You’d be forgiven for thinking that being Paleo involved living on ‘almond flour pancakes’ and ‘raw macadamia, chia, honey, cacao and coconut cream pie’ …if Instagram is anything to go by!
It seems like our social media feeds are always filled with Paleo-ish, food porn pics of Paleo cookies, Paleo cakes and Paleo pancakes.
So is there a place for treats and “Paleo” baking in a Paleo lifestyle?
Or are we just replicating conventional junk food as the Hartwigs from Whole9 claim?
In this episode we openly share what we consider to be our “cheats” and “treats,” both inside and outside of the Paleo template.
We chat about:
- What our triggers are
- The kinds of foods we crave
- The effect it has on us when we indulge and what we learn about ourselves when this happens
- Our “no-go” foods
- Paleo Meet-ups and why “going nuts” on nuts isn’t a good idea
- The 3 kinds of cravings based on the work of Marc David: nutritional (supportive) cravings, emotional (dispersive) cravings & social or cultural (associative) cravings
- The idea of contracting and expansive foods from Traditional Chinese Medicine and how they can drive food cravings
- Our strategies for dealing with food cravings and the “I feel like…,” when they hit
- The power of mindfulness and surfing the urge
- Mindful eating, eating slowly and appreciating what you’re eating
- The Power of Habit and the habit loop: trigger or cue, routine & reward
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Cookbook: Gather by Bill Staley & Haley Mason
- Marc David, The Institute for the Psychology of Eating: The 3 Kinds of Cravings
- Book: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Donna Gates: Body Ecology Diet – Principle of Balance (contracting and expansive foods and how they relate to cravings)
- Forum Q&A on expanding and contracting foods in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Spiced pumpkin and coconut slice: Recipe by Sarah, Lady Homemade