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Jan052012

I have NO time to cook - how exactly do I stay paleo? 

Greetings friends. Whether you are doing the BTB45 or you have personally adopted a paleo lifestyle, one of the biggest things we hear from folks is: "I have no time to cook!" 

While I could argue with you that instead of watching the latest So You Think You Can Dance or Bachelor episode, that your time could be better spent in the kitchen, I'll indulge the "I have no time to cook" group somewhat.

Perhaps it's actually that you don't like to cook...and that is a-okay. Here are a few things that might help you in the BTB45 and your paleo path:

- Buy Premade Paleo. Chef Richard Bradford is a local CrossFitter, and has jumped onto this paleo wagon. He gave me some sample meals to try back in the fall and they were delish. You can view his upcoming menus here and he's running a special for paleo challenge participants around Atlanta: 2 weeks of meals for $140. 

- Get a crock pot (or slow cooker) and use it! Here's how easy it is: take a whole chicken, and any assortment of veggies (celery, carrots, onions, mushrooms), ****take the chicken out of the package it was in, rinse it, and remove the inner stuff**** toss it all in the pot, season with any seasonings you like, turn the pot on low, come home from work that night to a delicious, fully cooked chicken and veggies. No liquid needed. It is that easy. You can do the same with pulled pork (seriously!), chili, or a whole host of "dump some stuff in a crock pot and come home to deliciousness." 

- When you DO decide/find time/spend a little time in the kitchen, always, always, ALWAYS make extra. Cooking burgers? Don't just make 1...make 4, or double it to 8. Leftover burgers are a lifesaver! Grilled veggies? Grill up some more! 

- Use the EGG! Lots of BTBers have Big Green Eggs. We do, Jeff & Melissa do, Smugs and Kmugs do, the Gecsys do...we've had many a time where we toss on a nice pork butt on the BGE around 6pm the night before...then maybe at 6am, maybe at 12 noon....we pull that off for some delicious pulled pork. YUM. 

We know it can be hard to carve out some time in the kitchen, which is when things like some already made meals from Chef Richard, or having your leftovers, come in handy. We know it's hard. We worked 2 full time jobs, ran the Vinings gym, wrote a book, all last year...and still managed to find some time to cook. You just have to be smart about it. 

For more meal ideas, check out these links:
Meals 4 the Week

Everyday Paleo

Paleo Plan

Another tip: if you know you're going to be going out to eat, but will be limited on food/time to cook tomorrow, why not order that larger steak, or something that you know you'll eat half of, then have the leftovers tomorrow? Fajitas (minus the rice/beans/cheese/tortillas) make awesome leftovers. So go ahead and get that bigger portion, knowing you will be taking some home for breakfast or lunch tomorrow! 

What things have helped those of you who have done paleo before? Yep, I'm calling people out...Nick G, Anna L, Kristin G, Kathryn R, Andy S...how did you find time to cook, or what were your saving graces? 

 

 

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Reader Comments (9)

The crock pot is definitely a lifesaver! I will usually cook one recipe on sunday morning and one on sunday night in it. It's only about an hour of prep but between two batches, I get enough food to last almost the entire week. Sometimes the food gets a lil boring by like Wed. or Thursday but I can freeze some for later and cook something else if I have to. But it's so easy to make a large amount of food with very minimal work involved using the crock pot!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiffs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMfSGt6rHos is Chipotle's latest advertising video. Those cute little pigs look tasty!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommentertheGRizz

Noche: Chicken & Vegetable Skewers. Cooked in oil and covered in pesto. Or their chicken taco, minus the tortilla.
You can find me there about 5 nights a week. :)

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterATLActivewearDonna

Question: Why no more than 4 WOD's a week? Are we penalized if we feel we can do more.....some workouts are 10 minutes or less?

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrigette

Overtraining (doing 5+ CF WODs a week, lots of extra cardio on top of CF WODs) can also lead to increased cortisol, which we are trying to minimize during this time. Again, the purpose of the 45 is to reset our systems to be functioning as optimally as possible. Much of training is about recovery, so while Fran might only take you less than 10 minutes to complete, as you know, you need to allow your body to recover from that. Typically, when folks add a lot of extra workout stuff on top of 2-4 CF WODs a week, we don't see them realizing the positive results they were hoping for as a result of not enough rest. Our thing: just try this for the first 30 of the 45 (sticking to 2-4 times a week) and just see how you do. If you're itching for more after the first 30, and your body can handle, then add more (in a smart way!).

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJules

For me, I never really liked to cook prior to going Paleo. But, I realized that in order to succeed, I needed to make my own food in order to really understand the "mechanics" of Paleo. I carved out time every Sunday to make my meals for the week, and yes, the crockpot is a huge time save! In addition, if I did have to make food during the week, I would always make extra so that I could have breakfast or lunch the next day. I don't plan out all my meals every week. I buy what's in season and on sale, then find recipes or make my own creations. Paleo blogs and cookbooks ::Paleo Comfort Foods:: are my life savers.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin G

when do you use refined oil v unrefined oil???? for example unrefined sesame oil v refined?

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristy

Hey Kristy,
I'm not really a fan of refined oils. Don't really see a need/purpose for the refined stuff in much. The refining process - while it might make an oil more heat stable, it's usually stripping it of all the good nutrients. That said, if you're using 3 drops of refined sesame oil vs. unrefined, you'll still be fine (but the unrefined is going to be far tastier). check out this link on oils from Mark's Daily Apple - pretty good stuff
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/#axzz1ivUsZyEB

January 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterJules

When traveling particularly in a car to airport or with sales rep, can I get my veggie fix in the form of veggie juice like at whole foods juice bar along with my boiled eggs ? Thoughts on carrot juice or kale even from juicer?!?

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

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