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Busy Paleo Eating

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Created February 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Does anyone have an extremely busy schedule and is able to fit 100% Paleo eating into it successfully?

I have anywhere from 60-80 hour work week (12-hr shift work) between 3 jobs, 2 college classes, and an 80-hr internship program I have to complete. I also try to fit in at least 45 min of exercise in any spare moment.

I am trying very hard to keep on a Paleo diet but it becomes very difficult with this kind of schedule. I often don't have time to go out and buy food to make and often don't have time to prepare food for work. I often have to resort to buying out and this plays very hard on buying Paleo foods. I do try my best, usually buying grilled chicken salads which every restaurant tends to have on their menu. Sometimes going from one job to another causes difficulty with breakfast, in-which I resort to the pre-made breakfast sandwiches at Wawa, which is definitely not paleo.

Does anyone have this kind of busy schedule or similarly busy schedule and can offer tips and advice on how they accomplish 100% Paleo?

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:44 PM

Get out of the old mindset of 3-4 meals a day.*

39f9425e5c198447e96cc2bcc7f57e5e

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:43 PM

I have been playing with the idea of IF; as it would fit well into my schedule. I just have to get the old mindset of 3-4 meals a day. Maybe just some minor snacking in the morning and a cup of coffee. That's a good idea on the boiling eggs for lunch, I'll have to try that.

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Frozen leafy greeens like spinach or kale taste pretty similar to their raw versions. Frozen brokkoli or sth like that is in my opinion very good for purees.

39f9425e5c198447e96cc2bcc7f57e5e

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:15 PM

Yea that's what I try to do. I never was too keen on frozen vegetables but it is better than no vegetables.

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:49 PM

I find that in order to be successful, I HAVE to plan ahead. I work every single day of the week, minus maybe 1-2 Sundays a month- these are all 8-12 hour days when you factor in driving (it sucks, but when my bills are paid off I will thank myself). If I do not plan ahead, I will not be successful because things I can get access to quickly are often not paleo. So, I have to make time 1-2 times a week to prepare food that I can eat throughout the week. It can be a little boring to eat the same reheated fritatta a few days in a row, but it's better than McDonald's. I always have quick, to go paleo stuff on hand, too- nitrate and gluten free deli meat, jerky, hard boiled eggs, veggies already washed/cut, fresh fruit, nuts, etc. I keep snacks in my purse, in my desk at work. It is definitely not easy, and it does require you to make some time for it... which sucks, I know-- but just like exercise, you have to make it happen.

If I had more time, we'd probably eat a lot more exciting foods-- and when I do have time off, we do eat really awesome things. But if my diet is a little bland when I am busy, I have to be okay with that and keep reminding myself that it could be worse. Good luck!

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Intermittent fasting! Skip breakfast. Saves time. Boil some eggs and microwave some potatoes, and bring them for lunch (maybe they have butter packets for your potatoes where you eat lunch, or you could bring a packet of unsweetened coconut flakes).

So that leaves you to contend with only with dinner. Others will have ideas there. :-)

39f9425e5c198447e96cc2bcc7f57e5e

(70)

on February 20, 2013
at 04:43 PM

I have been playing with the idea of IF; as it would fit well into my schedule. I just have to get the old mindset of 3-4 meals a day. Maybe just some minor snacking in the morning and a cup of coffee. That's a good idea on the boiling eggs for lunch, I'll have to try that.

39f9425e5c198447e96cc2bcc7f57e5e

(70)

on February 20, 2013
at 04:44 PM

Get out of the old mindset of 3-4 meals a day.*

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A0c49f398499246c623e6527e9dd5ca2

(548)

on February 20, 2013
at 03:48 PM

If you don't have time to buy foods regularly buy frozen veggies and freeze meat.

Cook your food in advance and store it in an container so you can eat it on the go.

As snacks you can simply use raw fruits, veggies and nuts.

39f9425e5c198447e96cc2bcc7f57e5e

(70)

on February 20, 2013
at 04:15 PM

Yea that's what I try to do. I never was too keen on frozen vegetables but it is better than no vegetables.

A0c49f398499246c623e6527e9dd5ca2

(548)

on February 20, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Frozen leafy greeens like spinach or kale taste pretty similar to their raw versions. Frozen brokkoli or sth like that is in my opinion very good for purees.

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