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142 10/14/13 6:11 P
I wouldn't have recommended The Simple Diet to anyone a year ago. I was following a whole food, clean, from-scratch diet, semi-Paleo (low grain, low dairy as opposed to no-grain, no-dairy) because I had the time and energy to cook and prepare all of my meals, but then my circumstances changed.
My osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune disease (attacking my joints, skin, and respiratory tract connective tissue) were taking away more and more of my energy and stamina, and when I was unable to cook or prepare food for myself I had to rely on hubby for my meals, which meant restaurant food (because hubby is a restaurant-trained chef, so whether he cooked or brought home take-out the fat content was too high for weight loss).
I needed a plan that was more amenable to my increasing proportion of bad days. Days I didn't want to count, didn't want to cook, and on my worst days could trust my husband not to screw it up.
The Simple Diet with its 3 shakes, 2 entrees, and 5+ servings of freggies is easy and flexible enough to fit the bill.
Twice a month I make a gallon of protein-boosted homemade yogurt (which I fortify with undenatured whey protein isolate so that 1cup will fit the TSD fat, protein, and calorie guidelines).
I also make, portion out, and freeze my own homemade dinners. And if I run out of my own homemade dinners, before I have a "good day" good enough to cook from scratch, I'll pick up (or have hubby pick up) a few of the frozen dinners that fit TSD guidelines.
Amy's Kitchen, Healthy Choice, EVOL, Kashi, and some of the Lean Cuisines are pretty good, even on sodium. Although sodium isn't a concern for me, because my blood sodium levels actually run so low that they're always at or below the healthy range on my quarterly blood tests. Before surgeries, I've even had to take sodium pills to shore up my sodium levels.
I don't have much of a salt tooth, so I do make most of my entrees and am always looking for the lower sodium options for the frozen meals I do buy, but I don't have to worry about sodium except to make sure I'm getting enough.
When I started TSD, it was because I was having far more bad days than good, and had to rely on the store-bought frozen dinners and rotisserie chickens (measuring out the portions of skinless meat to fit the entree guidelines). As I had more good days, I had more time to create and portion out dinners.
Now, I can make 80% of my own meals and shakes for the month on as little as 3-4 "good days," but if I have to resort to store entrees occasionally, I'm ok with that too.
Edited by: KAPLODS at: 10/14/2013 (18:14)
Fitness Minutes: (136,622)
113,204 10/13/13 5:18 A
If it works for you, then do it and thanx for sharing! Everything doesn't work for everybody as my go to diet is the Scarsdale. I'll check in to it as I'm a Healthy Choice frozen meals eater and limit my intake due to so much sodium however they are getting better!
glad it's working for you....but I'll pass thanks. I eat a clean diet no processed foods. I live alone too and my crock pot comes in real handy... Those processed foods are loaded in salt..........I don't need that.
10/12/13 2:24 P
I am doing Jenny Craig mainly because of the premade frozen meals. supplementing lots of fresh/frozen produce. and yes I am single and only need to cook for myself
Fitness Minutes: (53,616)
4,664 10/12/13 10:46 A
I also find it easier to stay on track when I keep it simple -- though I don't follow The Simple Diet or any other specific diet plan. When I make meals that require a lot of ingredients and preparation, I tend to buy more and eat more.
I use the Weight Watchers breakfasts a couple times per week ... and buy pre-made salads for lunch a couple times per week, have a simple dinner ... and generally try to stay away from having a kitchen full of tempting foods.
Fitness Minutes: (13,947)
10/12/13 10:14 A
I was following weight watchers and found that the frozen meals were very easy for me to take to work and still make sure that I was eating within the points I was allowed. I grew to like a few of them and still eat them on occasion, but I knew that they never had the veggies that I needed so I packed carrots, grapefruit, oranges, apples or even a small salad with me to snack on or eat with the frozen meal. If it works for then I say stick with it! Good luck
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10/11/13 8:51 A
Glad to know it is working for you!
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1,299 10/11/13 8:47 A
"I've discovered though that I'm less tempted, less hungry, and less obsessed with food when I'm not doing the cooking."
I'm just the opposite. When I do the food preparation (examples: cleaning and dicing vegetables and fruits, removing skin and bones from meat and cooking, etc, etc), I find I eat less. When I buy prepackaged, prepared food, particularly entrees, I find I eat more of them because they are so quick and easy to prepare.
"Also, by reading the labels carefully, I've found that frozen dinners in general, and some brands and varieties specifically, are a LOT healthier AND tastier than I would have expected."
This could be. However, the few frozen dinners, meals, entrees I buy would not fit into this category. I prefer buying fresh or flash-frozen veggies and fruits and buying and cooking lean meats.
Kudos on your having hit upon a successful and healthy dietary plan! I think all of us who believe in our dietary plans almost always can lose weight/maintain or feel healthy.
Fitness Minutes: (32,050)
10/10/13 10:57 P
thanks for sharing. some of the specialty stores, re: Trader Joes, even Whole Foods, have healthier frozen meals.
Edited by: MISSJANE55 at: 10/10/2013 (22:57)
Fitness Minutes: (183,890)
10/10/13 10:46 P
I found that kind of thing works best if you are single and only have to deal with food for one person, it worked for me each time I did it, lets see, 4 different times in my life, and I'm in my 60's now. At some point, you tire of it, because it's monotonous, doesn't really taste "that" good anymore. It's good for "event dieting".
Fitness Minutes: (55)
142 10/10/13 9:41 P
I was reluctant to use "The Simple Diet," which uses shakes, frozen dinners, and other meal replacements (supplemented with 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables), but I'm really loving it.
I've lost most of the weight on various exchange plans (paleo focused when I could), but pain and health issues got in the way of making every meal from scratch.
When I began using TSD, I saw it as an experiment and temporary solution to a month filled with illness, pain and doctor's appointments, and thought I'd use the diet only for "bad days" when I didn't want to cook or didn't feel up to cooking.
I've discovered though that I'm less tempted, less hungry, and less obsessed with food when I'm not doing the cooking.
Also, by reading the labels carefully, I've found that frozen dinners in general, and some brands and varieties specifically, are a LOT healthier AND tastier than I would have expected.
Yes they're usually short on freggies, which is why TSD has you add them, but for a no-cook option, not bad.
I'm posting here because I just love the convenience of the plan and the science behind it and I'd like to invite anyone interested into checking out the TSD team.
I guess you could call this a membership drive of sorts, because I'd love to see the team grow.
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