As you probably know, I spent some time this fall eating gluten free after a month of Primal eating this summer. I think it's beneficial for me, but I didn't lose weight doing it, so I went back to Medifast. My plan has been to stick with Medifast to get the rest of the weight off (since it works) and then transition to Primal/Paleo eating for maintenance. I like eating gluten free; I think it cuts my cravings and the inflammation that bothers my joints. But some of the meals on Medifast do contain gluten. I thought most of them did. But I recently found out that they offer a Gluten free variety pack option and have a lot of meal options.
I've been looking more closely lately at the ingredients in my Medifast meals. I put together a list of Medifast meals that are certified gluten free:
Cereal Crunch (both flavors)
all flavors of Bites and Puffs
Scrambled Eggs (both flavors)
Cappuccino (regular and CalorieBurn), Hot Cocoa, Chai Latte
both Teas, Orange Blend, Cranberry Mango Drink, Tropical Punch
Pancakes (all flavors) and syrup
Puddings (all flavors)
Shakes (all flavors, packets only, NOT cartons)
Brownie, Chocolate Chip Soft Bake
Soft Serves (all flavors)
Cream of Tomato Soup, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Also, all 10 flavors of Crunch Bars are wheat free, but not certified gluten free.
Anyway, most of what I eat is on this list. I'd say 80% of the time I have totally gluten free days. But every so often I have other Medifast meals like oatmeal, chili, or chicken noodle soup. And then there is the new Macaroni and Cheese Medifast meal... which is obviously not gluten free (they are real noodles, and the first ingredient is wheat), but it doesn't trip any switches for me so I have had it twice now. Here it is, by the way:
Kind of orangey, eh? It's natural color, at least, and seems pretty straightforward. Mainly noodles, dried cheddar cheese, dry buttermilk, and whey to boost the protein content. It's kind of like Easy Mac, where you add water and nuke it. This serving is less than half a cup prepared but it does seem to last me a good 2-3 hours. It has 110 calories, 1.5 g fat, 15 g carbs, 4 g fiber, and 11 g protein. By comparison, an Easy Mac cup has 230 calories, 4g fat, 42 g carbs, and 7 g protein.
But enough about mac and cheese on a post about gluten free meals! Anyway, my point is that although I didn't intend to go 100% gluten free before maintenance/Primal, I am choosing to eat Medifast meals that *are* gluten free more often. I will eat the ones I have on hand that aren't gluten free, but I don't think I will order more.
By the way, I'm also trying to eat less soy, so that narrows my available meals down further. I am choosing the soy-free and lower soy meals that also happen to be gluten free. I'm also aiming to make most of my Lean & Green meals suitable for Primal eating so that I can use the same recipes in maintenance.
And now I am heading to the kitchen to cook some green beans to go with that yummy meatloaf that's in the oven! After dinner, I'll have a hot cup of ginger tea and an Epsom Salt bath soak! Have a great weekend!
Required Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.
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