*Disclaimer: I’d like to welcome you by announcing that included in this post is a chance for you to WIN AN ENTIRE BOX OF PALEO COOKIES! Delivered to your door! For free! Pretty sweet deal, right? You don’t even have to pay!
In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that in order to make this giveaway possible, Honey + Soul Baking Co. generously sent me a sampler pack of their paleo-friendly cookies to review for you all. Even though I didn’t pay for them, all opinions are my own (as always).
Now that we’ve officially entered the holiday season and sweets and treats are on the brain, I think it’s the perfect time to share a bit about my personal health philosophy.
It’s not something I’ve discussed in much detail (mostly because it’s still in development!), but it’s certainly something I’ve thought a lot about.
What do I mean when I talk about “health”? What does it encompass? Who defines it? And most importantly, how do we achieve it?
Those are big questions, and while I don’t have all the answers quite yet, there’s one element I know for certain will always be involved: balance.
This may come as a surprise to those who see paleo as a diet based on restriction. I beg to differ, as I’m sure you could have guessed.
On the contrary, I see the paleo/primal lifestyle as a tool for making my body (and spirit!) as happy, fulfilled and satisfied as possible.
I see it as a framework to help me learn how to give my body what it needs, not to deprive it.
And while this lifestyle does entail avoiding certain foods that are common to our Western diet, it’s equally if not moreso about putting the right stuff in.
The “right stuff” can mean lots of different things depending on where we are emotionally, energetically, physically, digestively, etc. We eat food for so many reasons, only one of which is hunger, and I don’t think this fact should be a source of guilt, shame or discomfort. We’re much better off accepting it as reality, and approaching it with love and intention.
Easier said than done, to be sure. But no lifestyle is going to be effective or sustainable unless it allows us room to balance.
This is a lesson I’m still learning. My perfectionistic tendencies make it hard for me to see the bigger picture sometimes. But I also know that my paleo journey is bringing things into perspective for me more and more each day.
JK. But seriously.
All this is to say that bacon and broccoli aren’t always the answer, and sometimes a great cookie is 100% in order.
Having the option to eat one that won’t upset your stomach, keep you from pooping for three days, or give you blood sugar whiplash is a real gift. And Honey + Soul Baking Co. is making it a reality!
I was SO pumped when their owner, Winnie, sent me a sampler pack in the mail (all the way from NYC!), and even more pumped when I saw how short the ingredients list is:
Almonds, Organic Coconut Sugar, Soy-Free Chocolate Chunks, Bananas, Walnuts, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Eggs, Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Cinnamon, Baking Soda
No dairy. No gluten. No grains. Nothing processed. All real!
I tasted the Double Chocolate Sea Salt Pecan, Chunky Monkey Banana Chocolate Chunk, and Coconut N’Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, and while each flavor was quite unique, they all had a wonderful, soft texture and just enough sweetness to leave you satisfied but not holding your belly.
And I’m not the only one who felt that way. Even my non-paleo buddies with whom I shared the box had nothing but good things to say.
I hate to play favorites, but if pressed I’d say the Double Chocolate Sea Salt Pecan was my top choice. The flaky sea salt + tangy chocolate combo is impossible to beat. AmIRight?
Ok, I need to move on before the drool drips onto my keyboard.
Long story short, do yourself a favor and enter this awesome giveaway! I had a great experience with Honey + Soul, I believe in what they’re doing for the paleo community and I want YOU to have a taste!
The winner will receive one of Honey + Soul’s mini sampler packs, and there are 4 easy ways you can enter! The first is mandatory, and the rest get you extra points:
Follow Honey + Soul on Instagram (@honeyandsoulpaleo) – MANDATORY
Follow Gracefully Primal on Instagram (@gracefullyprimal)
Tag a friend in my Honey + Soul giveaway Instagram post
Once you’ve entered, leave a comment below letting me know which option(s) you’ve chosen, and I’ll randomly select a winner on Friday, November 7th!
Good luck, and go have a cookie!