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BL

Reged: 06/01/03
Posts: 3522
Need safe lunch ideas
      #12035 - 06/19/03 11:02 AM

I am trying to incorporate Heather's dietary changes. I have no problem following the guidelines at breakfast (eating oatmeal, Rice Chex with soy milk, or sourdough English muffins.) At dinner I can usually make safe choices. It's lunch I'm having a problem with. The usual things I would eat (a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pimento cheese sandwich, a hamburger or hot dog, or salad) are not IBS safe. Lately I've been eating a plain turkey sandwich on white bread with baked ruffles. (with benefiber and peppermint tea.) I am so tired of chicken or turkey sandwiches. What else can I fix that would be quick and IBS safe? I need something fast and easy! I like baked potatoes, but if you aren't supposed to put butter, cheese, or sour cream on it, what can you safely eat on it? Today I watched (and smelled) the cheeseburgers and french fries my teenagers had for lunch and felt sorry for myself eating a dry English muffin, applesauce, and baked chips. Not very nutritional. Any safe canned soups or frozen entrees? What kind of lunch do most of you have????

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Nugget

Reged: 02/10/03
Posts: 2167
Re: Need safe lunch ideas new
      #12037 - 06/19/03 11:10 AM

I just got done eating my lunch here at work and I had a Tuna sandwich on french bread. A few Lays potato chips, and I'm nibbling in some red seedless grapes....haven't had grapes for a while so not sure how they will agree with me. I usually have a snack about an hour before lunch of a motzarella string cheese and 4 saltines. Then later in the afternoon sometimes I will have yogurt. I know I'm probably doing some things wrong...but it's hard to change sometimes.

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Kristin

Reged: 06/02/03
Posts: 29
Loc: New Jersey
Re: Need safe lunch ideas new
      #12038 - 06/19/03 11:14 AM

Some ideas:

Morning Star Hot Dogs (soy) are good...make sure the buns don't have high fructose in them...

Buy some soy or rice cheese slices for those boring turkey sandwiches...

Stoneyfield Farms O'Soy yogurt is delicious (buy the 6 pack of strawberry and peach)...

Boca burgers or boca ground beef for tacos (on a flour tortilla with some homemade salsa)

Thai Kitchen Instant noodle soup...you can find them in health food stores...the garlic and veg., spring onion and lemongrass and chilli are safe...

Hope this helps a bit.
Kristin

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Ashley62

Reged: 06/17/03
Posts: 60
Loc: Eastern Ontario, Canada
Re: Need safe lunch ideas new
      #12040 - 06/19/03 11:25 AM

As I've only just discovered Heather's eating plan I'm new to this, but today for lunch I had a large baked potato, cooked chicken on top & added a fat free salad dressing (Honey mustard type). It was really good & very filling. But I'd love to see more ideas (haven't received my books in the mail yet)
PS - I love this site - feels like I've made a bunch of new friends!

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"Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul"

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HeatherAdministrator

Reged: 12/09/02
Posts: 7658
Loc: Seattle, WA
Re: Need safe lunch ideas new
      #12046 - 06/19/03 12:01 PM

Your grocery store might sell sushi rolls (like California rolls) to go. If you have a good health food store they sell safe tv dinners and veggie burritos. Take leftovers of dinner the night before. Try smoked white fish or salmon on a sandwich with fat free mayo, bit of horseradish, or mustard. Bake banana or zucchini or pumpkin bread to take for dessert.

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michele

Reged: 06/02/03
Posts: 6886
Loc: southeastern michigan
Re: Need safe lunch ideas new
      #12052 - 06/19/03 12:17 PM

Heres a few of my favorites:

Burritos: no fat shells filled with rice and Fantastic brand taco meat replacement(its made from soy and actually taste like hamburger!) Use a little rice cheedar cheese for a little more flavor. I make them up the night before, wrap in saran wrap and nukem ate work!

Have you tried the rice butter spread? Its pretty good on potatoes and rice. It does have 3 grams of fat per serving I use just a little and seem to tolerate it fine!I also sprinkle with garlic and salt and a little of that butter sprinkle stuff.

I also like the Thai Kitchen noodles, you can but them right in the bowl, just add water and nuke!

I make a lot of cold salads with potatoes and/or noodles, low fat dressing, theres a low fat garlic vinegarette(sp?)I really like, add some chicken and green beans if you can handle them.

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BL

Reged: 06/01/03
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Thanks, but I'm having trouble with the idea of.... new
      #12055 - 06/19/03 12:43 PM

having to buy special things just for me and having to go to a health food store to get these things. I just want to be able to pick up things at the "regular" grocery store and fix them. I hate to cook. Can't I just grab something? A can of Campbell's soup? A sandwich? I have 2 teenage boys that are always starving and although I know I will have to modify my diet, I don't want to have to prepare 2 different meals----and buy 2 of everything (such as cheese, milk, etc.) I am really fighting this! I don't want to feel handicapped, like a special needs person. It embarrasses my boys to death when we eat out and I make such specific requests. (Of course, everything I do embarrasses them.) And in several weeks, we will be staying with my parents and my mother is a big cook, lots of rich, greasy foods. That's just the way my mom is----cooking for us is the way she shows her love. Our week will center around what we will eat! I can't expect her to buy and cook different things just for me. No one in my family is going to eat tofu or soy anything, especially not my boys or my dad.

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Nugget

Reged: 02/10/03
Posts: 2167
Re: Thanks, but I'm having trouble with the idea of.... new
      #12059 - 06/19/03 01:06 PM

I know exactly how you feel. I, too, don't want to have to go to the health food store for everything I need to eat. It's just my husband and I usually for dinner and I don't want to make two meals....so I tend to fix what ever he will eat and I go ahead and eat it just in small portions and pay for it later if at all. I don't want to by soy everything. I just want to be able to go to the grocery store or Walmart supercenter and get what I need. Is it possible?

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michele

Reged: 06/02/03
Posts: 6886
Loc: southeastern michigan
Re: Thanks, but I'm having trouble with the idea of.... new
      #12063 - 06/19/03 01:25 PM

I understand its difficult to change, especially with kids but if "regular" food makes you feel bad....I am visiting my inlaws over the 4th of july holiday-for 5 days! I am nervous because, like your family they like to eat(and eat and eat very fatty and greasy foods) and its typically a big event. I have decided I am going to make up "safe" meals and put them in tupperware to take with me. I am afraid of offending them but I will just explain to them that I can no longer eat the way I used to because it was making me sick. It may cause a little tension but its more important that I feel and stay well. When it comes time to eat I plan on sticking my tupperware in the microwave and sitting down to dinner with eveyone else likes its no big deal. It is frustrating and embarrassing but what can we do about it? I refuse to eat things I know will make me sick no matter how mad or offended they will be. I'm hoping if I don't make a big deal about it they won't either. Luckily my husband argrees with me and it was actually his idea about making my meals in advance, that way his family doesn't have to worry about what they can/can't feed me! It is a pain in the butt to go to more than 1 grocery store but if thats what it takes to get me feeling better, I am willing to do it. Good luck, I'm sure you will find what works best for you and your family.

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gator

Reged: 05/26/03
Posts: 80
Loc: Florida
Re: Need safe lunch ideas new
      #12073 - 06/19/03 03:21 PM

I like to have a pack of tuna for lunch or a baked potato but i use the fake butter spray. It doesn't bother me at all, i would give it a try.

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