Cooking for One After Weight Loss Surgery
Tips and recipes for single serving, simple meals
It’s very hard to find motivation when no one else is counting on you for a meal and you know there’ll be more food than you can possibly eat! Why even bother and spend the time in the kitchen for just you?
No one is surprised that living a healthy post-op bariatric lifestyle requires planning ahead and keeping variety in your new diet. When you live alone and eat deli meat and cheese for dinner, after a while, it starts getting pretty old. It won’t be long until you get stuck in a rut and can’t possibly think about what else to do for dinner.
Although for many patients, and in my own past experience, it can be easier to stick to a healthy diet plan when you live alone.
1. You don’t have to worry about anyone else’s food preferences.
When you only have to think about your own food likes and dislikes, dinner plans are so…much…easier.
2. You don’t have to worry about if there will be leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
When you live alone, you can make a meal and know exactly how long that meal will last you. You can also freeze half of it and have a “built in” backup plan in your freezer.
**On that note, I’ll link some recipes at the end of this article that are great serving sizes for one.
3. You don’t have to worry about someone else’s tempting food being in the house.
When you live with others, you can’t always control what’s in the pantry. My husband is an active guy. He runs, has a naturally high metabolism and has the appetite of, well, a man. Plus, if I put him on my low carb diet plan it may not be good for our marriage ;) While he is not picky and does eat what I fix him, he does have a snack cabinet with his foods inside.
That being said, there are some foods that are not allowed in our house. As a courtesy to each other, we have a list of foods that aren’t welcomed. I don’t get terribly tempted by the foods in his cabinet, but if he were to bring in graham crackers or vanilla wafers….contraband! I’d eat the whole box in one night.
4. You don’t have to worry about someone else’s time frame for when to have the meal ready.
When you live alone, you make dinner and sit down and eat it when you want!
Although a word to the wise here, when you are cooking and eating alone…put a sugar-free breath mint in your mouth while you cook to keep from grazing while you make your meal. Sit down at the table and get comfortable eating by yourself at the table. It’s a great time to stop and put a pause on your day and enjoy your meal. Don’t turn on the tv or get on the phone. It’s a healthy practice to have a set meal time at a table.
One more note….
Maybe you live alone but you’re hoping that isn’t the case forever. My suggestion to you – make cooking and eating at home a priority now and that will prepare you even more so when others are in the house. It was a very smooth transition for me to become a wife and make meals for my husband. Why? Because I was already doing it. I would make dinner and sit down and eat it alone. When I got married, I would make dinner and sit down and eat it with him. The only thing that changed was needing to make bigger portions so I had enough for lunch the next day!
Recipes for one:
Cooking videos – these videos are a sample of the “Cooking for One” Video Course available to FoodCoachMe Members.
My tip here is when you are going to cook, go ahead and make a “normal” sized recipe so you can eat the rest for other meals during the week. If you grow tired of leftovers quickly, freeze half of the meal and reheat it another week when you feel ready for that meal again.
Meals in muffin pans are great single serving meals. A few examples in the recipes below.
I’m also a huge fan of Crockpot meals when cooking for one. You can cook as little as one chicken breast or make more and have leftovers! Here are some of the simplest ones:
And finally, a quick and simple stovetop recipe is always welcome. Here are some of my favorites:
Here’s to always being a better version of ourselves. In every way possible. We may not be where want to be, but we’re better than we were yesterday! Thank God for that :)