Saturday, March 6, 2010

Food Update & Recipes

I've been feeling fine and getting into the swing of things with my eating; it's starting to become habit. I've had to rethink some of my old recipes and pay more attention to protein content of my dinner; this is something I will definitely take with me beyond Medifast. I am much happier with a protein-rich diet including a dinner based almost solely on protein and veggies. I can still make a potato or rice side for the family and this is working really well!

Friday, here's what I ate:

7AM: Chai Latte
9AM: hard boiled egg
10AM: A better brownie. My last Medifast brownie was super fluffy and bitter. I tweaked it a bit by using 1T sugar free caramel syrup, 2T water, and cooking it at 80% power for 1 min. I also sprayed the little dish with Pam. As a result, I got a denser, moister, better tasting brownie that actually came out of the tray in one piece:

It still was a little bitter for my tastes. But you know, I spent a lot of years making perfect fudgy chewy brownies from scratch and eating the entire batch myself, so you're not going to fool *these* taste buds.

The rest of my day:

1PM: Chili with 1/2 c canned diced tomatoes added
3PM: iced Cappuccino w/1T sugar free caramel syrup, Ranch soy crisps
6PM: 4oz lean, local, grass-fed beef burger with 1/2 c mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and 1/2 c fresh cucumbers drizzled with 1 tsp lite Caesar dressing:

That was a really delicious dinner. No bun required!

8PM: Peanut Butter crunch bar

Then here's Saturday:

7AM: Chai Latte
9:15: Oatmeal Raisin Crunch bar
12:15 (very hungry): Hot Cocoa in the blender w/ice & a packet of instant decaf coffee
3PM (hungry!): Honey Mustard Pretzels and a sugar free lime jello cup
5:30: For dinner, I threw together a complete meal on a whim and it turned out so good! Here's the recipe:

Beef & Zucchini Skillet Dinner

Put 5oz lean ground beef in a skillet to start browning it. While it starts to cook, chop 2T onion, dice half a stalk of celery, and mince a clove of fresh garlic and throw it in. Season with black pepper, thyme, parsley, and a bit of oregano. Quarter 2 small zucchinis and slice into bite size pieces; this should be about 1 generous cup. Add to skillet and stir to break up meat. Chop some fresh spinach (a third of a cup packed) and measure out a quarter cup of canned diced tomatoes. Drain the tomatoes. Add the spinach and tomatoes to the skillet and stir. Cover and cook until zucchini is soft. Season with pepper & sea salt to taste. Makes 1 "Medifast Lean & Green Dinner" serving, which is really large!

I used local, grass-fed beef for this and it tasted amazing. I would add mushrooms to this if I had them, yummy. Funny thing: I used to make something like this for dinner back when I didn't care what I was eating, but it had far less vegetables (no spinach or tomatoes), full-fat sausage instead of beef, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and then was topped with loads of cheese and baked. (Tastes great, but kind of suicidal as far as nutrition goes).

Tonight I will probably have a Chocolate pudding for my last meal. And in the morning, I finally get to weigh and see my results for the week! Wish me luck!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*


Kyle Gershman said...

You are going to be the Queen of Medifast! Fingers crossed for your weigh-in.

Seren_Sighs said...

Wow, are those chai drinks filling? I could not go all morning eating just that and an egg.

Also, did you know Pam has calories? A lot of people don't becuse it's labeled such but it has 700 to 900 calories a can. I don't think I'm a fan of the FDA allowing foods under 5 calories a serving to be labeled as "calorie free". Sure, five calories aren't a big deal but I know before I found out I was piling on the sweet and low and calorie free butter sprays. Of course, now I eat clean so it doesn't matter anyways.

That dinner looks really delicious!

spunkysuzi said...

Oh i have to admit i'm looking forward to your post tomorrow. I'm so excited to see how this week has gone for you!!

Lyn said...


They are pretty filling. The Chai Latte has 14g protein and 4g fiber and is designed to 'hold' you for 2-3 hours. Since I eat every 2.5-3 hours on this plan I don't *usually* get too hungry but I did today, probably because of where I am in my (female) cycle.

You are right about the Pam, for sure. On Medifast "up to ten seconds" of spraying Pam is allowed as a condiment but I never use more than 2 seconds.

Tiffany said...

I can't wait to read your post tomorrow! You've given such an honest review of everything you've eaten...nice job. Keep up the good work!

Steelers6 said...

Looking forward to tomorrow..the weigh in..but I look fwd to your posts every day.

Have you weighed for your own eyes in between at all? Chrissy

Autumnforest said...

They really should hire you to tweak their stuff. Do you think the taste kitchen folks are so used to it they don't see how nasty it can be? Great going--I suspect tomorrow morning will be a happy occasion.

Anonymous said...

You are doing awesome, please post your success early!!! Can't wait to find out ;)

Steelers6 said...

As per Autumnforest's comment of hiring you to tweak the MF foods, it totally would not surprise me if something like that came out of your trial month and your most thorough reviews. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Autumnforest. You should be hired to tweak the recipes. Just because something is a diet food, doesn't mean it should taste bad.

Lyn said...

Steelers6 (Chrissy)~

I have not so much as set a toe on the scale all week! I didn't want to psyche myself out one way or the other... wanted to give the program 100% effort and just see what happens. I am really looking forward to weighing!


LOL! Wouldn't that be a fun task?? But then, if *I* made the Medifast brownie formula, they'd be so good everyone would binge on them and get fat on Medifast :)

Rebekah said...

Excited to see what tomorrow's post is, but I agree, even not tweaking the brownies, but adding herbs and spices to other dishes, might really help people stick with the plan.
The changes you have mad sound great! You are doing so well! I know the yay trying things out adventure is the fun part but hopefully the scale will reflect that as well!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Good luck on your weigh in!

Do you feel like you've lost? I can't recall if you measured yourself, too...

Fingers crossed for you!

Jess said...

I don't know if you're staying strictly to Medifast or something but there's a brand of brownies called No Pudge Brownies (there's a piggy on it) and it's DELICIOUS and no fat because it uses yogurt :) You can find it in most grocery stores (and Trader Joe's if you have one). I really recommend it. And it's like fluff and soft and all sorts of warm loving. Everything you need from a brownie.

I think I'm going to buy myself a box tomorrow haha.

Anonymous said...

I wish you luck Lyn! :-)
I am sure you'll have a noticeable loss.

I was advised by someone who lost weight that cutting down on carbs initially is the way forward. She stressed not to cut them out completely as that does wierd things to the system. Lots of your carb-free or low-carb dishes have looked tasty.

Once again you have shown that disciplined eating CAN be achieved....and having a programme and pre-measured foods short-term is a good way to kick start a sluggish weight-loss plan. (In my case a sluggish person too!)

I am feeling quite excited about your weigh-in tomorrow:-)

Best wishes!

DBDee x x

South Beach Steve said...

Good luck with the weigh-in!

Isn't it nice when the right way becomes a habit?

Laryssa said...

I think you're doing great and that, instead of giving up on a specific food item and giving it a total thumbs down, you're working with it to make it better.

It will take about 2 more weeks before your taste buds acclimate to the less-sweet brownie (and other sweets) and when that happens, the brownie will taste even better.

Can't wait till the weigh in!

Graciela said...

Good luck on the weigh in... It's very interesting to follow your journey and you are doing great.

Daisygirl said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing your results too! I keep checking but you haven't updated yet!!! Good luck!


Seren_Sighs said...

I wonder how many calories you are eating.

This seems like a pretty low carb diet right? I mean, obviously it's low sugar but are the carbs low as well? That helps with weight loss the first week because carbs are stored in the body as glycogen in the muscles. And glycogen needs three times it's weight in water. So when people go low carb and lose all a ton of weight the first week a big part of it is the water attached to the glycogen.

Do the calories and amount of food become higher after a few weeks? I definitely couldn't do the diet. I am way too active and I think even if I wasn't working out it still wouldn't be enough.

But the fact that everything is ready for you sounds really nice. I'm starting to prep my meals in advance so I don't have to worry about that too.

You're doing really great and it's great to see all your posts and such. I love how informative you've been.

Can't wait to see what happens next week.

Lyn said...


I am eating about a thousand calories a day, about 105g of protein. Yes it is low carb, under 100g crabs per day (closer to 85-90 depending on choices). Calories do not go up until you transition off the plan... then during transition, you add real foods and subtract Medifast foods and calories do go back up for maintenance rather than loss.

screwdestiny said...

I laughed out loud at the brownie comment. At least you're good at figuring out ways to make it better.

beerab said...

My friend who did medifast also substituted in her medifast meals things to make them taste better and still lost 30 lbs. I think she'd add more seasoning most of the time.