
I’ve been Paleo for a very long time. Around 9 years at the time I’m writing this.
And at first, it was very hard for me. But after 3-4 years, it just got easier and easier.
But one thing never seems to get easier.
Traveling is the Hardest Part of Staying Healthy
I love traveling.
In fact, Louise and I often live on the road, without a permanent home. So you can imagine that we travel a lot and face this problem all the time. Check out Louise’s posts of her Top 10 Paleo Snacks For Air Travel here.
It’s also the most popular question I get asked, along with how to eat out well.
How to Stay Healthy and Paleo While Traveling
The most crucial thing you can do is to pack food that you can take to keep you full and not tempted to eat junk.
This may vary from person to person, so I’m going to tell you what we do:
Whether it’s a refreshing cool-down or a winter warming up that you’re in need of, this list has it all: smoothies, coffees, cocoas, teas (including iced teas), infused waters, juices and more!!