Tuesday, 17 July 2012

REAL Tips for Eating Paleo (or Clean)

There are many useful tips on the Internet, but some you don't come along until you are firmly entrenched in the Paleo / Paleo Template / Zone / Eating Clean lifestyle.  

Here, the CrossfitMOST team offers up some of the most useful things they learnt over many epic meal times

1.) You can’t rush it in the morning.  You are setting up your meals & nutrition for the day.  Many of us allow an hour for prepping & cooking food for the day.  

2.) Don’t rely on genius or copious amounts of caffeine in the morning for meal inspiration.  Be prepared + inspired + motivated by a few bookmarked Crossfit / Paleo / Lifestyle blogs.  

3.) Invest in a variety of sizes of lock lid glass containers; you may have more cooked foods with sauces or oils in them – nobody likes their gym clothes covered in their lunch sauces in their bag.  

4.) There are some great lunchboxes out there, but shipping to Canada is pricey (let us know if you find these in Canada!) http://www.planetbox.com/

5.) Always make double or triple portions that you can save for later; otherwise cooking and prepping food two to three times a day makes for a lot of work.

6.) Buy your nuts, seeds and meats bulk to save a bunch of cash.  Freeze them down.  Buy them already frozen to save extra $$.  

7.) Shop often for vegetables - keep it fresh.  With Meats & Fats taken care of, fruits and veggies will make for quick, easy and inexpensive shopping trips.  

8.) Make the effort to use a new paleo recipe at least twice a week  - unless you like routine, or you want to stay at the grilled meat and steamed vegetables stage (gets old fast). Some of our favourites:

Health-Bent http://www.health-bent.com/
Foodee http://www.foodee.com/
PaleOMG http://www.paleomg.com/
Everyday Paleohttp://everydaypaleo.com/

9.) Invest in a good set of spices.  The Silk Road Spice Merchant in Inglewood is a great source of unique spices.  www.silkroadspices.ca/  Avenue has a great article on buying Spices and Calgary vendors also: http://www.avenuecalgary.com/articles/the-best-spices-in-calgary.  Also check out the bulk bins at Community Health.

10.) Learn how to prepare the three top pasta / grain substitutes:  Zucchinni noodles, Spaghetti Squash & Cauliflower Rice.  

Ps - Yes, we like texting each other pictures of our meals.  

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