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How are you doing sticking to Paleo foods during Halloween festivities?

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Created October 23, 2011 at 6:17 AM

I just attended my first Halloween party of the year and sucessfully avoided most non-Paleo foods. The only non-Paleo item I ate was some beans in a bowl of chili. I meant to pick them out but I was socializing and forgot until halfway through. Not bad! I was really craving some sweet carbs like cookies but I was able to stay away. How are you doing with sticking to Paleo foods as the festive holiday months start? Any good strategies?
Thanks and Happy Fall.

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:35 PM

I know just what you mean how people think no-sugar jello and non-fat cool whip and non-fat dairy is healthy. I also can relate to how people older than me, generally I find, have a different idea about eating. I have a neighborhood friend who's 20 years old than me. She just had a colonoscopy where she couldn't eat for one or two days before her procedure. The first thing she ate after her procedure was a Big Mac. YUCK! I cringed when I thought of my poor digestive system being fed that after being beat up at the doc and by the laxatives.

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I'd love to have your recipe for pumpkin pie with almond crust. Thanks!

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Thank you for letting me know it gets easier. I'm already amazed how I know it's my brain that wants the non-paleo carbs or whatever, not my body. I have to tell you I was never so happy to see some grapes I had for dessert!

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:29 PM

Thanks. That's a good reminder to eat before the party.

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on October 23, 2011
at 08:51 PM

This is kind of special circumstance. Anyone who know me would laugh at the idea that I ever avoid confrontation, lol. I don't have any problem saying, "no thank you". In fact, that's what I did last time. But, in this situation it *will* cause hurt feelings and in this particular situation it is in my best interests to maintain good relationships with everyone. If I had to eat with them regularly I'd have to find a way to deal with it, but food is actually not usually allowed at our meetings (because of where we meet), so this is only something that comes up once or twice a year.

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:22 PM

I hear what you're saying...BUT...you also can't go through life avoiding confrontation. Just say "Oh, no thank you" and let it go at that. For some people, that's enough. For others that you're closer to, you'll get comments and questions at first but over time, they'll eventually stop pushing food on you because they realize you say "No" every time. This struggle is not unlike having alcoholic friends that want you to always drink to excess with them. And, wow, will they complain if you don't. Because it makes them take a look at their own behavior.

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on October 23, 2011
at 06:34 AM

I usually eat a satiating meal before leaving the house. One I know that can last 4+ hours. Then I eat just the Paleo food and/or nothing.

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:29 PM

Thanks. That's a good reminder to eat before the party.

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I eat something ahead of time, or bring something to share that could stand alone as my meal if there are no other options. If I am craving something sweet, I'll make a treat that I know my body can handle. At this point, willpower is easy for me in this way, I've been eating like this for a long time, and my body complains extremely loudly if ever if deviate. So I'm here to tell you that it gets easier in these social situations!

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 25, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Thank you for letting me know it gets easier. I'm already amazed how I know it's my brain that wants the non-paleo carbs or whatever, not my body. I have to tell you I was never so happy to see some grapes I had for dessert!

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on October 23, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Sounds like you did great. Beans are not really a big deal. I would consider chili a totally acceptable option.

I only have one Halloween event on my calendar, and frankly I am considering skipping it. It's not a party per se, it's just a regular weekly get-together I attend, but they want everyone to bring a "healthy snack" to share on Halloween. However, everyone else's idea of a healthy snack is vastly different from my own--and I don't even mean just because I eat paleo. Anyone who eats a whole foods diet of any kind would find this situation problematic. For example, recently someone brought a "cheesecake" made with fat free cream cheese, fat free Cool Whip, and Crystal Light powder. I politely said no thank you to the cheesecake, but I got a lot of weird looks and even a few comments. I just brushed them off saying I had just eaten and wasn't hungry, but it was pretty awkward. It's a small group of older women and everyone seems to pay a lot of attention to (and comment on) what is on everyone else's plate, so my normal bring-my-own-healthy-snack-and-just-eat-that plan or the mingle-around-so-no-one-notices-I'm-not-eating plan wouldn't work well. Fortunately food is rarely a part of these meetings. So, to preserve my social relationship with these people I'm thinking I'll just skip the event altogether.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on October 23, 2011
at 08:51 PM

This is kind of special circumstance. Anyone who know me would laugh at the idea that I ever avoid confrontation, lol. I don't have any problem saying, "no thank you". In fact, that's what I did last time. But, in this situation it *will* cause hurt feelings and in this particular situation it is in my best interests to maintain good relationships with everyone. If I had to eat with them regularly I'd have to find a way to deal with it, but food is actually not usually allowed at our meetings (because of where we meet), so this is only something that comes up once or twice a year.

E0cf71187b0822667a9a2ed5478d2349

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:22 PM

I hear what you're saying...BUT...you also can't go through life avoiding confrontation. Just say "Oh, no thank you" and let it go at that. For some people, that's enough. For others that you're closer to, you'll get comments and questions at first but over time, they'll eventually stop pushing food on you because they realize you say "No" every time. This struggle is not unlike having alcoholic friends that want you to always drink to excess with them. And, wow, will they complain if you don't. Because it makes them take a look at their own behavior.

F009a38e075dc8b2cd76e849eb505063

(45)

on October 25, 2011
at 12:35 PM

I know just what you mean how people think no-sugar jello and non-fat cool whip and non-fat dairy is healthy. I also can relate to how people older than me, generally I find, have a different idea about eating. I have a neighborhood friend who's 20 years old than me. She just had a colonoscopy where she couldn't eat for one or two days before her procedure. The first thing she ate after her procedure was a Big Mac. YUCK! I cringed when I thought of my poor digestive system being fed that after being beat up at the doc and by the laxatives.

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on October 23, 2011
at 08:07 AM

I just eat the sweet treats and move on. There is always tomorrow for meat and eggs.

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:37 AM

I don't know about you, but I will make my own! Pumkin soup with bacon, pumpkin pie with almond crust, and my specialty: green tea cheesecake with chocolate cookie crust. Hahaha sorry for the foodporn. The parties I go to serve the usual sandwich and stuff, not really tempting.

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(45)

on October 25, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I'd love to have your recipe for pumpkin pie with almond crust. Thanks!

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