Why is a medicine store called drugs instead of just medicine?

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Before I ask my question, I want to ask: Why is a medicine store called drugs instead of just medicine?.

My main question is: I'm only allowed a 'bread' with a NS meal that calls for beef patty or chicken breast, etc. All the planner says is 1 slice whole wheat, whole grain, etc.

Question: How many calories, carbs, fat should this be? They differ so much, I wouldn't want to eat the wrong thing..

Question: Has anybody else that's new noticed that they really don't tell you everything you need to know in the planner to get started? Or is it only ME?..

Comments (19)

Your question was: Why is a medicine store called drugs instead of just medicine?.

It's not just you, my dear...the documentation SUCKS! However, if you jsut started, it's much better now than it was a month ago (if you can believe that). When I started, I said a million times...I don't know how people did this before the Internet!..

Comment #1

Thanks for all the info. And it's nice to know that it's not only me who seems confused ..

I did NS about 16yrs. ago, back when they had the classes and counseling at a place of business and you bought your food every week. This is much better so far. The food is somewhat better and I like not having to go get weighed. And here I have all you great people to talk to!.

I still wish that they'd be more forth coming with all the info. I don't have alot of time to spend 'surfing' for info..

Thanks again!..

Comment #2

We have each other at least. I chat with customer service quite a bit when I can get through. And I e-mail NS alot. I don't have time to be on the phone with them (the hold time some times can be 10 minutes...just sometimes it's long).

I rarely add bread anymore now that I have adjusted to the program and now that I am under 100 pounds to lose. But I do keep WW bread (40 cals a slice), or Sour dough rolls (98 calories and fat free), and corn tortillas (70 calorie...not the 110 calorie ones) on hand. The sourdough does not mold. The ww bread and tortillas stay in the fridge until I toss them out (usually at about 3 weeks)...

Comment #3

It was much easier before doing it online. I went to a center every week and had a one on one personal counselor for about 10 or 15 minutes to answer questions and we had classes for 30 minutes where we went thru a fairly large workbook. I learned a lot in those classes...

Comment #4

Not eating bread isn't a problem with me. I was orginally an Atkins for Lifer, but with my accident, going off my program and lots of new medicines, it wasn't working at all anymore. Hopefully, NS will get me back on the right track...

Comment #5

I use the online meal planner, I prefer it so I can keep track of calories. I normally have to make adjustments in serving sizes to get the right amount of calories. For instance, the rye bread I eat is 70 calories per slice but the online planner adds 82.5 calories per slice of rye bread.

I did just receive my latest shipment with a folder (an actual glossy folder) with another Leslie Sansone CD and literature along with a new meal planner (not little, more like the men's planner)...

Comment #6

I've read many of your posts Pam and so appreciate you sharing what you've learned. I am on day 12 and doing great, but I know me and will get bored with the food so the recipe links you shared from greylady are just super!!!.

Congrats on your success with the NS program - you look just fabulous!..

Comment #7

I agree with you. I started NS this weekend and did fine with the meals but the serving section in the book has me with a lot of questions. One is the bread, salad (how much). Seems they are very vague. but the discussion board is helping. I just need time to wade through the questions..

Comment #8

In regards to the planner really not telling you a whole lot, OMG, YES! All weekend long I kept refering to it when I was planning the grocery trip and I needed more detail. Hopefully reading this message boards will answer the questions I have...

Comment #9

If the entree calls for a small roll or tortilla, you can choose any whole-wheat or multi-grain bread, tortilla, pita, roll, English Muffin or any of the Low GI carbs up to 120 calories (this is from the e-classes with the Dietitians)..

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 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 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.

And the following is priceless: Graylady (Lynn), a very successful NutriSystem member, has taken the time and energy to collect tons of information about how to make the foods taste the way YOU like them:.

Link to Graylady's Recipe Collection..

Comment #10

It's not just you, my dear...the documentation SUCKS! However, if you jsut started, it's much better now than it was a month ago (if you can believe that). When I started, I said a million times...I don't know how people did this before the Internet!..

Comment #11

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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