Let's talk about sticking with Paleo during all the 4th of July festivities.
The good news is, cookouts are your best friend. Burgers, chicken and steak on the grill, plus a side of salad, vegetables or fresh fruit and you're good to go. Not sure what your friends will be serving? Bring your own side dish - something you KNOW you can eat. Skip the beer in favor of mineral water with a slice of lime. And bring some snack back-up in case you get stuck... fruit, nuts, jerky.
Not sure what to say when someone pushes you on your food choices? "Oh, come on... you can have ONE beer!" or "What, you don't eat bread now?" can be tough to handle in social situations. These three little words will be your best friend in the next 30 days.
No, thank you.
That's all you have to say. Just keep repeating it, politely, with a smile, over and over, until the person takes the hint. No, thank you. Or, I just don't want any. Or, I'm good, thanks. Any variation of the phrase should do. If you feel the need to say something else and you think the person is receptive, you can try explaining what you're doing, and why. Or you can tell them that you're allergic. Or you can tell them that your (very expensive) nutrition coach would kick your a** if she found out you snuck a beer. Whatever works. Just don't let people pressure you into second-guessing your choices. You're tougher than that.
Post thoughts, questions and your best holiday weekend strategy recommendation to comments.