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  • #16
    Do NOT do what I do!

    Which is: make dishes with enough leftovers to feed 6 people (even though you live alone). Fill your fridge and freezer with good food. Then, when mealtime comes around stand in front of the fridge and freezer with the doors open for a couple minutes. Sigh because nothing sounds good to you (the curse of finally getting close to ketosis!). Hop in the car and go down to the local co-op, pick up a grass-fed new-york strip steak and fresh avocado. Come straight back home and throw it on the grill pan. Feel guilty because you did not eat the leftovers... :P

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    • #17
      Hey,

      In terms of weekly shopping have you thought about home delivery? Not sure how wide spread this is, but in the UK all our shopping centres do home delivery. It saves a lot of time and effort. I receive my food in the AM every sunday.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Silky View Post
        I've tried cooking bigger meals to have some the next day befoe. Unfortunately H tends to eat until things are gone! There are rarely leftovers, even when I've cooked for four rather than two!
        Oh yes, I know what that's like. I will be moving in with the BF next year and hopefully our household will be pretty primal (he totally agrees with this way of living, albeit slips up a lot more often than I do). I fear the amount of cooking I'll be doing and how much it will cost, especially when it comes to meat. I've come over to his place to grill with 2 lbs of meat, only to have him say he's still hungry after eating it all.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by sarasue624 View Post
          Do NOT do what I do!

          Which is: make dishes with enough leftovers to feed 6 people (even though you live alone). Fill your fridge and freezer with good food. Then, when mealtime comes around stand in front of the fridge and freezer with the doors open for a couple minutes. Sigh because nothing sounds good to you (the curse of finally getting close to ketosis!). Hop in the car and go down to the local co-op, pick up a grass-fed new-york strip steak and fresh avocado. Come straight back home and throw it on the grill pan. Feel guilty because you did not eat the leftovers... :P
          Lol... I do this too.
          Ideally, I'd plan meals, then shop, but usually I do one of these things:
          Head to the store needing eggs, walk out with 3 cuts of grass fed beef, all kinds of veggies & super dark organic chocolate with "strange" add-ins.
          OR
          Find a recipe I want to cook, buy ingredients (inevitably forgetting something and ending up in the first grocery situation)
          OR
          Get everything I want from Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Fairway & the one of the farmers markets, then realize there's way too much food in my house, find a recipe to use several items at once, end up in situation #2. Oy!

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          • #20
            We plan for the week (two adults, one toddler) and do our shopping over the weekend. On Sunday mid-day, we make a big egg, zucchini and sausage frittata and a huge batch of turkey and sweet potato hash. These two dishes become our post-work-out meal and breakfast (we both work out in the early morning, have some hash immediately after the workout, and then a slice of the frittata about an hour later). Lunch is always a BA Salad - lettuce, mixed chopped veg (from Trader Joe's -- comes pre-chopped), a pre-cooked chicken breast (also from TJ's), olives, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, avocado, pine nuts, and homemade dressing or just some oil and vinegar. Those things are pretty much the same every day, pretty much every week. There's the occasional other egg dish on a weekend or what have you, but that is really about 90% of our breakfasts and lunches. Since we eat it week after week, it makes shopping easy too - no new planning.

            We have more variety in our dinners, but pretty much every week involves:

            1 large roast (either a pork roast or a whole organic chicken, usually in the slow cooker on sunday) with tons of roasted veg. Tonight was chicken + butternut squash and broccoli. It's enough to last another night, possibly 2 more nights.

            On Tuesday, I'll make a huge pot of beef chili - 2 lbs organic grass-fed beef (trader joe's again), 1 onion, 5 organic bell peppers, three cans of tomatoes with green chiles (TJ's tomatoes are all canned BPA-free, just FYI), one can tomato paste, spices. We'll serve it over leafy greens (like kale or spinach) or do a side of some other veg. That should last 2-3 nights, depending on how much veg we have. One favorite is to do the fake cous-cous (from cauliflower) from the Well Fed cookbook/Clothes Make the Girl blog.

            On Thurs or Friday, when the rest of that food is gone, we'll make a stir fry (frozen shrimp, frozen veggies, homemade stir-fry sauce) or sometimes just order sushi/sashimi in if we are too tired.

            And many, if not most, nights, I like a an apple sliced up with almond butter on it (raw, unsalted, from TJ's)

            For the most part, our daughter eats what we eat. She still does some dairy - whole organic milk, and some organic cheese and butter, but otherwise she's a protein + veggie + fruit girl.

            We don't have time to vary our menu all that much. I personally don't get bored with it, my wife has more desire for variety, but we try and strike a balance between keeping things interesting and keeping things simple.
            “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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            • #21
              I tried the formal meal planning at the beginning and have mostly abandoned it. I buy grass fed beef and pastured pork by the quarter and side and have those in the freezer. Chicken and fish I buy fresh (or frozen). Vegetables come from the CSA or our garden (now petering out...sad face) or one of the local farms. Eggs too.

              So I try to keep a supply of healthy foods in the house at all times. I make enough dinner for the next day's lunch, and I separate and pack it before serving dinner, so that I don't eat it all. My meals are not the fancy, recipe driven, photo worthy masterpieces seen in some of the journals, but they taste great (usually). She who must be obeyed, eats them and compliments me from time to time. She is not on board with PB yet, but eats what I place before her (she does not cook- does. not. cook.). She forages for sugary treats out of the house and away from my reproaches).

              So it works for us. I admire those who plan shopping and meals and whip off these culinary masterpieces and photograph them before tucking in, but that's not me.
              Height: 5' 10"
              Starting Weight: 292
              Starting Primal Weight: 275
              Current weight: 224
              Goal weight: 172
              Body Fat 30.5

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