Friday, January 11, 2013

Going Gluten Free on Medifast

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
Sloppy Joe
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:

Medifast macaroni and cheese

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.


Anonymous said...

The mac n cheese is extra good with broccoli or tuna fish mixed in. It is my favorite MF meal.

Karen said...

I switched over to gluten free on medifast once I figured out that wheat was a trigger.

It helped a lot to use Medifast as a time of " mind clarity" to read about both maintenance then closer to goal, about paleo/primal. The planning while I was not having slippery slope thinking was the key to starting off maintenance in a very structured sort of way.

Good luck and make the most of your time in the loss phase. Stay 100% OP for the clarity. Lots of time to learn , plan, heal. Karen P

Anonymous said...

"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."

Just an FYI -
Seems like you may have compared 1/2 a cup of Medifast mac and cheese to 1 cup of Kraft easy mac. For the same amount (1 cup). MF M&C has 220 calories (Kraft 230), 3g fat (Kraft 4g), 30g carbs (Kraft 42 carbs), 8g fiber (Kraft 2g fiber), and 22g protein (Kraft 14g protein).

just making sure you were aware :)

Lyn said...


correct; if an Easy Mac container has twice as much volume in it, then the major difference would be that the same amount of Medifast macaroni and cheese contains 12 g fewer carbs, 6 g more fiber, and 8 g more protein.

However, since I don't know anyone who will make an EasyMac and only eat half at a time, I am comparing nutrition for one serving.

Gwen said...

I tried wheat (totally) free, and the first 10 days were amazingly great. Then I got miserably sick, thought I was getting an ulcer. I went off it. I think probably it might have been some hidden wheat I missed, but it was so miserable I haven't been willing to try it since. But I am very low carb, like Phase 1.5 in South Beach.

If you really want your eyes opened to the dangers of modern day wheat, read Wheat Belly.

Twix said...

Have you thought about just throwing out all the eating rules and eating only by daily caloric limit? All these rules sound like a massive headache! ;-)

i should be full said...

Lyn, my son (who is 4) was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance about a year and a half ago. In that time I've learned A TON about gluten, wheat (and all the other grains that have gluten), the difference between something that "contains gluten", "was processed in a facility", or "certified gluten free". If you have any questions, just send me a message. I'm more than happy to help sort out the confusing parts. It can get very complicated!

Karen said...

I should be full has a good point.

Could you do a post on your blog for us, I should be full???

Anonymous said...


I am gluten-free, I cannot have things that were even processed on equipment with wheat/gluten unless the manufacturer uses "good manufacturing processes".

I have to be super, super careful. This can even apply to dried fruit and nuts. I've had meltdowns in the grocery store because the organic stuff was processed, yadda, yadda.

The problem with most gluten-free processed food is the same thing that happened with the low-fat a few years replace the gluten, they have to use something else, sugar, fat, chemicals...

Catherine (my google account isn't cooperating)

Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you other Anon for the Mac and Cheese tip...gonna try that tomorrow.

Btw, LOVING the Mac and Cheese, it's one of the few MF meals that tastes like it is supposed to in the "real world" (although, I should probably out myself as a bare bones Kraft enthusiast)!