Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stuff I've Been Eating

Here's a recap of my food for the last few days. I was extra hungry yesterday... not sure why... but my stomach was a bottomless pit! I just kept drinking water and hoping it means the pounds are dropping off.

7AM: Rooibos tea w/1T milk, bit of sugar free vanilla syrup
8 AM: cinnamon mocha (Medifast Hot Cocoa with decaf instant coffee & cinnamon added... yummy)
10AM: 1/2 c Eggbeaters, 1 Laughing Cow lite cheese (counts as half a fat serving), 1/2 c grated zucchini cooked in 1/2 t olive oil, & green tea
11AM: Chocolate Mint Crunch bar
12:30: Chicken Noodle soup
3:00PM: Honey Mustard pretzels
5:30PM: 1/2c Eggbeaters made into an omelette filled with 1/4 c low fat cheddar cheese, 1.5 Morningstar Farms sausage links (sliced), 1/2c spinach & cabbage (mixed). I also had a side salad of 1 c romaine, 1T lite blue cheese, and a few bacon bits.
9PM: Chocolate pudding w/almond extract added (good)

7AM: Hot Cocoa w/decaf instant coffee added
9:30: Medifast Orange 55 shake. This was okay on flavor but the texture was chalky. I didn't think the other shakes were chalky... just this one. Next time I will add a lot more ice to see if that masks the chalkiness.
11:45: Oatmeal muffin (explanation below), green tea
3:30: Cream of Chicken soup
5:30: Taco salad made from 5oz lean, grass-fed beef sauteed with diced celery, canned tomatoes, onion powder, pepper, oregano & cumin. I put this over a bowl of 2c chopped romaine mixed w/1T Ranch dressing). This was so good!

9:00PM: Dutch chocolate 55 shake

Tuesday (today):
7AM: Bancha green tea w/1T 2% milk
8AM: Chai Latte
11AM: Oatmeal muffin
Walked 1 mile outside
1:30: Peanut Butter Crunch bar

Now, about that oatmeal muffin. If you read my reviews before you know I have a very strong dislike for the Medifast oatmeals. I think they taste bitter and icky. It would be a real challenge for me to eat those, and since I am not into self torture, I won't. However, I did see some recipes on the Medifast support boards with people using the oatmeal packets to make oatmeal muffins that are still on plan. Well, I am not big on making recipes out of the packets; I like simplicity. I don't want to make fudge out of a pack of hot cocoa plus all my condiments and fats for the day and pretend I am eating candy. To me the point of this plan (a main point anyway) is simplicity. But because the oatmeal is one of the more filling Medifast meals, I figured I would give the muffin thing a try. And they turned out really good! I was surprised. And the 'recipe' only takes like one minute to make so it is not any big effort. I can do this once in awhile.

(I found this recipe on the Medifast boards, called Martha's Muffins, but I have no idea who Martha is).

Medifast Oatmeal Muffin

In a bowl, mix one packet of oatmeal (I used Maple & Brown sugar) with 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/8 tsp baking powder. Add some cinnamon if you like (I did).
In a measuring cup, put 1/3 c water and 1 tsp white vinegar. You can add a dash of vanilla if you like (I didn't).
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350. Spray a mini bread pan with Pam (I used a 5" round glass Pyrex dish). When all of that is ready, mix the water mixture into the dry mixture with a spatula. Quickly mix it and pour it into the dish and put it in the oven to bake (work fast so the bubbles that leaven the muffin don't all go away). Bake for about 16 minutes or until the top is firm (not mushy or wet). Take it out, cool a minute or two. Run a knife around the edges and dump it out onto a plate to cool.

You could eat this warm, but I like it cold because the awful bitter taste nearly disappears! Very filling.

That's my food update... I am feeling good but was very hungry this morning before I ate the muffin. I think I am going to roast some turkey wings and asparagus for dinner tonight.

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


Ella Enchanted said...

I really enjoy your blog, and I love when you post your food menu for the day. I hope that you continue to be successful on this plan - we are all rooting for you!

Seren_Sighs said...

You're probably really hungry because you're only eating 1000 calories a day or so. It took me forever to learn that the body can't be tricked by quantity of food and think it's getting calories. Eventually it will catch on.

Took me ages to figure out why all the carrot sticks and salads in the world weren't helping.

Anonymous said...

A thought on the 'bottomless pit' syndrome.

You mentioned you were mid cycle. For me, I am just ravenous around ovulation time_bottomless pit describes it perfectly. (also I weigh a tad more -typically ~ 3lbs more...not to mention moodier/sensitive ;)
As it happens the body runs a bit hotter (read-burns more calories) during this time of the month.

just something to think about
-good luck

Lyn said...


the thing is, I was *not* hungry most days last week eating 1000 calories. And I have been very hungry eating 2000 calories a day. So I think there is more to it than that.


I think you're right. I actually do tend to be hungrier mid-cycle. I didn't know the body burned more calories at this time, interesting!

Laryssa said...

You're doing great; keep it up!

When I start losing weight, the hunger seems to increase instead of decrease too. I know it happens to so many of us until our bodies start getting used to the changes. For me, it helps to drink fresh brewed iced tea throughout the day. I have an iced tea maker and use Rooibos tea. It makes about a gallon and I add 2 splenda to it. Drinking that during the day helps me keep the hunger at bay.

Maybe you can have some iced green tea or chai tea whenever you're hungry? Is that allowed as an unlimited food on Medifast?

Drazil said...

How many calories would you say is in that muffin? Just count the oatmeal maybe?

Lyn said...


Yes. I think there are only maybe 2 or 3 calories in the stuff that is added, so this is the same nutritional content of the oatmeal (100 calories).

Lyn said...


Yes, plain teas are allowed in unlimited amounts on Medifast. I think I will brew some green tea :)

Drazil said...

Thanks so much Lyn. I'm confused about the bitter taste you talked about tho - is that from the vinegar? Or are you using Medifast oatmeal - which has the bitter taste? Sorry - I'm a bit slow. LOL

Lyn said...


It's Medifast oatmeal. I reviewed it last week and found it to be terribly bitter to the point I don't want to eat it again. I think I am a "supertaster" or something because some people don't think it's bad. But baking it into a muffin and cooling it makes the bitterness go down dramatically. You can't taste the vinegar in this recipe at all.

spunkysuzi said...

Sounds like you are doing well with this program. Maybe you're not so hungry because of higher protein lower carbs??

Ms. PJ Geek said...

I think when you are unusually hungry like that while still eating every 2 hrs or so is likely that your metabolism is reved up. Whenever I have these super hungry spells I have a bigger loss. I've been very hungry all day myself. snacked on fruit, nuts, chicken, vita top muffin plus ate my 1200 calorie meals. I know it helps me to be consistent with exercise too which it looks like you've been doing. your doing great!

Ashley said...

In addition to your body temperature being slightly elevated the couple days before you ovulate (which is why women who are trying to get pregnant will take their temperature every single day and when they see the slight increase they will make a point to try), you also burn 500-700 calories having your period (not per day, but like over the whole week you have it). Not that it's really a lot, but sometimes it cheers me up to remember when I'm otherwise grumpy because of TOM.

Seth said...

That Taco salad looks pretty good!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Lyn, I'm really impressed how you've been slugging it out on Medifast, and making the most of the food selections you've been given to eat.

I can tell you really want this!

Anyway, just wanted to say: I'm impressed!

RLibby said...

Hmm, I really like this recipe. I might have to use my Medifast oatmeals to whip up some muffins!

Lisa said...

I like reading these because I am going to try medifast for the four months til my WL surgery. Btw, I got my fat pics taken and they are up on my site if you want to take a look.

- Lisa

Teale said...

Your taco salad looks delicious!!!

-J.Darling said...

I actually really like making the shake cakes! Sometimes they are more convient for me than a shake when I'm on the go and am out of bars.

screwdestiny said...

How great that you found a way to make the oatmeal tasty for you! You are doing so well.

simmy Ogg said...

Oh my gosh, I am so copying your daily menus. You make everything so much better than just plain "out of the package" Medifast food !!!! Are you a chef or something LOL because you have so much creativity on how to make everything better (who would have thought to add instant coffee and cinnamon to the hot cocoa and make a cinnamon mocha?). The taco salad looked yummy. You make medifast seem so easy (i'm having a hard time sticking with it ... i end up eating real food every single day).

Thanks for having such an awesome blog. I check in daily.

Lyn said...

simmy ogg~

Thank you! I am not a chef but I am a pretty darn good cook and baker for my family. I like food... a lot... and enjoy making anything I eat better. The mocha idea came because I used to drink a lot of Starbucks and know what flavors I like :)

Hope my recipes do help you!

All Women Stalker said...

That oatmeal muffin looks heavenly! It's very rich and filling.

Anonymous said...

Trying the muffin. Why the white vinegar?

Lyn said...


The vinegar reacts with the baking soda to leaven the muffin, giving it a fluffier texture.