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College post rny..what to eat?

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So 3 weeks post op, I'll be back in college living in a dorm that does not come with a stove so what I'll be able to make is extremely limited. I was wondering what are some of your favorite things to eat that I can prepare in a lovely microwave or eat as is in my extremely limited situation (especially frozen products). The only thing I'm aware of so far is canned tuna and frozen veggies. At this point I think I'll be in the soft/puree food stage but I'll be double checking on that. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you :rolleyes:

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A little farther out string cheese, ham, deli sliced chicken.  Refried beans, cottage cheese...

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It sounds like a somewhat challenging environment for post-op, but doable. I spent the first few weeks after surgery in hotels (I was traveling) without kitchens, and @Cheesehead's suggestions (minus the meat, sub in veggie equivalents) were similar to much of what I ate. Also Greek yogurt, pre-made boiled eggs, and lots of cheese in its many forms. Also Eggface's ricotta bake can be done in the microwave (her website has a ton of ideas - be sure to look there).

If you're a meat eater you could look into Atkins frozen meals - some of those are bound to be appropriate. 

Shakes, too, of course. 

Best of luck! It'll be such an exciting time for you :) 

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As someone who works on a college campus, here is my advice.  Take advantage of the community kitchen (residence halls typically have one or there is one on campus you can access) once a week to do meal prep and cook a few things that you can eat during the week that reheat well (cook your meats, boil eggs, make some crustless mini-quiches).  While your veggie intake will be limited, the small microwaveable steam bags would be perfect for something fresh during the week and don't require a huge stash of seasonings, etc. (some groceries even do steam bags that include proteins like salmon or other fish).  Pre-cooked items are your friend: rotisserie chicken, bags of hard boiled eggs or pre-cooked turkey sausage.  Also consider microwave staples like mug omelettes.  Chances are, as a college student, you will probably need to lean heavily on protein bars and shakes, so find some you really enjoy.   The college lifestyle will be a huge challenge, so make sure you PREPARE  for each week and have lots of things that are easy to grab and go (and things you can easily stick in your backpack like protein bars).  Stalk local menus, campus dining and your grocery stores for items that will work for your diet.  If you know what is out there, you will be able to steer your friends toward restaurants and hangouts that will work for you and you will know where to go when you need to grab something quickly. 

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Tuna and chicken pouches, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, HB eggs, refried beans.  Are you required to be on a meal plan?  If so, you can snag some stuff off the salad bar to save for later like the HB eggs.  Also, if you're comfortable doing so (and you have a meal plan) I'd talk with the dining staff; they get special requests all the time and they can help you figure out what is available for you to eat or even sometimes make sure there are appropriate things for you to eat (since it is a medical issue). 

Planning ahead will be your friend for sure, but don't stress so much about it that you forget to have fun!!

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