Meal Plans. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s the key to this whole “Paleo Lifestyle”, especially if you live and work in a city vs. on a good, old fashioned farm…ahhhh the memories! Sorry, I got distracted…Meal Plans. Yea, they’re important, they’re imperative, actually!
But they sounds so…industrial…like from a school cafeteria! Sounds like work – like actually having to put a pen to paper – work. And it is, so suck it up and be successful. Or, as Ed would say: “be that fly that beats your head against the glass window pain over and over and over again…until you die”. You get nowhere doing the same thing that just didn’t really work, right? Or think of it like CrossFit compared to what you used to do – what you used to do was “s0-s0″ for fitness, but now…WOWZA! You get up at 4:30am just to check the blog, and then stress all day about the WOD, but when it’s done and over – SWEET! Feel amazing, accomplished and the results come quickly.
Well, it’s the same thing about planning your diet out. Know what you have on hand. Make a plan for the entire week – breakfast, lunch, dinner and “shoot, I’m starving…need a snack” snacks. Write it up, shop it, prep and pre-cook it, label it, freeze some and refrigerate some – but do it. No excuses….and if you don’t do it, then you can’t complain that your diet’s off right?
Biggest obstacle in this other than time? Ideas. Creativity. Boredom. I’ve been there…soooo sick of tuna from a can or chicken breasts – but they’re easy, so we do it.
Well, here are a few places you can go for ideas, just think about how to recycle one meal into the next – for example: roasted chicken breasts in tomato and basil sauce on Monday, turns into a Frittata topped with the chicken/tomato/basile for breakfast and left overs of that chicken breast torn up over a salad for lunch. Think about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g that meal out!
Cooking magazines. You don’t have to look for Paleo websites, blogs and cookbooks for ideas. Yep, your good old Martha Stewart, Cooks Illustrated, Cooking, Food and Wine, Gourmet, etc. ….all have recipe that are naturally and originally Paleo.
Search for meal plans.
Paleo Table has good ones – I think they just published #30 (CLICK HERE TO GO THERE) It’s complete with a SHOPPING LIST! Use a little creativity and you’ll be able to stretch these five dinners into breakfasts and/or lunches, and you’re done. Looks tasty!
Paleo Diet Lifestyle has a 14 DAY PALEO MEAL PLAN. Very simple, but when you’re out of ideas, let someone else think for you!
Primal Toad encourages you to use the concept of Robb Wolf’s Food Matrix to create your own meal plans. Check out their ideas HERE.
Paleo Plan. Although this is a subscription service, they offer a SAMPLE PLAN with linked recipes. Pretty nice!
Convert your favorite recipes. It’s really not that hard! For example, Ed’s favorite breakfasts: pancakes (can seriously make some great Paleo pancakes thanks to coconut and almond meals!), and “eggs, rice and platanos”. Well, while I haven’t found a suitable substitute for rice for breakfast, he does like fried platanos (in coconut oil), eggs and nice side of sausage or bacon. The man loves meatballs and pasta…again, meatballs with a hearty bolognese sauce poured over spaghetti squash with a little feather-shaved parmesan cheese (not paleo, but using a tiny bit goes a long way!) with a side of fresh romaine, sliced tomatoes, topped with basil, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Perfect italian dinner! It’s not that hard - look at it as a challenge versus an obstacle!
BONUS QUESTION FROM YESTERDAY:
Those who texted me the correct answer: “Non-dairy creamer” got one extra point yesterday!
It will be your responsibility to get with a coach (before Friday at close to ensure you repeat each of the three challenge WODs. Backsquats may be done today – 800′s should have been attempted yesterday or can be done Wednesday – possible Thur and Fri, and plank can be done just about any day but possibly not Tue/Wed – time permitting.