You can do a lot with a slow cooker, and I love mine. You don't always need to use fresh vegetables, frozen work just as well. You can go to Spark Recipes under the Healthy Lifestyle tab and search slow cooker.
I've done what you're doing only I had a 1 year old baby with us. It's hard, very hard, but doable.
I eat low carb Primal and have been since Feb. I love this lifestyle. My energy is up and it is just plain healthier for me and my family. My meals consist of protein, good fats, lots of green leafy veggies and non-starchy veggies. Eating this way has made meal preparation so simple.
Good fats are olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, bacon grease, 4 Tblsp. heavy whipping cream per day, nuts, avocado, and butter. If you are eating these fats, do not eat carbohydrates like flour, sugar, potatoes, bread, corn, wheat and corn products, etc. No white stuff. No gluten. You can't combine fats and bad carbs. Your blood work numbers will rise for the bad.
Breakfast - a veggies omelet with onion, mushroom, and green pepper with a little full fat cheese. Bacon or sausage. Coffee with NuStevia and 2 tsp. heavy whipping cream.
Lunch - Green salad with chicken or tuna on top. Full fat salad dressing w/no more than 2 g. sugar per serving.
Dinner - a piece of meat cooked and a steamed veggie or, my favorite right now, caprese salad. Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and a vinaigrette. Salmon is a favorite. As is a grilled beef patty with sauteed onions, green peppers, and mushrooms in the bacon grease.
Snack - Double espresso w/3 Tblsp. heavy whipping cream. small piece of 85% dark chocolate. A few almonds.
That's a delicious day of meals and you will lose weight.
Check out the Atkins and Other Low Carb Team here. Check out the book "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. My lab work numbers have come down dramatically going low carb.
I see that someone recommeneded the crock pot, I have to say that I own 4 of them in various sizes and shapes, I cook in them year round and one of the big positives is that they do not heat up the house or in your place your hotel room. Then I too would suggest using as mush fresh veggies and fruits as you can, make salads, and include a protein in them such as grilled chicken which you can do ahead of time or tuna or salmon.
Welcome. You might want to look for some farmers markets where you are. This time of the year there are a lot of wonderful fruits and vegetables that require little or no cooking. Tomatoes, melons, strawberries, spinach, Also salads topped with hard boiled eggs or tuna are always good as well. Good luck!
I joined this team because I'll be living in an extended-stay "efficiency" studio for the next five months while my boyfriend does a contract job. I have two burners, a microwave, a large pot, a small pot, and a tiny frying pan. Healthy cooking has just become a lot more challenging! But, as we've both suffered weight gain and ill effects to our health since eating out almost every day for six weeks, it seems very, very worth it to make the effort. I hope this team will inspire and challenge me!
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