My Bento Lunch

Having a bad case of the "I don't wannas" this morning but I really need to get motivated if I want to have those little things like electricity, water, food, clothes. I've been helping out my pal with a project for her company (lots of organizing computer files) which kind of makes me giggle since I am definitely NOT the most organized person. I name my recipes things like YummyCasseroleIhadWednesday.doc and then spend an hour searching for it. Well... it is always easier to fix someone else's problems than work on your own and this one comes with a paycheck ;)

The weather is so beautiful right now, sunny, 80's. The plan is to find a grassy knoll in the sunshine to plop down and eat my super cool bento lunch. Here's what I'll be having...

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Italian Sub Salad
Green Box (top right): Cutie Mandarin
Blue Box (bottom left): Strawberries
Orange Box (bottom right): Pistachios and (in little blue container) Balsamic Dressing

Shelly's Italian Sub Salad

Romaine Lettuce
Fresh Basil
Grape Tomatoes
Sliced Genoa Salami, Italian Roast Beef
Sliced Provolone
Kosher Salt & a few twists of Black Pepper
Balsamic Dressing

Just looking at this yummy (and well organized) lunch is motivating me to get my butt in gear. I'm off...


Ktownchicka said...

Hey Shelly,

I have a question for you as I have been out of surgery since Jan 27/2010 and I have been a regular on your site since I have been home. First off, I absolutely love all your recipes and have tried sooo many of them. The protein Ice cream is my favourite. I can't believe we can still live life with some things we enjoy but in a healthy way. My question is about the Bento box: Your Bento box for breakfast lunch and picnics... I know you are a lot farther out than myself but I was wondering if you eat all of what is in those 4 colourful little boxes at lunch and breakfast. To me right now that seems like a heck of a lot of food to eat but I understand our stomachs do eventually get a little bigger. It seems to have been working for you because you look FANTASTIC!

1.How do you measure your food for each meal?
2. How many meals do you have each day?
3. How often do you eat?
4. Do you eat everything in all 4 boxes for one meal?

Your site has helped me tremendously and I look forward to viewing your page daily.

Thanks so much for your feedback, I appreciate it,

Tina in CANADA!

Jenn said...

This looks delish and I love all the gorgeous colors.
I wanted to let you know that I made your Peanut Butter and Jelly 5 Minute Protein Cake and it was a taste of heaven. My husband loved it too! He's doing a low-carb diet with me now and misses sweets terribly so your cake was a real lifesaver. Thank you so much!
Also, I received an email today with a cute new twist on the Creation story. I think you'd find it funny so I'm including a link to the story on my blog. Enjoy!

Di said...

Sounds like the perfect lunch for the perfect day! We actually had a warm, sunny day in Indiana after mega thunderstorms last night.

Guess what? I month until the local farmers market opens its "doors." Yippeeeeeee..................

*Christie* said...

Hi! I just found your blog today. I am having the gastric sleeve surgery and I'm doing lots of thinking about life after, what/how I will eat, etc. I really appreciate the time you take to share photos of your food and recipes. The "day in my pouch" posts are so awesome. I'm a picky eater and I WANT to try new things but have a hard time coming up with ideas and you have so many ideas here that I actually want to try. I appreciate your efforts more than you know!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Tina. I'm so glad :)

1.How do you measure your food for each meal? I eat about a cup total at a sitting.

2. How many meals do you have each day? 3 meals, 2 snacks

3. How often do you eat? Breakfast around 7, Lunch around 1, Dinner around 6, 2 snacks when needed (usually is dessert-ish around 8)

4. Do you eat everything in all 4 boxes for one meal? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, sometimes they are for 2 meals, or 1 meal & snacks, if I am gone all day, sometimes its packed to share, sometimes I bring stuff home (no longer a member of the clean plate club) your DR or Nutritionist will give you an appropriate portion size based on your stage & goals, be sure to follow that :)


Thanks Jenn :) I will check out the blog.


Di, We are starting to get great stuff. Fresh corn for the first time this weekend. Strawberries are to die for. Can't wait to hear your about your market scores.


Thank you Christie. Best wishes on your surgery. I hope you will feel the same way I do about having WLS that it was the best gift I ever gave myself.


Anonymous said...

I love your blog. Will you be publishing a cookbook for us bypass gals and guys? I'm three months post-op and have lost 52 lbs so far. I have to admit everyone is right -- once you up the exercise, the weight really falls off. I went from a couple of times a week to five times, one hour each. Two times a week I go to water aerobics, two times I do weight training with a trainer (worth the investment), and once a week, I go to an intermediate yoga class. You really have to find something you enjoy doing.

Anyway, the protein ice cream is a Godsend since I've been having trouble getting in all the required protein. My favorite brand is Jay Robb.

Best wishes for your continued success.