Jul 9th, 2012
By Connie Moreno
This summer has been busy at CFO with multiple On-Ramp classes finishing up their 4-week introductory classes last week. Thanks to everyone for warmly welcoming all the newest members!
What some of you may not know, is that in addition to learning the foundational movements and skills, incoming members are given some food-related homework. In week one, On-Rampers are given the official CFO Clean Eating Guide and a 30-day food journal. For the duration of the introductory session they’re encouraged to follow the diet as it’s laid out in the guide and log everything they put in their mouths. Everything. Then, about 2 weeks in I give a brief nutrition lecture, answer their questions and take a peak at their food logs. It’s been a fun yet somewhat challenging experience for me because 1) I’m not Mike and 2) I’m telling them what I think they should eat. Over the years, I’ve gotten better at talking about food (and the science-y stuff) in a way that’s not too overwhelming for folks.
One of the most common things that comes up during these talks is that some find that eating this way is a lot more work. I agree. Life’s much easier when you can just crack open a box of cereal or make a sandwich. Meat and vegetables require a lot more time to prep, especially if you want your food to taste good! This is a complaint that I hear often from people new to paleo-eating.
Here are some of the tips that I share with them:
- Plan ahead. Put some thought into what meals you want to make for the week. Then make a shopping list with all the items you’ll need. Whole9 Life website has a great website with shopping guides that you can download for free.
- Cook for 3! Instead of cooking one meal at a time, make enough to last you a few days. You might want to consider dedicating some time early in the week to cooking. While it’s not exactly fun to spend the weekend slaving away in the kitchen, it’ll pay off mid week when you come home hungry and the fridge is fully stocked!
- Collect recipes! I have a few great veggie recipes that I’ve collected from friends, cookbook or blogs and I rotate them throughout the week. There’s a plethra of foodie Paleo bloggers who post daily recipes. You can pick from the more simple, quick meals like those featured on Everyday Paleo to the more advanced dishes on elana’s pantry. Book mark them or copy them into word document for later use.
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