One day at a time..
Read and ask questions as you go along..
What's overwhelming you specifically?.
The dairy and protein. I think I bought the wrong thing. I bought cheese sticks for dairy; and protein is hard to select. Any suggestions, especially things to take in a work lunch..
LF String cheese is great. I get Sargento's which is 50 calories a stick (so I can have 2 for a serving). Hard boiled eggs work good too (I slice one up for on top my lunch salad), but diced chicken works too. So do those individual sized tuna cups..
In case you haven't seen the Recommended Grocery List under the Tips & Recipe tab, here's the link:.
Even better, though, is this printable shopping list that other NS'ers have so kindly shared:.
Don't panic! Like everything that is new, it just takes a little time to become familiar with the details. It is well worth the effort..
I use "fit" deli meat with my husband's lunch. You can pick up FF/LF Turkey, Chicken, and Ham with 50-60 calories per 2 oz. If you are using it to replace a Dairy/Protein you can have nearly 4 oz! .
Or, he loves it when I use the egg fritta with 2 oz meat with 1/4 cup egg beaters as an omelette....
Oh, and buy a food scale with a Tare on it. Well worth it!.
I think this is the one I have (but without the biggest loser stamp), I picked it up at Target for less then $20..
Betty, just take a deep breath! This is a process, and you're just learning right now!! You can only do so much while you're learning, and there are a few things that it took me a while to get down pat. If you keep trying, tomorrow will be a better day than today! So every day, take what you've learned and do your best. Just come onto the forums and here, ask questions, and read. I created a folder on my desktop to create shortcuts to posts and information that I didn't was to "lose." .
I admire you for asking for help, and just wait til you start dropping the pounds woo wee!!.
Can we have 2 per serving? I thought the fat in those was too high (I eat only 1 all the time!).
Well, now, I've only been eating one also, but if it's a dairy/protein add-in, we can have up to 100 calories. Hmmm.....?.
Here is what I take to work:.
One soup or tortellini (the ones that don't need water).
Hard boiled egg.
1 cup carrots.
Non-fat yogurt (for afternoon snack).
Piece of fruit (also for afternoon snack).
I am usually hungry between breakfast and lunch so I eat my carrots about 10:00..
Remember: one day at a time!.
When you asked about Protein/Dairy servings for lunch I'm confused. It was my understanding that if you have less than 100 pounds to lose you didn't get to add a protein to the lunch. You are allowed a protein/dairy for a midmorning or midafternoon snack, so perhaps that is what you were referencing? And, of course, you can eat it whenever you want, as long as you get it down sometime during the day..
I know how you feel, Betty. Seems I'm totally obsessed with getting the hang of this. I'm on the Select Plan and my first order of frozen food just arrived today. What I had (Ravioli) was delish and a nicer texture than the boxed stuff. But when you're hungry..
BTW - I've set my goal at 50 lbs as well. So we can encourage one another, ok?.
I've also got a question: Meal planner lists lo-fat cottage cheese as 2/3 cup serving size. But when I tried to log it on my on-line Program page, the serving size was 1/4 cup. Can anyone tell me which is correct?.
That's not exactly so, PamS53, it depends on the plan you are on. The regular women's plan has a protein/dairy serving at lunch. I believe the women's senior plan and the diabetic plan are different though (but I don't know them exactly)..