I’ve said it time and time again: losing weight by doing a Whole30 followed by going Paleo has been relatively easy. As compared to grueling workout plans, deprivation diets, fad diets, or single-food diets (cabbage soup, anyone?), losing weight and getting healthy for Sherry and I has been rather easy. However, there’s something I’ve overlooked: what some may call, “The catch.”
Living Paleo means a lot of planning and a lot of preparation. It’s not something you can just jump into without putting in some effort. Here are things to consider:
- You have to plan out your meals, typically at least a few days in advance. Planning them by the week makes the most sense for us. This means finding Paleo-compliant recipes.
- You have to consider each ingredient and find Paleo-friendly or Paleo-compliant ingredients. This is sometimes quite difficult and can require some research and some effort to source locally. We are sometimes forced to order ingredients online which takes at least 2-3 days to arrive in most cases.
- Once you have your recipes and ingredients, you must do the work to prepare the food. A lot of Paleo dishes that mimic regular foods like breads, casseroles, and even cakes require a lot of work. Sometimes, that extra work is like 2 to 3 times the amount of work for the real-deal. You have to keep in mind that the extra effort is worth the good it will do for your body.
- Since many of the recipes take a long time to prepare, it becomes impractical to prepare every meal before you are to eat it. This is why Sherry and I have Prepday Sundays where we make at least 2-3 different dishes we can eat throughout the week as lunches or dinners as well as cooking all the bacon we will eat throughout the week.
- Packaging up all the food made on Prepday Sunday takes time and planning, but this is where it all pays off. You no longer have to set aside extra time for those meals you’ve pre-made and pre-packaged.
It is a lot of extra work. I’m not going to sugarcoat this. My son, who loves Paleo food, had a very hard time keeping up with the diet while working in the oil fields of North Dakota because it was near impossible for him to find good ingredients and he had very little time to make the food, let alone to have a prepday.
This is why America is so fat. You can get two burgers for $2 within 30 seconds. To eat well, it can take us anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to prep a healthy meal (Sure, there are quicker options, but I would never recommend someone eat salads forever lest you go insane!). So when people ask me, “You say your program is so easy, but what’s the catch?” I will tell them from now on that it takes a lot of time and effort to eat well.
But it’s oh-so worth it!