Eating paleo can be really hard sometimes. Especially when I'm tired or have been stressed out. What are some things you do to keep yourself from caving in to "comfort foods"?
Best stress reliever = a good run or a good lift. Hard to beat this weird concoction. You cant let your life revolve around food. Let food revolve around your life. (A friend who partakes in green once used this allusion to me to describe marijuana use and why he isn't a "Pothead"...)
1 cup of almond flour/meal (blanched or otherwise) 2 tbsp of coffee (ground) 1 tbsp of cocao Dark chocolate chips or broken up 99% bar (Soy-free, dairy free, etc...) (enjoy life are good) Half cup of honey (local is best) Might need some sort of other liquid. You can always smash up a banana. Either way, it'll be pasty, not like a cookie, and not solid. Regardless, I find it delicious.
Quite the opposite for me. For someone really interested in biochemistry, nutrition and having battled for years the idea of not being able to know exactly what is going on inside my body, Paleo has actually been a HUGE relief!
Anticipate! If the day is going to be especially long or stressful (Mondays, for me), pop something delicious in the slow cooker in the morning or even the night before so there's a healthy, yummy meal ready when you get home tired and begging for some fast food.
Emergency protein/emergency meals is also one of my standbys. Always always have eggs, tuna and coconut milk in. Along with whatever else is in the fridge, I can usually make a really simple meal. Plus, I don't have the ingredients for anything nasty on hand, so it's a conscious effort to go and get some.
Find some new comfort foods. Almond butter on fruit is one of my favourites, as is coconut butter squares (melt coconut butter and put it in a silicone ice mold, then pop out individual squares as a snack). A lovely cup of herbal tea is also a lifesaver when the day gets rough.
I say the best way to kill temptation is to give in as many times as it takes to really feel that icky feeling of having eaten icky food, and realize you feel better, and less stressed out with solid nutrition.