5 Paleo Rules for the Holidays

5 Paleo Rules for the Holidays

The average person gains an average of a gazillion pounds during the Holiday Season, which can be a source of a lot of frustration for those who are hyper-focused on their weight and spend every ounce of willpower to “Just Say No” to each and every Paleo Cookie and Cake offered to them. Sounds like a fun existence.

That was sarcasm. 

When the willpower muscle fatigues and you finally find yourself giving in, do you give in just a little, or do you binge eat ALL OF THE THINGS and then berate yourself later for having done so. Miserable.

So this year, this week, let’s try something thats good for us with these 5 Paleo Rules for the Holidays that focus on enjoying life and doing it in such a way that we don’t have to say nasty, hateful things to ourselves for having fun.  But before you begin, be aware that it will involve so many Paleo “No-Nos” you may feat the Paleo Police will come for you, but fear not: We ARE the (technically) the Paleo Police at the Paleo Foundation, and we’re giving you a pass!



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Dance like a crazy person. Do it because it improves mood, reduces stress, decreases symptoms associated with depression, and releases endorphins. Turn UP that music and get jiggy with it— because while you’re enjoying yourself, the average person will burn ~ 240 calories an hour, and up to 500 calories for the more rigorous stuff.




Yes, we are advocating that you spike your Egg Nog. Why? Simply because its the fun thing to do, so fall into peer pressure and ENJOY IT! “But wait, Paleo Foundation people, what about that nasty crap that comes in the Egg Nog at the Store? You really want me to drink that?!” 

Oh, of course not. That stuff is disgusting and it will make you feel like crap and that is counter to our goal here, folks. If you’re reading this, that means you have access to the internet, and you can Google a legit Paleo Egg Nog Recope.  There are many good ones out there. Here’s ours if you want to check it out.



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This is kind of a Universal Rule and I don’t think it merits much explanation. So harness the power of Google and find a good Paleo Cookie recipe. Yes, Aunt Marie’s gluten-bomb lemon bars are awesome, but if you’re left feeling like crap afterwards you won’t feel good and will inevitably break Rule #1 of Dance like a Crazyperson (or whatever it was).

So find a good recipe. In face, here’s a great Linzer Cookies Recipe  from Raf Chung of Between Two Forks that we definitely think you should try with the Spiked Egg Nog.



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One could easily eat three whole plates of cookies, but eating three steaks is a feat only Ron Swanson could accomplish. So eat steak, or other forms of protein so you don’t go HAM on those cookies, Paleo or not. Good Strategy, right?

Like this Grilled Steak with Garlic Bearnaise and Cran-Bacon Brussel Sprouts Recipe. Nom.



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If you hit your threshold of fun and you went HAM on those cookies after all and now you’re back to mental self-flagellation, STOP.  Consider doing a Whole30 or 21 Day Sugar Detox if you think this will make you feel better. Some people do well with rules to follow and feel better sticking to them for specific periods of time.

However, if these short-period diets aren’t quite your speed or you’re too rebellious for rules but you still want foods that fit within the guidelines of Paleo, be sure to check out the Paleo Movement Magazine (that’s where you are right now, btw) for drool-inducing, Certified Paleo Products and Recipes you can enjoy throughout the year, for any occasion, from strict to not-so-strict.


Either way, ZERO JUDGEMENT from us at the Paleo Foundation. Happy Holidays!

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