i'm concerned about the sodium and potassium content. i have been losing weight eating them everyday (except weekends) either for lunch or dinner, but not both. i've read a book by Dr. Oz called "You on a Diet". he suggests you eat the same meals for breakfast and lunch, but change what you eat every evening. it's a very good book, i highly recommend it.
my biggest issue is salt and being on a plateau. anyone here know about the salt?
don't you get sick of eating the same thing every day? I usually eat pretty much the same thing, but alternating, like one day i eat tuna, the other salmon. One day I eat caramel pudding, the other chocolate (those 60 cal snack to kill my chocolate craving).
I am not a big fan of lean cuisine or healthy choice, those ready meals are not half as good as me buying fresh vegetables and fresh meat and cooking myself. I only eat them when I really crave carbs and I just don't know how to cook pasta that tastes good and are low cal, low fat, so I buy them.
I don't think they're bad for you. If they have too much sodium, you can always compensate by eating other things that are low sodium.
if you're eating them five times a week, how about cutting back to three and cooking the other two? i don't think it will take long before you find that you'd rather cook.
if you can't cook then i say go for it. i eat them sometimes and like them. i find them like 5 for $10 at the store all the time.
as far as the salt content i say think of it this way
250 to 350 calories and high sodium or
400-600 lunch out and not knowing the sodium or the calories until you get back and check and say "oh crap i can't have dinner now cuz i'm at my limit!"
if it is working is say ok. just drink a lot of water during the day
i think i'm going to cut back on them. i'm only eating them once a day, usually lunch. no, i think they taste good, are great in a pinch and i eat a wide variety of different meals between lean cuisine, healthy choice....rarely south beach diet. it's not that good. what i have been doing as well, is switching to eating a healthy home made lunch, and eating the lean cuisine or other in the evening. i just don't like the amount of salt, and i worry that could be impeading my weight loss.
in the evening it's usually a lot of fresh veggies, with a small amount of protein. usually chicken in some low fat form. i fry up cut up squash in pam olive oil (no calories), with a little pepper. scallions (i consider freebies), or other assorted vegies. what i think i'm going to do is get completely away from the dinners and begin to eat my own meals. what i really liked about the dinners, the small ones was i could always be certain how many calories i was eating. i felt i had more control. maybe too much, because within 2 weeks i was on a plateau. so some days i'm going to eat a little more than my 1250 cal. a day.....and some days more food with fewer calories...like a hugh salad.
no, i don't get tired of the same breakfast every morning. simple harvest whole grain cereal....it's hot of course made by quaker oats. 160 calories and it is delicious. lunch everyday is a different meal (for now) with the lean cuisine's or healthy choice. then dinner is mostly a vegetable meal with a small portion of protein....usually chicken. i want to start including fish.
i also excersize everyday unless something prevents me from it, like yesterday i didn't because of a headache. so today i walk 30 minutes. other days i'm on my cardio glide for 30 to 40 minutes.
thanks everyone for your imput. what do you guys do when your on a plateau? have any of you been able to do something inparticular to get you off of it and losing again?
Does anyone know how many calories are in the little dessert sections of the HC meals? I haven't been eating them lately (trying to avoid sugar), and I don't know how many cals to reduce by on my log.
everyday Italian cookbook... there are some really great recipies in there and they tend ot be on the healthy side.... full of flavor and not fat....
the lean cuisines are so small in portion and frankly very salty....
i don't think these are these are the worst things for you, but they are not very good for you either. maybe you should try just cutting back on them?? i try not to eat a frozen meal more than once a week... i love the lean cuisine santa fe rice and beans, so i just pretty much made it myself! even if i make a big portion and it lasts me for a few days, it's much better knowing exactly what your eating and what's in it... and it can be easy... look up quick easy recipes that you can handle making yourself and just split them up in tupperwares and take it to lunch! (for the santa fe meal- i made whole grain brown rice, and then in a pot i made chopped fresh celery and carrots, onions, can of corn, 2 types of beans, and lots of diced tomatoes, with a little chili powder.... threw some light cheddar cheese over the top and it was delicious, healthy and i knew what's in it...)
i like the amy's brand of frozen foods too if i am going to have one... they seem to be pretty healthy too.
jmc1221 has the right idea. make your own, they will be tastier, healthier, more filling and personalized!
portion control in a box? nice idea, if they were healthy. i find the calories kind of high and the carbs far too high, the protein too low and the taste usually bland.
the portion is kind of small too :/
- buy a jar of low cal low fat alfredo, a jar of low cal low fat marinara and a jar of low cal low fat asian style (spicy if you dig that) or make your own sauces
- cook up some pasta, rice or boiled potatoes
- cook up come chicken, fish or large beans
- boil some veggies for 2 minutes or use frozen veggies.
- mix and match! then seal and freeze!
i toss mine into ziplock bags and store them flat. i have a bowl and cutlery at work so it is like i am eating real food and not eating out of a cardboard or plastic~ enjoy!
the biggest irony is that all that sodium does nothing to make those meals tasty. when i used to eat them (and i did - a lot), i always ended up adding salt, pepper, real cheese, ketchup - anything to try to give them some flavour.