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    It's kinda the wrong time of year to try to start this again, but I really need to get back on the Primal wagon. Me and hubby went primal about 8 months ago, for 2 months, and we both loved it, lost weight and felt terrific. Then I had to get a part time job (on top of my full time job) and I just don't have the time I used to have to dedicate to food prep. I need ideas and (encouragement!) to get this going again. I need as many crock pot ideas as possible because three days a week I get home after 11:00pm (and I work weekends) and if I hadn't already made something, we usually end up at the only place that's still open - Whataburger or Taco Bueno. So obviously in the past 5 months since I got my PT job, I've gained all the weight back, gotten the normal cold/flu and pneumonia, and we just feel like crap. My energy level is so low all I want to do is sleep between jobs and I end up drinking alot of coffee just to keep going.

    Here's an idea of our typical day:
    Hubby is a plumber, so I need ideas for his lunch w/out access to microwave
    I work in an office 8 hrs, get off at 4:00 and go to part time job at 7:00. Work from 7-11 come home and try to sleep after drinking coffee earlier to keep up with 2nd job.

    When I put it like that...it seems like there should be time for everything, but during the times I'm not working I just want to sleep.

    Help if you have any ideas, please. I know this is the plan we need because it works. I just feel so lost trying to get back in it.

    April in Texas
    Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

  • #2
    Hey April! I don't think there's ever a wrong time to start...more challenging maybe! Everyone (IRL anyway) has nay-said my whole30 challenge for myself this month because "it's the holidays!". It just makes me more determined, lol.

    Anyway, when I have time, I make extra meatballs and cook extra ground beef. I also throw chicken thighs in the crockpot with some stock and shred it. I keep meal sized containers of these in the freezer for quick, "go to" meals. This is probably not the most primal thing, but I stock up on frozen veggies too. That way I know I have them and they won't go bad so quickly. Instead of microwaving them (which would be ok too, just not as flavorful) I usually pan sautee them with some butter or bacon or roast them in the oven.

    If you take a quick look through the forum, I know there's been lots of threads lately on quick dinners and crockpot dinners.

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    • #3
      Thanks for your response. I work at a bookstore, so I will also look at Mark's cookbook that I haven't gotten yet. Maybe that will help, I kinda forgot about it till now.
      Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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      • #4
        Oh, and I'm looking at the Whole30 thing right now, too. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, so I'm sure I'll attempt that.
        Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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        • #5
          For portable lunches, you can't beat cold, sliced meat (cook up a turkey breast or roast beef or pork and use it all week) with a couple hard-boiled eggs, some sliced veggies/avocado, and maybe a primal energy bar (recipe on this site).

          ETA: It would probably be worth your while to look at those open-late restaurants' menus (sometime when you're NOT hungry or in a hurry) and list out some primal options for when you're really in a bind. Bunless burgers, etc...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by aprilleigh1974 View Post
            Oh, and I'm looking at the Whole30 thing right now, too. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, so I'm sure I'll attempt that.
            I'm doing whole30 right now, but I have TONS of free time. However, I cook 90% of my meals in the mornings. I wake around 6:30 and cook from 7 to 7:30 (after a workout or just after sitting on the computer for a bit) but most of my meals are quick stir frys or something similar.

            I don't know if given your current situation you should attempt something so restrictive as whole30, especially if you have a tendency to get down on yourself from failure to complete something. If sometimes you have no choice but to eat something you didn't prepare you may run into many issues trying to find something whole30 approved.

            Personally, I think you should work on a routine of making good meals for you and your husband and finding times throughout the day (or a few days a week) to cook for a couple of days. I think you should shoot for as much compliance as possible without putting yourself through the psychological aspect of being 100% "on" all the time. It can be pretty taxing.
            I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by aprilleigh1974 View Post
              Oh, and I'm looking at the Whole30 thing right now, too. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, so I'm sure I'll attempt that.
              April,
              IMO, you need to stop spending so much money. Learn to live on less.
              * Buy stuff at garage sales, flea markets, resale stores. Make the rounds every week.
              * Find a food salvage store nearest your house. Canned goods typically 50% off
              * Sell stuff you don't need at a yard sale
              * Start a veggy garden, learn to can your foods
              * Raise chickens

              * Get out of debt every way possible is most important.
              * Cut up the credit cards and never use them again.
              * Stop spending money on useless junk
              * Get rid of cell phones & go back to 1 landline phone
              * Get rid of cable tv, ( or satellite TV) and watch the regular TV channels, get outdoor antenna if required
              * No electronic games for the children. Make them play outside
              * Combine trips and shop from a list to avoid wasteful driving, car pool with neighbors

              LIVE BELOW YOUR MEANS.

              Best to you,
              Grizz
              Last edited by Grizz; 12-06-2010, 12:57 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                April,
                IMO, you need to stop spending so much money. Learn to live on less.
                * Buy stuff at garage sales, flea markets, resale stores. Make the rounds every week.
                * Find a food salvage store nearest your house. Canned goods typically 50% off
                * Sell stuff you don't need at a yard sale
                * Start a veggy garden, learn to can your foods
                * Raise chickens

                * Get out of debt every way possible is most important.
                * Cut up the credit cards and never use them again.
                * Stop spending money on useless junk
                * Get rid of cell phones & go back to 1 landline phone
                * Get rid of cable tv, ( or satellite TV) and watch the regular TV channels, get outdoor antenna if required
                * No electronic games for the children. Make them play outside
                * Combine trips and shop from a list to avoid wasteful driving, car pool with neighbors

                LIVE BELOW YOUR MEANS.

                Best to you,
                Grizz
                did i miss something?
                my primal journal:
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Journal

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                  did i miss something?
                  Yes,
                  You missed that they are financially stressed out. Wife working 2 jobs & husband a plumber. No time to stop and eat. This is a terrible life style that they are into. We used to be there, and pulled ourselves out. I pointed out the many tricks we used to get out from that lifestyle.

                  Grizz

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                  • #10
                    I get you on the busyness. I'm working full time and in grad school, plus have the kidlets and hubs is in the military so gone a lot.

                    Anyway... I agree with iniquity not to press for something too strict. I know you said you work weekends, but not sure what kind of time you got. But what I do (with hubs when he's here) is just mass produce food for the entire week in about 2 hours one day (usually Sunday). So i'll make a bunch of hardboiled eggs, a big thing of tuna salad, a mixed veggie stir fry, some scrambled eggs and bacon, maybe something else like one crockpot meal or just cook up a bunch of chicken thighs in the oven. Then I pack it all up (freeze some) for the week. I spend about 10 minutes in the evenings packing my meals for the next day. Some examples I do:

                    Bacon and scrambled eggs.
                    Eggs and sweet potato
                    tuna salad with avocado and tomato
                    taco salad (lettuce, ground meat, tomatoes, sour cream, avocado)
                    BAS (usually chicken, I just bring the chicken thigh with me and cut up before eating)
                    Shephard's Pie (super easy to make and good)
                    Chicken and veggies (sometimes I use frozen and just pour in the container, throw in a couple of chicken thighs and that's it, maybe add some sauce/dressing if I have it.

                    For me it works, cuz it's fast and easy. Like I said, I do spend about 2 hours cooking a LOT of stuff (sometimes three of a lot is going in the oven). But that's usually it for the whole week.

                    I also have emergency packs of nuts (which I don't eat often just if I get caught somewhere or run out of eats), healthy beef jerky. If I'm really hungry and out I often go to 7-11 and get a banana, some cottage cheese, sometimes they have those hard boiled egg packs.

                    And on occasion I've been stuck out and will get a bunless burger, or a taco salad and don't eat the shell... but I try not to cuz of the oils they use. But still... better than the alternative!

                    And try not to be too hard on yourself, the stress of that is worse for you than eating something off once in a while.

                    Good luck!
                    sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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                    • #11
                      "Did I miss something?" ....

                      I'm pretty sure you didn't. I had a few crickets after reading that one too. Great advice, but far afield from the question

                      Aprilleigh, you said

                      "When I put it like that...it seems like there should be time for everything, but during the times I'm not working I just want to sleep."

                      I totally get that when I fall off the wagon. I literally only want to sleep, or do nothing even CLOSE to cooking, working out, etc. I think it's a function of both brain chemistry based on food intake AND circadian rhythm disruption (When you sleep, lights after dark, etc.) While the second thing is less controllable, the first is totally fixable. I have to remind myself, when I'm not doing so well on the Primal stuff, that my body is LYING to me. I want to sleep BECAUSE of something. Diet is a direct cause. So bravo on wanting to get back on the wagon!

                      You can throw anything in the crock pot with some onion, a bay leaf, salt, pepper and carrot and have a meal 10 hours later. I do a brisket or roast every week, and sometimes my entire lunch is just a hunk of roast. For a gravy-ish concoction, just puree the soft veggies with broth once the slow cooker is finished. It's delicious. MDA's cookbook has an amazing recipe for bison chili and sausage stew that you can double for leftovers all week. They are both spectacular.

                      A good filler for lunch is adding avocado to a hunk of meat and throwing in some carrots, etc. I found that in the beginning I had all these thoughts like "I need variety!" and whatnot - but once your body adjusts, suddenly you don't care in the least.

                      Lastly, commit to never judging yourself! If you have a holiday treat or two, get over it. Don't let it be your excuse to spin off into Grainy Sugartown.

                      Best of luck!
                      Liz
                      Steve's Original
                      CaveGirlEats

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                        April,
                        IMO, you need to stop spending so much money. Learn to live on less.
                        * Buy stuff at garage sales, flea markets, resale stores. Make the rounds every week.
                        * Find a food salvage store nearest your house. Canned goods typically 50% off
                        * Sell stuff you don't need at a yard sale
                        * Start a veggy garden, learn to can your foods
                        * Raise chickens

                        * Get out of debt every way possible is most important.
                        * Cut up the credit cards and never use them again.
                        * Stop spending money on useless junk
                        * Get rid of cell phones & go back to 1 landline phone
                        * Get rid of cable tv, ( or satellite TV) and watch the regular TV channels, get outdoor antenna if required
                        * No electronic games for the children. Make them play outside
                        * Combine trips and shop from a list to avoid wasteful driving, car pool with neighbors

                        LIVE BELOW YOUR MEANS.

                        Best to you,
                        Grizz
                        I appreciate your input, but you do assume alot. You're ALMOST correct, but wrong on a lot of points.

                        -I don't do garage sales. If I had useless junk to sell it would probably be useless junk that someone else sold at a garage sale. If I can't afford something of quality I don't buy it. Which means I don't shop. I've never liked shopping. I don't have a closet full of shoes and clothes. I share clothes with my mom. I don't blow money on crap like that.
                        -And the express reason I'm working two jobs is BECAUSE I'm working on becoming debt free (Dave Ramsey Style)
                        -We no longer have inexpensive canned good stores around here...used to have Save A Lot, but now they've all shut down and they're so far away, I wouldn't be saving anything at all.
                        -We don't own a credit card (haven't for over 4 years)
                        -We don't have kids (thank god, because life would be a whole lot tougher right now if we did - for us AND them!)
                        -I have the part time job because I'm the only one that can, between the two of us. He works as much as possible with his one job.
                        -We have a TV only to watch movies on when the thing is turned on. We don't have local or cable, we don't WATCH TV at all. For OH, SO MANY REASONS.
                        -I wouldn't trust being with any of our neighbors in the car. I work three miles away from home, so that's not a huge issue.
                        -We study raising chickens (hubby used to) but this is not do-able while we're trying to get out of debt because neither of us have the time for the EXTRA responsibility right now (or the feed, or the care)
                        -We don't have internet, we have two cell phones and no land line. Of all the things we can do without, we WON'T do without cell phones...sorry.
                        -I can food. I sew. I garden. As time and space in the city allows.
                        -We drive one car.

                        Although I appreciate where you're coming from, you assumed my eating habits revolve around the fact that we blow our money on crap. Believe me. We've been on the Dave Ramsey plan long enough to know all this. This is how we live. So, being on a tight budget, using everything extra for debt and home repairs since we live in an 850sqft 100 year old fixer upper. It's difficult to do the "organic, natural" stuff that is suggested here. So I don't even attempt that. I buy meat I can afford.

                        Thanks, all for the food suggestions. I think I just have to stop some things cold turkey in order to get my energy back up, then maybe no matter what time I go to bed, I'll still be able to get up early enough (btw...I'm at work by 7:30am) to do what I need to do to stay on track every day. That's why I love this forum, because I needed encouragement, and the replies I've gotten have actually helped. Thanks! - April
                        Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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                        • #13
                          Whohoo for Dave Ramsey!! DH and I have strayed, we need to buckle back down again. Good luck!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Minxxa View Post
                            I get you on the busyness. I'm working full time and in grad school, plus have the kidlets and hubs is in the military so gone a lot.

                            Anyway... I agree with iniquity not to press for something too strict. I know you said you work weekends, but not sure what kind of time you got. But what I do (with hubs when he's here) is just mass produce food for the entire week in about 2 hours one day (usually Sunday). So i'll make a bunch of hardboiled eggs, a big thing of tuna salad, a mixed veggie stir fry, some scrambled eggs and bacon, maybe something else like one crockpot meal or just cook up a bunch of chicken thighs in the oven. Then I pack it all up (freeze some) for the week. I spend about 10 minutes in the evenings packing my meals for the next day. Some examples I do:

                            Bacon and scrambled eggs.
                            Eggs and sweet potato
                            tuna salad with avocado and tomato
                            taco salad (lettuce, ground meat, tomatoes, sour cream, avocado)
                            BAS (usually chicken, I just bring the chicken thigh with me and cut up before eating)
                            Shephard's Pie (super easy to make and good)
                            Chicken and veggies (sometimes I use frozen and just pour in the container, throw in a couple of chicken thighs and that's it, maybe add some sauce/dressing if I have it.

                            For me it works, cuz it's fast and easy. Like I said, I do spend about 2 hours cooking a LOT of stuff (sometimes three of a lot is going in the oven). But that's usually it for the whole week.

                            I also have emergency packs of nuts (which I don't eat often just if I get caught somewhere or run out of eats), healthy beef jerky. If I'm really hungry and out I often go to 7-11 and get a banana, some cottage cheese, sometimes they have those hard boiled egg packs.

                            And on occasion I've been stuck out and will get a bunless burger, or a taco salad and don't eat the shell... but I try not to cuz of the oils they use. But still... better than the alternative!

                            And try not to be too hard on yourself, the stress of that is worse for you than eating something off once in a while.

                            Good luck!
                            Ok, thanks a BUNCH! You reminded me of some things I used to do when we were primal before. And I just have to get back into the swing of things. During the holidays I will be working even more (good for the money, bad for time and energy!) but if I REALLY BUCKLE DOWN and don't coddle myself when I think I'm tired, I'm sure I can find the time on Sunday to cook like that, like I used to - for the whole week. I really appreciate your post!
                            Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CaveGirlEats View Post

                              I totally get that when I fall off the wagon. I literally only want to sleep, or do nothing even CLOSE to cooking, working out, etc. I think it's a function of both brain chemistry based on food intake AND circadian rhythm disruption (When you sleep, lights after dark, etc.) While the second thing is less controllable, the first is totally fixable. I have to remind myself, when I'm not doing so well on the Primal stuff, that my body is LYING to me. I want to sleep BECAUSE of something. Diet is a direct cause. So bravo on wanting to get back on the wagon!

                              You can throw anything in the crock pot with some onion, a bay leaf, salt, pepper and carrot and have a meal 10 hours later. I do a brisket or roast every week, and sometimes my entire lunch is just a hunk of roast. For a gravy-ish concoction, just puree the soft veggies with broth once the slow cooker is finished. It's delicious. MDA's cookbook has an amazing recipe for bison chili and sausage stew that you can double for leftovers all week. They are both spectacular.

                              Best of luck!
                              Thanks! Me thinking I'm so tired is just my body screaming out "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME? YOU KNOW BETTER!" I need to eat better, period. Then I'll have the energy to keep up with my life's demands right now. I will look at the cook book, I may have to get that soon.
                              Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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