I will admit that I live in a paleo bubble of sorts. As a trainer for Norcal I am surrounded by a huge community of friends who generally all eat paleo too. When Robb Wolf and Nicki Violetti happen to be the folks you work for, that’s just kind of how it is… Which by the way, if you haven’t yet pre-ordered Robb’s book– I strongly suggest you do so!! So, back to that paleo bubble I mentioned – a typical outing or get together with friends often includes paleo friendly food, but sometimes when I venture out of my paleo bubble, I am reminded that we are modern day hunters and gatherers, often having to forage for the foods that fuel us. I left the boys at home this weekend and made the four hour drive to the bay area to attend a wedding shower. When it comes to food choices in social situations and sticking to what’s best for us, sometimes we simply have to make it happen. Making it happen at the shower included eating the delicious green salad that was served at the party, and deconstructing the cute little sandwiches to get to the protein. No one even noticed my uneaten bread. Later that evening when my friend decided to order pizza, I offered to run to the store for you guessed it – more salad and I also tossed some roasted chicken in the cart which I ate instead of the pizza. On my way home this morning I ran into Safeway and picked up sliced turkey, fruit, and nuts for my breakfast – it took me 10 minutes and I was back on the road. My only other breakfast option in the vicinity before I hit the freeway was a Burger King.
Making it happen can also mean getting those work outs in, even while on the road. The last time we visited the in-laws, we loaded up our boys along with all of our nephews and nieces and hauled them to the park for a family workout. The kids had a blast, and we got in some exercise – it’s all about making it happen!
We can choose to, or choose not to; it’s really as simple as that… Trust me – I am FAR from perfect but I know that putting in the extra degree of effort is worth it in the long run and making choices that sometimes seem more difficult at that moment, actually make everything else in life much more enjoyable and manageable.