Sticking to a paleo/AIP diet when you are busy with work, family and anything else you are trying to balance, can be difficult. That’s where planning ahead is so important.
When you are first starting out, it is especially important to plan your meals. By prepping your meals ahead of time, you remove all temptation to choose the most convenient meal or snack at hand. With meal prep you have your meals ready at hand, all measured out so hunger (or boredom, or any other emotional eating control) will not dictate what goes into your body. Meal prepping can seem like a daunting task – how are you going to cook all your food for 7 days, in one afternoon? But follow these simple steps and you will become a meal prepping pro!
- Plan – What are you going to eat at each meal?
Spend some time researching paleo recipes (why not try some of our recipes?) and work out what you will want to eat. But make sure you…
- Keep it simple
Make sure the meals you choose are both tasty and easy to prep. Trust us, you won’t feel like prepping some crazy Adriano Zumbo, 8 page recipe each week. We like to stick to the formula: Meal = Protein + Fat + Veg. Choose a protein (brisket, steak, chicken, pork ribs), add a fat (coconut oil, butter, lard, pork crackling) and add some veg.
- Stick to your shopping list
Once you have worked out what meals you will be prepping, go shopping – but only buy the ingredients you need for your meals! Don’t be tempted by ‘convenient’ snacks (as you continue on your healing path, you will find these temptations will no longer tempt you).
Lay out your Tupperware (make sure they are BPA free) for each meal and start prepping. Cook your protein option in your fat option (unless it is pork crackling, then just cook the pork crackling!), let it cool and then add it to your containers. If you a prepping a long time ahead (sometimes we will cook a month’s worth of protein options), work out what needs to be frozen and whether or not your veg option could be frozen too. Otherwise, add your veg option to your protein and fat options and viola, your meals are prepped!
Check out our recipes for some ideas to get you started – happy prepping!