Thanks for your advice. 800 cals per day? Yikes! I am going to move forward and do it, full commitment! thanks, those recipies would be helpful...
One of the simplest ones is 2 cups of Morning Star farms or Lightlife crumbles, 1 Cup of chopped tomatoes, and a 1/2 cup of mushrooms (or you can vary by using 1/2 C tomatoes and add peppers or whatever)..
Saute mushrooms in 1 tsp olive or sesame oil. add the crumbles and your favorite seasonings (I use cumin or chili powder and garlic) and slightly brown them. Add the tomatoes and cook until hot. Pour into a bowl and add your favorite hot sauce. Takes about 5-10 minutes and tastes great...
Sounds good, I'll have to try that one tonight. Did you use tomatoes prior to reaching transition? I thought they were too high in carbs?..
Tomatoes are allowed from day 1. Do you log your food on MF? Tomatoes are in the drop down list for veggies...
Yes, I do log my foods. I was looking at the book that was sent to me ages ago and some veggies are higher in carbs than others. Seems like with the higher carb veggie items I hover around 90 carbs per day sometimes 99 thought that if I chose lower carb veggies would be easier to stay in the lower range with the carbs...
Hi! Welcome back..
(Inknchi - Hi Dude!).
You can have eggplant parm (if you do cheese, but you can do veggie cheese, too). I use MSF steak strips a lot! Brown them in a pan, add some broccoli, bell peppers, kale, collards, whatever you want, and mix it all together with cumin, crushed red peppers, black pepper, garlic, etc. I'm always changing my veggies and spices..
They're also good in salad greens! (low carb)..
I am a vegetarian and have been on Medifast since 2007. I lost 65 pounds the first time in 4 months, maintained for 10 months, and then gained 15 back (so was only 50 lost), and then am back since nov2008 and am on plan since. (4th month running)..
The earlier posts are all correct. It is all about committment. It is also about all or none. This program is worthless if you are going to cheat (even a litle bit!) because the scale will just stall. However, if you work the program and stay on course, boy just stay on course, dno't give up, the weight will come off , NO QUESTION..
Having said that, we are unfortunate becos a lot of the vegetables on the list are too high in carbs and as such have to be monitored carefully, otherwise, you are looking at 95-100g of carbs. Especially if you like the high carb Medifast meals like I do (pudding, oatmeal, even bars).
So, I typically eat a lot of eggs and I don't even like them!. (3 eggs/1 day, 2eggs+4ewhites 1 day, 14 eggwhites (yikes!)/1 day and boca burgers (classic with only 3g of carb/patty). Also, LF cheeses and cottage cheese(which I hate)but eat it because all of these bring me to around 2g (with eggs) to 10g (with cottage cheese/burgers).
This way, my lean only accounts for 10g of carbs. or even less many times..
Then, I try to get my green either 10 g or less which is very difficult but manageable ..
Examples: 2 cups of lettuce with burgers as a meal ; or 2 cups of soaked and cooked green mung beans (get it in indian stores) with a cup of raw lettuce + lemon juice, chillipowerder, cumin seeds, salt, and little garlic/ginger)..
So, carefully monitoring my daily intake the carbs are maintained under 85g which is when I lose weight the most, some days I do touch 90 or 92 g , but hey it is difficult tto keep it up.
So, I am averaging 2lbs per week consistently, when I was heavier, I was averaging almost 4per week!.
Please first decide if you want to do this..and then STICK WITH IT. The weight will come off. Exercise if you can because it really really helps. And not a lot (weight loss will stall) just a 30 min walk around the block is enough! and Don't forget your water!.
Good luck! (a little too long a message, but all the info I can get in 'concentrated' form.
R the green mung beans different than bean sprouts? thanks for all the good input! Somehow I never got the 800-1000cal/day and carb below 80-85 part, or maybe I forgot? Or I tottally spaced, anyway, I have got it now and I am running with it! thanks to INKNCHI for getting that thru my brain. since my first post on 2/25/09 I have been 100% on program and I am down 5#! the support network of these posts is fabulous. thanks..
YES, THE BEAN SPROUT IN MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE ALFALFA WHILE THE MUNG BEANS ARE GREEN MUNG BEANS WHICH YOU GET IN INDIAN STORES. I SOAK THEM OVERNIGHT IN WARM WATER AND BOIL THEM THE NEXT DAY TILL TENDER. I THEN ADD SOME CRUSHED MINT, CILANTRO LEAVES WITH SALT, LEMON JUICE, CHILLI POWDER , EVEN SOME PEANUT POWDER AND ADD SOME FRESH CUCUMBERS ON TOP. ITS PRETTY GOOD!!!!.
THE OTHER OPTION IS TO MAKE PANCAKES FROM THEM...SOAK OVER NIGHT IN WARM WATER, AND NEXT DAY MAKE A BATTER WITH GINGER PASTE AND GREEN CHILLIES AND SALT. PUT BATTER ON GRIDDLE WITH PAM AND MAKE PANCAKES, 3 , 1/2 CUPS MAKE 7 MEDIUM SIZE PANCAKES..
Hi, You are right about the difference between the alfalfa vs mung sprouts. But the cal/carb info on Medifast site is different for 'mung sprouts' vs 'sprouted mung beans'. Check the 'other food' category for the difference in carbs. I absolutely love the sprouted mung and make it the same way but they are different than mung sprouts. To bridge the gap, I let the sprouts grow longer - about 2-3 inches - but you may already be aware of that and .... I am an idiot!.
Love the fall colors in Mass. Hope you didn't get completely snowed in!!..
That good info, I did not know that , will let them grow out first from now on, thanks!..
This is my first day of MF. I am wondering what other vegetarians do for the lean and green.
Meal? Is cottage cheese allowed? I saw someone that did eggplant parmesean- what cheese.
Do you use? Any ideas for meals would be appreciated Thanks so much..
If you use the my plan, under meatless options, then you'll see the drop down. Cottage cheese is allowed. 1.5cups!! (1% is leanest)..
Hi - welcome to MF! Yes - you can have cottage cheese. Go to "my plan", "add food", "Lean and Green" and click on the pull down menu for "meatless options"...
The cottage cheese is great with the Medifast chili. My favorite meal is the boca burgers with taco seasoning, cut up on greens like a taco salad. Each time I look at this thread that I started I could kick myself to see that little frown face! Is there anyway for me to change that? What a downer I was on the first day!.
I am so with the program I am scaring myself, I have also discovered thru these boards that I am a pescatarian (sp?) I do eat fish and that has been my mainstay for the LG meals this week. Thanks for all the support.
This is my first time adding these banners, hope they work.....
Hey Tina! Good for you!!!!!!!!!!.
I see that you've turned a negative into a positive and that is an awesome achievement! You GO Girl!.
I also eat seafood... but not lobster.
You can also use MFS recipe crumbles (ground beef) and put your seasoning into that and put that over your salad greens! Mmmm.
(see your e-mail)..
A couple of my favorite L/G vegetarian meals....
If you eat eggs -.
I C Egg Beaters.
1/2 C Red pepper.
1 C Mushrooms.
1 tsp olive oil.
1 C soy crumbles (MSF or Lightlife Smart ground).
Saute mushrooms and pepper (substitute any veggies you like) in olive oil. Mix it all up in a bowl, pour into a galss pie dish (sprayed with Pam)and bake at 375 deg for about 20-30 minutes or until it starts to brown on top. Put it in a plate, add your favorite hot sauce and you are good to go..
1 package of your favorite seitan.
1-2 tsp olive oil.
1 C Peppers (red, green yellow, orange, you pick).
1/2 C Zucchini, julienned.
Saute it all up and enjoy. you can change any of the veggies and the amounts. You can put it over lettuce and have a salad. You can also substitute shiritake noodles for one of your veggies occasionally for a different texture experience. Some people do not like these noodles. I do like them..
Substitute MSF crumbles for the seitan and add it to a salad of greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. Don't forget the hot sauce or salsa..
And, another thing I learned during transition. Medifast kinda scares you about carbs. There are good carbs and there are bad carbs. The carbs we get from veggies and fruits are the good ones. The processed foods are the bad ones. Do not be afraid of the good ones.
If it is not a live protein, it is a carb. Medifast recommended a carb level of 141. As a vegetarian, I was hitting my carb level while being 200-500 calories short on the day. I did not know if I should eat for my carb level or my calorie level. I determined as long as I eat smart, I will not watch the carbs so closely and try to get the calories in.
The scale still goes up and down but just like during the weight loss phase, sometimes your body retains, sometimes it does not..
Good luck to all the veggies out there. It is a tougher path than that of carnivores when you are on your own. I am available by email if you have any questions. And believe me, vegetarians especially need the help of the veterans who have been through this...
Dude! Awesome recipes! That's the way I like my "eggs", with peppers and recipe crumbles! the sausage ones are great in eggs. I also like spinach and 'shrooms..
I like what you said about the carbs! Well put!.
Congrats on hitting goal by the way!.
What is seitan?..
Seitan is also known as wheat meat, or wheat gluten. I have seen seitan products by White Wave and West Soy at both Whole Foods and regular grocery stores as well. Those chicken strips that were mentioned are seitan. It has a much more chewable texture than the soy products.
Tempeh is another I am experimenting with. I'll let you know how it goes...