Saturday, January 08, 2011

A Good Friend? Or Maybe Just One Crazy Mama!!!


 
A friend of mine is having surgery in the next few weeks and needs to go on a very restrictive diet pre-surgery.  She was telling me about how challenging it would be, and I immediately said, "If it will make it easier for you, then I will join you to offer you support". 

Ha! What was I thinking? As of Monday, it's Melba Toast and veggies for me! Just kidding! ;) The diet my friend has to go on is something similar to the 10 day cleanse I did with Hubby. Remember the one I forced him to do a detox with me? Hubby's just glad that he won't be joining me as I show some support to my friend. He has a strong aversion to cooked veggies. He does like veggies, but not cooked veggies. He's also a farm boy and is more partial to meat and potatoes. Despite his mainly meat and carb based dietary preferences and his love of country music (please help me!), I still love him.

As of Monday, I will be avoiding food from the FORBIDDEN LIST:
No baked beans, bananas, beets, biscuits, bread, breaded meat, breakfast cereal, buns, cakes, candy, chocolate, cookies, corn, custard, honey, ice cream, jam, lima beans, marmalade, nuts/seeds, pasta, pastries, potatoes, preserved fruits, pudding, rice, rolls, sugar, toast, soft drinks (except sugar-free), beer, wine.

The menu is pretty explicit. The serving portions are listed and examples for breakfast, lunch and supper are given.
Daily allowances:
Milk 1 cup
Butter or margarine 3 tsp
Melba Toast 3 slices

Tea and coffee, using milk from above allowance, are not restricted.  Do not sweeten with sugar, but a no-calorie sweetener may be used.

Breakfast:
½ grapefruit, or 1 orange or ½ cup orange juice
1 egg (cooked as you like), or small helping of ham, or 2 slices of bacon
1 slice of Melba toast with 1 tsp butter

Lunch:
Clear soup of any kind (but not thickened with flour) {Add fresh or frozen vegetables to broth and boil until vegetables are tender}
Meat: moderate helping (4oz) of any meat, fish or poultry. (not breaded or battered)
Mixed green salad or cooked green vegetables or both (no limit, sugar-free dressing)
Melba toast with 1 tsp butter and ½ ounce of cheese (any kind)

Dinner:
Main course similar to lunch
Afterwards, same as lunch but you can add one apple or one orange as dessert.
You can substitute the cheese with one egg.

If you take the lunch or dinner to work, it could consist of up to 4 ounces of meat OR 2 hard-boiled eggs, with raw celery and carrot. The ½ ounce of cheese could be eaten afterwards with an apple.

Raw carrot, celery, lettuce, peppers, tomato and cucumber can be eaten freely at any time.

Fluids:
Drink water every 1-2 hours throughout the day
{women: 6-8 cups of water, men 10-12}

If I survived the detox, I'm sure this will be fine. I'm actually really looking forward to this!

15 comments:

Jackie said...

That is awesome... I need something like that... hope all is well with you!

hotmommy said...

definitely a good friend..and a crazy momma! luv yas.

C said...

Jackie:
Thank you :) I'm actually looking forward to starting it on Monday! All is well here. Little One was deathly sick (no joke) last week. She has recovered, and now I'm sick. How are things where you are? :) Happy New Year!

C said...

HM:
Yes, yes. You are right! LOL!

caninecologne said...

you are such a good friend to be doing this in solidarity with your friend! good luck!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Erm...not to be contrarilian or rude, but how does this support or help her? More supportive, in my book, would be for you to eat whatever you want, but bring her some things on her list of accepted foods, or help her clean her house or go shopping after the surgery or something like that. If I had cancer, I wouldn't want my friends to go through chemo with me.

C said...

Canine:
Hey! Did you get my message re: more Coffee Crisps? I just saw that they had Coffee Crisp minis if you want me to send you some. Let me know :)

Been thinking of you guys! Happy New Year! Must catch up asap! xx

C said...

J:
:) You know, my husband said the EXACT same thing as you just did!!! My friend is feeling that she might have a hard time sticking to this meal plan/diet. I figured if I could go through it with her, it might make it easier. However, what you and my husband says makes lots of sense! Too bad I already gave my word!

Anonymous said...

Hi C! I think it's very nice of you to do that for your friend. I don't think I would/could! Nor would I want to! .٩(- ̮̮̃•̃)۶. Kudos to you, kid!

Anonymous said...

That was me, Amy by the way! I can't figure out how to comment here with my name! .٩(- ̮̮̃•̃)۶

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Well C, if your friend feels helped by it, then you're helping. If solidarity is what she needs, then you're a great friend to give it to her. :)

If we ever get together, your husband and I are going to get along just fine, I can tell. He's got that common sense thing going for him, which is balanced out by you moving furniture at 3am. HA!

C said...

Amy:
Haha! Go figure! You can create that super complicated smiley face guy, but can't comment with your name! :) You're too funny! I'm home, if you want to call. Taking it easy before work again tomorrow. Still sick though :( xx

C said...

J:
YES! Tell me about it! You and my husband think alike. I cannot tell you how many times he's read some of your comments and said he agrees with you wholeheartedly. LOL! *sigh* You common sense people really know how to stick together! ;)

And, yes...I think my friend feels happy and thankful that she doesn't have to Melba toast it alone for the next while. This said, I intend on helping her out whichever way I can once she has had her procedure as well :) Be it in form of bringing her a new book to read, or getting some groceries, or making some freezer dinners for her family...

I agree. THAT makes sense. :)

Kimberly said...

I am hungry just reading the plan :)
Good luck! You're a great friend to do this ;)

caninecologne said...

hi c- yes, and YES! minis, full size! both are fine! :) i shared a few bars with some friends and they loved it!

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