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This is Part 3 of a three-part series on The Paleo Diet. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

So how do we balance the strict boundaries of Paleolithic eating with living in the modern world? Today, “Paleo’ish” is how Eric, Ali (my fiancé and co-acupuncture/nutrition partner in crime at Alki Wellness) and I eat and how we recommend that all of our clients and patients eat as well. After a few more rounds with the above story, we’ve all come to the conclusion that the 80/20 rule is our Paleolithic nutritional savior. Going from one extreme to the other is a common experience for people who set themselves up to eat 100% Paleo 100% of the time. It just isn’t sustainable if you want to have a social life and allow yourself to enjoy some of the finer points of the human experience.

Today, Monday through Friday I eat as close to strict Paleo as I can. If I want to meet a client or meet Ali out for a glass of wine, it happens. It doesn’t happen very often during the week, but if it does, instead of throwing the whole idea out the window, I simply get up the next morning and make myself my standard Paleo breakfast – a spinach, mushroom and turkey omelet with a sliced up apple with some almond butter and an avocado, and I’m back on track.

Come the weekend, things relax a little bit. This is when you have your weddings, your dinner parties and other events where you may not have control over the menu, nor do you want to. You can always choose the healthiest version of whatever is being offered, or simply enjoy it in the exact form that it comes out. The weekends are when you get to let your food guard down slightly and live a little. Have some champagne, have a slice of wedding cake, enjoy the food as it intended to be and know that you’re making a conscious choice to do so. This way, come Sunday night when you make sure that you’re stacking the deck in your favor to feel good come Monday morning, you’ll choose a healthy dinner to end the week knowing that you’ve had some fun and enjoyed yourself.

For the three of us, Eric, Ali and myself, adopting this diet has been life changing. It has been life changing not only for us, but for the hundreds of clients and patients that have adopted it as well. We’ve seen entire families, living thousands of miles apart completely transformed when one member decides to spend 30 days eating this way and their results come in. If you believe that you will be alive in 30 days, then by all means, what are you waiting for! Give it a try for yourselves or join us on Jan 1, 2012 for our next Paleo Challenge. Live to be 85 and enjoy feeling great!

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This is a 3-part series on The Paleo Diet. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.


Traver H. Boehm L.Ac, Dipl. O.M.

Traver H. Boehm L.Ac, Dipl. O.M. co-founded CrossFit Pacific Coast in addition to being a partner at Alki Wellness, both in Santa Barbara CA. Traver is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and performance nutrition specialist as well as being a Licensed Acupuncturist by both the State of California and National Board. When not speaking or writing on the topics of fitness, wellness and nutrition, he can be found surfing, kickboxing and learning Brazilian Jiujitsu.

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