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Eating Right at Work

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Created May 27, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Hi everyone, just found the forums doing some research on paleo/primal communities. Love it so far! Spent all night reading and searching for things I had questions on and still had a few so I figured I'd ask away.

1) I work the graveyard shift on a schedule of four, ten hour long days. Between work, commute, gym, and running errands in the little time available to me, I have access to a kitchen less than half of the week. I do have access to a microwave, a toaster oven, a foreman grill, and a crock-pot(though usually anything I would make in here takes too long). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for good foods/recipes(very simple) that could be prepared with those tools. Lately I've been doing a lot of pork chops on the foreman grill and steaming whatever I can in the microwave(never really tastes right though, need to get better at that). Also tuna from time to time. But I'd like to have a wider variety of simple(r) things I can eat and still be eating right. Eggs in the microwave? Other canned/frozen things? What's good? What's easy? What's tasty? Previously I sustained mostly on fast food and frozen carbs and really enjoy eating real foods.

2) Does anyone else sustain this kind of lifestyle while working graveyards? Should I worry about not getting any sun? Anything else I should be aware of? I've noticed my sleep patterns are pretty crappy and I don't sleep terribly well/have a hard time getting up. Anything I can do about that while maintaining my job?

3) Not sure if anyone will be able to help with this, but here in Phoenix I have a really hard time(so far pure failure) in finding pastured/naturally fed anything except the occasional beef. No eggs, no butter, no pork, no chicken ... nothing. How does one go about finding such things? Does anyone happen to know of a source in Phoenix?

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821 · May 28, 2010 at 5:52 AM

One of my favorite quick meals is "leftovers on salad"--i.e. when you cook up extra meat, try putting some on a salad, with whatever other paleo tidbits you like. I also like hot leftovers on salad. Think taco salad without the chips, torilla bowl, etc. And meat grease makes great dressing! I used to work swing and graveyard as a baker. I wish I knew about primal then--I depended on massive amounts of carbs (hey the bread and bagels were free) and coffee to get me through, and I felt like crap most of the time. Good luck! And ditto on the vitamin D advice.

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145 · May 28, 2010 at 5:10 AM

I stumbled upon this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/3559/ideas-for-bag-lunches-what-do-paleos-eat-at-work while browsing and it had some awesome ideas too.

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145 · May 28, 2010 at 2:16 AM

Wow, thanks for all the info! Those omelette muffins sound delicious and pretty easy =] Gonna give those a go this weekend. I tried that farm but they don't have eggs =/ BUT I did go to the Trader Joes today(about 20 miles from my house) and they have free range eggs and dairy so making a weekly trip or so shouldn't be too bad. I'm also gonna try crock-potting a bunch of meat on the weekend and just eating it cold. And I'm thinking about braving the world of canned fish(other than tuna). Thanks a lot for all the advice!

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1) Here's some thoughts for food:

  • You could poach eggs and fry bacon in the microwave.
  • You might try some of the frozen dinners from Paleo Brands (I promise that I don't get compensated for posting that link).
  • You could make your own nut mixes to bring to work.
  • You could get dried beef to snack on.
  • You could make a large crustless quiche at the beginning of the week and bring a piece or two with you to microwave each day.
  • You could try making omelette muffins.

2) Because you're not getting much sun, you should really start taking a Vitamin D supplement. Perhaps 1000 ius / day or more.

3) As far as how to find good food sources in Phoenix, I suggest you join some groups!

Also, check the Real Milk website for sources of good dairy and chickens. There appears to be a small family farm near Phoenix. You might be able to get pastured eggs there!

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821 · May 28, 2010 at 5:52 AM

One of my favorite quick meals is "leftovers on salad"--i.e. when you cook up extra meat, try putting some on a salad, with whatever other paleo tidbits you like. I also like hot leftovers on salad. Think taco salad without the chips, torilla bowl, etc. And meat grease makes great dressing! I used to work swing and graveyard as a baker. I wish I knew about primal then--I depended on massive amounts of carbs (hey the bread and bagels were free) and coffee to get me through, and I felt like crap most of the time. Good luck! And ditto on the vitamin D advice.

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145 · May 28, 2010 at 2:16 AM

Wow, thanks for all the info! Those omelette muffins sound delicious and pretty easy =] Gonna give those a go this weekend. I tried that farm but they don't have eggs =/ BUT I did go to the Trader Joes today(about 20 miles from my house) and they have free range eggs and dairy so making a weekly trip or so shouldn't be too bad. I'm also gonna try crock-potting a bunch of meat on the weekend and just eating it cold. And I'm thinking about braving the world of canned fish(other than tuna). Thanks a lot for all the advice!

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