Low Carb Meal Planning

By KeltikRoze2 Latest Reply 2012-08-09 00:07:10 -0500
Started 2012-08-03 13:59:04 -0500

Hello! I'm a PWD 2, insulin dependant diabetic. I was recently put on the pump and need some ideas, suggestions, websites, etc. for Low Carb meal planning made easy! I work full-time and just do not have the energy in the evenings to prepare dinner AND prepare for breakfast AND pack lunch for the next day. I do carry my breakfast and lunch to work with me and we have a microwave, toaster oven and refrigerator. So I have some conveniences to work with. I just need help with Low Carb menu plans and prep suggestions. I did note here some great suggestions for prepping on the weekends! Any and all help will be so welcomed! :)

8 replies

Nick1962 2012-08-05 18:46:39 -0500 Report

There've been some really good suggestions so far. I don't really follow a meal "plan", I tend to snack my way through most weekdays and have a salad as my main meal after evening exercise (weekends we go for full, home cooked meals though). In many cases we just took what we normally cook, and elimnate the carb like potatos, past, or rice, and added an extra vegetable. We got used to it. We cook up extra protein weekends (burgers, chicken, even smoked salmon), and i usually cut up a mess of fresh vegetables for lunches and make a "salad bar" that i can quickly just take a few spoonfulls of this or that for a quick fresh salad. The few processed things we use are pre-cooked frozen meatballs, frozen chicken, and ham keep the weeknight salads varied along with what veggies might have ben on special that weekend or available at the farmer's market. Weekend meals are simple protein and veg - pork chops with grilled squash, chicken and corn on the cob, steak and shrimp (when funds allow) with a fresh cuke salad. You get the idea.

Tracebooks 2012-08-05 15:13:20 -0500 Report

Have you seen http://goodlifemenus.com? It provides truly low carb meal plans weekly, with a shopping list.

Tracebooks 2012-08-05 15:39:12 -0500 Report

I guess it depends for everyone. I've subscribed to other services before because I like that they construct the shopping list for me—saves a lot of time. But the others I've tried haven't been low carb and I have to end up tweaking them to the point where I might as well either make up my own, or compile the shopping list myself (which is how I know how big a pain that can be). I have several kids, and two jobs, and I just don't have time anymore to make out menu plans/search out menu plans and then still make the list. I needed something that would do everything but the shopping and cooking and still be low enough carb, so I thought I'd mention it as an option. It's really the only one I've found. I can now also just tell one of my teens to "cook menu 3" and they know all the ingredients are already bought. Once the oldest gets her licence she'll be going to the store for me—can't wait to quit being the taxi! :-)

Here are a couple of ideas otherwise:

Plan out your week's meals in advance, and then, if you see yourself needing to brown ground beef or chicken etc. more than once in a week, brown all of it at once and bag up and mark the portion you're not using for the meal you're making the first time.

Chop all the onions you're going to need for the week at once, the first time you start chopping. If nothing else it will save you having to clean your chopping board and knife more than once!

Try protein smoothies for breakfast (with enough fat so you aren't hungry again—coconut oil is great for this, and so is chia seeds, which have no carbs but lots of omega 3s!) You can mix up more than one days' worth in advance, and then just use a stick blender in your glass the second day to re-mix it.

Cook double portions at supper every night and then use that for lunch 1-2 days later.

I hope that helps!

jayabee52 2012-08-05 15:53:13 -0500 Report

Well, I seem to have more time than money so the time saved by having it done for me is not really an issue for me.

Also I am at this time only shopping and preparing for me (that may change soon) and I like to keep it simple, and my food choices rather narrow.

The breakfast smoothies are a good idea, thanks!

jayabee52 2012-08-05 15:21:56 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, Tracebooks, that is a Wordpress paysite and when I tried to register they wanted $8.95/mo to be a be a member. I don't think the convenience is worth that much per month, at least for me. I can find a lot of low carb meal plans on the net for free. Thanks for the suggestion.

Harlen 2012-08-04 20:47:07 -0500 Report

For me it is to know your carb I use a scale on every thing I eat .
Do you have a Calorie King Book ?
This has saved me a lot of missteps .
Eat right and eat well just cover for what you eat and dont forget to work off what you eat lol
Keep me posted on how your doing .
Best wishes