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How Do You Go About Preparing Food For The Week? – N&P

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How Do You Go About Preparing Food For The Week?



In many ways a successful diet depends on good time management skills. To eat well you have to source and prepare high-quality foods quickly and efficiently. If it can become an easy, routine effort than you are very likely to keep doing it.

1. Outsource what you can.

The absolute highest-value choice you could make is to have your food prepared for you, ahead of time…at least the busy mid-day meals.

There is a cost to this kind of service, sure, but it’s far less than you would think. Consider that all the meal planning, shopping and cooking is done for you. There is no food waste, as you order what you need. Just pull a container from the fridge and run. The ease is liberating. The food is usually great. And best of all, the amount of time you liberate is amazing. Just give it a try. Set aside some dough, at least for a month. Free up some time and see what else you might get done with that effort.

Go now and search around your gym for a Paleo/Crossfit friendly food service. In the Memphis area, you really can’t beat Bedrock Eats and Sweets

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2. Leverage local markets.

Even if you get food service you’re still going to need some fresh foods around the house. Your best bet is to find a local farmers market. The produce and eggs are usually fresh and amazing, but also pretty cheap. It’s a bit harder to grass-fed meats at a bargain, but still, the quality is worth the cost.

If you don’t have access to a market, your best bet is just to jump over to the local Whole Foods. They have a reputation for being costly, sure, but if you go in there with a planned list it’s not bad.

3. Plan, execute, and make things easy.

Get all the food you need for the entire week, all at once. Go to the market with a plan. How many grams of protein do you require a day? Here is a good guide to help with the shopping. Divide the daily amount into 3-4 meals, then make sure you buy enough fresh veggies to give you a few servings with each of those meals. It’s really not all that hard to do.

Once you get your food home prepare it immediately. Chop all the veggies. Cook the meat ahead of time. Prepare some of your meals and stash them in the fridge. Keep some of the meat ready for quick and easy cooking throughout the week.

If you have to cook, use great tools. You really cannot go wrong with a crock-pot. Dump in anything you like, set the timer and walk away. It couldn’t be an easier thing to do. Just make sure you use a crock-pot liner. That, my friend, will change your life.

Eat well!


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Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?


  • I cringed a little when you guys mentioned the plastic crockpot liners. I’ve used them myself in the past, super convenient when cleaning up. Big concerns are chemicals in the plastic leaching into the food when cooked at high heat. I know they are labeled BPA free and all but there are so many other chemicals that go into making plastic that I just quit using them as it freaked me out a little. I’ve read that the chemicals mimic estrogen and can cause havoc in our (especially mens) bodies. I’ve also quit using the ready-steam or boil type vegetables which are sealed in plastic and designed to be cooked in it. I do still use rubbermaid style containers to store items in the fridge but I won’t heat them up in same.
    Any words of advice to calm my fears? Am i over reacting?

    • Well, note sure how much toxin there might be in one of those bags. But, I would think cooking at a medium temperature might help. Overall, not sure. All we know is that they are incredibly handy.

  • An idea that i’ve suggested for my guys at work (military) is that each person perpares one dish (Paleo) on Sunday. Then on Monday, bring that all each dish in and split them up amongst each person. This method gives you multiple different meals and you only have to buy ingredients for one dish as opposed to the many you would cook for yourself. And also I’m now only cooking once a week. This method saves $, time, and ensures a weeks worth of clean meals. This method also helps build a culture of fitness and comradery amongst the troops.

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