I don't have time to cook...

I don't have time to cook…

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I don't have time to cook…

February 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

I've been really proud of myself lately. I've stayed on this diet consistently since October! That's huge for me...the last time I think I did that was when I was living with my parents ten years ago & my mom was doing a lot of cooking & buying low protein foods for me. I'm finishing grad school in 2010 & looking forward to that a lot. It's been a rough journey because I'm working on my MBA & numbers are tough for me. This last semester I'm taking a few finance classes & I'm really amazed that the numbers are all making sense for the first time ever. That's the major upside to being on this diet seriously. The down side is that for this to work for me, I need to buy lots of ready made low protein foods or else do a lot of cooking & baking. I can have 7 grams of protein a day & I'm sensitive to higher levels. (and Kuvan didn't work for me). Cambrooke foods is expensive, and I haven't had much time this semester to cook. Between work & church & grad school & trying to get back into shape, I'm finding very little time to make & prepare things in advance. I'm getting so sick of salads & french fries, buttered noodles & low pro sandwiches. I am in the process of condo shopping so I can get out of my tiny apartment with almost no kitchen space & have some room to spread out when I bake...and am definitely hoping for a dishwasher to make the clean-up easier. I'm not really sure what to do. I'm not really looking for recipes or anything like that, but I could use some encouragement again to stick with this. Also, has anyone successfully managed to get their insurance to cover low protein foods? I've heard of a few people who were able to do this & wondered how that process works.

4 Reviews of I don't have time to cook…

  1. Registered: Sep 20, 2007

    Posts: 0

    Woodbridge, New Jersey

    I understand. i hate to cook. I also hate the counting and weighing and measuring.

  2. Registered: Nov 3, 2009

    Posts: 0

    , Massachusetts

    Hey! It is a struggle day to day but i can say when my levels are lower it feels easier… it is just an extra scheduling tactic we have to overcome which ironic because with elevated levels the planning and executing of these types of things becomes harder for us to do. Some tricks I use… do you have a trader joes near you? I get the frozen peppers or frozen grilled eggplant and zucchini – convenience produce to just zap in a microwave and put in with pasta. I am for the first time venturing out on my own as far as insurance goes (literally next week) to get them to cover foods. Before they covered up to a certain amount, however, depending on which state you live in it is hard to compare or give advice because things vary so much state to state. But… you can do it! It is annoying and you do have a lot going on, but think about how much better you feel! You can tackle those numbers with more ease which probably leaves more time to spend on more difficult analysis questions… it is all for something, and that is a clear head. Getting an MBA is such an accomplishment you should be proud of… and as you go into your career you want to make sure you are the best you can be even if it means spending a little extra time here and there… hopefully with the move and a bigger kitchen you can get yourself into a routine where things happen easier and they aren’t so burdensome. Good luck with the insurance, let me know how it goes!!!

  3. Registered: Apr 24, 2009

    Posts: 0

    Cornwall, New York

    Hunter has said the words out of my mouth. You should absolutely be proud of working on your MBA, but most importantly, the fact you’ve been able to stay on diet for so many months is the biggest accomplishment. We’ve all had our “bad times” on diet. When in college, I finally got myself eating better (lower protein and mostly intaking formula!!!) and I truly felt a difference in my whole self. To reflect back at the way I used to feel was extremely terrifying to me. That alone has continued to encourage me to maintain diet and be aware of each and everything I place in my body. I have been very busy myself between grad school, teaching, and working like 3 different random jobs at a time (tutoring, babysitting, etc) often in a given week. I need as much proper nutrition to maintain my energy to be able to not only complete these tasks, but complete them efficiently. Similar to what Hunter said…. I buy frozen (or fresh) veggies and cook them up and add them to pasta… either including sauce, a vinegarette, butter, terriyaki sauce, etc for the different flavors. Make a batch of pizza (with low pro bread) throwing on veggies and sauce and freeze them to keep them fresh. Hmmm… I know a woman Gina Valente who will be coming out in March (?) I believe with a cookbook. I have been at several PKU events that she has cooked at… I believe her recipes use alot of food from your average grocery store…. Like I said, I have not yet received her cookbook, but plan on it… if you would like to e-mail her for some ideas — her e-mail is ginacooks@optonline.net…… Her son has PKU and she cooks for him daily… Let me know if you need anything else! Keep up your good work and remember to know that YOU were the one who did it!!! For the state insurance… what state do you live in?

  4. Registered: Feb 1, 2010

    Posts: 0

    Tucson, Arizona

    I know you’re not looking for recipes and you don’t have time. But just a few ideas for you, or anyone else.

    I’ve found that it is really tasty and easy to make low pro pancakes or waffles (I can make a batch that stays in the fridge for up to a few days, so I only have to make it once, before I have a bunch of 12-hour days back-to-back at work). Another twist on simple toast is French Toast, using mocha mix and ener-g egg replacer. Both are easy to fix as you get up and ready in the morning (or evening for people like me who work nights!)

    I often take low pro rice and simply mix it with a can of campbell’s vegetarian vegetable soup–very easy. I like to make low protein tortillas (I have a tortilla press which makes it a lot easier to do this) and the rice/soup is an easy filling for tortillas and the tortillas help add volume to my meal without the extra phe. Just be careful because the noodles and some veggies in the soup can add up quick phe-wise.

    Other ideas may be casseroles–I don’t do this often enough. Using low pro rice or low pro bread crumbs, mix any veggies you want and a cream of mushroom soup (I don’t like mushrooms but will have this soup in casserole dishes because it adds flavor and I don’t notice the mushrooms–someone else has suggested cream of celery). Sometimes I’ll mix rice, frozen broccoli, cream of mushroom soup, a little mocha mix, and low pro cheese sauce into a delicious broccoli/rice casserole. Another casserole is shredded zucchini (add carrots, other veggies if you’d like) with the same soup as the other casserole and bread crumbs. I will often make a full 9X13 casserole and have food for the week! Then for some variety I’ll change side dishes–salad, potatoes, other veggies.

    It’s also amazing what throwing some veggies in the skillet can do and how easy it can be. I like zucchini (alone or with other veggies), carrots, bell peppers, onions… Steamed broccoli is good. I also like to do fried apples–apple slices with a little margarine and cinnamon/sugar on the stovetop.

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