December 11, 2016
The Paleo Diet is all the rage right now. It’s pretty straightforward, as the diet is centered around the foods available to the early humans from the Paleolithic era. So, it generally focuses on meat, vegetables, and fruit while excluding dairy, grain, and processed foods. I’ve personally lived a strict Paleo lifestyle for four years, and not only has it kept me lean, but I have limitless amounts of energy and feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life. While I know many others have experienced the same kinds of positive results, the diet itself can be difficult at times to maintain–especially if you’re dating. But as someone who’s been able to do both and make it work, I’d like to share what I’ve learned with the Top Romp Audience. Here are 5 tips for dating on the Paleo Diet.
1. Be Upfront
It’s always best to let your date know upfront that you’re Paleo, either in your dating profile or your subsequent messages and texts. The absolute ideal situation would be that they share the same dietary lifestyle as you. But if not, hopefully, they will support your choices and be flexible in choosing restaurants and meals. If they aren’t cool with your healthy lifestyle, then you at least know that they probably aren’t the greatest fit for you. But the worst thing to do is just say nothing and then end up at a non-Paleo restaurant and have to awkwardly explain why you’re only having water.
Being on the Paleo Diet can be challenging socially, especially at the bars. Most alcohol is not Paleo-friendly since it consists of grains. But, you’re bound to go out for drinks with your date eventually! When you do go out order wine or a NorCal Margarita. A NorCal Margarita is tequila, soda water, and lime. Tequila is made from the agave plant. This paleo approved drink is low in calories and you avoid the insulin spike caused in many other alcoholic beverages.
3. Cook for Them
If you’re the romantic type, you can’t go wrong with cooking for him or her. Chances are if you do eat Paleo, you know how to cook since it can be difficult to go to a restaurant and explain that you don’t eat grains, sugar, and basically anything else that wasn’t around in the Paleolithic Era. If you don’t know how to cook, do yourself a favor and learn. It can make a huge impact on your life. You become self-reliant, not to mention it makes to be a great conversation starter. Here are a few Paleo-friendly dishes that will wow your date.
- Barbecued Shrimp
- Pan-fried Eggplant
- Pan-fried Zucchini
- Spaghetti Squash with Clams
- Fruit, Coconut Wrap
4. Introduce Your Date to the Paleo Diet
I am not suggesting you try and convert your partner to the Paleo lifestyle. However, teaching them about the massive health benefits may encourage them to adopt at least some of the aspects. And if you are serious about moving forward, having a similar diet makes everything easier.
- The typical American Diet, consisting of refined foods and processed sugar, causes degenerative diseases.
- When you eat these types of foods, the hormone insulin gets out of whack. Insulin’s main job is to regulate sugar levels. When too much glucose is present, insulin stores it as fat, and when glucose levels are consistently high, cells become resistant to insulin because they’re overloaded.
- According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, as many as 18 million Americans may have a gluten sensitivity, not counting celiac disease. 
- Whole grains aren’t as healthy as you may think! Whole grains contain something called phytate, which prevents the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Legumes contain phytic acid. Phytic acid binds to nutrients in the food, preventing you from absorbing them. Like other legumes, peanuts are problematic because they contain lectins and phytic acid as well. Meat and seafood are much easier to absorb the nutrients than grains and legumes.
5. Eating Paleo at a Restaurant
When you go out to a restaurant you’re going to have to be creative unless you find a paleo-friendly restaurant, such as Hu Kitchen in NYC. So when you do go out call beforehand letting them know if you have a food allergy (even if you aren’t sensitive to gluten). Assuming that they are accommodating, here a few tips to remember.
- Let them know you have a gluten allergy
- Instead of a side of french fries ask for a side salad or vegetables (steamed or grilled in olive oil/butter.)
- Ask for no sauce on your main dish, assuming it’s a sauce loaded with sugar/calories.
- Ask them how it’s cooked. If it’s deep fried or cooked in a vegetable oil, ask if they could pan-fry (butter/olive oil) or steam it instead.
If you have any other paleo questions or qualms related to dating email us at Zach@TopRomp.com