What’s in your lunchbox?
Depending on your food prep abilities, packing your paleo meal can be a breeze or overwhelming. Whatever your food prep comfort level, packing your lunch will take some forethought. If you pack often, make sure you use variety. While some people enjoy eating the same thing over and over, others will quickly become bored. This can be dangerous when there are donuts in the breakroom. Trying planning your menu a week in advance. Look for low carb, no sugar and gluten free recipes. You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy a cookbook. The internet is loaded with free, quick paleo recipes. Click here to learn how to pack for your little eaters. You might try making a sandwich wrap using the meat on the outside and lettuce on the inside. The next meal you pack a wrap, try using the lettuce for the outside and putting the meat on the inside. Next, vary your vegetable and fruits. Having a good variety will make meals more fun and you’ll avoid the temptation of those breakroom donuts! Click here for more ideas of what to put in your lunchbox.
Would you like fries with that?
Going to a restaurant may be convenient but risky if you give in to temptation easily. Eating at a restaurant is unavoidable at times. Restaurant selection is paramount. If you have the ability to choose where you eat, you have some advantages. Believe it or not, you have options in both sit down restaurants and fast food establishments! Are you wiping the sweat off your brow right now? Popular chains like TGI Fridays, Outback, P.F. Changs, Moes, Chipotle, Cracker Barrel and Applebees actually offer good choices for eating paleo. Many offer hormone free meat, fruit cups (although some may be high in sugar), and seasonal vegetables. Click here for more on eating at chain restaurants. Pizza joints and sandwich shops tend to be the worse choices for eating out. Try to avoid restaurants that don’t have obvious paleo choices. So you’ve picked your restaurant, now figure out your order before going inside. This will help you stay committed to eating healthy. Last but not least, ask questions. Know what you are putting into your body and how the food you order is prepared (real vs fake butter, vegetable oils vs olive oil). Ask your server for paleo options. Many restaurants may offer paleo friendly options that are not on the menu.
No matter which option you choose, eating paleo away from home is not only possible, but easier than you might think. Eat well. Eat smart.