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)
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