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What's your "system?"

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 20, 2011 at 4:33 AM

3 and 1/2 months into CF/Paleo, I often feel strapped for time, being that I now spend much more time every week working out at the box, grocery shopping (I hit 4 different stores to save money and to get the "good stuff"), and prepping meals. It's challenging! I even find myself making mental to-do lists when I SHOULD be sleeping.

Do any of you have a system in place that makes a busy, primal lifestyle a little less, well, BUSY????

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 27, 2011
at 11:22 PM

Actually, I spend a lot less time in the store because I just walk quickly around the outside edges and grab my meat, fruit and veggies. I'm also not waiting at restaurants. I do tend to make batches of food and reheat on short notice as desired.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:37 PM

hey your progress is great. thats totally a good thing. but know that this is very much the novice effect. it will soon start to diminish. thats natural. i only worry when pepole overdo it early on that they then get overly dismayed at the slightest slowdown.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:14 PM

We live in a tiny 850 sf house but are moving in 6 weeks to a 2,000 sf house. A deep freezer is the first thing we are going to buy when we move.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:13 PM

I snack very little now that I am eating primal. When I was eating grains all day, every day, I snacked all the time (because I was ALWAYS hungry). Thankfully, I do not have to stop to eat every 2 hours anymore.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Got to do more frozen veggies!!!

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:11 PM

I am going to have to rethink my shopping fest. I currently go to Whole Foods for meats and a few veggies, Kroger (a local chain grocer in Memphis) for dry and frozen groceries, Easy Way (a local cheap produce store) for produce, and Target for household items. They are all within a 1 mile radius of one another. However, in this Memphis summer heat, the trips are tiring and take the better part of 1/2 a day.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:09 PM

I do have a master list. Also, I actually have a folder on my desktop full of every weeks' grocery lists. Don't know WHAT I would do without this.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Very good advice. I have to admit that I am fueled by my results right now. I am hitting the box 4 times each week with a goal to start going 5 soon (I have lost 22 lbs and 2 sizes...and LOVE THIS FACT). Also, I over think everything. Like I said, I lay in bed at night planning out my next days physical activity and meals. I have all the wonderful energy from living healthy. However, I am also suffering from insomnia, I think, due to being stressed over every detail. I HAVE to learn to relax a little.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Great tip! There are only 2 of us. But we eat a lot. I am going to have to start cooking for 4 to be sure we get more than one serving of leftovers out of every dinner.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:02 PM

I've just started shopping on the weekend (last Saturday was an exception because I spent the day at the doctor and nursing my husband back to health after he threw his back out). I plan to shop Saturday morning, after my Saturday long run. This Sunday mass-cooking thing HAS to start happening. My storage containers are in sad shape. I literally need to get myself to Target today to buy new containers and start doing this thing. Cooking a meal for 1-2 hours every day of the week, plus hitting the box 4 days a week is killing me.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on July 20, 2011
at 03:30 PM

A "master list" is a great idea. 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on July 20, 2011
at 03:15 PM

This is a great tip! Even cooking multiple meals at once (if you have the work space in the kitchen) saves time.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on July 20, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I think I need to adopt the cooking on Sunday routine. Since I started working out, I am finding myself hungry for breakfast around the time I'm leaving for work, lol...

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 20, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Actually dinner last night was really good so I thought it be a good example: spinach/arugula/Italian dandelion that I had prepped in a bowl, grabbed a few handfuls of and put on a plate; added red/white/purple baby potatoes + sweet potato that were roasted and in bite sized pieces; quickly cut up: tomato/scallion/jalapeno/avocado all added to greens/potatoes. I had a piece of steak to be cooked - sliced thinly, hot sear, and just before pulling off hit with homemade tomatillo salsa. Put on top of all the other veg. added cilantro/lime juice. MexiSalad in 10-minutes! Pre-prep rules :)

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on July 20, 2011
at 11:47 AM

shopping happens on saturday. I make a stew for the week on sunday that'll be for lunch, and a breakfast scramble(doz eggs, 1lb ground beef/elk/whatever) that I also eat over the course of the week. Frees up cooking time for the rest of the week. I usually grill/fry dinners which doesn't take long. Works pretty well at the moment.

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3e3b1b75cb414c5c3dbed53e3c42edfa

(220)

on July 20, 2011
at 03:08 PM

A chest freezer full of grass fed meat saves me time shopping!

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:14 PM

We live in a tiny 850 sf house but are moving in 6 weeks to a 2,000 sf house. A deep freezer is the first thing we are going to buy when we move.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:55 AM

3.5 months is still the romance period with anything. Don???t get me wrong, its good that you started all this but an important point (especially since you mention youre doing paleo and crossfit) is:

KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.

Its trite but really, don???t start overthinking everything, reading too much, trying to tweak everything to make it perfect, etc. Keep it basic.

Don???t spend too much time at your box. Especially with crossfit, people will do this all the time: start WODing, love it, start seeing results, love it, then they???re going to WOD 4, 5,6 days a week and stopping by on off days to hang out, etc. If you can make that work in the long run, god bless. But for MANY people that will burn you out. Less is more. Try like 3 WODs a week for a few months and see how it goes. Then add if you want, subtract if you want. You???ll have more free time.

For cooking the only thing close to a system that I have is that I make dinner fresh every night. The leftovers from each day???s dinner gets me through eating the next day till dinner again. I like cooking dinner every night, therapeutic.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:37 PM

hey your progress is great. thats totally a good thing. but know that this is very much the novice effect. it will soon start to diminish. thats natural. i only worry when pepole overdo it early on that they then get overly dismayed at the slightest slowdown.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Very good advice. I have to admit that I am fueled by my results right now. I am hitting the box 4 times each week with a goal to start going 5 soon (I have lost 22 lbs and 2 sizes...and LOVE THIS FACT). Also, I over think everything. Like I said, I lay in bed at night planning out my next days physical activity and meals. I have all the wonderful energy from living healthy. However, I am also suffering from insomnia, I think, due to being stressed over every detail. I HAVE to learn to relax a little.

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 20, 2011
at 09:21 AM

I don't have a system per say, but my biggest time saving tip is to always make extra when you're preparing/cooking a meal, and put the surplus in the freezer/fridge. It takes virtually the same time to make a meal that serves 4 or 6 as it does 1 or 2.

This way when you don't have time to cook you always have great options to go to quickly.

Easy peazy :)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on July 20, 2011
at 03:15 PM

This is a great tip! Even cooking multiple meals at once (if you have the work space in the kitchen) saves time.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Great tip! There are only 2 of us. But we eat a lot. I am going to have to start cooking for 4 to be sure we get more than one serving of leftovers out of every dinner.

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on July 20, 2011
at 12:56 PM

I guess my first question would be can you cut down the number of stores you are going to? Factoring in the cost of gas, wear and tear on the car (and you), and your time spent driving around, are the savings worth it?

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:11 PM

I am going to have to rethink my shopping fest. I currently go to Whole Foods for meats and a few veggies, Kroger (a local chain grocer in Memphis) for dry and frozen groceries, Easy Way (a local cheap produce store) for produce, and Target for household items. They are all within a 1 mile radius of one another. However, in this Memphis summer heat, the trips are tiring and take the better part of 1/2 a day.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 20, 2011
at 10:44 AM

I choose 1-day a week to do all my food shopping, greenmarket + meat and staples, then the day after I prep everything that takes time: sear steak, make meatballs, poach/roast chicken, cook up burger patties, roast/steam all the tubers, hard boil eggs, wash and prep every veg. I then store in quart containers, or wrap in towels, in my fridge. Meals once I do this take no time at_all. I eat a lot, about $200 a week in groceries, so this way works aces for me.

One thing that I like to do is make a huge bowl of salad greens mixed with a bunch of veg that I ran on the mandoline or sliced up. Then it's just grabbing a handful of complete salad, top with tubers, meat, other veg or fruit, then... grom :) Cheers!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 20, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Actually dinner last night was really good so I thought it be a good example: spinach/arugula/Italian dandelion that I had prepped in a bowl, grabbed a few handfuls of and put on a plate; added red/white/purple baby potatoes + sweet potato that were roasted and in bite sized pieces; quickly cut up: tomato/scallion/jalapeno/avocado all added to greens/potatoes. I had a piece of steak to be cooked - sliced thinly, hot sear, and just before pulling off hit with homemade tomatillo salsa. Put on top of all the other veg. added cilantro/lime juice. MexiSalad in 10-minutes! Pre-prep rules :)

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461a9cf5ca78123a4788c7c599066fbc

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on July 20, 2011
at 10:56 AM

Cooking large amounts of food and bone broth in the slow cooker overnight is a big time saver for me. I also prep two or three days worth of food at once. Clean and lightly steam veggies, wash greens, hard boil eggs, etc. Not being too concerned about what types of food constitutes a particular meal is also helpful. Eggs, if you eat them, are a quick prep meal anytime and sardines also make a great quick meal too. The grocery shopping was doing me in so now I shop once a week at the farmers' market and once at my local big box store. I usually buy the same staples every week and just add what's seasonally available and/or on sale. I buy some foodstuffs such as coconut milk in bulk online so I always have it in the pantry.

As to going to four grocery stores a week: If you factor in time and gas/or other transportation costs, are you really saving anything? I check the local food circulars in the paper or online and then decide whether an extra trip is worthwhile. When it is, I stock up.

Also start making a food shopping "master list" so you don't have to stay up at night thinking about it.

It does get easier!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on July 20, 2011
at 03:30 PM

A "master list" is a great idea. 8)

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:09 PM

I do have a master list. Also, I actually have a folder on my desktop full of every weeks' grocery lists. Don't know WHAT I would do without this.

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on July 20, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Everybody's mentioned good things, so I'll throw in that no snacking and IF (eating lunch and dinner only) both save a lot of time.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:13 PM

I snack very little now that I am eating primal. When I was eating grains all day, every day, I snacked all the time (because I was ALWAYS hungry). Thankfully, I do not have to stop to eat every 2 hours anymore.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:41 PM

I buy frozen precut vegetables so I can easily stick them in a bowl and zap them. I get potatoes and sweet potatoes thi way because I hate going through the hassle of peeling, cutting, and cooking them everyday. I cook my protein in a cast iron pan and voila, dinner in under ten minutes.

8f46223d193b81942a064982d5fd5477

on July 20, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Got to do more frozen veggies!!!

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19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on October 28, 2011
at 12:25 AM

My boyfriend and I order meat from a butcher once a month. I stop by the farmer's market once a week, and before the season is over, we'll stock up on root vegetables for winter storage. They'll stay in the fridge. I also buy my eggs at the farmer's market, but there's a small grocery in walking distance I could buy them at as well.

Once every two months we go to the grocery store to stock up on household things, spices, butter, coconut oil, fish, that sort of stuff.

It's actually a lot easier than when we were eating SAD, because I don't need to plan recipes and shopping list ahead of time. All I do is buy the meats at a good price, some vegetables, and cook them up!

I eat breakfast and lunch, my boyfriend eats 3 meals. I make easy soups for breakfast which I keep in mason jars in the fridge. I also keep any leftover meat. So he always has something he can microwave for brekfast. I on the other hand, do the leptin reset, so I make myself eggs, and sometimes eggs and meat. For my lunch, I cook a meal. The leftovers become his dinner, and his lunch the next day, which he takes to work.

Super easy! But I work from home so... for those who don't have much time, you might cook meats and soups once or twice a week, even pre-cut vegetables. Then just grab the meat for the day, cook up the vegetables. I think that's what I would do.

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38fca13acabddf7b9c54098507e4041a

on October 27, 2011
at 11:17 PM

I eat all my food at night-- 97%. Twice a week I shop. I buy food from my Hunter genotype food list. I make dinner and eat it.

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