When Josh and I first started the primal/paleo lifestyle awhile back we were so excited about it! However, we had very busy schedules with a new little one, both being in school, and an hour in the car each day. Needless to say we managed for awhile and then fell off the wagon. Part of it was due to that I didn’t know enough about it and wasn’t prepared to cook this way for my family. Another problem was at the time we were doing a lot of our cooking on a hot plate and via a microwave. And our daughter, little L was still very young and needing lots of attention.
So when we started it back up the second time, I had done a lot more research and knew where to find recipes and bought lots of cookbooks to help me! This made such a difference! So for those of you just starting out don’t get discouraged! You can do it! My advice, take the time to do the research and learn along the way. In the beginning there is no way I could have created my own recipes. Now I am confident in cooking this way and am constantly throwing whatever together! However, that’s not to say I don’t still have my bad days, where I am like, “well that’s gross”! But I don’t get discouraged I just try again the next day!
My biggest worry when starting this lifestyle was how am I going to have time? Now being a stay at home mom and fulltime online student, this isn’t a problem for me. But this week with Josh and I both working fulltime and me still doing school in the evenings, we were tested to see if we could keep it up! I know many of you have these questions as well, how will I have the time?! Well, this week I got to experience a “normal” American lifestyle. Did we succeed in staying on the path of paleo/primal eating? Yes!
What are my secrets? Honestly, thinking ahead is key. On Saturday we sat down and planned out our weeks meals. Sunday we went grocery shopping for these things. Sunday evening I devoted to cooking. I made 2 batches of muffins, boiled eggs for the week, and made bacon. Then I stored all of this in the fridge for an easy to grab breakfast. Having our dinners planned out helped a lot too! I wrote out all the meals on a white board, so in the morning I could look at the list pick something out for dinner that night, and if I needed to, pulled whatever from the freezer to thaw. Then when I got home that night all I had to do was cook it. I didn’t have to think about what I was going to make and I didn’t have to run to the store for anything! Super easy! Also, when we were planning our meals I picked out things that would be easy and quick to make and that would leave us with leftovers. This way lunch was taken care of! Sure it can sound like a lot of work, but really it’s just about planning. Our week went so smoothly and we didn’t have any slipups! I even had time on the nicer days to take little L outside to play while still getting a delicious and nutritious meal on the table!
You can do it too! And if you do slipup don’t get discourage just try to do better the next day! Just think at least it’s better than not doing it at all! And if you need help along the way, you can ask me for advice or help anytime!