By now some of you have met Suzanne, so you know she actually exists. She is not my “little invisible friend”, though she is little.
A year ago, when I suggested we switch over to Paleo, she embraced the idea and she has risen to the challenge. Those of you who have done likewise will agree, it requires planning in advance or you’ll find yourself dialing the phone for pizza.
Suzanne commits her entire day to Paleo Prep every Monday. She has her coffee at 6:00, breakfast at 6:30 and then she goes into menu planning mode. She selects a combination of classic standbys and new entrees and then develops the shopping list. We are very serious about what we eat, our weekly grocery budget is pushing $200 for two people. We eat nutritiously and we eat well.
By 7:30 she is out the door, beating the crowd to Market Basket. By 8:30 she is on her way back home with 10-12 bags of groceries. She unpacks everything and plays sous chef. She preps everything for the week. If I want to prepare an omelet, there are chopped onions, peppers, and mushrooms packaged in the fridge; right next to the bag of broccoli that’s ready to steam in a matter of minutes.
Then she starts cooking for the next few days. Here is what she did today. Stripped two roasted chickens and made Chicken Curry Salad. Prepared Mini-Meat Loaf (aka Breakfast Pucks). She made a batch of homemade mayonnaise, and homemade ketchup. Then she made two different batches of chocolate macadamia bark and a new batch of Chocolate Coconut Treats. (She got three new silicone muffin pans last week, so she had to try every one of them today).
This afternoon, we received two new Paleo cookbooks from Amazon. I can see the wheels turning as she imagines next week’s menu.
When we went Paleo I lost 35 pounds. When I started CrossFit I gained five pounds back. I would like to lose a few more pounds in the waistline, I think I could spare another 5-10 pounds of fat, but if you’ve read this blog post, you know that the odds are against me.