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Before I begin, I wanna ask: Is it just me or do some of the foundations you get at Vitamin Shoppes make you look like crap?!?!?.

My next question is: Ok so I am going to wing it on my own for 3 weeks until I get my order in January and just had a Lean Cuisine Salmon dinner. If you thought the Tuna Cassarole was bad, this tops the cake.

I ate it anyway cause I can't afford to waste anymore money. I have yet to find good tasting dinners that are high in protein but low in fat. This dinner was 240 cal 6 g fat and only 16 g of protein..

I aleady miss my NS foods...

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Your question was: Is it just me or do some of the foundations you get at Vitamin Shoppes make you look like crap?!?!?.

Lmao I rather like both the LC Salmon dinners but I much prefer frozen dinners to canned or freeze dried ones and in general, I like the Lean Cuisine better than Weight Watchers (with a couple of exceptions where the LC is icky and the WW very tasty) and dislike pretty much all of the Healthy Choice meals....

At 240 cal's, I assume that you had the Salmon with Lemon Dill - it's ok, not one of my favorites, but I love salmon and when I can save a dairy/protein, I add a piece of Gorton's lemon butter salmon filet (100 cal's & 15 gr protein) and a cup of broccoli comes out well enough....

The other one Salmon w/ basil is in my opinion, a tad strong on the basil, so I mix it with a cup of cooked chopped spinach and it "softens" the basil flavor and I add a salmon filet to kick the protein way up...

Then again, I can't leave anything by itself - gotta play with my foods....

Lynn.

Ps as with any foods, NS or non-NS, you'll have to experiment for a while to find the ones you like - what I like probably won't work for you or others.....

Comment #1

Go to this site for information about using store-bought substitutes on the NutriSystem plan:.

Link to Joyce's Board Showing Comparable Supermarket Food Exchanges:.

Http://plussizenow.com/ns/.

Go to these two sites for information and recipes for doing NutriSystem with your own foods:.

Amy's Recipes: http://amysmithr.blogspot.com/2005/08/how-i-do-ns-with-my-own-food.html.

Christina's Recipes: http://christinagray.19.forumer.com/index.php.

These are from the collected wisdom of Graylady (Lynn):.

The link below is good for ongoing maintenance in addition to the information in this posting:.

NS Maintenance Plan (posted by Graylady):.

If you are preparing your own food here are the average values:.

Breakfast Entree = 150 cal, 2.75 g fat, 23 g carb, 10 g protein.

Lunch Entree = 170 cal, 3.25 g fat, 26 g carb, 10 g protein.

Dinner Entree = 240 cal, 5.25 g fat, 28 g carb, 20 g protein.

Dessert Entree = 110 cal, 3.25 g fat, 12 g carb, 10 g protein.

Carbs = anything 120 calories or less, but try to stay around 90-100 cals if possible.

Fats = around 45 calories per serving.

Fruits = around 60 calories per serving.

Dairy/Protein = anything with at least 7g of protein 3g or less of fat and 100.

Calories or less per svg.

NOTE: one 8oz svg of yogurt per day with 100-120 cal is OK.

Veggies = about 20 cal/svg 1/2 cup cooked to 1 cup raw minimum of 2 servings a day..

Free Foods = A food that is 20 calories or less... You can add 2-3 free foods to your meal plan.

Daily with additions average: 1200 calories, 80 grams of protein, 160 gram of carbs and 27 grams of fat. Fiber averages 20-30 grams. The recommendation for sugar is no more than 10% of your total calories. (Note: These are the stats for women with under 100 pounds to lose and under 60 years old.).

1 gram of carb = 4 calories.

1 gram of fat = 9 calories.

1 gram of protein = 4 calories.

From posts of info received directly from NS counselors:.

1 Vegetable Serving = 5 g. carbohydrates, 2 g. protein, 25 calories.

1 Fruit Serving = 15 g. carbohydrates, 60 calories.

1 Low-GI Carb Serving = 15 g. carbohydrates, 3 g. protein, trace of fat, 80 calories.

1 Fat Serving = 5 g. fat, 45 calories.

1 Protein (lean) = 7 Grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 55 calories.

1 Dairy (or Dairy/Protein) Serving = 12 g. carbohydrates, 8 g. protein, a trace of fat, 100 calories.

NOTE: I have also seen 7+ gr protein & no more than 3 gr fat, and the occassional yogurt at 120 cal - for a dairy/protein serving in the E-Classes with Mary Gregg, NS nutritionist.

Free Foods = A food that is 20 calories or less... You can add 2-3 free foods to your meal plan.

Help with Breakfast on my own... Posted by: graylady on 05/21/06 at 02:00 PM.

NS Breakfast Entree is 1 Protein + 1 Carb (plus regular breakfast grocery additions as per program booklet).

NS Breakfast Entree averages = 150 cal, 2.75 g fat, 23 g carb, 10 g protein.

Oatmeal Quaker Weight Control or Take-Heart versions are quite close to NS one which has 150 cal, 8 g protein, 30 g carb (14 sugar) & 2 gr fat..

Granola Back To Nature granolas are very close to NS, including the higher than usual amount of protein they make a LowFat one that's an almost perfect match (but the AppleBlueberry tastes terrific and is my personal favorite and it is not that many extra calories LOL)..

Cereal tons of options here read lables and adjust serving sizes lots of folks use the Kashi Crunch or GoLean cereals... From the online order form (recent versions may differ) NS Frosted Oats is 120 cal, 6 g protein, 29 g carb (11 sugar) & 2 g fat... NS Crunch is 110 cal, 12 g protein, 25 g carb (13 sugar) & 1 gr fat stay in that general range, and if needed select dairy/protein grocery additions that are higher in protein to compensate for less protein in the cereal.

Pancakes 1/3 cup Bisquick works fine in the bundt cake and other recipes (don't know if it'd make pancakes without adding stuff - havent look at the box lately) only issue is that it has about the protein of the NS pancake mix - I have cup EggBeaters for breakfast protein (low cal's but double protein which makes up difference in mix) - cup in the bundt cake, other cup on the side.

Eggs I checked this a while back, the NS Eggs are roughly 1 whole large egg + 2-3 egg whites have 1/2 cup egg beaters PLUS 1/4 cup shredded fat free cheese to get close enough to the NS Eggs w/ Cheese and you'd get same protein and fewer calories & cholesterol..

Granola Bars I think the Atkins Breakfast bars are quite close, and I'd assume that others like the Quaker and South Beach would work also NS versions are 130-150 cal, 8 gr protein, 25 carb (2 sugar) & 2 fat...

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Lunch Posted by: graylady on 07/04/06 at 09:45 AM.

Lunch: about 160-180 cals = 1-2 proteins & 1 carb plus 1 Dairy/Protein & Salad.

NS Lunch Entree averages = 170 cal, 3.25 g fat, 26 g carb, 10 g protein.

1 - make a sandwith with lite bread (40-50 cal per slice, have 2) and 1-2 ounces of low-fat lunch meat/cheese.

2 - check Safeway's Select Enlighten brand dry soups - find in the area with the Ramen and dry soups.

3 - canned tuna - individual, 3-4 ounce cans, mix with light (or no-fat) mayo OR get the lunch packages with premixed tuna salad + crackers - look for low-fat versions.

4 - South Beach lunch wraps - in the deli area with the "lunchables" - have more protein & fat than NS lunches call package Lunch entree plus Dairy/Protein serving.

5 - Ball Park FF Hot Dogs use 2 as a sub for the NS turkey dog (comes out as similar calories I believe) and have with a roll or 2 slices lite bread = NS lunch entree.

6 - Some Weight Watchers & Lean Cuisine frozen meals are under 200 calories - these could work, but if they don't have any carb, you'll need to add one treat as NS Lunch (minus carb) + Dairy/Protein + 1 veg.

7 - And of course there are a bazillion meal replacement bars out there the NS choc cookie bar (nutripeptide) has - 170 cal, 3.5 fat & 11 protein... The NS fudge graham bar has - 190 cal, 6 fat & 14 protein.

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Dinner Posted by: graylady on 07/04/06 at 09:52 AM.

Dinner - about 300 cals = 3-4 proteins & 1 carb - plus 1 Salad & 2 Vegetables & 1 Fat.

NS Dinner Entree averages = 240 cal, 5.25 g fat, 28 g carb, 20 g protein.

1 - Lean Cuisine Spa selection - blue box - very close to NS, including Low-GI carb.

2 - Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Michelina's (or Budget) Lean Gourmet, Healthy Choice, South Beach look for entrees between 200-300 cals that have nutritional info that approximates the NS entree above... watch the South Beach entrees, many do NOT have a carb in them, but DO have a fat serving (pecans or other nuts or just more fat in the sauce), which when you notice they also have extra veg, explains how the calories are just under the NS average without the carb calories..

3 - save protein from earlier in the day and have the WW, LC or SB pizzas or get check the pizzas @ http://www.pizzafree.com/.

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Desserts Posted by: graylady on 07/04/06 at 09:54 AM.

Dessert about 100 cals = 1 dairy & 1 fruit.

NS Dessert Entree averages = 110 cal, 3.25 g fat, 12 g carb, 10 g protein.

Try the 100 calorie packs, various snack bars (read labels)... Note - they usually do not contain the same amount of protein that the NS desserts have - you may want to select dairy/protein grocery addtions that contain more protein to compensate.

Check into the various protein bars - some may have reasonably close calories to the NS dessert bars, but again, may not have comparable protein amounts.

Genisoy soy chips are near matches for the NS soy chips..

I've also seen some pudding mixes with high protein at CarbSmart - don't know how they taste though.

You could also try the No-Pudge brownies - can make indiv servings - they don't have the protein, but someone posted about adding whey protein to them...

Comment #2

Thanks, Yes you are right, just like with NS foods, It will be tough and go until I find ones I like..

I wish I did like salmon cause I know it is good for you. BUT all the salmon I have eaten has little to no taste. And I have never tried to cook it on my own. I just need more flavor to enjoy it more...

Comment #3

Do you have a George Foreman grill Diana?? The salmon comes out great on there.............I usually marinade it with lemon, a splash of olive oil and some spices and then grill it on there...............it comes out so tasty..........you can experiement with the spices you like..............

Comment #4

My husband and I have both lost 40 pounds since June. I received my first NS shipment mid July. My husband did not want to order NS and chose to eat Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and WW frozen dinners. At lunch, he eats South Beach wraps a lot of the time. His weight loss and mine have been almost identical. Granted that he has more to lose.

If we want fish, then we substitute a ready made dinner for fresh fish from the market. A small piece of salmon, swordfish, snapper, or grouper cooked on the grill is healthy and hard to beat..

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Comment #5

Well I have heard the rave on the grill and just might treat myself to buying one...

Comment #6

They aren't too expensive and the new ones have removable plates/grills so it is easier to clean. I am asking Santa (my mom) for a new one this year because I only have one of the very small original ones. But it works great. And fast too. It's good for fish, chicken, even grilling veggies!!..

Comment #7

Yes I did check them out and saw prices ranging from only $29.99 to $149.99. I got this $50 gift certificate from a customer of mine and might use it on that.

Next time I go to the store I will pick up some salmon and olive oil and try and make it..

Thanks...

Comment #8

Anytime Diana!! You can check the website, allrecipes.com too for recipes, they are usually pretty easy to lighten up!!! They have some good marinades and suggestions. Also some eggplant, portabella mushrooms and zucchini grill very well and would taste great with the salmon!!!..

Comment #9

This is the one that I asked for.............we'll see what Santa brings!!.

Http://www.target.com/George-Foreman...20grill&page=1..

Comment #10

I'm doing NS and my husband is doing it with me withn Non NS foods ( too expensive for both of us do buy NS foods). We are both doing equally great. He loves the Gorton Frozen salmon fillet's, WW dinners,. Other than that, he eats the same veggies I do. He eats Special K high protein cereal (10 grams protein per serving)...

Comment #11

Diana,.

Try this website. It lists commercial stuff similar to NS foods/stats...........

Http://www.plussizenow.com/ns/compare_breakfast.html..

Comment #12

Lmao I rather like both the LC Salmon dinners but I much prefer frozen dinners to canned or freeze dried ones and in general, I like the Lean Cuisine better than Weight Watchers (with a couple of exceptions where the LC is icky and the WW very tasty) and dislike pretty much all of the Healthy Choice meals....

At 240 cal's, I assume that you had the Salmon with Lemon Dill - it's ok, not one of my favorites, but I love salmon and when I can save a dairy/protein, I add a piece of Gorton's lemon butter salmon filet (100 cal's & 15 gr protein) and a cup of broccoli comes out well enough....

The other one Salmon w/ basil is in my opinion, a tad strong on the basil, so I mix it with a cup of cooked chopped spinach and it "softens" the basil flavor and I add a salmon filet to kick the protein way up...

Then again, I can't leave anything by itself - gotta play with my foods....

Lynn.

Ps as with any foods, NS or non-NS, you'll have to experiment for a while to find the ones you like - what I like probably won't work for you or others.....

Comment #13


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