Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you an answer..
1 - you can eat all one vegetable as long as you're getting two servings based on the minimum, which is what is on the meal planner on line (ex. 1 cup of lettuce is minimum, so if you have 2 cups it counts as both veggies)..
2 - It doesn't matter what order or when you eat your food, but you do want to spread it out over the day as much as possible and try to go no longer than 4 hours between "meals." I've found that carrying dried fruit is handy if you're stuck for a while with no way to get a real meal in..
3 - Yes, you can switch your meals around, as long as you're getting ALL of your servings. (and since you're not much of a dairy person, you can always have the protein serving instead - egg or egg substitute, chicken breast, tuna, etc.).
Congrats on such a significant loss your first week!..
Yeah it sure does. That's why I wanted to get some feedback on it...
Call and talk to a Counselor:.
1-800-585-5483, option 5.
We don't know your age, your amount to lose, the program you are on...but the Counselors do and they can really help you...
The 15lbs was likely mostly water weight. Remember that most of us don't drink enough water so the body hold on to as much as possible, but when we start taking in adequate amounts of water the body no longer needs to hold on to it, so you can lose significant amounts of water weight over a short period. That's what happened to me (14lbs in just under 2 weeks), and now my weight loss has slowed to the normal 1-2lbs per week. Don't be surprised if you don't lose any weight (or possibly gain a couple of pounds) over the next few weeks. It's normal and don't let that scare you off what you are trying to do..
If you don't like dairy then use one of the other listed proteins instead. You can mix your meals around to fit your schedule. A lot of the posters here state they like the lunch bars so try them, and raw veggies can be bagged up and ready to grab on your way to class to fullfill the veggies on the plan...
It is not "fine" to skip ANY of the grocery add-ins. It doesn't have to be dairy but eating your protein servings is ESSENTIAL!.
Note: Portions listed here are the minimum you have to have. When your plan calls for a dairy/protein, you.
Have up to 100 calories, but no more than 3 grams of fat. You need to have AT LEAST 7 grams of protein..
Bacon Substitute 2 tbsp.
Beef 1 oz Round, Sirloin, Flank, Tenderloin, Chuck,Steak, Rump, Ground Round- (All Trimmed of Fat).
Buffalo 1 oz.
Calarmari 1 oz.
Canadian Bacon 1 oz Note: Sodium content high.
Cheese 1 oz Fat-free or Low fat.
Cheese (Ricotta) 2 tbsp Made with part skim milk.
Cheese (String) 1.
Chicken 1 oz White meat, No skin.
Chicken Wings 1 wing Note: Not Fried.
Clams 2 oz.
Cottage Cheese 1/4 cup Fat-free or Low fat.
Crab 1 oz.
Cream Cheese (Fat Free) 4 tbsp (2 oz).
Deer 1 oz.
Duck 1 oz No skin, Well drained of fat.
Edamame Beans 1/3 cup.
Egg White 3.
Egg Substitute 1/2 cup.
Fish 1 oz Cod, Flounder, Haddock, Halibut, Trout, Tuna, Lox, Herring, Salmon, Catfish (No breading).
Ham 1 oz Fresh or Boiled Ham.
Hot Dogs 1 oz 3 grams of fat or less per ounce.
Imitation Crabmeat 2 oz.
Lamb 1 oz Roast, chop, leg.
Lobster 2 oz.
Mussels 2 oz.
Octopus 1 oz.
Ostrich 1 oz.
Oysters 6 med.
Parmasan Cheese (grated) 2 tbsp.
Pheasant 1 oz No skin.
Pork 1 oz Fresh/Boiled Ham, Tenderloin, Loin Chop, Canadian Bacon, Cured, Canned Note: High Sodium.
Protein Shakes View Label 100 calories or less with at least 7-8 grams of protein, Whey or Soy Protein.
Salmon 1 oz Fresh or canned.
Sandwich Meat 1 oz 2 grams of fat or less per ounce.
Sardines (canned) 2 med.
Sausage 1 oz 3 grams or less of fat per ounce. Note: High Sodium.
Scallops 2 oz.
Shrimp 2 oz.
Smart Dogs 2 oz.
Soy Beans 1/3 cup.
Soy nuts 1/4 cup Unsalted is best option..
Squid 1 oz.
Tempeh 1/4 cup Note: Medium Fat Meat (Limit).
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) 1/4 cup Note: Medium Fat Meat (Limit).
Tofu 3 oz Note: Medium Fat Meat (Limit).
Tofu Hot Dog 1.
Tuna (canned in water) 1/4 cup.
Turkey 1 oz No skin.
Veal 1 oz Lean Chop, Roast.
Veggie Burgers 2 oz 100 calories or less with at least 7-8 grams of protein.
Venison 1 oz[/quote]..
I am also a college student. While it may seem like time isn't on your side, you can definitely make it work. I've been doing this for about six weeks now, and I honestly think this program has made it easier for me to stay on track. You just have to make a schedule and stick to it..
I have many days where my lunch hour gets filled with unannounced work, but that's where the lunch bars come into play. Same with breakfast. I usually have like 10-15 minutes between classes and try to eat a snack then. It's not ideal, but the poor choices I made prior to this (i.e. skipping meals or getting some out of the vending machine) are what got me here..
Veggies are definitely easy to take on the go, as well as fruits. I tend to eat in class or walking to class as well. I also always have my nalgene or a cup of tea with me..
The hardest thing for me has been the weekends when I don't have class. It kinda throws my schedule for a loop...
But that's just my take. Good luck!..
Thanks! Yeah I didn't think it was cool to skip anything. I just don't like dairy, never have. I'm stoked about adding another protein though, because that's something I'd rather have...
Thanks for this advice! I'm going to go to the store today to buy some raw vegetables and start doing it that way. The BIG test is coming, spring break starts today...I already have plans to go out several of the nights to bars and such so I'll be resisting temptation all week..
As far as eating in class, I have some fairly "famous" professors that I need to make a good impression and it would be a little bit disrespectful to them to use their classroom as a cafeteria. If it was a regular ol' professor I wouldn't care...
You're awesome. Thanks for letting me know what to expect in the next couple of weeks. I had a feeling it wouldn't last so I didn't get super excited about it. Haha...
1. On the meal planner when it has two Vegetable lines can I just eat one of the unlimited vegetables and that would count as the two? Or do I have to eat two different vegetables?.
The combination of veggie types is not what matters, it is the number of servings. so yes, you can have two portions of the same vegetable..
2. Since I'm a college student I have a super weird meal schedule because of classes. Do the times at which you eat matter? And say I skip a meal, can I combine two meals? (For instance, if I skip my afternoon snack, can I combine that with my dinner?).
You can switch times of meals and add ins. It is a good idea to space out your eating times to several times during the day. You should not, for example, be eating most of your daily food at one time..
3. Because I don't have regular access to a microwave it's hard to eat lunch at school. Is it ok on my next order that I only order the lunch bars for my lunch meal rather than the soups and other things? OR, is it ok to eat the lunch for breakfast, then take the breakfast entrees to school for lunch?.
Yes. It is ok to switch breakfast and lunch or to only eat lunch bars. But remember, you still need your veggies and protein in combination with your lunch. Perhaps invest in a thermos or lunch pack and pack your lunch ahead of time to be taken with you..
And I agree with Pam, you should talk to aNutrisystemcounselor. That's what they are there for...
Hard boiled eggs and string cheese ( if you can manage that) are get items to have in your hip pack for snacks and lunch. Edemamae or soy nuts are also a good protein choice that are portable..
Apples and mandarin oranges also hold up to your schedule. Invest in a small snap lid box and fill it with fresh veg. Grazing all day , between or during classes ( where permitted) is better than chowing down in the evening. Consider the grazing as feeding your brain. You are investing a lot in a college education, make sure you are adding the fuel to absorb that knowledge. Believe me, it translates to work as well.
Yes you can tailor your next food delivery for food that fits your school schedule. For the weekends you can stay more traditional. I love the trail mix bar and the chocolate graham bars!!! I am a hiker so they are really vital on the weekend..
I love my coffee, so dont try to go cold turkey. Swap in water where you would routinely grab coffee, as much as you can I have also swapped in green tea at lunch..
Great investment for you is a hip pack with a water bottle...
Thanks man! This really helped a lot. I have noticed this week since I'm eating better I don't have such a hard time staying awake in class or paying attention. As far as coffee goes, I only drink one cup a day so no big deal on that. I'll just start gradually decreasing the amount of coffee I drink in that one cup. I love love love green tea and I drink that a lot as it is..
I will tailor my order next time so I can have easier lunches to take with me to school. More lunch bars instead of meals. Today I ate myNutrisystembreakfast to the T, then luckily I had to spend 4 hours in a lab by myself so I could eat whenever I wanted. I brough anNutrisystemlunch bar, veggies, and an apple and two bottles of water. And that was my lunch. Now it's time for my afternoon snack which is just a bag of the pretzel bits..
But yeah thanks man!..