Saturday, April 10, 2010

I Eat!

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the things I've been eating this past week!

One thing I really like about my eating plan is that I am learning to eat small, protein-rich mini-meals throughout the day (5 of them) and then I *also* get the fun and creativity of cooking a nice dinner for my family and myself. During the day I eat Medifast foods every 2-3 hours: chili, chicken & wild rice soup, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, crunchy pretzels, bars, and shakes. And then at dinner I have 5-7oz of protein and 3 servings of veggies. Sometimes if my protein is very lean, I add healthy fats. I usually add a few condiments, which are allowed. So what does that look like?

Here's a dinner of baked chicken breast with a bit of mushroom-y sauce, with sides of steamed broccoli, finely shredded cabbage sauteed in sesame oil, and a mixed greens salad with Salsa Ranch dressing:

This one is an after-Easter special of deviled eggs and fresh asparagus that I sauteed in a nonstick pan with a spritz of olive oil and some sliced fresh garlic:

Yummy, filling, nutritious meals that I truly enjoy. I wish I had taken pictures of my other meals this week:

Freshly caught wild halibut baked with olive oil, lemon, garlic & dill, with steamed broccoli and a salad topped with Salsa Ranch dressing.

A big Eggbeater omelet filled with fresh asparagus and light cream cheese with a Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patty and a big bowl of mixed green salad with Ranch dressing.

Rare flat iron steak sliced thin over a large bed of greens & baby spinach that had been tossed with a bit of light sharp cheddar and some low fat Blue Cheese dressing.

All very yummy. I usually make the same foods for my children but I also give them some carbs, like mashed potatoes, baked sweet potato fries, whole wheat bread, or brown rice.

Last night I made spaghetti. I use Barilla Plus pasta because they like the taste (not like whole wheat pasta which they do not like) and it is rich in fiber, omega-3s and protein (it is whole grain and has chickpea flour in it but tastes pretty close to "normal" pasta) and they loved their spaghetti with a low sugar garlic basil sauce with browned lean ground turkey added. I had mine over spaghetti squash. I love the stuff:

That's a snapshot of what I have been eating. Looking forward to tomorrow's weigh-in! Have a great weekend.

18 comments:

Katie said...

I always forget about spaghetti squash! I'll have to pick some up to use up some leftover tomato sauce :)

Your food, as always, looks delicious!

Theresa said...

Hi Lyn!
My shipment came late yesterday afternoon. I almost had a heart attack about how much it ended up costing. As a Canadian I was charged another $90.00 in broker fees before they would leave my parcel. This month of food ended up costing $450.00 USD. OMG.
I will really have to make this month count!!
Good luck with your weigh in tomorrow girl. Those meals you make look so good. I'll be checking them out and making some very similar choices :D

Theresa said...

PS. I posted this here because you have so many faithful readers I wanted to make sure the Canadians knew what to expect if they placed orders. I know it would have made a difference to me! :)
Thanks Lyn!!!

Lyn said...

Theresa~

OMG!! Who charged you those fees, Medifast or the Canadian postal service? I would be shocked too... certainly you should've been told up front somehow about those fees.

There should be a better option for Canadians...

Please email me anytime if you are struggling or anything. It can be difficult for some people... you have to be 100% committed or else it can end up being "just another failed diet." But if you stick with it the weight generally comes off pretty consistently. Good luck!

Theresa said...

Thanks Lyn!!
As far as I can tell the initial shipping charges ($30.11)were from Medifast and the $90.00 charges were brokerage fees at customs. I was charged an additional $22.65 for the eggs alone! I guess there are chickens in Canada who suffer as a result of me buying a US egg. (eyeroll).
I believe it is HOW the packing slips are filled out as well as WHO ends up looking at them at customs. I got the most costly at both stops....
Thank you for the offer of help. I will certainly take you up on it and keep you posted how I am doing. I will have to find an alternative after the initial 30 days though. A bit disappointing to start something I know I can't continue. Such is life, Canadian Food and Drug administration is wrought with contradictory rules and regulations. Sheesh! :)
I appreciate your help so much.

Megan said...

My husband started medifast today! I'm pulling him the the computer right now to see this post! Thanks so much.

279 said...

Hi Lyn ... can you pass on to Theresa that maybe she should try Nutrisystem Canada or Jenny Craig. I'm sure the rates would be cheaper. I learned a lesson a long time ago ... don't ever buy anything from the States that is being shipped by UPS or a courier system. It has to be the USPS or nothing for me. Good luck to Theresa in finding something a little cheaper. That price is insane.

My Lipstick Life said...

Love, love, love spaghetti squash. I always forget about it. Need to pick one up this week! Thanks for sharing :)

Cortney said...

I have to admit, seeing the dinners you are making make me feel better about the packaged food on plan. I know that sounds... weird or something, I mean, you don't have to make me feel better, it's your life :) I guess what I mean is, I'm glad to see you are still incorporating your love of cooking, and eating fresh healthy food, into a plan that is based around packaged foods. I think it's a healthy balance and it's clearly working really well for you. I could see how others may not be as balanced on such a plan, but it's really clear you're committed to both following the plan and making it work for you in your life. Glad things are going so well.

that TOPS lady said...

I just found your blog today and I am enjoying reading your blog. I particularly enjoyed the post about food addictions. I have done SO WELL for a couple of weeks...then I took the day "off" yesterday for my birthday, ate all kind of JUNK and today was so hard (and I failed). But like one of your recent posts said "Don't give up". So, I won't. Nice to "meet" you!

Mad Woman said...

How do you cook the spaghetti squash? That looks delicious!

Julie said...

good luck tomorrow though i'm sure you won't need it.

moonduster said...

That spaghetti squash looks delicious! :)

spunkysuzi said...

Delish!!

Rebekah said...

I have been on medifast too for about 3.5 weeks, I have to try this spaghetti squash!

Your meals look delicious! I have been out and about a lot and love that its easy to actually eat out on this plan! Though i do like eating at home and making my own as well!

Anonymous said...

I am just wondering why you are doing a "diet" like Medifast instead of just eating clean healthy foods? I would just hate to see all your efforts foiled away once the Medifast is gone and you are eating real food.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

welcome to my blog! I assume you are new since I have addressed this many times. Basically what I have here is a blog chronicalling 2 and a half years of healthy eating with some binge eating disorder issues thrown in. The last 18 months before starting Medifast were spent exercising, eating healthy whole foods, switching to organic and local produce and meats. That allowed me to maintain at 225-235, but not to lose more weight. 18 months is a long time to plateau.

I started Medifast 6 weeks ago because the company offered it to me for free if I would review it. I committed to one month, but had the unexpected side effect of being binge free the entire time I have been on it, so I am continuing this diet because it is working for me.

And no, I won't go back to eating junk when I stop Medifast. I already changed my normal diet to whole healthy foods. I expect changing back to a similar diet (with lower carbs) will allow me to maintain at my new lower weight.

For a more thorough explanation or to leanr what I have done for 2 and a half years, read my blog archives (linked on the left side of my blog).

screwdestiny said...

All your meals look great. You really are very creative with those dinners. Glad it's working so well for you!