Hi! This is my first post, so if I made any mistakes, please let me know. :)
I'm nursing my 2 month old and am finding that, in order to eat Paleo, I barely have time to do anything but cook, eat, and nurse. I have three related questions:
Is there something I can do differently so that I can eat less frequently? I am currently eating every two to three hours (including at night after waking to nurse). I try to eat a lot of fat (usually fat from meats, butter, coconut butter, olive oil, or palm shortening), meat, and veggies each time I eat. Sometimes when I'm really hungry and the baby is crying, I'll grab a piece of fruit and/or a bunch of mixed nuts.
Is there something I can do to cut down on all the cooking? A friend gave me the cookbook "Well Fed, Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat" (it's the only Paleo book I've read so far) and I've been trying to do as she suggests by cooking meat and veggies ahead of time once a week. I haven't been able to do the whole "weekly" cooking prep at once, but I do try to do my eggs, veggies, and meat in big batches. I usually manage to get one cooking task done a day (e.g. roast a couple chickens one day, dice the meat the next day, make olive oil mayo the next). I have read the threads from the newbie meta post and will incorporate some of those ideas (e.g. buying no-sugar jerky on line) but I'm wondering if folks have any suggestions tailored to a taking-care-of-an-infant lifestyle.
With paleo, I'm eating a large volume of food (all those delicious veggies!), and I often don't even have time to sit down and eat it. I find myself scarfing down my food quickly under stress (like, when the baby is screaming to nurse or my 6 y.o. is having a meltdown) and it hasn't been fabulous for my digestion. Does anyone have suggestions either for figuring out a way to eat in a more relaxed way or to compensate with digestion? I started taking a probiotic after reading that suggestion here and that's helping a lot, but I'd welcome any further suggestions.
ETA: Wow! I really appreciate all of the encouragement and great suggestions, and the speed with which you all responded. Thanks so much! I tried eating fewer fibrous veggies today and eating more calorie-dense foods. It seems to be working really well. I was worried that my energy levels would drop (I can't believe how great I feel with the small amount of highly-interrupted sleep I'm getting!) if I cut down on the veggies, but I still feel energetic. I also really appreciate the suggestions to eat the "iffy" paleo foods like dairy, sweet potatoes, and dried fruit. It's helping a lot to kind of lower the bar in those areas.
Also, in case someone comes along later to read this thread and has similar issues, I want to recommend the "stinky fish snack" described in this thread (http://paleohacks.com/questions/3559/ideas-for-bag-lunches-what-do-paleos-eat-at-work#axzz27RXaUct4). I just cut up a hard boiled egg in a bowl and added half of a can of sardines and sprinkled it with Penzey's sandwich sprinkle (probably plain garlic salt would work, too). It wasn't exactly delicious, but it tasted nourishing and was so fast and satisfying.
I also realized I gave my husband short shrift in my original post--he grilled up five pounds of chicken thighs when he got home from work and it made a huge difference to have those in the fridge!