Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review of the Medifast Triple Berry Smoothie

Medifast has two new products out.  Medifast Triple Berry Smoothie and Medifast Pineapple Mango Smoothie.  I am so excited!  Summer is here and I am happy to see these new smoothies! They are made with whey protein, which I find superior to the soy protein that is used in most of the Medifast products. I have a Thyroid autoimmune disease so I try to limit my soy.

I received my Triple Berry Smoothie meals today and was so very excited to try one. I opened the packet and looked.  I see little pieces of fruit, and the smell is nice.   I followed the recipe on the package, adding 3/4 cup of cold water, the smoothie mix and ice to my little blender.  I blended for approximately 1 minute  and took the first sip.  Yum! It was delicious!  It has a nice fruity, creamy taste, with a little tartness from the berries.  The perfect summer treat! I highly recommend this new smoothie!  I will post a review of the Medifast Pineapple Mango Smoothie tomorrow.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Medifast and Low Carb

Down a total of 31.5 pounds.

After doing some research and experimentation I have found that if I eat a low carb, no sugar diet, I still lose a lot of weight.  I'm still eating the Medifast food, but for my "lean green" meal or if I want to take a day off, I can eat anything that is low carb, no sugar and still lose weight.  I also have a low carb, no sugar snack every once in a while.
Today is Sunday and I decided to eat a nice low carb breakfast.  Here is what I ate.
Two eggs with a little cheese, 4 slices of center cut bacon and 1 low carb sugar free coconut raspberry muffin.  You can find the muffin recipe here Coconut Raspberry Muffin .  I love this muffin, it's made with almond flour and swerve, no gluten or sugar and is low in carbs.  It is great for snack time.

I have been on many types of diets over the years.  Low fat was my favorite for many years, and while I can lose weight on a low fat diet, it is a very slow, 1-2 pounds a month, kind of weight loss. I was always hungry and tired.

There is a lot of new research coming out about sugar and its effect on your body.  After reading a lot of the anti-sugar information I am totally committed to removing most sugar from my diet.  That includes sugar in the form of carbs that come from bread, fruit, pasta etc.

With the low carb/no sugar diet I find that I consistently lose 2-3 pounds a week and I am losing weight from my waist much faster.  I love Swerve to replace sugar in my diet.  It has a good taste, is natural, and can be used for baking. The company also makes a powdered sugar form that is great for icing, frosting etc.

The Coconut Raspberry Muffin recipe above came from a blog that I found that is wonderful!  It has lots of low carb, low sugar recipes.  Here is a link All Day I Dream About Food.  I think I could be happy using just the recipes from this one blog for the rest of my days!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Weight Really Does Fall Off With Medifast

Total Weight Loss 24.5 pounds!

So I actually looked carefully at the scale today and discovered that I had lost another 10 pounds and not just the 5 that I originally thought.  I have a slight case of near-sightedness and realized that my scale is in 20 pound increments not 10 duh!  But also, Yay! 
I had been mystified at the baggy clothes hanging on my body but not sure as to how they could be baggy at just a small 5 pound loss.  So now I'm feeling really dumb!

I have discovered that I can still lose weight and eat a few extras on this diet.  As long as anything extra that I eat is very low carb or no carb.  I don't go crazy, but it really helps to be able to eat a few more things at meal time. By "things" I mean.  A slice or two of bacon with my eggs.  Or a slice of cheese on my burger (no bun on the burger). 

I bought two new flavors to mix with my Medifast Shakes,  Monin - Sugar Free Strawberry and Pomegranate.  This afternoon I tried the Strawberry mixed with the Mango Soft Serve, turned into a shake with some extra ice and water. Why soft serve?  because I have Hashimotos Thyroid Disease and am supposed to limit my soy intake.  The soft serve is made with Whey protein instead of soy.
It was pretty good!  Here is the recipe.

Medifast Mango Strawberry Soft Serve Shake

8oz Water
2 Tablespoons Monin Sugar Free Strawberry Syrup
1 Pkge Medifast Mango Soft Serve
1/2 C Ice

Blend in a small 16 - 20oz blender till smooth.