TPS 4: Planning & Preparation for Paleo

A big roast chicken will last for a couple of meals

A big roast chicken will last for a couple of meals

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail”
~  Harvey Mackay

In this episode we talk about what it takes to be successful when making the change to a Paleo or Primal lifestyle.

One of the keys to success is:
Planning and Preparation

All of us go about this in different ways depending on the lifestyles we lead.  The three of us at The Primal Shift are a perfect example of this because our individual lives and priorities differ so much:

  • Ivy is married and is busy raising three children whilst running a successful blog
  • Jo works full-time, lives on her own and her only responsiblities include keeping herself and her plants alive
  • Crystal and her husband Andrew tend to work long hours in full-time jobs. On top of this Crystal must ensure Andrew is well nourished so he has the energy to spend all his spare time producing/editing The Primal Shift podcasts

We each talk to how we make things work for us, including:

  • Our daily routines around prepping, cooking and eating
  • How often we shop, where we shop and navigating the farmer’s market
  • How often we cook (batch cooking vs cooking each meal fresh)
  • Cleaning all the non-paleo-esque foods out of the pantry
  • Condiments (sourcing vs making your own)
  • Getting the most out of good quality grass-fed mince
  • Our ‘go-to’ meals and using herbs and spices
  • Our favourite kitchen tools and gadgets (good knives, slow cooker, pressure cooker, blender, good quality stainless steel or cast iron pans, food processor)

Takeaway Tips:

  • Get all of the processed and refined junk food out of the house, don’t rely on your willpower to keep you from eating it!
  • Chop extra, cook extra.  Cook once and eat twice or thrice
  • Plan in advance, make sure you have got good food in the fridge
  • Find some good Paleo Recipes.  Check out Chowstalker and The Food Lover’s Primal Palate for some great recipes
  • Get a few basic recipes under your belt and experiment with different spices, herbs and flavours
  • Cook enough for both dinner and leftover’s for lunch the next day
  • Join your local Paleo Meet-up Group and chat to others and get ideas.  Find the Melbourne Paleo Meetup Group here
  • Make sure you have pre-made some convenience snacky-type food so you have got something in the fridge for those times when you are a bit peckish
  • Invest in some good quality kitchen tools.  A slow cooker is worth it’s weight in gold!
Winter Savory

Winter Savory

Meat Muffins

Meat Muffins

Spag Bol (minus the spaghetti)

Big batch of Spag Bol (minus the spaghetti)

Crystal's selection of smoky salts

Crystal’s collection of smoky salts

Prepping veggies

Prepping veggies


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3 Responses to TPS 4: Planning & Preparation for Paleo

  1. Kathy July 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Great podcast Crystal, loved all the shortcut tips on how to save time in preparing meals when you have a busy schedule. Thanks for the Chimichurri recipe Jo & the tomato sauce recipe Ivy, look forward to making them. The meat muffins sound like a good ‘go to’ meal also.
    Really enjoy the information you are all sharing on these podcasts, thanks so much for your dedication!

  2. Madeleine July 13, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Hey ladies. Just caught up with your podcast and enjoyed it thoroughly. Great to hear the Melbourne references and tips! I’ve now subscribed and looking forward to future episodes!! Hope to catch up with you soon at future Meet-ups.

    • Jo Fitton July 13, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks Madeleine!
      We’re glad to enjoyed listening to the episode. It’s great that you have subscribed too as we have more episodes coming up!

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