Week 3 Update:
Weekly Weight Loss: -4.0 total Weight loss -14.8
I just finished up week three on the Nutrisystem diet and I have to say I am really feeling great. I feel a lot healthier and have really noticed that I’m able to do more and more each day. I am still loving the variety and taste of the food. I think the food makes the diet a lot easier. Since I enjoy the food I don’t find it hard to stay on track at all which I have struggled with in the past. Having them pre-packaged takes all the guess work out of the process and makes healthy eating so much easier.
Since starting Nutrisystem I am learning so much about healthy eating. I am really trying to look at this as less of a diet and more of a lifestyle change. I want to lose the weight but I also want to learn how to keep it off long term. I have so many examples in my past where I have lost the weight to only gain it all back and then some. Every time I have lost weight I have gained it back and put on more then I weight before I started. So I end up heavier in the long run. I really don’t want to repeat this pattern so I am trying really hard to learn the skills I need to make sure when I do reach my goal weight I can maintain it past the program.
On Nutrisystem you don’t really do a lot of your own cooking because you use the Nutrisystem meals to make up your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack at night. However, you do have two additional snacks each week, 1 flex lunch and 1 flex dinner. I am taking these opportunities to learn and explore how to put together healthy meals and snacks.
In our family every Sunday we make breakfast for dinner we call it brinner. It’s just become a tradition in the family. When I started Nutrisystem I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to participate in our weekly tradition. Then I read about the flex meals. So for this week I decided to make my flex dinner a Sunday brinner meal. I am on the higher calorie plan with Nutrisystem so I get 3 powerfuels and 2 smartcarbs. For my flex meal I had 2 eggs and 3 pieces of turkey bacon as my powerfuels and 2 pieces of whole wheat bread with butter spray as my smartcarbs. I felt like I was able to enjoy our weekly tradition just like I used to and I even felt super full. Just a side note here, we usually have pancakes when we make brinner. The Nutrisystem pancakes and waffles are amazing. They taste just like regular pancakes and waffles. I add a tablespoon of sugar free syrup as one of my daily extras. It’s so good. I love that we can still have foods we love on the Nutrisystem diet. It really doesn’t even feel like a diet sometimes.
Helpful Tips & Tricks:
So you may have heard me mention Powerfuels. What are Powerfuels? According to my Nutrisystem literature Powerfuels are lean proteins that contain essential amino acids and healthy fats. Powerfuels should be 80-120 calories and 5 or more grams of protein. When you on Nutrisystem you will add these in to certain meals and snacks to help meet your dietary needs. So I put together a list of five of my favorite go-to Powerfuels.
I love cheese, you will see that a lot in my food logs. It’s one my favorite go to protein sources. String cheese is one of my favorites. There are a lot of brands out there. I like the low fat Kraft brand myself but there are a lot of different options. I have even seem some that where cheddar cheese.
They are great if you need something on the go. You can just throw it in your bag and you don’t need flatware. It’s no mess and super easy to travel with. One of my favorites to take with my on a busy day.
Like I said I love cheese. I like to get Kraft low fat cheese cubes. you can actually get them in a bag already cut up for you. The serving size allows for 7 cubes to fit the Powerfuel criteria. They are super yummy. You can get a variety of different cheeses my favorite is the Colby.
Again they are great if you are on the go. I will put them in a ziplock back and take them with me. Even at home though they are one of my favorite snacks. I like to pair it with fruit, I like the combination of fruit and cheese together.
Sorry about so many cheese options, but this really is what I like to have. The low-fat cottage cheese is great to go along with your meals. Since I am on the higher calorie plan I add some Powerfuels to my lunch and dinners and cottage cheese makes a great side to my Nutrisystem meals. There are a bunch of different brands out there. I actually get a store brand most of the time because I like the taste of it, but just check the nutrition facts and make sure it fits the dietary criteria.
I like this as an option to add to flex meals. I try to make my flex meals around the family. They love cottage cheese too so it works really well. The kids don’t even realize they are eating something healthy that and full of protein.
I am a huge fan of almond butter. It’s healthier then peanut butter and in my opinion I like the taste better. It’s super yummy and a great addition to other smartcarbs or Nutrisystem foods. Adds a lot of great flavor to your foods and gives you that great boost of protein.
I love adding it with a Smartcarb to make a snack. I will spread some on a piece of whole wheat toast or cut up some apple slices to dip in it. It is one of my favorite go to snacks.
Nutrisystem Turbo Shake:
I got a free box of the Nutrisystem Turbo shakes in my order and I really love them. They are really yummy and a great snack idea. I wasn’t really sure how to use them at first but after talking to my counselor she told me they count as a Powerfuel so I started using them for a quick snack in the afternoon. They are great.
If you are on the go these are perfect. You can put them in a blender cup and just take it with you. I like to take these to my afternoon walk. I started adding in walking at the gym. I can take my shake and have it after my walk on the way to pick up the kids from school. It’s perfect. Plus if you are traveling you can easily pack these and take them with you.
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