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Looking for Low Carb High Protein meals (pre-made)

jarabacoagirl
on 8/25/12 7:48 pm, edited 8/25/12 7:49 pm
VSG on 12/17/12 with
I'm still preop but I'm thinking ahead here.  My scedule tends to be hectic and I'm definitely not a cook.  In fact i hate cooking.  Most of the time my husband and I eat premade meals.  (like Organic frozen dinners, Wegman's $6 meals, premade salads stuff like that, Trader Joe's premade meals etc.)  I am thinking way ahead here.  Obviously during the liquid, puree, soft food stages I'm going to have to prepare my own stuff.  But after that once on solid foods.  Does everyone on here really cook?  Are there any suggestions as far as premade frozen dinners that have high protein low carb?  I know South beach diet used to have them but I don't see them anymore in the grocery store.  Any suggestions?  I heard someone on here mention something about Eat Rite a mail order kind of thing but I see all there meats are made from soy and I can't have too very much soy.  So I'm looking for other suggestions.  I know I'm not the only one in the world that doesn't like to cook or have time to cook.  lol :-)

HW 302 lbs SW  279.8 lbs.  CW  193.8 lbs   MFP Jarabacoagirl  Preop diets 22.2 lbs, 1st month 21.2 lbs, 2nd month 14.6 lbs,  3rd month 11.2 lbs, 4th month 7 lbs, 5th month 7 lbs, 6th month 6.8 lbs, 7th month 5.2 lbs, 8th month 4.4 lbs 9 and 10th months slowed down didn't record exactly

108.2 lbs lost from highest weight!

 (86.2 lbs of that was lost since surgery date)

M M
on 8/25/12 9:24 pm
 I used "The Fresh Diet" for a trial period -- and I LOVED it.  It's super expensive, but perfectly portioned and awesome.
jarabacoagirl
on 8/25/12 9:58 pm
VSG on 12/17/12 with
Do you buy that online or in the grocery store?

HW 302 lbs SW  279.8 lbs.  CW  193.8 lbs   MFP Jarabacoagirl  Preop diets 22.2 lbs, 1st month 21.2 lbs, 2nd month 14.6 lbs,  3rd month 11.2 lbs, 4th month 7 lbs, 5th month 7 lbs, 6th month 6.8 lbs, 7th month 5.2 lbs, 8th month 4.4 lbs 9 and 10th months slowed down didn't record exactly

108.2 lbs lost from highest weight!

 (86.2 lbs of that was lost since surgery date)

M M
on 8/25/12 10:35 pm
 Online - though you wouldn't be able to stomach much of it for many months - 
SueBee01
on 8/26/12 1:24 am - Orange Park, FL
Lap Band on 01/30/12
Lean Cuisine makes three really good ones that are under 200 calories. Just make sure you read their labels. They are part of their special cafe creations.
 Sue

            
Sabrina S.
on 8/26/12 1:59 am
I like to have a marathon cooking day once a week and make stuff ahead for the week to come, not sure if that would work for you? I know bariatricchoice.com has some yummy stuff (wonderslim and bari-wise products- I know from preop eating I loved the vegetarian joe and spicy macaroni and beef
Sabrina
HW362 BS 323 CW318.6 GW180
RNY Surgery 8/21/12
      
MsBatt
on 8/26/12 6:26 pm
You really should learn to cook. Cooking at home will allow you to eat healthier, tastier meals, for a lot less money.

I really don't understand how people get by without cooking at home, especially post-op. Pre-made foods are so full of carbs and sodium, I just don't know how anyone manages. Buy a crock-pot, a roaster/broiler pan, a baking dish. Buy a spice rack, and start growing an herb garden.

Post-op eating can be a lot more fun than pre-op eating ever was---if you learn how to do it RIGHT. (*grin*)

RHCP
on 8/27/12 2:23 pm - Poughkeepsie, NY
I HATED cooking.. hence why I was so over-weight eating out all the time and all the pre-made foods.

You may have to have a funeral for your pre-made foods- in a pinch your fine but honestly you need to learn to cook- and cooking meat is quick and easy. You need those dense proteins and nothing is better than a fresh piece of meat or fish. I have finally mastered my steaks and still getting my chicken down- I couldn't tolerate chicken for the fist 8 months!  I broil a big piece of marinated steak in about 15 min and have plenty of extra for a few meals. ( I understand most people can not tolerate beef-I am one of the lucky ones who can not get enough!) It's quick and easy and always tastes so much better than any pre-made stuff!

I used to hate cooking- but now I enjoy it-I won't say LOVE BC that's a lie- but I do enjoy it now and also it's so much cheaper!!
                
jarabacoagirl
on 8/27/12 2:54 pm
VSG on 12/17/12 with
I doubt I'll ever enjoy it.  It takes too long.  I used to do it a little more when I wasn't heavy and healthier and had more energy. (I actually gain all this weight really fast due to a very stressful situation in my life I wasn't always fat.  I gained like 150 lbs in 4 years.)  But nothing came out right or it would take like 3 days to make somehting that did come out right.  I'm majorly slow with it.  (Even those meals online that say takes 15 mins or less.  Well someone else's 15 minutes is my 2 or 3 hours.  lol   That's the problem and I don't have time or patience for it.  
As far as beef I can't digest it.  I hope my sleeve will tolerate chicken otherwise I'll get sick of eating fish everyday. 

HW 302 lbs SW  279.8 lbs.  CW  193.8 lbs   MFP Jarabacoagirl  Preop diets 22.2 lbs, 1st month 21.2 lbs, 2nd month 14.6 lbs,  3rd month 11.2 lbs, 4th month 7 lbs, 5th month 7 lbs, 6th month 6.8 lbs, 7th month 5.2 lbs, 8th month 4.4 lbs 9 and 10th months slowed down didn't record exactly

108.2 lbs lost from highest weight!

 (86.2 lbs of that was lost since surgery date)

jarabacoagirl
on 8/27/12 2:55 pm
VSG on 12/17/12 with
I wish I could afford to higher a cook.  :-)

HW 302 lbs SW  279.8 lbs.  CW  193.8 lbs   MFP Jarabacoagirl  Preop diets 22.2 lbs, 1st month 21.2 lbs, 2nd month 14.6 lbs,  3rd month 11.2 lbs, 4th month 7 lbs, 5th month 7 lbs, 6th month 6.8 lbs, 7th month 5.2 lbs, 8th month 4.4 lbs 9 and 10th months slowed down didn't record exactly

108.2 lbs lost from highest weight!

 (86.2 lbs of that was lost since surgery date)

lady_myst
on 8/27/12 5:11 pm
I hear you loud and clear on the hectic schedule!!  I am a single mom of a 6 and now 9 year old (her birthday is today!  my baby is 9!  when the heck did that happen?!?)  and I have a full time job and a part time job.  We also plan my days off so we are doing something fun and active so there is littttttle time to cook.  The crock pot is my friend.  Here is how I do it.

Sundays are my slow days...ROFLMAO...sorta.  I start three crocks in the morning before the running begins.  One is full of chicken breasts.  One has 90% lean ground beef.  The other usually has like a roast or ground turkey...whatever i have.  Let em cook all day while we are busy having family time.  Around supper time everything is done.  I start with the chicken.  I cut it into cubes or strips.  Some i put in freezer bags for the family for meals on the quick during the week.  Some i portion into 2 ounce servings for lunches on the quick.  (i know i can comfortably eat 2 ounces of chicken at a time...thats why i make this size.  Just got a cheap scale and started using it.  My eyes STILLLL lie to me about how big a portion is.  This takes the guess work out of it.)  Label and freeze.  Takes maybe 10 minutes.  Next i drain the hamburger and rinse it.  (because i just rinse it okay!  lol)  Then I portion that into family size.  I had to learn to make things both the kids and I can eat.  This was my consession.  Less taste when you rinse but we season and seasoning is free calories!  (things we like the most with this?  Tacos!  i add seasoning to the beef.  I get ff refried beans (watch daily carb counts!) and add protein powder to them and i get low fat or fat free cheese.  I go shell less and eat like a salad.  Kids get the shells.)   I put it in freezer bags label and freeze for meals on the quick.  time: 5 to 10 minutes.  Lastly, I use some of the roast for sunday supper.  I chunk some of it up with the veggies for a stew like meal (i add protein powder to the "gravy".  the kids get it with buiscuts or cresant rolls.  mom gets it without or occasionally i will endulge with a carb smart piece of toast...tho not often as it is hard to stay under carbs as it is and I reeeeallly have to plan to have that one damn piece of toast.  lol  plus i dont digest the bread well.)  Some i will slice into 2 ounce portions for lunch on the quick.  some i will freeze into family meal portions for roast beef sandwiches for kids and roll ups for me.  time...10 minutes. 

Meanwhile....lol.  when i start to do the crocks, i put on a pot of water and boil a dozen eggs.  When they are done, I simply cool them and refrigerate them.  Good for breakfast lunch or supper on the quick. 

In under an hour, I have prepared a weeks worth (and more) of meat.  Durning the week, i can have a healthy meal for my family on the table in 15 minutes or less because all i have to do is pull it out of the freezer in the morning and throw it in the frige.  add some veggies and wah lah!  healthy food.  fish takes only a short time to quick.  tuna fish is SUPER quick! 

wish i knew how to post links!  i found something from the newsletter from OH and use it as a grocery list guide.  It was from a chef they feature.  ugh!  I printed it off and keep it on my fridge.  If you dont have time to cook he listed ready made things you can get on the cheap instead of eating crap.  I will try to find and post.  ...

OH!!  another thing i LOVE LOVE LOVE to get is a rotissery (yeah its spelled wrong..lol) chicken from the store!!  the kids and I enjoy it the first night.  THen i use the rest of the meat for veggie and chicken soup or chicken and veggie pot pie (again kids get the buscuits and mom gets the middle.  just make a "gravy" and add protein powder to it.)  another way i love to use the left over chicken is with the bariatric advantage veggie soup protein mix.  I just add the chicken and veggies to the protein soup, season with some garlic salt and portion it into my little containers for soup when i need it. 

You can certainly spend the money on premade meals.  I think there can be a lot of salt and preservations in them so be careful.  HOWEVER, you dont need to spend the cash.  Find an hour somewhere and make your own fast food!  Fresher and better and it goes with the new way of thinking and eating in my opinion.  Hope some of these ideas help you out!  (btw...i HATE to cook.  But i feel guilty if i dont cook for the kids.  Plus, to be honest, we ate a TON of fast food before surgery.  So learning to cook and feel good about it really helped with changing the way I view food.  Sure, weigh****chers and lean cuisine make some good things that i have used in a pinch, but i am frugal.  lol.