Monday, July 9, 2012

Take Out in a Post-Op World

There are days that you just don't feel like cooking. Today, with ongoing incision pain, was one of those for me. Pre-op, that would probably have meant we'd have gone out to dinner or done some form of take-out. We certainly had our favorite spots, and one of them was a little hibachi place across the street called Bonsai. They don't do the flashy table-side cooking, but serve typical hibachi style meals: a meat or combo, fried rice, veggies, and if you eat in, a salad along with an onion consomme.

The hard part of eating take-out post-op is both portion control and cooking methods. For Bonsai, the fried rice is heavy on the soy, surely has some form of fat in it, and the carrots are boiled in some form of sweet liquid. For me - portion control is relatively easy - my small stomach really doesn't allow me to over eat, at least not without very unpleasant consequences. So the challenge here is figuring out just what I've eaten (which looks like nearly nothing!)

Tonight I ordered the filet mignon with broccoli. I'm pretty good at eyeballing a WLS-friendly serving of meat, so I'm confident I had about 3oz of beef. I had a couple pieces of broccoli, about 1/3 a cup of the carrots, and maybe 1/3 cup of the rice (where I'd have scarfed the whole container pre-op). We ordered a gyoza appetizer as well, which is a little harder to judge on nutritional value. The site I use to track my eating and nutrition does have commercial foods in it - both prepared foods you would purchase at the grocery and popular chain restaurant foods. I had 1.5 pork gyoza, so I found a comparable product that had nutrition values that seemed reasonable given the size of our portion. Sometimes you just have to guess a bit.

My Meals

  • Dannon Light & Fit raspberry yogurt
  • Sargento Low-Fat string cheese
  • Salad including: 
  • 1.5 cups mixed romaine and cabbage
  • .5 oz sliced almonds
  • 3 oz grilled chicken
  • 3 radishes
  • 2 tbsp Old Cape Cod non-fat toasted sesame, soy, and ginger dressing

  • 3oz filet mignon 
  • 1/3 cup carrots
  • 1/3 cup fried rice
  • 1.5 pork gyoza
Water - 60oz

Daily Totals: 864 calories, 38g fat, 58g carbohydrates, 23g sugars,  71g protein


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