Has anyone seen Doomsday Preppers? It is a show on AMC that highlights people and/or families who prep for doomsday. These folks build bunkers, hoard food and ammo, create evacuation plans, and make plans for doomsday survival.
Prepping for a lifestyle with Paleo is a lot like how these people prepare for a disaster. Paleo is truly a lifestyle decision. It’s a decision to eat whole foods, foods that do not cause digestive issues, and food to maximize nutritional value for calories taken in.
There is pretty extensive planning a week out for my meals. I have to get creative or else I’ll get bored. My work schedule and kids activity schedules are so hectic I have to figure out simpler ways to transport breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Groceries must be bought with the entire week in mind due to lack of time. I try to buy the basics every week:
Various veggies and salad
Grocery shopping can be more expensive with this lifestyle, so I watch ads, stock up with sales, use coupons and rebates, and track my savings. This isn’t much different from before but I wanted to include it because it is part of my prepping.
Getting friends and the kids to understand is also part of the prepping. My friends cringe when I order the double meat breakfast at Cracker Barrel at our weekly breakfast club meet ups. I realize that there are elements in that meal that probably do not meet hard core Paleo standards, but we can’t be perfect all the time. I’m doing my best. I try to be careful about checking how foods are prepared before I order in restaurants. And going through drive through windows for meals is a thing of the past.
One important Paleo prepping concept: planning my cheat days. If I did not partake in cheat days, my appreciation or what I am doing would be lost. What am I planning for my next cheat day? (Right after Easter!)
Bread pudding from Keenland. This stuff is heavenly! If you’ve never been to Keenland, it is so fun! The horse races run in April and October. One of my favorite Kentucky past times!
Hershey’s chocolate eggs- the milk chocolate ones with the thick candy coating. My favorite Easter candy!
Butter drenched sea bass on top of buttery whipped potatoes at my favorite restaurant in Lexington- Sals. Yum!
A GiGi’s cheesecake cupcake.
Some chips and queso from my favorite Mexican restaurant.
Did I say “day?” Oh dear. Maybe this will be two days, only reason being that’s too many restaurants for one day! But here’s the thing: I’ll be sick after eating all that and will welcome my fruits and vegetables with open arms!
So you see, Paleo living does take some preparing. It may not be for the apocalypse, but for me it takes planning and patience.
Anyone else have ways they plan their meals and cheat days with Paleo cooking and eating? Any favorite cheats? Please share!