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Before I begin, I wanna ask: Is it rude to stand by the condom section of the Vitamin Shoppe and read a magazine, then when someo?.

My next question is: I just started today and I'm full of questions! Hoping you all can help me with some of these - I want to be sure I do this right and make the most of it!.

When I have salad with lunch, can I add any of the veggies under the vegetable list even though the vegetables are to be used at dinner? I need to put something on my lettuce! And how much FF Dressing should I use at lunch - 2 tbsp?.

Can I swap something else for salad and FF dressing at lunch if I don't want to have it every day? Any ideas on any good substitutes??.

One "vegetable" I like with dinner is tomato juice but it doesn't tell me how much to have. 4 oz? 8 oz?.

If I have a small amount of skim milk in my morning coffee - is that ok?.

Am I allowed to have a slice of light bread with any of my meals? I'm a carb addict, so having no bread with dinner is killing me!..

Comments (15)

Your question was: Is it rude to stand by the condom section of the Vitamin Shoppe and read a magazine, then when someo?.

Thanks for your help! I think I'm getting the hang of this and learning more and more by reading the other discussion boards. I just found out about "free foods" and can't wait to go shopping today to pick some up!..

Comment #1

I haven't even gotten my food yet. I just ordered it yesterday; but wondered about whether we can add vegetables , fruits, etc. to the meals that we receive. Will that information come with my meals or is it found someplace here on the site?.

Iris..

Comment #2

For a salad, you can have an unlimited amount of the vegetables listed as salad vegetables (but not peas, corn, or beans other than green beans, which are carbs). You could stuff yourself full of raw vegetables without getting many calories, so the total amount is unlimited..

You can also sub one serving of cooked veggies for salad. The downside is that it's not likely to be as filling. (And, according to the men's meal plan, you can sub a fruit for the dinner salad. Not sure if that's true for women.).

I also know that some people use V8 juice for a salad. I think the amount is 4 ounces, but I'm not sure if tomato juice could also be used in that role..

As for skim milk in coffee if it's 20 calories or less (that is, 1/4 cup or less), you could call it a free food. If it's more than that (which, if I was putting skim in my coffee, it would be), I might just cut down on my morning dairy a little to make room for the extra milk..

On the bread... the chicken breast and hamburger patty both call for the addition of a roll you can use any low-GI carb in place of that roll. For any other dinner, the bread would be outside the program. (Other more experienced people can tell you if a piece of daily bread will be harmful to your success.)..

Comment #3

Here is a typical day for a Woman who is on the 1200 calorie a day plan (under 100 pounds to lose, under 60 years old)..

Breakfast:.

NutriSystem Low-Fat Granola mixed with 3/4 cup blueberries and 8 oz yogurt for a Breakfast Parfait (Entree/Fruit/Dairy or Protein).

Lunch:.

NutriSystem Lunch Entree or Bar, Small Can Sodium-Free V-8 Juice or a Mixed Green Salad with FF dressing, Cottage Cheese or String Cheese or Tuna (Entree/Salad/Protein or Dairy).

Snack:.

Small Apple and String Cheese (Fruit/Protein or Dairy).

Dinner:.

NutriSystem Entree (different one each night, I usually only repeat an entree 2-3 times a month, but you can have the same thing more frequently if you like), 2 Servings of Veggies (usually broccoli and cauliflower for me, but any veggies you like...remember, however, that peas and corns are carbs, not veggies), Mixed Green Salad with 0 Calorie Walden Farms Dressing.

Dessert:.

NutriSystem Double Chocolate Almond Cookie spread with 1 Teaspoon Peanut Butter (Dessert/Fat) and 1/2 cup milk (left over from the breakfast cereal).

Raw celery and zucchini to munch on if needed, SF Popsicle, SF Jello, also.

You can eat up to 3 servings of "free foods" of under 20 calories each per day. Even 1 cup of air-popped popcorn works..

I generally keep on hand a bag of Mixed Greens salad, a box of sliced mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, string cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, apples, bananas and frozen blueberries. You will also need to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day..

There will be a complete guide to shopping for the extras in your box of food..

Welcome aboard! Below I have listed some of the important things you will need to know as you start your NutriSystem journey:.

1. Eat all of your food (mark all of the circles in your Menu Planner) and then stop (and, if you are buying from QVC, you may have a slightly different plan or different food from people buying directly from NutriSystem);.

2. If you are a woman with under 100 pounds to lose, you only get a Low GI Carb with an entree that calls for a small roll or tortilla;.

3. Read the instructions and information on all of the food packages (see #2);.

4. The milk for the cereal is NOT counted as your protein/dairy for breakfast;.

5. Your dairy/protein serving should be 100 calories or less, 3g fat or less and 7g protein or more;.

6. Have a dairy/protein serving with your fruit to avoid sugar (carb) spikes from the fruit alone;.

7. Drink ALL of your water (64 oz. minimum), and you can count Crystal Light and decaf teas as PART of your water intake, but try to have as much plain water as you can;.

8. If you choose to drink alcoholic drinks, you could slow your weight loss and become dehydrated and end up munching snacks when you shouldn't, but you are an adult and it is a personal choice (just count it as completely empty calories and don't skip any food to make up for it);.

9. If you can exercise, DO...just walking is excellent, but do as much as you can;.

10. NO, we do not know how FAST you will lose (even though average, healthful weight loss is approximately 1-2 pounds per week, long term, and is quoted by the Dietitians as being average on NutriSystem after the typical first whoosh of loss by some);.

11. The people on the Discussion Boards are your friends...here to help you, motivate you, and kick your butt when necessary...don't be afraid to ask questions, but if you don't like the answers you get, well, those answers are based on the knowledge and experience of the responder. Ummm, like, don't shoot the messenger, y'know?.

12. Oh, and lest we forget, you may (just may, not always) get GAS...we "lovingly" refer to them as the NutriToots. Beano and Gas-X helps..

13. You can have up to three (3) "free foods" per day. A free food is anything 20 calories or less, which includes a Sugar Free Popsicle (15 calories), Sugar Free Jello (10 calories), Sugar Free Gum...anything that you want to take the edge off those munchie times..

Here are 3 excellent resources (Jazzman's FAQ, Ellen's tips for newbies and the transcripts of the e-classes with the NutriSystem head dietitian, Mary Gregg). Reading those first is what got me started off right...and over 100 pounds later, I still recommend them highly! Make sure you bookmark them...you will refer to these sites throughout your journey..

Link to The-Jazzman's FAQ.

Link to Ellen's Information for New Members.

Link to archives of NutriSystem e-classes..

Comment #4

Thanks for your help! I think I'm getting the hang of this and learning more and more by reading the other discussion boards. I just found out about "free foods" and can't wait to go shopping today to pick some up!..

Comment #5

Since so many vegetables are unlimited I always add them to my meals to make them bigger. For example I will add asparagus and mushrooms to the risotto or green beans to the stew..

Comment #6

I have eaten Nutrisystem in the oast and found the food to be quite good. The new Nutrisystem Advanced is not as tasty and I am having a hard time eating it.. Anyone else havng this issue?..

Comment #7

Actually, most of the new Advanced foods I have gotten have tasted better to me than the Nourish ones, especially the desserts. The new oatmeal raisin cookie is much better. It makes me feel like I'm cheating...

Comment #8

Id have to say that I have tasted a big difference. I dont find the food to be as good as it was and I am talking about identical foods I used to like, tasting different now...

Comment #9


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