Sometimes staying on track with a new lifestyle can be challenging. Life happens, you go on holidays, some unexpected stress enters your life, you have visitors come and stay, you injure yourself – these kinds of things can make maintaining paleo and primal living a little difficult. The last few weeks I have been battling a number of these challenges and have been struggling with staying on track and am guessing that I am not the only one that deals with this. So I thought I would share with you some of the tips and tricks that I use to stay focused.
1. Keep an exercise and food diary
I’m sure you have heard this one time and time again but when you are struggling it is really important to keep note of what you are consuming because if you write it down and document it you are then holding yourself accountable and you can’t deny it. Recently I have taken this documentation one step further and have started recording my feelings and emotions each day so that I can keep a track of the correlation between what I eat, how I move and the way I feel. This has been a real eye opener. You always feel like shit after eating shit food or after not exercising for a while but you tend to eventually forget these feelings or push them to the back of your mind so if you write them down there is a continuous reminder and you can go back and reflect on these emotions.
2. If you fall down just get back up
We are bound to fuck up every now and then, especially for those of us who have chosen this lifestyle because of wellness and not because we suffer from illness. But the trick is to let yourself fall down occasionally, accept it but turn around and change it with the very next thing you consume. It is easy to eat something bad in the morning and then write off your whole day because you’ve already screwed up and then you can take it to the next level and write off your whole weekend and then next thing you know you are in a downward spiral and you start having low feelings towards yourself. It is far too easy and it happens way too quickly, but don’t let it get to that point.
3. Don’t stop socialising
I have already mentioned here how easy it is to fall into the trap of shying away from socialising when becoming paleo but socialising is integral to maintaining this lifestyle, you just need to find new ways of going about it. Other than hosting paleo dinner parties, one of my favourite things to do is to gather the gals together for some physical activities. Catching up with the girls for a sprint session on a Saturday morning or a yoga session on a Sunday really helps me stay on track. I get to hang with the ladies whilst working out and we all walk away feeling amazing and inspired. I also love cafe culture and going out for coffee with friends so learning to love a long black has become really important as other than THR1VE I haven’t found anywhere that has almond milk for my flat whites.
4. You don’t have to be perfect
I don’t know about you but I love Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson and dream of living the perfect paleo life like them but with this adoration comes comparison. I am frequently comparing my new primitive life to their seemingly perfect primal lives and feel like I am just not cave-manly enough. I will be at a full day work function and am starving and then lunch is served and out comes a pasta and a quinoa salad and I think that I should just go hungry because Mark Sisson would never eat either of these options but sometimes you just need to eat the fucking quinoa salad. Previously I would have reached for the pasta, no questions asked yet here I am beating myself up over eating a freaking salad. Don’t get caught in the rut of comparison and the idea of perfect paleo as sometimes it just isn’t conducive with modern day life. We need to remember that these guys have been doing this for years and have the resources, networks, experience and knowledge to support their lifestyles that us mere mortals sometimes don’t have access to.
So what are your biggest struggles with maintaining a primal life in a modern day world and what are your best ways of conquering these challenges?