I've been lurking for ages and gathering information on Paleo for a while now - trying to work up to the courage to 'rip the bandaid off' and do a 30 day challenge. The biggest obstacle I foresee is the amount of cooking. I'm not a great cook to begin with and have always relied on a lot of grains both for bulk and convenience. I have a toddler and a demanding full-time job, and I also care for an elderly relative who lives with me. NOT trying to lay out a lot of excuses but rather trying to recognize what the challenges are to this lifestyle change.
Thanks in advance for your perspectives and advice (and for the wealth of information I've managed to pick up so far.)
Get a crock pot and make it your new friend. Even for someone who is not a cook and has very little time, you can still put a pork roast in a crock pot, top it with sauerkraut, and come home to a finished meal 8 hours later. (Cook on low.) Or a pot roast in the crockpot. Steaks can take 10 minutes under the broiler and then you can serve with a salad. There are tons of recipes that take very little prep time and don't require the skills of Julia Child to pull off - promise.
This is not rally an issue with paleo as much as it is with simply time-usage.
That being said what works for us is just cooking every piece of a meal - for instance the chicken for the protein piece of dinner, or the sweet potatoes etc - in larger quantities. Then just saving all the leftover pieces for tomorrow's or anytime piecing back together to a meal. So our fridge ends up full of chicken tin foil packets, baked potatoes, etc.
If you do dairy, well, of course yogurt and cottage cheese is ready-made
Absolutely! I mostly just made protein-heavy salads or egg dishes since I couldn't cook when I first started Paleo... but then all of the yummy Paleo food made me want to learn how to REALLY cook, and now I love cooking! Best of luck with this!