Everyone wants a piece of you, I know:

  • The zen individuals want you to get up 20 minutes early to mediate;
  • The get-the-classical-education-you-never-had people want you to get up before that to read Beowulf;
  • The fitness freaks want you to hit the gym at 5am;
  • The de-clutter nuts want 30 minutes of your mornings before anyone else is up to orgami your clothing, swizzle the bathroom and sparkle the sink;

And now I’m saying Hey! Wouldn’t you like to get up even earlier so you can prep a pot roast and make a cauli-pilaf before you greet the pandemonium that is your day?

And you are saying Um, no.

But wait, my argument has edge.


Healing protocol foods will give you the energy you need to accomplish all the meditating, Beowulf-reading, weight-lifting and toilet-swizzling you want to do in a day, in addition to your day-job and family life.

At least, it has in mine.

So start with the food prep.

Even if it means skipping the gym & leaving the toilet to marinate for now. Seriously! I highly recommend getting the extra sleep and just starting with a cauliflower.

Just you and a cauliflower in the early light of dawn…

As your energy increases, you can whip through The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, prep your food, meditate, swizzle your toilet and get in a bike ride before work.

But you need the energy first.

BE proactive

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Here’s what I did before work this morning:

My early morning food prep

I got all my food prep done before I had to roust my vegetarian teenager.

Then I ate my breakfast, drank three green tea lattes, read my evaluation textbook, did the dishes and got work-ready.

We were both out the door by 7:40am.

Why an early morning cook-up instead of a late-night food prep?

3 reasons:

  1. Procrastination is a serious hazard for me in the evening;
  2. I resent the food-prep less if I don’t have to spend my day anticipating it; and
  3. I prefer to have my evenings free to do whatever I want.

Featured Resource

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook

When I wrote this post I didn't know the Instant Pot existed. Now it's at the centre of my early morning food prep sessions, as is it's companion, the Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook.

I had never used a pressure cooker before, but the Instant Pot makes pressure cooking effortless and non-intimidating.

In the early days of my healing protocol lifestyle, bone broth used to require 2-3 days in the slow cooker. And I had to plan my whole day around cooking. No more. The Instant Pot reduces cooking to minutes. The results are better. Leaving me with more time for my life.

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook includes over 140 recipes by 37 Paleo AIP food bloggers, including me.

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