Has anyone actually followed any of the meal plans in books like The Paleo Diet, The Primal Blueprint or The Paleo Solution? What was your experience of trying to do this? How practical are they, especially if you're the only one in your family doing it? And if you've done tried more than one, how do you compare them (especially from a practicality view point)?
By "meal plan," you mean actually eating the meal suggestions, in order, week by week? If so, then no. However, I found Wolf's meal suggestions really inspiring--all my meals were from his recipes for the first few weeks of being paleo.
So, I guess I would say.... It sounds stressful trying to follow any week-by-week plan, in order, to the letter. And it doesn't sound practical. But the basic paleo algorithms used to create meals (e.g., dinner = protien + veg in a frying pan)--which are quick to learn as you skim through the recipes in Wolf and others--is extremely practical and easy to implement, even if you're the only one in the household doing it.
I followed Robb Wolf's meal plan. I found that I Picked my favorite meals out of his week plan, being the only one here during the week resulted in me only having to cook 3meals and I had lots of left overs.
I've tried Wolff's plan and found it a very good way to get started. I tend to sit down on weekends with a few good cookbooks, plan a few meals, and make a shopping list. My favorite cookbooks include Mark Sissons', Wolff's, even a selective few from Dr. Bernstein's diebeties cookbook (many of his recipies are very Paleo).
Once you become more comfortable selecting and preparing Paleo meals, you can venture out into the non-Paleo world and find plenty of great ideas. Julia Childs' "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is full of great Paleo recipies. Last night I made her hamburger recipe. Who knew it could take 6-8 tablespoons of butter to make a hamburger?! Also, I make a bunch of soups inspired by a Thai cookbook.
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