Anyone eat non Nutrisystem dinners?

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I am new to NS. I have 20 lbs to lose and this is my first week. Breakfast and lunch is fine, but I am having trouble with dinner. I do not like the food so far. One of the other posters wrote about "flex" plan. She mentioned a 3oz lean protein, carb, fat.

I have never been a fan of processed food.

And anyone who has had about 20lbs to lose, could you please tell me how long (on average) I can expect for it to take..

Any advice would be greatly appreciated..

Thank you,.


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Your question was: Anyone eat non Nutrisystem dinners?.

Nice to meet you and thanks for responding. I am interested to see what others have to say. I had the Italian Herb flatbread pizza with added spinach, tomatoes and onions for dinner tonight. I actually did enjoy that. What do you like for lunch? I haven't found anything I am crazy about for lunch yet.

Congrats on losing 1.8lbs!..

Comment #1

I like the tortilla soup, and the peanut butter bar is great for on the run - I follow up later on with some low sodium V8 juice and fruit...something about the dinners makes the fluids better! I'll have to try adding to the pizza like you did - that actually sounds really good..

Good luck next weigh in!..

Comment #2

Thank you for the advice. I really like tortilla soup. I did not think about V8 as a veggie either. perfect. thank you..

Comment #3

I put fresh basil on the pizza too (and red pepper flakes, but I like things spicier)...I forgot. I think that made a huge difference...

Comment #4

Many people lose 1-2 pounds a week, so expect to lose somewhere around there. Don't worry too much about how long it takes. Remember that changing your eating habits is not a temporary thing. Also, I recommend not flexing too much until you get comfortable with the plan. As time goes on you can be a little more creative with the plan and your add-ins. If you search the boards there are many tips on doctoring the meals..

As for flexing, a simple flex meal I make is to get some chicken (I use Tyson's 110 calorie frozen grilled chicken breasts, but you could also use raw chicken). Make a tray out of foil. Put the chicken in the foil and add asparagus and tomato pieces. Add a little white or red wine (I use sangria). Drizzle olive oil. Add herbs/spices (I like fresh rosemary).

Cook in 400F oven for 20-30 minutes. Add carb(s) on the side (I like to use quinoa; check the stats to determine how much to cook)..

Chicken + wine + herbs/spices + carb = dinner entree substitute.

Asparagus + tomatoes = veggie servings.

Extra virgin olive oil = fat serving.

Don't forget to add a fruit (and men add additional carb)...

Comment #5

Thank you Legolas. I know I shouldn't worry about the time, but I am going on vacation in June and want to be close to goal by then. I appreciate the dinner advice. Have a great weekend!..

Comment #6

Sometimes I save a dairy/protein serving and add it to my dinner. For example I added a serving of shrimp to my mushroom risotto the other night. It was great! And I felt like it was a "real" meal...but totally on program..

Comment #7

Yes, you can have your own dinner once or twice a week. If you follow the guidelines, it is the same as having the Nutrisystem dinner. There are advantages to the packaged food, but no reason you can't make substitutes with similar nutritional statistics.

Chicken or shrimp on the grill is a great way to start. Add your three veggie servings, one carb serving and your two fat servings and you have a dinner. I do that often. I count the olive oil on the grilled asparagus as my fat. A carb can be brown rice, corn or a low cal roll...

Comment #8

I lost 23 pounds. It took me 5 1/2 months. About a pound a week. I think my loss was slow for two reasons - I'm over 50 and I continued to enjoy my pre-dinner glass of wine during the weight loss process...

Comment #9

Thank you everyone. I am confused about the carb though. Carbohydrates are not listed on my meal plan (unless I am > 100lbs overweight)...

Comment #10

If you are a woman, you can only add a carb if your Nutrisystem entree calls for a carb, or you are flexing your meal...

Comment #11

When you are eating a FLEX meal, you do have to add a CARB (has nothing to do with the plan itself)..

The reason you don't add it to the NutriSystem dinner is that the CARB is always built in (i.e. the pasta)..

Make sense?.

Don't confuse the two...

Comment #12

Thank you all. Pam, you are such a wealth of knowledge. Reading your anwers to others questions helps me tremendously. The carb thing makes perfect sense now....Have a great day...

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