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Hi guys. I'm trying I promise but I want to eat my hand at times!.

I went thru and put all my daily meals in zip lock bags. Thought that is easiest for me to grab in the morning. What I found when I did this is I have 3 complete weeks and a lot of shakes and bars left over. No more soups, eggs, oatmeal,pudding. What am I suppose to eat for breakfast and lunch if I don't have any foods left? I should have enough for 5 weeks.

I'm getting frustrated and missing foods so badly!.

Comments (55)

The foods are interchangeable. There are some days I do all shakes and other days I mix it up some. Remember to soak your soup for a couple of hours to help rehydrate before cooking it and the eggs are better made on the stove rather than the microwave.

When you place your next order you may want to customize it to the Medifast foods you want and not the variety pack. there are things I order more of and other things that I dont order at all..

The hunger will be better in a few days. Get all your water in and use the optional snack if you need to. Also have a cup of ff broth helps get you through in the begining. Splitting your Lean n Green between 2 meals helps for those hungry days. you can do this!.

Lisa.

Comment #1

Hello!.

This is week 9 for me, and while it was so difficult at first, now it is just second nature. I promise you'll be fine as long as you stick to the plan. I find it best for me to drink a shake for breakfast. I put a ton of ice and more liquid than the package calls for, so my shake comes out really big. Like 28-32 ounces. That way it is very filling and I won't be starving all morning.

The first week is by far the hardest, but stick with it and you will be fine. You have to find what works best for you, and sometimes that's just trial and error. Remember that the meals are interchangeable, meaning that you don't have to have "breakfast foods" for breakfast, etc.

You can do this!.

Good luck!.

Judy.

Comment #2

Happy SWK, congratulations on your fabulous achievement! You rock!.

Comment #3

I've had a brownie for breakfast :-) You can have any of the meals for breakfast!! Just mix them up. I close my eyes, reach into the cabinet and see what I pull out...it's that simple!.

Comment #4

I'm in my 8th month of MF, and I've learned to only eat what I like. I have lots of bars, pretzels, puffs, pancakes and RTD shakes. All the food is interchangable, so as previous posters have said, it doesn't matter if you have a brownie for breakfast and a bar for lunch.

The program does get easier, I promise! After all this time, it's second nature to me now. I'm rarely hungry. If you stick to the program 100% for about a week (3-5 days for many), your body will get into ketosis, which automatically switches off much of the hunger. It's tough at first, but SO WORTH IT! I'm down 76lbs now. If I can do it, anyone can!.

Comment #5

The idea of putting things in daily baggies is you get to mix it all up so you don't get all one or two things left over. You might need to rethink your repackaging. I did this all through 5&1 and it great just grabbing a bag for the day that you know has 5 Medifast meals in them and all you need to do is deal with your L&G. Some other information that might be helpful: Shakes are one of the most filling meals (yes really!). Doing more than 1 shake in a day can really help you push through the hunger since you'll feel fuller, longer. Make sure you're drinking all your water.

Thirst often masks itself as hunger so don't give in to it. This is especially true as most people get very thirsty in ketosis but hunger is greatly diminished. It's a great side effect..

Another thing to ponder on. There are two types of hunger. Physical and mental. If you're on 5&1, you're eating 6 times a day. There's no way you are physically hungry. Think about it.

So are you really hungry or is your mind playing tricks on you. Mental hunger is the hardest hunger to deal with but one we need to worth through to be successful. You know you're going to eat every 2-3 hours. You know your body is getting the fuel it needs to continue on. You are not starving.

It's especially the case the first month or so while your body is adjusting to the lack of foods that cause cravings and false hunger like white flour, rice, sugar and salt. Medifast is a great food detox program. Yes we all miss certain foods, but remind yourself they'll still be there and available to you at the end of your journey. It's not like you can never have them again (maybe). You are on a journey, it's a temporary thing.



Taking the plan one day at a time, one meal at a time and committing to staying 100% on plan as you go through your day is how we combat the mental hunger. Many of us brush our teeth, take a bath, or get out of the house and take a walk to push past those moments of weakness. It's all about learning the tools that keep us on plan and using those tools. Write down on a stickie note or a 3X5 card your motivators. Keep that with you and read it when you're tempted to go off plan. Don't be side lined by thoughts of what you can't have.

What you can do and how much better you'll feel when you have gotten to your goal weight and are in control of your food. Part of this journey is getting to the point where food is fuel. Not a desire. You need to be in control of your food. Right now I hear that food is in control of you.

Get in control, stay on plan. You deserve it. You are worth being on plan, getting to goal and looking like the diva you can be. Why ruin that? You can do it. One day at a time.

May every day be an on plan day!.

Comment #6

Ditto! Hang in there...its so worth it! I am .8 from goal. I am not hungry and after the first 5 days, you wont be either.

"Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard.".

Comment #7

I have to ask to make sure. Are you weighing your veggies and leans? Many who start do not and you would be surprised at the difference in the amounts of food vs eyeballing. Just checkin.

Comment #8

You mentioned in your question to Nutrisystem that you go off plan daily? True? That's probably one of the reasons you're starving, you're prolonging going into ketosis..

Comment #9

If you have stepped off plan it's going to make you more hungry. Try to stick with it. I also have this odd feeling you just are eating Medifast foods. Are you eating a lean and green meal? It was not mentioned in your initial post and I could be totally wrong..

Comment #10

I find the shakes to be very filling. Have been in your same predicament too. Not having the option to choose something other than a shake or bar stinks, but you can do it! I did an all shake week and had GREAT losses after. Don't chew off your hand, that might stall your losses!.

Comment #11

The foods are interchangeable. There are some days I do all shakes and other days I mix it up some. Remember to soak your soup for a couple of hours to help rehydrate before cooking it and the eggs are better made on the stove rather than the microwave..

When you place your next order you may want to customize it to the Medifast foods you want and not the variety pack. there are things I order more of and other things that I dont order at all..

The hunger will be better in a few days. Get all your water in and use the optional snack if you need to. Also have a cup of ff broth helps get you through in the begining. Splitting your Lean n Green between 2 meals helps for those hungry days. you can do this!.

Lisa..

Comment #12

Hello!.

This is week 9 for me, and while it was so difficult at first, now it is just second nature. I promise you'll be fine as long as you stick to the plan. I find it best for me to drink a shake for breakfast. I put a ton of ice and more liquid than the package calls for, so my shake comes out really big. Like 28-32 ounces. That way it is very filling and I won't be starving all morning.

The first week is by far the hardest, but stick with it and you will be fine. You have to find what works best for you, and sometimes that's just trial and error. Remember that the meals are interchangeable, meaning that you don't have to have "breakfast foods" for breakfast, etc..

You can do this!.

Good luck!.

Judy..

Comment #13

Happy SWK, congratulations on your fabulous achievement! You rock!..

Comment #14

I've had a brownie for breakfast :-) You can have any of the meals for breakfast!! Just mix them up. I close my eyes, reach into the cabinet and see what I pull out...it's that simple!..

Comment #15

I'm in my 8th month of MF, and I've learned to only eat what I like. I have lots of bars, pretzels, puffs, pancakes and RTD shakes. All the food is interchangable, so as previous posters have said, it doesn't matter if you have a brownie for breakfast and a bar for lunch..

The program does get easier, I promise! After all this time, it's second nature to me now. I'm rarely hungry. If you stick to the program 100% for about a week (3-5 days for many), your body will get into ketosis, which automatically switches off much of the hunger. It's tough at first, but SO WORTH IT! I'm down 76lbs now. If I can do it, anyone can!..

Comment #16

The idea of putting things in daily baggies is you get to mix it all up so you don't get all one or two things left over. You might need to rethink your repackaging. I did this all through 5&1 and it great just grabbing a bag for the day that you know has 5 Medifast meals in them and all you need to do is deal with your L&G. Some other information that might be helpful: Shakes are one of the most filling meals (yes really!). Doing more than 1 shake in a day can really help you push through the hunger since you'll feel fuller, longer. Make sure you're drinking all your water.

Thirst often masks itself as hunger so don't give in to it. This is especially true as most people get very thirsty in ketosis but hunger is greatly diminished. It's a great side effect..

Another thing to ponder on. There are two types of hunger. Physical and mental. If you're on 5&1, you're eating 6 times a day. There's no way you are physically hungry. Think about it.

So are you really hungry or is your mind playing tricks on you. Mental hunger is the hardest hunger to deal with but one we need to worth through to be successful. You know you're going to eat every 2-3 hours. You know your body is getting the fuel it needs to continue on. You are not starving.

It's especially the case the first month or so while your body is adjusting to the lack of foods that cause cravings and false hunger like white flour, rice, sugar and salt. Medifast is a great food detox program. Yes we all miss certain foods, but remind yourself they'll still be there and available to you at the end of your journey. It's not like you can never have them again (maybe). You are on a journey, it's a temporary thing.



Taking the plan one day at a time, one meal at a time and committing to staying 100% on plan as you go through your day is how we combat the mental hunger. Many of us brush our teeth, take a bath, or get out of the house and take a walk to push past those moments of weakness. It's all about learning the tools that keep us on plan and using those tools. Write down on a stickie note or a 3X5 card your motivators. Keep that with you and read it when you're tempted to go off plan. Don't be side lined by thoughts of what you can't have.

What you can do and how much better you'll feel when you have gotten to your goal weight and are in control of your food. Part of this journey is getting to the point where food is fuel. Not a desire. You need to be in control of your food. Right now I hear that food is in control of you.

Get in control, stay on plan. You deserve it. You are worth being on plan, getting to goal and looking like the diva you can be. Why ruin that? You can do it. One day at a time.

May every day be an on plan day!..

Comment #17

Ditto! Hang in there...its so worth it! I am .8 from goal. I am not hungry and after the first 5 days, you wont be either..

"Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard."..

Comment #18

I have to ask to make sure. Are you weighing your veggies and leans? Many who start do not and you would be surprised at the difference in the amounts of food vs eyeballing. Just checkin..

Comment #19

You mentioned in your question to Nutrisystem that you go off plan daily? True? That's probably one of the reasons you're starving, you're prolonging going into ketosis...

Comment #20

If you have stepped off plan it's going to make you more hungry. Try to stick with it. I also have this odd feeling you just are eating Medifast foods. Are you eating a lean and green meal? It was not mentioned in your initial post and I could be totally wrong...

Comment #21

I find the shakes to be very filling. Have been in your same predicament too. Not having the option to choose something other than a shake or bar stinks, but you can do it! I did an all shake week and had GREAT losses after. Don't chew off your hand, that might stall your losses!..

Comment #22

The foods are interchangeable. There are some days I do all shakes and other days I mix it up some. Remember to soak your soup for a couple of hours to help rehydrate before cooking it and the eggs are better made on the stove rather than the microwave.

When you place your next order you may want to customize it to the Medifast foods you want and not the variety pack. there are things I order more of and other things that I dont order at all..

The hunger will be better in a few days. Get all your water in and use the optional snack if you need to. Also have a cup of ff broth helps get you through in the begining. Splitting your Lean n Green between 2 meals helps for those hungry days. you can do this!.

Lisa..

Comment #23

Hello!.

This is week 9 for me, and while it was so difficult at first, now it is just second nature. I promise you'll be fine as long as you stick to the plan. I find it best for me to drink a shake for breakfast. I put a ton of ice and more liquid than the package calls for, so my shake comes out really big. Like 28-32 ounces. That way it is very filling and I won't be starving all morning.

The first week is by far the hardest, but stick with it and you will be fine. You have to find what works best for you, and sometimes that's just trial and error. Remember that the meals are interchangeable, meaning that you don't have to have "breakfast foods" for breakfast, etc.

You can do this!.

Good luck!.

Judy..

Comment #24

I'm in my 8th month of MF, and I've learned to only eat what I like. I have lots of bars, pretzels, puffs, pancakes and RTD shakes. All the food is interchangable, so as previous posters have said, it doesn't matter if you have a brownie for breakfast and a bar for lunch.

The program does get easier, I promise! After all this time, it's second nature to me now. I'm rarely hungry. If you stick to the program 100% for about a week (3-5 days for many), your body will get into ketosis, which automatically switches off much of the hunger. It's tough at first, but SO WORTH IT! I'm down 76lbs now. If I can do it, anyone can!..

Comment #25

The idea of putting things in daily baggies is you get to mix it all up so you don't get all one or two things left over. You might need to rethink your repackaging. I did this all through 5&1 and it great just grabbing a bag for the day that you know has 5 Medifast meals in them and all you need to do is deal with your L&G. Some other information that might be helpful: Shakes are one of the most filling meals (yes really!). Doing more than 1 shake in a day can really help you push through the hunger since you'll feel fuller, longer. Make sure you're drinking all your water.

Thirst often masks itself as hunger so don't give in to it. This is especially true as most people get very thirsty in ketosis but hunger is greatly diminished. It's a great side effect..

Another thing to ponder on. There are two types of hunger. Physical and mental. If you're on 5&1, you're eating 6 times a day. There's no way you are physically hungry. Think about it.

So are you really hungry or is your mind playing tricks on you. Mental hunger is the hardest hunger to deal with but one we need to worth through to be successful. You know you're going to eat every 2-3 hours. You know your body is getting the fuel it needs to continue on. You are not starving.

It's especially the case the first month or so while your body is adjusting to the lack of foods that cause cravings and false hunger like white flour, rice, sugar and salt. Medifast is a great food detox program. Yes we all miss certain foods, but remind yourself they'll still be there and available to you at the end of your journey. It's not like you can never have them again (maybe). You are on a journey, it's a temporary thing.

Taking the plan one day at a time, one meal at a time and committing to staying 100% on plan as you go through your day is how we combat the mental hunger. Many of us brush our teeth, take a bath, or get out of the house and take a walk to push past those moments of weakness. It's all about learning the tools that keep us on plan and using those tools. Write down on a stickie note or a 3X5 card your motivators. Keep that with you and read it when you're tempted to go off plan. Don't be side lined by thoughts of what you can't have.

What you can do and how much better you'll feel when you have gotten to your goal weight and are in control of your food. Part of this journey is getting to the point where food is fuel. Not a desire. You need to be in control of your food. Right now I hear that food is in control of you.

Get in control, stay on plan. You deserve it. You are worth being on plan, getting to goal and looking like the diva you can be. Why ruin that? You can do it. One day at a time.

May every day be an on plan day!..

Comment #26

Ditto! Hang in there...its so worth it! I am .8 from goal. I am not hungry and after the first 5 days, you wont be either.

"Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard."..

Comment #27


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