Well, I had planned to switch from the Medifast 5&1 Plan to the Transition plan on March 1, but I started today instead. Why? Because a coffeehouse barista (apparently) put regular syrup instead of sugar free syrup in my 12-ounce coffee yesterday, and I didn't notice until the sugar ZING hit me... along with the crash later. It is a real headache (literally) to get back on the 5&1 Plan once you get knocked out of ketosis, so I decided to just stay out and start Transition a week early.
So week 1 of Transition is simple. Add two extra servings of vegetables a day, and keep on eating 5 Medifast meals and a Lean & Green (protein & veg) meal as well. The exciting part of this is that the two extra veggie servings can be ANY vegetables... not just the low carb ones allowed on Medifast 5&1. I get to add back in all the starchier, higher carb vegetables I have avoided for so long, including:
green peas, snow peas
winter squashes such as acorn squash, Delicata squash, Kabocha squash, Butternut squash
white potatoes, baby new potatoes
sweet potatoes and yams
Today was great and I feel so much better with the extra vegetables added! I have more energy and am not hungry at all. In fact it was almost hard to eat so many veggies today, but I'll get used to it!
My dinners will look much the same for awhile, with a Lean protein (steak, chicken, fish, eggs, turkey, low fat dairy) and 3 lower carb veggie servings (mashed cauliflower, salads, roasted broccoli, green beans) with healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, olives, salad dressing). I still space my 5 Medifast meals 2-3 hours apart, but can include the extra veggies at breakfast or lunch.
So today, for breakfast I mixed 1/4 cup of plain canned pumpkin into my Medifast oatmeal along with a dash of pumpkin pie spice. It was so good and filling! I love pumpkin, so I will probably mix it into puddings, shakes, and oatmeal for awhile. I also love to add a Tablespoon of canned pumpkin to a Medifast brownie mix, which will be my evening snack for tonight. Very moist and good.
Midmorning I had a bottle of water and a Medifast protein bar while I went to agility class with my pup.
Lunch was the usual Medifast chocolate protein shake, but an hour later I enjoyed one of my very favorite treats: a whole, fresh, steamed artichoke. Oh, it was just heavenly! I adore artichokes and it is so nice to have them back in my diet again.
At 3:00, I mixed up a Medifast hot cocoa with coffee and ice to take with me on errands. That kept me full until dinnertime.
Dinner was in 2 parts because I split my Lean. One part was a 6oz bowl of nonfat Greek yogurt. The other part was an omelet made with 1/2 cup of Eggbeaters, 1/2 cup of turkey sausage crumbles, 1/2 cup of spinach, 1/4 cup of leeks, and 3/4 cup of mushrooms. That is a LOT of food!
All in all, today was a great success. I am so happy I decided to get started transitioning off Medifast back onto whole foods. If you want to know more about what weeks 2 through 6 look like in Transition and what the usual food intake will be in the end, you can read this post I wrote about it: New Plan Coming!
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*
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