“I’m a police officer and have a hard time sticking to a paleo diet. Firstly, I’m really new to switching to it, which is a vulnerable, easy to cheat time. Secondly, due to my job, it’s hard to nail down chain times when I get to eat. I am thinking about cooking a week’s worth of food ahead of time and bringing it to work in a cooler. I’m not much of a cook, but I know preparing my own food is the best way to stick to the diet.” – Stephen (the paleo table)
Does this sound like you? Perhaps your routine is always different and you never know when lunch is around the corner. Making meals in advance will save the day. Some suggestions from the site
- Make all Meat and veggies for the week on your weekend.
Put them into different containers, where you can put some in the freezer and some in the fridge. Later in the week, they’ll take the food from the freezer and sit it in the fridge where it’ll be ready the next day. Don’t season your meat until you eat, so you can vary the flavors. If you have a microwave around, you can partially cook the meat, so when you microwave it, the meat will have some moisture.
- Have snacks prepared in advance. On Sunday you prepared all the containers. The night before, consolidate the food in the fridge that you want for snack the next day. This may be mini carrots, celery, bell pepper fries, apples, grapes, almond butter. I also try to sneak at least an ounce of protein like a chicken strip, plus fat (almond butter, avocado, etc) to go along with my fruit or veggie.
- Like Fresh Veggies? Purchase a steamer bag so you can add raw veggies in the morning, and microwave for steamed veggies for your meal later that day! If you’re on the road like Stephen, many truck stops and gas stations have microwaves.
If you get into a real crunch, you can download an APP to your phone called Paleo A Go Go. When eating out, it can help you make good fast food/restaurant decisions. Please be aware that nothing from a fast food restaurant will nourish your body, and restaurants most likely don’t use healthy oils to make their food. Use Restaurants for socializing, meetings, and occasions and pretend fast food restaurant’s don’t exist. If you go to a restaurant a couple times a week because you are too tired or don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen, ask friends for suggestions on efficiency and time management with your cooking and that’s another blog for another day 🙂