Paleoista Holiday Tip # 10: Choosing Your Compromises While Keeping Paleo
Finding the delicate balance between eating the foods that you know make you feel good, avoiding those that do not and not causing a big scene because of either of the two can be a bit tricky.
While I’d never suggest eating something non Paleo just to please your mom, your spouse or your elderly neighbor who baked a tray of her special holiday cookies just for you, there are times when certain types of compromises may be in order.
For example, if you’re hosting a Paleo holiday party and a guest shows up with a green-bean casserole as shown above, laden with cream of mushroom soup and fried onion rings from a can, it’s probably the more graceful thing to do to simply say thanks, rather than telling her off for having the audacity to use dairy and flour.
Similarly, when you attend a party and bring a homemade version of your Paleo holiday ‘stuffing’ (using a medley of wild mushrooms rather than bread cubes), don’t march in and expect the host to toss her Stove Top in favor of your gluten free version.
However, when it comes to what we actually put in our own mouths, that’s where I’d personally draw the line. While it does pain me to think of a guest who didn’t know that the marshmallow topped sweet potato pie was a contribution from a guest and not my own doing, having it in the house is far less offensive than having it in my body!
So, as always, lead by example, stand your ground while at the same time being polite; the last thing you’d want to do is put someone off Paleo because they’ve been made to think everyone who is Paleo is preachy!