Golf Balls and Eggs - Eating in an "On The Go World" after Gastric Bypass
If you had the chance, would you make the same decision again?
Finding Protein on the go...
So a little of my story goes like this... I weighed in for my surgery at 412lb and after April 2004 I started dropping steadily, 1lb one week and 5 or 6lb the next - can we say FRUSTRATING!!! Still - loss is loss and it felt good to see those numbers going down! It was a happy beginning but the middle gets a little stormy.
Now if you're anything like me, the moment my sick-time and disability ran out, it was back to the daily grind of work and errands and family and... basically... LIFE! Sadly I was a creature of postponement at that time in my life. "I'll do it tomorrow..." "It can wait till morning..." and it cost me.
Downward Slide to an Upward Weight
It all went great until my job had me in my car more than in my office. Suddenly the microwave mini-meals I'd been used to having weren't an option. Hmmm... should I pack little snacks and cooler meals the night before? Nah! 'I'll do it in the morning...' ... Hmph - like that was really gonna happen.
What did happen was the unfortunate, and I will admit slightly gleeful, realization that I could eat four of those delicious little CHICKEN nuggets from the friendly people at my local McDonalds. After all, chicken is protein right? After that is was a single small hamburger, I mean after all... Beef is protein too.
And then what happened?
Yep, you guessed it. My weight shot back up, albeit slowly. A mere ten pounds from my initial goal of 250lb I went up and up and up until I finally stopped myself at 320lb. It dawned on me that I was now less than 100lbs from my pre-surgery weight and that was as awakening as a slap in the face... it was exactly what I needed to get myself back on track. I had been through too much, made too many changes both physically and mentally, to go back to that "old me" again. No... stinking... way!
A Needed Change
It was at that moment I decided that the drive-thru was banned!
If I wanted or needed something that badly I would have to get out of my car and walk up to the counter to get it. It worked! Mostly because I was too lazy to get out of my car. But it was a stunning realization for me. I had been eating for the sake of eating, not for the need of protein. The next step was to start tracking everything I ate and drank. Not easy, let me tell you!
I also had to start thinking ahead to what would be a good thing to buy for my protein. If I was gonna get out of my car to get something I may as well make it worth my while right? Supermarkets, health food stores, even the nearest convenience store was going to offer me a better solution to my protein need. Suddenly I found myself eating protein bars, packs of nuts, Lunchables (a personal favorite of mine I must admit - the little girl in me never will be silenced!), jerky. All well and good but wow did it get expensive! $3 for a protein bar, $5 for a bag of jerky... you get the picture.
'So what do I do now?' I thought to myself. I am still a procrastinator at heart so doing it every day wasn't really an option. My solution?
Every Sunday afternoon I spent time in the kitchen: mixing, chopping, cooking, and baking all sorts of concoctions. Then, packaging them into little containers, I set them in the fridge or cupboard and went out to enjoy my night. Come Monday morning, and all the following weekday mornings, I pulled out what I needed and filled my lunch tote with all the protein I would need to get through the day!
Tada! Protein Victory!
Variety is the Spice of Life
The key for me was not eating the same thing everyday. So I made enough of a variety to make sure I still enjoyed what I was eating and wouldn't be tempted to stop somewhere and eat what I shouldn't. This means more than just flavor but texture also. Sometimes I crave sweet, sometimes salty; heck sometimes I want both! Am I in the mood for crunchy or chewy? Soft or hard? Something to suck on or something to chew? Hence all those little containers filled with different kinds of things.
One, in the fridge, had 1oz 75% reduced fat cheese and 16 slices of turkey pepperoni... 130 calories and 18g protein. It honestly tasted like I was eating a slice of pizza!
Another, this time the cupboard, had one serving of dry roasted peanuts and one tablespoon of raisins...191 calories and 7g of protein. This one is for those sweet and salty moments.
One of my personal favorites ... Crunchy Roll Ups ... So many ways to vary it up by changing the meat or changing the vegetable!
The End Result
Crunchy Roll Ups
Tried it? Liked it?
- 6 Green Beans, Fresh
- 2oz Plainville No Salt Added Turkey Breast, Sliced Thinly
- Mustard for dipping, optional
- Wash and dry the Grean Beans before cutting off the tip.
- Divide the Turkey into 6 strips by laying it flat and slicing it lengthwise.
- Wrap one Turkey slice around one Green Bean and place into container.
- Repeat until all 6 are finished.
- (Optional) Put mustard for dipping into a small container and place in with rolls.
Crunchy Roll Ups Nutrition
|Serving size: 6 rolls|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 4 g||1%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 15 g||30%|
|Cholesterol 35 mg||12%|
|Sodium 53 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|