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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
9/7/11 8:15 P

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You can really transport anything you want with the proper lunch bag and ice packs. I don't know where you are from but cheap ones can be found in Big Lots/Odd Lots, Ollies, wholesale clubs (mine is BJ's). I have a big tote that looks like a large purse and I usually carry 3 meals a day to work. I make a variety of things on the weekend and pack them up individually so they are grab and go: Hard boiled eggs, sausages, I make a breakfast casserole that the recipe is on the recipe thread, I make turkey burgers and chicken breasts ahead or even beef burgers, tuna or chicken salad with celery sticks or lettuce wraps, any type of good quality lunch meat with lettuce wraps, dinner leftovers, salads, anything really. A trick I use for salads to make them smaller to take is I put them in a regular old fashioned Baggie (the kind you twist-tie) and squash the air out so it gets smaller. Then close it off and bring a paper plate to use. Slides in the side of my lunch bag very nicely. I have 2 fruits with me usually and a small snack bag of nuts, then a larger bag of cut up veggies. I don't usually eat all of this but am better safe than sorry!

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9/7/11 5:54 P

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I think you could be pleasantly surprised about the convenience of a salad... I mean, I eat a spinach salad at lunch (living in a hotel room right now)... I use a large tupperware (about 5cups), fill with spinach, add some tuna from a pouch, sunflower seeds and voila! Dressing can be in a little container on the side, or something.

For chips, I'm a huge fan of Terra Sweet Potato chips (looking forward to making my own sweet potato chips one day)... so I use those to dip in hummus, or recently cooked up some ground bison meat with spices, added some guac and got some nachos! Also, sweet potatoes can be nuked in the microwave in morning, wash-poke with fork, nuke for 4.5 minutes. I eat it with some bacon for breakfast.

Just some ideas. Good luck!

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KIRANERYS's Photo KIRANERYS Posts: 418
9/7/11 12:57 P

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All good ideas - I was thinking of grabbing a family pack of chicken breasts and just baking them up and freezing them in individual portions for quick protein on the go. Also good for other proteins on sale. What would I eat the tuna/sardine salad with instead of crackers or bread? Ideas for breakfasts? I am usually ok with just coffee or coffee and yogurt until lunch, but I want to start working out during that lunch time and I will need something more substantial in the morning so I still have energy by Noon (because eating and THEN working out is a bad bad idea for me...LOL!) I'm thinking bis ass salads would be good for dinner, but tough to carry to school for lunch. I think keeping in some beans and legumes properly prepared would be a good idea for me financially, although I guess that still means no more canned baked beans which have also been a staple lately but I know the sugar in them is a big no. Any other ideas on easy to pack and travel foods on a budget? Just to get an idea...what would a reasonable lunch look like that I could pack? Some meat, baggie of veggies maybe in some sort of dip, handful of nuts, handful of dried fruit - does that seem appropriate? Any other thoughts?

It would be really nice to get to that point where I don't feel like I need to eat as much, because right now I feel like I want to eat ALL the time and I am sure that is a combination of emotional/stress eating and the poor nutritional value of the foods I am eating.

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Michael Pollan "In Defense of Food"
Barbara Kingsolver "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"
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9/7/11 12:23 P

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first of all you need containers to hold your food in.. The night before you need to prepare you breakfast and lunch.. You can pick up pork and chicken at a pretty cheap price.. Thighs and legs can go for as little as 3.00 to 3.50 for a large pack.. You can spend about 10.00 on meat per week. If you can buy frozen veggies, that's can be a 1.00 a bag. Our stores may vary in price, but, after about three weeks your appetite will decrease and you will not have to eat that much.. If you're looking to lose weight marksdailyapple.com has a visual that will help you find your carb intake. Prolly between 20 and 50 if you're carb sensitive like I am.. Adjust your diet accordingly. If you cannot afford so much meat you can try beans, just keep it below your carb allowance. If you are not carb sensitive you can have 50-100.. This does not work for me. Good luck and welcome to the paleo lifestyle.

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9/7/11 9:14 A

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If money is really, really, really tight, you could add some legumes (except soy) provided you properly prepare them (i.e. long soaking, slow cooking). Properly preparing them minimizes the anti-nutrients and makes the legumes more digestible.

Although they aren't technically paleo, PaNu doctor Kurt Harris puts them 11th on his continuum of 12 things to get out of your diet one at a time. Robb Wolff has said a few times in his podcast that they are a reasonable option if you absolutely can't afford a lot of meat.

The only real problem with them--if they are properly prepared--is that they are not as nutritionally dense as meat. They aren't a complete protein.

With a budget that small, I'd consider adding some in a few days a week. It's a far better choice than continuing to eat grains and sugars. They do take a while to cook, but you can do it in a slow cooker while you are at school, or make a big batch on the weekend to eat throughout the week.

Other good choices, most of which have already been mentioned: hard-boiled eggs, canned fish, raw veggies, salads (you can make one the night before and stick it in the fridge), jerky, nuts & seeds, dinner leftovers, etc.




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9/7/11 6:34 A

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Canned fish- tuna, salmon, sardines, herrings
Raw veggies- check out MDA for home made dips, avocado dips are great
Nuts
Berries, cherries, pears, apples
Egg and sausage "muffins"
Big a** salads

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9/7/11 1:56 A

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So I have been doing some looking into Paleo for awhile, and then for whatever reason (time, money, lazy, etc.) I just haven't followed through. So I am looking at jumping into it now because I have spent the first couple weeks of the school year eating JUNK...fast food, ramen noodles, lots of pasta, all the typical college crap even though I know better. Unfortunately my already compromised digestive system has NOT been treating me well an I know I need to make a change!

So here is my challenge - I am on an extreme student budget...I can afford about $25-$35 a week in groceries (maybe can eek out a bit more if I am avoiding the fast food runs but no higher than $40 a week). This has, of course made things like bagels and noodles quite convenient and cheap. Also, I have a full class load so I have to carry my breakfast and lunch to school with me in an insulated bag. I do have access to a microwave, but no prep space so everything would have to be done in advance at home. I am usually running late so breakfast needs to be grab and go (premaking breakfast sandwiches and burritos last year worked well...nuke and go. But obviously the bagels and tortillas are a no-no).

So help me out? What can I be looking at for stuff I can grab and go and pack on a budget? Obviously beef jerky is good, fresh and dried fruit, I like sardine salad (although usually on toast with cheese), hard boiled eggs maybe, I always like veggies dipped in hummus but hummus is out - what else? Toss me some more ideas! I really want to get this started, even if it means clearing out my cabinets and passing along the grains and processed foods currently in my cabinets to friends.

Just as an FYI - I could also stand to lose about 125 lbs, so hoping that eating better and starting to take advantage of the gym during lunch times will help trim some of this extra off so I am feeling stronger and healthier and more energetic before I graduate in May :-) I turn 30 in 1 week, I need to launch into this new decade much healthier than I have spent most of this past decade!! Help me out!!

I read an article saying that all owners of pitbulls are vicious criminals - Well if I am as vicious as my puppy then you better look out, I might snuggle you to death!

Required reading for anyone who eats food:
Michael Pollan "In Defense of Food"
Barbara Kingsolver "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"
You should know exactly what you are putting into your body and these books will help open your eyes!
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