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New to Paleo - Need a few hints and tips

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Created February 15, 2012 at 1:22 AM

My boyfriend and I have been Crossfitters for the past 6 months and we're ready to take it to the next level. While our current diet is extremely healthy, we feel as though going Paleo might be that extra push to get us where we want. I've been making more of a conscious effort, but am still struggling with a few things:

  1. I "work out of my car" and when hunger strikes, my car steers itself through a fast food for sake of getting something substantial in my stomach. I usually carry around beef jerky/nuts/fruit with me, but sometimes that just doesn't seem like enough. Any thoughts?

  2. We are having trouble finding any sort of variety when it comes to dinner, as are we finding that dinner tends to take a little longer to cook. Any ideas on how to incorporate some variety/make ahead meal ideas? We usually go straight from work to the box and don't get home until around 8pm and we are H-U-N-G-R-Y, making it that much harder to cook something good, not something fast.

  3. Eating Paleo is killing our wallets!! Grassfed beef: expensive. Nuts: expensive. Organic anything: Expensive. I know that winter makes it a little harder to get fresh veggies cheaply, but what are some tricks of the trade?

    Thanks!!!

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at 04:03 PM

...and maybe KILL yourself! Make friends with cabbage. Make sauerkraut, have a head on hand for a quick salad, stir fry, etc. It is SO CHEAP several times a year.

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on February 15, 2012
at 04:01 PM

If you go lower carb and become a really good fat-burner, you won't find the need to eat so frequently. I never race home in the car starving anymore, it is so freeing.

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Once you start crock-potting regularly, you open yourselves up to a world of cheap meats. I prefer to use the crock pot at night vs. the entire day. Set it up after dinner, cook through the night, enjoy for breakfast and lunches, and have some left over for dinner. I cook the bigger chunks of meat on weekends and save the juices for really quick soups during the week.

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at 03:57 PM

I prefer using a dehydrator over the canning, but it really depends on climate. I would use up any tight spaces with a freezer over a shelf of canned peaches.

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on February 15, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Breakfastish is anywhere for 7-10 am depending on day or appetite. Dinnerish is 5-8 pm, depending on if or when I have class, or when I get hungry. On weekends, I may only make a pot of soup and eat a bowl whenever I feel like it. Working out on a empty stomach works for me though. I eat a big meal after.

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:35 AM

What time of day do you normally eat? I know it's different for everyone, but I'm worried about working out on a full (or super empty) stomach.

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:53 AM

i dont see why you couldnt can fresh foods...as long as they keep why not?!

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at 01:51 AM

ahhh, common sense :) thanks!

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Thanks! We are currently part of a local veggie co-op, but we only get things that are in season. (I guess winter isn't the time to start going Paleo?) I LOVE the idea of buying a quarter cow, as this is what my parents do, but I am currently living in an apartment with no room for a deep freezer! Is canning foods/stocks, etc acceptable for when we do have an abundance of fresh, in season food?

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Try and find a local farmer/CSA...a lot of them do seasonal shares (meat and veggie) and have grassfed beef (and pastured pork/chicken) in bulk. get a deep freeze and get a quarter cow and youve got meat for a year!

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Thanks! We are currently part of a local veggie co-op, but we only get things that are in season. (I guess winter isn't the time to start going Paleo?) I LOVE the idea of buying a quarter cow, as this is what my parents do, but I am currently living in an apartment with no room for a deep freezer! Is canning foods/stocks, etc acceptable for when we do have an abundance of fresh, in season food?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on February 15, 2012
at 01:53 AM

i dont see why you couldnt can fresh foods...as long as they keep why not?!

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 15, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Once you start crock-potting regularly, you open yourselves up to a world of cheap meats. I prefer to use the crock pot at night vs. the entire day. Set it up after dinner, cook through the night, enjoy for breakfast and lunches, and have some left over for dinner. I cook the bigger chunks of meat on weekends and save the juices for really quick soups during the week.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I prefer using a dehydrator over the canning, but it really depends on climate. I would use up any tight spaces with a freezer over a shelf of canned peaches.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Get a cooler for the car, and try to arrange your schedule so you can visit the farmer's markets for the freshest most seasonal food.

2e29c32e37ffbc96ba0b5e312f4712a5

(65)

on February 15, 2012
at 01:51 AM

ahhh, common sense :) thanks!

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 15, 2012
at 04:01 PM

If you go lower carb and become a really good fat-burner, you won't find the need to eat so frequently. I never race home in the car starving anymore, it is so freeing.

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Alicia,

My only suggestion is to consider meal sizes, and what you can do about satiety. I used to come home starving. Having two meals a day instead of 4-5 really helped. My first meal is usually high in fat, and so fills me up really well. Tweaking things like this can ease the hunger and the wallet! Plus it means having more time to think about making a good solid dinner.

Best of luck.

2e29c32e37ffbc96ba0b5e312f4712a5

(65)

on February 15, 2012
at 02:35 AM

What time of day do you normally eat? I know it's different for everyone, but I'm worried about working out on a full (or super empty) stomach.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 15, 2012
at 05:27 AM

Breakfastish is anywhere for 7-10 am depending on day or appetite. Dinnerish is 5-8 pm, depending on if or when I have class, or when I get hungry. On weekends, I may only make a pot of soup and eat a bowl whenever I feel like it. Working out on a empty stomach works for me though. I eat a big meal after.

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on February 15, 2012
at 05:52 AM

Paleo does not need to be expensive.

I like Dr Kurt Harris's aproach:

http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

Items 1-5 are free.

I pre-cook hard boiled eggs and meat. I freeze the meat and take it with me to microwave. Potaotes are cheap and can also be pre-baked. They are a good source of carbs to support your workouts.

Eating a big breakfast can really help as others have mentioned. In a pinch I go and eat at Whole Foods or a co-op grocer.

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Get 2-3 crockpots, chili in one (no beans of course), pot roast in one, hot wings in one. Etc. No excuse for time. $50,000 surgery will KILL your wallet for sure.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 15, 2012
at 04:03 PM

...and maybe KILL yourself! Make friends with cabbage. Make sauerkraut, have a head on hand for a quick salad, stir fry, etc. It is SO CHEAP several times a year.

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