I know you’re thinking “this is a no-brainer. Of course planning your food ahead of time will help make life easier. Of course plan ahead Paleo is the way to go.”
But do you know where to start?
Around here we eat a fairly steady Paleo diet. No, it’s not because we did the Caveman thing, and it’s not because we like fads. It’s because I discovered in early 2013 through the Whole30 that going Paleo was the best way for me to drop the weight, keep it off and, most importantly, feel good about myself, my body and what I eat.
But I’m busy — and I mean really busy. I work from home full-time with a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old … and it’s summer break. Most of the year I spend about 90 minutes, five or six days a week doing some kind of training (CrossFit, running, triathlon training or some combination). I get eight hours of sleep every night. I’m often at the gym until 5:30 p.m. and the kids are in bed no later than 7:30 p.m.
When in the world am I supposed to have time to cook the majority of my food from scratch?
Time management is very important to me because it lets me make time for the things I enjoy while holding a job that I find fulfilling. And a very big part of that time management is preparing ahead when I can.
When it comes to food that means two things:
–Making a weekly meal plan, through shopping list and only ONE grocery trip (two if the first store doesn’t carry something or a visit to Vitacost.com) per week.
–Preparing as much of that food as possible ahead of time. Not only does this save me time at dinner, about 15 minutes per meal, it means I have easy protein and vegetable sources ready when I’m starving and short on time at lunch.