On the Move? Don’t “Have” Time? It’s All About Strategy!
Not many days come and go where there’s nothing to do or nowhere to go. Keeping up with our schedules is hard enough let alone re-prioritizing our lives to accommodate this seemingly inconvenient way to eat! But we are stepping up to a “challenge,” right? We are going to supplement a modified version of the Paleo Diet with smart activity and lots of sleep which will surely result in a vast improvement of our overall quality of life ultimately altering my physique for the better (can you say six pack?!) and enabling us to perform in the gym at record levels.
This change isn’t forever. This is a 7 week tighten-the-reigns-strap-ourselves-in-and-feel-the-“G”s approach to improved body composition and overall health. We’re being a little extreme with our framework, but it’s temporary. It’s optimal for leaning out.
Pack it up Bro!
It’s hard to get through tough times like this without your friends. Sure you have your family, friends, and cohorts at the gym. They will help you out quite a bit (hopefully!). But I’m such a good friend that I’m going to introduce you to a couple of my friends that you may or may not have met before.
You’ve got the Hardware, Now Find Some Ammo!
Now that we’re sporting some serious lunch hardware, I’m going to let you in on two very obvious secrets:
- Small portions of meals = Snacks!
- Not all food has to be cooked, or reheated!
By enlightening you with these two secrets, a totally bad ass lunch pale, and some Ziploc magic, you can stuff your face full of Paleo meals from ANYWHERE! It’s like cell phones, but better. But here’s the catch, you have to plan and pack ahead of time. Stop whining, it really doesn’t take that long.
You should be a Paleo Chef Guru Extraordinaire by now… so the easiest thing to do is cook WAY too much food for dinner. Pack the left overs up in your new two friends, and snack and feast away all the live long day! Not a P.C.G.E yet? Get on it! Maybe some of these recipes will help you get started?
Not keen on cooking up all your food the night before? Or doing a big bulk cook two days a week for lunch? Still working up to eating left overs? Well you can shop accordingly too. Remember, we want a little protein, fat and carb with EVERY meal. We also want to limit it to foods that align with our framework. So pack a combo of this goo
- Deli turkey/chicken/roast beef. Usually Applegate Farms, where the only ingredients are organic meat, water and sea salt.
- Albacore tuna. Chicken of the Sea Healthy Selections (in the pouch), where the only ingredients are tuna and water.
- Hard boiled eggs. Always have a dozen of these on hand.
- Smoked salmon. Wild caught Alaskan (never farm raised), unseasoned.
- Whole Foods brand of “simple” chicken breast or salmon, where the only ingredients are chicken/salmon, salt and pepper.
- Sugar snap peas and snow peas
- Pepper slices (red, green, yellow and orange)
- Tomatoes (usually the small grape variety)
- Sprouts (sunflower, alfalfa, radish, broccoli, sweet pea shoots)
- Baby spinach (mostly for cooking while camping)
- Jicama – peel, slice into thin strips and munch, these are our new favorite snacks
- Fresh salsa. Whole Foods and other stores sell fresh, organic salsa with 100% approved ingredients.
- Olives. Lindsay Naturals in the can, where the only ingredients are olives, water and sea salt.
- EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). We bring a bottle everywhere, and pour over veggies, salads, meat, whatever.
- Avocado. Tons.
- Fresh guacamole. Whole Foods and other stores sell fresh guac with 100% approved ingredients.
- Coconut milk (full fat, in the can)
- Shredded coconut, unsweetened.
- Macadamia and hazelnuts, and some almonds, cashews and pecans (in serious moderation – one to two servings a week)
- Cinnamon. We bring a bottle everywhere.
- Sea salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, nutmeg.
- Fresh basil and cilantro – we top lots of stuff with fresh herbs.
Don’t Pack your Hardware full of Duds!
It is WAY too easy to crack out on Nuts, Fruit, “All Natural” turd bars (like Lara Bars), and Protein shakes. Being busy and on the move is a great excuse for anyone to start a bad habit and rely on these poor excuses for snacks and meals.
Do your abs a favor, stay away from that junk!