If you're anything like me, you've tried the meals delivered from the hospital and found that they make you sick. It doesn't help that the hospital refuses to tell you what's in the food they give you. And if you're lactose intolerant it's hard to buy frozen meals, because most of them contain cheese, milk or cream (not to mention a lot of fat and nasty chemicals).
Out of curiosity, I just looked at the website for one of those diet companies that delivers prepared meals to your door. Not bad. The company I looked at catered for people with lactose intolerance *and* they give you a complete list of the ingredients that they put in every meal, so you have some control over what you eat. And the prices are comparable to what the hospital charges for delivering meals.
The only problem is that they don't really do much low-residue food, but a lot of their meals include white rice and vegies, and you can always eat the rice and avoid the vegies you know will cause you trouble.
The company I looked at was an Australian one called Lite 'n Easy (http://www.liteneasy.com.au
) but I'm sure there are comparable ones in other countries.
Anyway, it's given me another option to consider if I find I'm struggling with cooking and shopping, and I thought some of the people here might find it helpful too.
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