Too Busy for the Paleo Plan Meal Plan?

Think you’re too busy to try out the Paleo Plan Meal Plan? Here’s my advice to another reader about that…


My wife and I both looked at your website and are very interested in starting the Paleo Plan Meal Plan. I wanted to speak to someone about the complexity of the diet and see if this is something we can do with our schedules.My wife and I are both Police Officers. She works four days a a week 10-15 hours a day, I work three days a week 12-15 hours a day. We really need solid fuel foods and things we can munch on throughout the day/night we are working. Things that will stay edible in a lunch pale in a patrol car for 12 hours. Neither of us have food allergies. Being recently married, we want to get that headstart of getting the “Married muffin” as I call it. After speaking with my wife, we both decided we really want to make some lifestyle changes before we start having kids so we can raise our kids eating the right foods and steer away from the processed crap foods.

Please contact me and let me know if your plan will work for our type of schedule.


Hi Travis,

Congrats on even considering making this switch! I hope you can make it work for you and your wife in order to ward off the “married muffin” ;) Here’s my advice.

If you really want it to work for your schedule, it definitely can. You will do well to work together on the cooking, since you have different schedules and sometimes one of you will have more time to cook than the other. Your lunches will most often consist of leftovers from dinner. I personally don’t mind cold leftovers, but you may feel differently about that. Some people like to heat up their leftovers, which I’m not sure is an option for you ever.

Anyway, other than that, you’ll have to cook your breakfast, which usually takes between 5 and 20 minutes. Then lunch is leftovers so no time cooking there. Snack is almost always something you make beforehand or just pull out of the pantry/fridge with no prep required (like jerky, fruit, veggies, pre-made chicken with avocado, etc.), and dinner is the one thing you’ll need to make every night.

So you can either make the dinners in bulk and freeze them on a night when you have time, then just heat them up when you get home at night. Or you can spend between 20 minutes and an hour cooking dinner every night.

We also have a “flex” schedule in the meal plan, which gives you one day a week “off” from the diet. That just means we provide you with a shopping list every week that excludes Friday’s meals (but you can take any day of the week off – not just Friday. So that helps give you a little leeway with your schedule to go out to eat one day or heat up a frozen pizza or something.

Oh, and one other thing. I wrote a blog post called “I Don’t Have Time for Paleo” here that talks about the ways you can make Paleo do-able, even with the busiest schedule. The comments on that post are really helpful, too.

I hope that helps, but please let me know if you have other questions!




  1. For hot foods, you can try a Hydroflask. They make a “soup” version which is short and wide for foods. Heat up your food in the morning, pop it in, and it should still be warm at least 6-7 hours later (I sometimes also preheat the container with hot water too.) There is some heat loss through the lid, but the stuff on the bottom stays very warm.

    I work outside a lot, and on a cold rainy day it’s nice to be able to open up my lunch box to a warm meal.

    There are probably other brands of thermos that would work too, but Hydroflask ones are very light, so they’re easier to carry around in my backpack.

  2. I just became a truck driver and after 2 month I see I’m already gaining weight. Eating healthy on the rd is close to impossible. I have a cooler but no microwave or stove to cook on. Any tips or suggestions.

    1. Jason – I’d say invest in a large cooler. Then when you’re home, pre-cook meals and staples like baked sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, roasted meat, soups/stews, jerky, veggies, and bring fruit, nuts/seeds, and deli meats so you can ALWAYS have a meal on hand. I’ve lived out of my vehicle for months at a time without going out to eat, so I know it’s possible. Eating cold food is going to have to be ok with you, but you can focus on things that don’t have to be warm for you to eat them.

  3. Jason, I know a truck driver who got some kind of converter thing so he could use his rice cooker in the truck. Rice isn’t strictly paleo, but a little white rice is better than wheat, plus you can cook all kinds of things. I used to have a small one, which might be nice for a truck, and now I have a regular size with a steamer basket. You can put some chicken or meat on top of the rice, then add veggies to a steamer basket partway through cooking. I don’t think you even have to have rice in it, you can probably put water or broth in the bottom with meat and then add veggies to steam. I’ve even hard boiled eggs as I cooked my rice. I’ve heard of college kids cooking a three course meal in theirs.

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