Single and WLS
What I'm most scared about is cooking. I'm curious how single people who didn't like to cook adjusted to cooking after WLS. I'm hoping that once I start losing weight I'll regain my interest in cooking again. I think my lack of interest stems from my lack of energy after work and the pain I feel in my back when standing after a short while.
My BF who is a chef will be a great help to me, but I'm just scared for the days when he is not around. I would imagine it might be easier to cook up the little amount of food our pouch will hold, but I lack serious creativity when it comes to fixing a variety of foods. I've got to be able to do this on my own to be successfull long term.
And for everyone, has cooking become more of a hassle or less. Gggrrrrr, I'm just so worried this whole food thing. Sorry for the long winded post.... I'm just trying to find some good suggestions and help so I can be totally prepared.
Hopefully, you will become more interested in cooking as you lose weight and feel more physically comfortable...preparing your own food is the best in the long run for knowing what you are really getting as opposed to eating out.
Good luck, you won't regret your decision!
Here are some links to check out:
http://saksfamily.no-ip.com/crockpot.html (some of these may have to be adjusted for WLS patients)
AnnMarie brougth up a good point. I do freeze a lot now so it is quick access to something when I don't feel like cooking or if you want to change up what you are eating for the week.
Like the previous poster said, you learn to adapt. I buy packages of meat and divide them out into portion friendly freezer bags to put in the freezer to fix individual portion sizes for dinner. I stick mainly with my eggbeaters for breakfast or a protein bar or shake -- depending on if I'm going to the gym that morning. For lunch, I stick with cottage cheese or string cheese wrapped in deli sliced ham and then cook the pre-packaged frozen meat for supper with some non-starchy veggies. I'll even cook a pot of soup and freeze it in the individual Glad freezer containers that I can pop in the microwave.
It's just a mindset you have to get into. I've gotten used to cooking for just myself and my refrigerator no longer has all those leftovers sitting there like I had when the kids were at home. So it's less work in the long run -- not having to clear out all the uneaten leftovers each week to go out in the trash.
Pre-Op 3 mos. post op 5 mos. post op At Goal Surgery Date - 12/10/2009 Goal Met -8/26/2010
I freeze things in muffin tins. My mom made me some food on the long weekend and she used silicone muffin cups to freeze it; the silicone peals off quite easily.
There is a recipe forum on OH that might inspire you. Also, there are some WLS cook books, but I can't find my link to them right now.
I actually started cooking more after my DS. It just wasn't worth it to go the fast food route that I had been on.
The best invention for single women (in the kitchen anyway): the crockpot. Throw everything in, turn it on and come home from work to dinner all prepared.
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"I have lost the lumbering hulk that I once was. I don't hide behind my clothes or behind my door. I am part of life's rich tapestry not an observer." Kirmy
September 2006...415 lbs.
April 12, 2007...surgery...285 lbs. Goal...210 Current...181