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I know today is only day one but I'm having a hard time getting my food down. Will my tastebuds change any because I don't know if I can do this every day if it all taste weird to me. Any suggestions I need to lose 70lbs but already thinking of sending the food back. I don't know if I can handle the taste everyday..

Comments (56)

Stick with it. I just finished my first week and it wasn't a walk in the park, but it got easier every day. From what I've read, yes, your tastebuds will change. The first few days (week) will be a shock to your system. Give your body a chance to deal with what you're doing. Hang in there!.

Comment #1

My counselor suggested eating only the shakes and bars for the first week (I am on day 4.) I think it's because the other things do require a change in your taste buds... I gave in this morning and ate the pancakes for one of my meals. YUCK..

Comment #2

Hang in there! It's my first day too....I think maybe once you find the items that are tastey to you, and your stomach has shrunk it won't be so bad. I had a chocolate crunch bar for breakfast and thought it was quite tastey! Now, don't get me started on the Chili though....I hate not knowing what's giving it the "meaty" consistancy when I know it's probably not meat! .

Just give yourself some time to adapt. I HATE HATE HATE diet softdrinks...but after drinking them for a week or two they don't taste bad any more. So, your tastebuds will probably adapt to the flavors that aren't too appealing at this point..

Comment #3

Your taste buds will change, I guarantee it. I had trouble with a lot of things at first. Here are some key pointers:.

Shakes: only make in blender with extra water and lots of ice. Make with a diet soda, coffee, Ocean Spray To Go, or extracts for another flavor..

Soups: always soak, and add bouillon and seasoned salt or hot sauce. Chicken bouillon for Crab, Chicken Noodle, and Chicken Rice. Beef Bouillon for Chili or Stew.

Cream Soups: don't eat as soups. Look for the bagel or soup chip recipes..

Eggs: always soak at least 20 minutes, and only cook on the stove, never the nuker..

Brownies: only cook in the nuker..

Oatmeal: wait 2-4 weeks if you value your life..

All foods: if you hate it now, wait 2-4 weeks and try it again. Everything changes..

Good luck!.

Comment #4

Yes! It does get easier and what everyone has said above is true. Your tastes WILL change after being on Medifast for a bit. Give it some time darlin. You will find things that you really like and others you won't, but the beginning can be tough. Your body, tastes and mind are all trying to adjust to this totally different way of eating and foods! Plus you're detoxing! Hang in there sista!.

Comment #5

Awesome advice that I pretty much followed to a tee my first week. I would have made it through that first week without the wonderful advice and information on this board. Use the search function. Get familiar with the boards. So much information and experience to draw on! I pretty much did everything Freya mentioned and I have to say the first week wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be..

I'd also like to say that I've found that the biggest part of this journey is mental. How you set yourself up mentally. I just keep saying to myself: "I CAN DO THIS! I CAN DO THIS!" as if my life depends on it. Cos really...it does..

Comment #6

What food is bothering you the most? I have been told to let the soups and shakes sit in the fridge for a few hours prior to cooking. I love them both. Now for the soup...I add 2 oz. of cooked chicken (1/3 of my Lean for the day) and 1/2 cup of veggie serving (using asparagus for now) and when I heat it all up, it it is a nice thick soup which is wonderful. I love my shakes too. I put 1/2 cup of diet rootbeer in the vanilla shake and added my ice and blended it.

I like most of the snack bars. Will order only what I want next time. Pudding is good..

Comment #7

Like the soups, bars and shakes. I have been eating the oatmeal, it tastes a lot better now than it did the first week. I didn't order more oatmeal or eggs, just finishing up what came in the variety pack..

Comment #8

It does get easier. Figure out which meal replacements you like best and stick to those. I find the brownies, hot cocoa, and ready to drink shakes the best tasting. Everyone is different. Your body will adjust to the lower caloric intake in time. Hang in and you are sure to melt..

Nora.

Comment #9

This is my first week too. the oatmeal really isnt that bad. I bought the peach, and it's actually one of my favorite meals. ive found that if you mix things with a little more water than required, and mix them really, really, really well with a fork before cooking, it makes a world of difference. also, I would be willing to bet that the chili is made with TVP (vextured vegetable protien), it's a protien subsitute that a lot of vagan/vegitarians use. when hydrated, it has the consitancy of ground beef. good luck, and stick with it!.

Comment #10

Thanks for the suggestions, I was able to get the oatmeal down. Not favorite but got it all down. Had the Dutch Chocolate. LOVED IT. The Chicken Noodle soup is where I questioned myself if I could do unable to force all down. So it would be alright to save the soups and eggs until the end of the month and just eat oatmeal, crunch bars and shakes for the first week or two. Also my computer won't let me get to see additional information on ChooseMedifast.com is there another website or what else can we have thats not in the book..

Comment #11

Absolutely without a doubt they will change! Our taste buds were overstimulated by junk so it's gonna take a few days to get back to basics. It took time to get used to eating garbage, it's gonna take time to get used to healthier foods. The first week is scary and weird. Have patience and willingness to try out different methods of preparation with the meals. You can do this!.

Comment #12

Hi - I'm on day 12, and yes it does get better. Only the past couple days have I been able to eat the soups (soak them a couple hours first) and the oatmeal (used that recipe to mix with 4.5 tablespoons of water and microwave into a little "muffin top" kind of thing). Stick to lots of bars and shakes until you notice the shift. It will happen!.

Comment #13

I didn't have a problem with the taste of the food overall to begin with. I will say that the medifast shakes are a gazillion times better than any other shake I've had (SlimFast or other protein type shakes)..

What I had to do was change my attitude about food. What got me in trouble in the first place was that I loved the taste of my food. I wasn't treating food as a fuel source or a need, I was treating it like a want, and by gosh I'll have what I want when I want..

Also what helps is that by the time it came to me to eat my Medifast meals, I was so hungry, that I just wanted anything in my tummy to make it stop growling so much. When I'm hungry and all I have on hand is Medifast food, well, frankly, it's delicioussimply because it's all I have..

Whenever I look at my food now and I feel less than thrilled about it, I tell myself it's simply fuel my body needs and get it over with asap. It's not like there's a lot of food there to begin with! I can choke down a half cup of just about anything if I'm hungry.

But overall, in the beginning there's a lot of testing going on, figuring out what I like (scrambled eggs, most of the bars and shakes, pretzel sticks), tolerate (the soupssoak the chili and the chicken noodle/chicken rice, oatmeal, drinks), and just plain eat to get rid of them (swiss mochaI hate coffee, but it was part of my freebies for choosing VIP). And there's more to try too: pancakes, brownies, soft serve, etc..

Bottom line: treat my food like fuel. I shouldn't be ecstatic over how it tastes. I should treat food like a chore: get 'er done, son. I'm even going basic with my L&G now. I don't want my life to revolve around enjoying food so much I can't control my weight. There's plenty of other things in this life to enjoy that won't make it so hard for me to move around, or find clothes, or whatever else inhibits us when we're too overweight..

Comment #14

Stick with it. I just finished my first week and it wasn't a walk in the park, but it got easier every day. From what I've read, yes, your tastebuds will change. The first few days (week) will be a shock to your system. Give your body a chance to deal with what you're doing. Hang in there!..

Comment #15

My counselor suggested eating only the shakes and bars for the first week (I am on day 4.) I think it's because the other things do require a change in your taste buds... I gave in this morning and ate the pancakes for one of my meals. YUCK...

Comment #16

Hang in there! It's my first day too....I think maybe once you find the items that are tastey to you, and your stomach has shrunk it won't be so bad. I had a chocolate crunch bar for breakfast and thought it was quite tastey! Now, don't get me started on the Chili though....I hate not knowing what's giving it the "meaty" consistancy when I know it's probably not meat!.

Just give yourself some time to adapt. I HATE HATE HATE diet softdrinks...but after drinking them for a week or two they don't taste bad any more. So, your tastebuds will probably adapt to the flavors that aren't too appealing at this point...

Comment #17

Your taste buds will change, I guarantee it. I had trouble with a lot of things at first. Here are some key pointers:.

Shakes: only make in blender with extra water and lots of ice. Make with a diet soda, coffee, Ocean Spray To Go, or extracts for another flavor..

Soups: always soak, and add bouillon and seasoned salt or hot sauce. Chicken bouillon for Crab, Chicken Noodle, and Chicken Rice. Beef Bouillon for Chili or Stew.

Cream Soups: don't eat as soups. Look for the bagel or soup chip recipes..

Eggs: always soak at least 20 minutes, and only cook on the stove, never the nuker..

Brownies: only cook in the nuker..

Oatmeal: wait 2-4 weeks if you value your life..

All foods: if you hate it now, wait 2-4 weeks and try it again. Everything changes..

Good luck!..

Comment #18

Yes! It does get easier and what everyone has said above is true. Your tastes WILL change after being on Medifast for a bit. Give it some time darlin. You will find things that you really like and others you won't, but the beginning can be tough. Your body, tastes and mind are all trying to adjust to this totally different way of eating and foods! Plus you're detoxing! Hang in there sista!..

Comment #19

Awesome advice that I pretty much followed to a tee my first week. I would have made it through that first week without the wonderful advice and information on this board. Use the search function. Get familiar with the boards. So much information and experience to draw on! I pretty much did everything Freya mentioned and I have to say the first week wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be..

I'd also like to say that I've found that the biggest part of this journey is mental. How you set yourself up mentally. I just keep saying to myself: "I CAN DO THIS! I CAN DO THIS!" as if my life depends on it. Cos really...it does...

Comment #20

What food is bothering you the most? I have been told to let the soups and shakes sit in the fridge for a few hours prior to cooking. I love them both. Now for the soup...I add 2 oz. of cooked chicken (1/3 of my Lean for the day) and 1/2 cup of veggie serving (using asparagus for now) and when I heat it all up, it it is a nice thick soup which is wonderful. I love my shakes too. I put 1/2 cup of diet rootbeer in the vanilla shake and added my ice and blended it.

I like most of the snack bars. Will order only what I want next time. Pudding is good...

Comment #21

Like the soups, bars and shakes. I have been eating the oatmeal, it tastes a lot better now than it did the first week. I didn't order more oatmeal or eggs, just finishing up what came in the variety pack...

Comment #22

It does get easier. Figure out which meal replacements you like best and stick to those. I find the brownies, hot cocoa, and ready to drink shakes the best tasting. Everyone is different. Your body will adjust to the lower caloric intake in time. Hang in and you are sure to melt..

Nora..

Comment #23

This is my first week too. the oatmeal really isnt that bad. I bought the peach, and it's actually one of my favorite meals. ive found that if you mix things with a little more water than required, and mix them really, really, really well with a fork before cooking, it makes a world of difference. also, I would be willing to bet that the chili is made with TVP (vextured vegetable protien), it's a protien subsitute that a lot of vagan/vegitarians use. when hydrated, it has the consitancy of ground beef. good luck, and stick with it!..

Comment #24

Thanks for the suggestions, I was able to get the oatmeal down. Not favorite but got it all down. Had the Dutch Chocolate. LOVED IT. The Chicken Noodle soup is where I questioned myself if I could do unable to force all down. So it would be alright to save the soups and eggs until the end of the month and just eat oatmeal, crunch bars and shakes for the first week or two. Also my computer won't let me get to see additional information on ChooseMedifast.com is there another website or what else can we have thats not in the book...

Comment #25

Absolutely without a doubt they will change! Our taste buds were overstimulated by junk so it's gonna take a few days to get back to basics. It took time to get used to eating garbage, it's gonna take time to get used to healthier foods. The first week is scary and weird. Have patience and willingness to try out different methods of preparation with the meals. You can do this!..

Comment #26

Hi - I'm on day 12, and yes it does get better. Only the past couple days have I been able to eat the soups (soak them a couple hours first) and the oatmeal (used that recipe to mix with 4.5 tablespoons of water and microwave into a little "muffin top" kind of thing). Stick to lots of bars and shakes until you notice the shift. It will happen!..

Comment #27

I didn't have a problem with the taste of the food overall to begin with. I will say that the medifast shakes are a gazillion times better than any other shake I've had (SlimFast or other protein type shakes)..

What I had to do was change my attitude about food. What got me in trouble in the first place was that I loved the taste of my food. I wasn't treating food as a fuel source or a need, I was treating it like a want, and by gosh I'll have what I want when I want..

Also what helps is that by the time it came to me to eat my Medifast meals, I was so hungry, that I just wanted anything in my tummy to make it stop growling so much. When I'm hungry and all I have on hand is Medifast food, well, frankly, it's delicioussimply because it's all I have..

Whenever I look at my food now and I feel less than thrilled about it, I tell myself it's simply fuel my body needs and get it over with asap. It's not like there's a lot of food there to begin with! I can choke down a half cup of just about anything if I'm hungry.

But overall, in the beginning there's a lot of testing going on, figuring out what I like (scrambled eggs, most of the bars and shakes, pretzel sticks), tolerate (the soupssoak the chili and the chicken noodle/chicken rice, oatmeal, drinks), and just plain eat to get rid of them (swiss mochaI hate coffee, but it was part of my freebies for choosing VIP). And there's more to try too: pancakes, brownies, soft serve, etc..

Bottom line: treat my food like fuel. I shouldn't be ecstatic over how it tastes. I should treat food like a chore: get 'er done, son. I'm even going basic with my L&G now. I don't want my life to revolve around enjoying food so much I can't control my weight. There's plenty of other things in this life to enjoy that won't make it so hard for me to move around, or find clothes, or whatever else inhibits us when we're too overweight...

Comment #28


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