Dr. H told me after my surgery in May that I should eat an anti-inflammatory diet. So, I bought a book and read all about it and have been trying to eat according to the diet. But, it is so hard to think ahead and plan meals that will meet the dietary requirements. I tried e-m.eal.z for about six months. At first, I tried the vegetarian diet, but it included a ton of dairy in the recipes, so I switched to the low fat, but it did not include enough veggies, so I tried the low carb, and it had way too much meat. Just today, I found a new website that I am hoping will work. I signed up, and it is more expensive than e-m.eal.z, but I think it will definitely be worth it. It's myfoodmyhealth.com, and according to the website, all the meals are planned by nutritionists and chefs. They can accommodate a lot of different health conditions. I e-mailed them to see which of their plans would most approximate an anti-inflammatory diet, and they said either the eczema or psoriasis one because those plans exclude dairy and red meat, but all the plans are whole foods based.
So, I just signed up and created my profile and have some very healthy meals lined up for next week. In the process of creating the profile, I was able to check off ingredients that I hate (like sardines) and things I know I shouldn't eat (like sugar). They say that they will automatically exclude those items from all my recipes. I'm so excited that someone is doing the mental work for me! It even comes with weekly shopping lists. Yeah! It will also plan breakfast and lunch, but I removed those from the plan and will just do dinner, which will leave leftovers that can be eaten for lunch. Plus, breakfast for me is usually fresh juice from my juicing machine and a handful of almonds.
So, this week's dinners will be chicken sausage with tomato herb sauce over whole wheat linguine, salmon with balsamic reduction, something called mujadarah (which appears to just be a lentil dish with veggies), roasted vegetable and lentil stew, butternut squash/sweet potato soup, white bean chili with pine nuts, and halibut with mango salsa.
I know my husband is going to gripe. He is such a kid when it comes to eating. The man loves, loves, loves, sugar and thinks he has to have meat at every meal. Maybe I'll throw some chicken or sausage into his servings to keep him quiet.
Anywhoo, I am very excited about this! I'l keep you posted on how it works out!