The Fresh Diet – Day 1 – Bedtime Snack – Gastric Bypass Review

Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  ‘Nuff said.  Who couldn’t love a diet that offered chocolate covered strawberries as a bedtime snack or dessert?

So the dessert is Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Creamy Vanilla Ricotta Cheese.  If you’ve ever done the South Beach Diet (yeah, another diet I tried and failed), this is like the ricotta cheese dessert they have in there – which is basically low fat ricotta cheese with vanilla extract.  It tasted the same.  I think you were supposed to dip the strawberries in the cheese, but the textures for me didn’t blend well.  The strawberries were sweet, the chocolate exactly what you think about when you are on a diet, so it was nice to have, but I had to eat them separately from the cheese.  The grainy texture in the cheese was a distraction from the strawberries.

The cheese itself was good, but I love ricotta cheese (probably why I needed gastric bypass surgery).  It must have been artificially sweetened, though, because there was a mild after taste.

Day 1 is complete, and I would have to say that so far, I love the Fresh Diet!

The Fresh Diet – Day 1 Dinner – Gastric Bypass Review

This is my first complaint.  And I guess it is a layered complaint, so maybe that makes it multiple complaints.

First, there are no instructions.  Now, normally, if you cook something yourself at home, then reheat it the next night, you know what to do.  And for me, because of my gastric bypass surgery, I can’t really reheat things too long in a microwave, because the dryer they are, the harder they are to eat. 

Dinner tonight is Filet of Tilapia with Traditional Red Mole Sauce with Curried Cauliflower Mash and Exotic Mushroom Ragout.  So you know it has to be heated.  But how long?  My microwave has a button that reheats a dinner plate – one button push kind of thing – but it reheats for 1 minute and ten seconds.  I thought that might be too long for the fish.  It came in a container that I knew I could reheat in, but I was worried that because it was piled pretty thick in the container, it wouldn’t heat evenly.

And mole sauce – hot? Cold? Room temperature?  I don’t know.

So I ended up transferring the meal onto a plate, and heated it for a minute.  The fish smelled fishy to me, which I think was my other complaint – was that one, thawed ice pack enough to keep the meal cold? And the ice pack was on top, my fish on the bottom – was that safe?

Okay, so I heated it for a minute, but the cauliflower mash was still cool in the center.  And now that my fish smells fishy and I’m worried about food poisoning, I don’t want to take any chances that bad bacteria isn’t killed off.  So I put it back in the microwave on a regular plate, where I could spread it out a bit, and I heat it another 45 seconds.

This time, the cauliflower mash heated through, but it dried out the fish, which now smelled fishy and had the texture of cardboard.  I ate a bite of the fish, but I knew as soon as I swallowed that it wasn’t going to sit well in my stomach.  Food that is too dry just does. not. go. down.  The cauliflower mash had a nice, light curry flavor, and meshed well with the mushroom ragout.  I’m not sure why it was called exotic, as it seemed like sauteed white button mushrooms to me, but it tasted good and was my favorite part of the meal.

I think for the next two nights, I’m going to separate the denser items on the plate and heat them a bit ahead of time before adding the protein back onto the plate.  This might help with my stomach issues. 

Oh – the mole sauce?  I heated it with the food the second time around, so it was warm.  It didn’t add much to the fish, but again, the fish for me was inedible.  Perhaps had the fish been moister, with the ability to soak up some of the sauce, it would be a different story.

It’s Snack Time! Day 1 The Fresh Diet – A Gastric Bypass Review

Oh. My. Goodness.  Talk about hitting the ball out of the park!  That’s how I would describe my afternoon snack on The Fresh Diet www.thefreshdiet.com !

I’m a bit of a tomato snob, being a Jersey girl and all.  Anyone will tell you that we have, by far, the best tomatoes anywhere in the world.  But it’s not Jersey tomato season.  And I love tomatoes.  And I love cheese.  And when I saw the description on The Fresh Diet menu of this snack (Red and Yellow Tomato with Goat Cheese and Fresh Basil), I knew I had to try it, even if it wasn’t made with Jersey’s best!

Delicious.  Seriously, delicious.  You know the saying “Less is more”? This was simple, elegant, and delicious, bursting with the freshness of the tomatoes, the creamy texture of the cheese, and the refreshing bite of basil.  I sprinkled a little bit of salt on top, because I just love a tomato with salt, but this doesn’t need anything.  It was a wonderful afternoon snack.

As a gastric bypass patient, the most dangerous thing on the plate for me was the basil.  I ended up taking it off and chopping it up to a finer texture, then sprinkled it back on top.  Of everything I’ve eaten today, this is the one thing that stands out.  I could have eaten this for dinner, in a larger sized portion.  It was that good.  And on a day that was hot and humid, this is really the perfect snack.  I would replicate this for the family, if only I could get the kids to develop the love for tomatoes that I have.

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Lunch Time! Day 1 of The Fresh Diet – Gastric Bypass Review

My lunch today smells so good, I am drooling just thinking about it!  I ordered the Asian Style Chicken Salad with Baby Bok Choy, Watercress, Alfalfa Sprouts, Water Chestnuts and Sesame Soy Dressing.  I could have used a straw to slurp up the dressing.

As with breakfast, there is a component to the lunch that fills me up – sometimes in an uncomfortable way, but it stops me from eating.  And I think in choosing my meals, that was a focus.  I knew this was going to be cutting way back on what I normally eat in a day – because much of what I eat are slider foods – and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t looking for snacks in between the meals.  Chicken for me is a mostly miss item, unless it’s really moist or finely chopped.  But, on the plus side, I can’t overeat if I eat chicken.

The salad was crisp and fresh, which made me feel better about it being left out in the heat.  There was no mushy lettuce or soggy greens.  The chicken was just a wee bit dry, but cut well enough that I wasn’t overwhelmed by it.  I hate it when you get a plate of salad, and you lose half of it in your lap because you are sawing through a big old dry chicken breast.

This was not a huge salad, and it really reinforces how out of whack my portion sizes are.  If I had ordered the Asian Chicken Salad at someplace like Applebees, I would have been given a plate that easily had three times the amount of food and dressing that this portion had.  And I would have done a damn fine job at attempting to eat it all.  But honestly, this was more than enough.  I even had chicken left over to give to Jim.  The focus here was on the lean protein (chicken) and the fiber (the greens), as opposed to a sugary sweet dressing and the worthless carbs (the crunchy noodles most places put on top of an Asian salad).  The flavors were wonderful, there were water chestnuts adding the crunch component you lose without the no good for you slider food noodles, and I was filled when I should have been filled, with food that provided real nutritional value.

This was another hit in terms of a meal.

And since I’ve forgotten to post this so far, you can order The Fresh Diet by visiting their website at www.thefreshdiet.com .

The Fresh Diet Day 1 Breakfast – Gastric Bypass Review

Today’s breakfast from the Fresh Diet is described as a Fresh Fruit Salad with Apple, Blueberry, Kiwi, Papaya, Watermelon and Apricot Yogurt.  The fruit smells like a sweet heaven when I open the container, even though there are a few squashed blueberries on top.  I picked them off, and moved on.

I love fresh fruit, and actually, while I would eat a cheesecake any day, I really enjoy snacking on fresh fruit.  My biggest obstacles to fresh fruit are two-fold.  The first issue I have is that I’m the one in the house that has to do all the chopping, peeling, slicing, de-seeding, and cleaning, and by the time the damn thing is done, I’d just as soon grab a cupcake and move on.

The second issue I have with fruit salad is that some fruit seems to just kind of lay in my gastrically altered stomach.  Like apples.  And apples are a pretty big component in this salad.  Fruit also has a tendency to fill me up VERY quickly.  Which is why I chose the fruit salad as my breakfast.  I figured if I am going to be on a diet, I want food that is going to fill me up so I don’t reach for snacks I shouldn’t have.  Secondly, I figured if I couldn’t get through the whole salad in one sitting, I’d have it for a mid-morning snack later.

Aside from the few smooshed blueberries on top and a couple of pieces of too mushy to eat watermelon, the salad tasted fresh.  The fruit was sweet and satisfying, and even without the apple slices, I got filled after a few bites.  I didn’t taste an overwhelming apricot taste in the yogurt, which I actually found the least appealing part of the meal.  It was a little sour tasting and a bit watery, so I stopped eating it after the first bite – or slurp.

All in all, this was the perfect breakfast.  I ended up sharing leftovers with Jim and the kids, as I really did get very full – even splitting it in two sittings.  And the yogurt thing may have been due to the temperatures outside more than the flavors in the yogurt.

The Fresh Diet – Gastric Bypass Review – The Arrival!

After waiting only a few days, I feel like a kid at Christmas!  The delivery of my first day of the Fresh Diet is due to arrive between 7 PM and 6 AM, and just like the girls on Christmas Eve, I am peeking out the window, checking the doorstep, looking for any signs that the magic has arrived!

At around midnight, I decide to just go to bed.  Afterall, what kid doesn’t know that Santa NEVER comes if you’re still awake!  When I woke up at just after 5 AM, I was not disappointed!  I did get that special visitor in the middle of the night, and I was giddy with excitement! 

I quickly threw shorts on, so the neighbors didn’t see anything they shouldn’t in my nightgown while I was outside for all of 3 seconds grabbing the awesome bag that was left outside.  I brought it in, placed it right on my kitchen counter, and then remembered it had been 90+ degrees yesterday, then it rained, and the thing was likely crawling with bugs.  I picked it up from my counter, and proceeded to kill everything that fell off of it – including a couple of lady bugs, a spider, and a bunch of flying little gnats.  Here’s the bag after the extermination process:

Stuffed in the pocket – just like a Christmas stocking – is my menu for the day.  This is a good thing, as I’ve forgotten what I ordered in the few days.  I blame my children – they’ve turned my brain to mush. 

I opened the cooler bag, and began unloading my meals for the day.  I have to tell you, I was concerned.  The temperatures overnight did not drop that low, and it was oh so humid.  The ice pack was completely thawed, and there was fish in my bag.  I quickly unpacked everything and put it in the fridge.  Let’s hope for the best!

This is what it looked like on it’s way into the fridge…

So I’ll let you know over the next few days my impression of The Fresh Diet!  Unless I suffer food poisoning from the fish left on the doorstep!