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My Top 7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time

Louise Hendon | July 17
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I’ve been Paleo for quite a while now (3 years pretty strictly and many years on and off before that). But I’m still learning! I’m still learning about what works for my body, new facts (sometimes murky ones) about nutrition and Paleo, and how to do Paleo more efficiently and effectively (aka faster!). After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I gotta get that 8-hour beauty sleep in!

So, here are some Paleo diet tips that I learned the hard way, and I’m sharing these with you so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did (please share your tips in the comments below).

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7 Paleo Diet Tips That Save You Time

1. Get a Slow Cooker (or Crockpot).
I know devices like the thermomix have become all the rage in countries outside of the US, but honestly, you can do a lot with a $50 slow cooker whereas that thermomix will cost you in the hundreds (and that’s if you get a good deal on it).

The slow cooker I’ve liked the most is this one (under $50 on Amazon).

If you’re looking for some slow cooker recipe ideas, then check out this list: Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes.

2. Sleep 8+ Hours Every Night.
Ok, I know this sounds counter-intuitive because if you’re sleeping more then surely you’re losing time, but honestly, you function soooo much better with more sleep. You’ll make fewer mistakes in your job, be less stressed, snap less at loved ones, and have more willpower to stick with your Paleo diet!

Believe me, with a good night’s sleep, you can resist that chocolate chip muffin your coworker offers you at 3pm in the afternoon!

Plus, if you can consistently sleep more, you’ll find yourself healing your body faster, whether it’s losing weight or curing an illness.

3. Prep Your Meals on the Weekend.
If you’re not buying and cooking food in bulk, then you’re losing a ton of time and energy. Read my 3 steps for easy Paleo cooking article if you need help with this.

4. Figure Out Good Take Out or Restaurant Options.
Much as I’d love to tell you to just cook all the time and never eat out, we all know that would be pretty useless advice! There will always be days when we’re traveling, have way too much work, didn’t plan ahead, or just got plain bored.

So, for those days, make sure you already have a restaurant in mind that you can go to and order something fairly Paleo. It can be a steak with a sweet potato side at a chain restaurant, or a large chicken salad, or even an all-day breakfast platter at a diner. Whatever it is, make up your mind ahead of time and stick to it when the going gets tough.

5. Start Eating Fish.
Did you know that fish is super super healthy? Did you also know that fish cooks super super fast? Yep, both those things should make fish one of your top food items.

You can buy frozen salmon and make a simple soup with it or bake it wrapped in aluminum foil for a really tender and easy dinner. There are so many options, and they are all easy.Here are some of my favorite fish recipes:

Paleo Fish Bake
paleo fish bake

Baked Rosemary Salmon
paleo salmon recipe

Paleo Fish Curry
Paleo Fish Curry

6. Read The Ingredients on EVERYTHING.
I hate it when I buy something I think is obvious like coconut milk, almond butter, or canned diced tomatoes only to get home and find that it contains non-Paleo ingredients (like added sugar or sunflower oil). Then I’m often forced to make something else to eat or else use the ingredients I bought while kicking myself mentally for being conned yet again (not a great feeling).

It’s taken me a few years to learn this important lesson, but now I always always read the ingredients list of everything I buy (well, 99% of the time – I still make this rookie mistake once in a while).

7. Ditch The Traditional Recipes.
If all you want for every meal is your regular food paleo-ized, then you’re going to have to spend a lot of time cooking and figuring out how to use coconut and almond flour correctly. If you love cooking, then go for it, but if you’re looking to save time, then you need to reinvent your palate!

Think simple. If you loved burgers, then try having burgers without the bun. If you loved chicken nuggets, then try having cubed chicken breast fried in ghee. If you loved pepperoni pizza, then try broadening your horizon!! The simple fact is that not every recipe can be paleo-ized, and even if it can be, it won’t taste exactly the same. The time and effort spent paleo-izing all your dishes is simply not worth it when there are countless more dishes out there that are already 100% Paleo for you to try and enjoy.

And a BONUS 8th Tip:

8. Get Your Family and Friends On Board.
While you can soldier on by yourself, it’s not very efficient. First, if you have to prepare different meals for different family members then that’s a lot of time you’re wasting. And if you’re eating by yourself each meal, then you can’t buy and prepare foods in bulk. Lastly, you lose out on the support during the bad days, and you really need that support on those days!

So, if you’re stuck on how to convince your family and friends, then you probably want to read Jeremy’s book, which is all about this! Jeremy’s book is on Amazon.

Share Your Paleo Diet Tips Below

What have you found to save you time on Paleo? Please share your tips in the comments below.

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