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Thanks to my extensive knowledge of poetry, I know that beans are categorized as "fruit, musical" for literary purposes. However, I suspect Medifast does not classify them this way. I know T&M is a way off for me, but I am wondering what category beans fit into for T&M. Are they a vegetable? A grain? I am talking about beans like black beans, pinto beans, etc.

I searched the forums and reviewed the T&M guide but didn't see beans defined. Sorry if this is a dumb question!.

Comments (38)

Beans are introduced in the 4th week of transition with grains and other highly starchy foods..

Comment #1

Would you consider it your grain serving? Just wondering. Looove beans and would love to try them in the 4th week of trans..

Comment #2

Beans are a legume, but I don't know the T&M guidelines. Do they list legumes at all?.

Comment #3

Yes they do Freya. Yes the way they have Transition organized right now, beans fall under grains. When you move MyPlan to phase 4 of transition, a new category opens up under L&G for beans/peas/lentils. That's also the phase where grains open up and they are considered the same exchange category for the sake of transition and maintenance..

Comment #4

Hmm I always logged on my iPhone on another app. Looks like I'll need to start logging on mf.

Comment #5

For Transition I strongly recommend using MyPlan. You set the phase it and helps keep you on track as to what you can and can't eat. So for instance, on week two it reminds you you'll be dropping 1 Medifast meal (only shows 4) and it now asks for fruit, which is what you add that week. And so it goes. Very helpful until you get into the maintenance rhythm. I"ve been tracking in both MyPlan and daily plate. Once I'm fully comfortable with what I'm eating for maintenance, I'll probably switch fully to daily plate but right now, MyPlan has the reminders I need..

Comment #6

Beans are listed in my plan in both grains and protein. Dr A , in his book counts them as either too, it is recommended to have them a few times a week as a protein source. In T&M you count calories, I try for 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup a day as they are recommended to have if you are hypothyroid. Love hummus or beans in a salad. They are added in week 4 of Transition. In maintenance you learn to add food and adjust as needed. Beans are so healthy they are a good food to have even if calories seem high..

Comment #7

Beans are yummy especially kidney beans mmmmmmmmmmmm.....

Comment #8

You're right for maintenance they are both protein and grain. For transition, they don't get added though, until week 4 with grains. I was just trying to make that distinction..

Comment #9

Great post. I just did not know to count it as s grain or protein..

Comment #10

Beans are introduced in the 4th week of transition with grains and other highly starchy foods...

Comment #11

Would you consider it your grain serving? Just wondering. Looove beans and would love to try them in the 4th week of trans...

Comment #12

Beans are a legume, but I don't know the T&M guidelines. Do they list legumes at all?..

Comment #13

Yes they do Freya. Yes the way they have Transition organized right now, beans fall under grains. When you move MyPlan to phase 4 of transition, a new category opens up under L&G for beans/peas/lentils. That's also the phase where grains open up and they are considered the same exchange category for the sake of transition and maintenance...

Comment #14

Hmm I always logged on my iPhone on another app. Looks like I'll need to start logging on mf..

Comment #15

For Transition I strongly recommend using MyPlan. You set the phase it and helps keep you on track as to what you can and can't eat. So for instance, on week two it reminds you you'll be dropping 1 Medifast meal (only shows 4) and it now asks for fruit, which is what you add that week. And so it goes. Very helpful until you get into the maintenance rhythm. I"ve been tracking in both MyPlan and daily plate. Once I'm fully comfortable with what I'm eating for maintenance, I'll probably switch fully to daily plate but right now, MyPlan has the reminders I need...

Comment #16

Beans are listed in my plan in both grains and protein. Dr A , in his book counts them as either too, it is recommended to have them a few times a week as a protein source. In T&M you count calories, I try for 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup a day as they are recommended to have if you are hypothyroid. Love hummus or beans in a salad. They are added in week 4 of Transition. In maintenance you learn to add food and adjust as needed. Beans are so healthy they are a good food to have even if calories seem high...

Comment #17

You're right for maintenance they are both protein and grain. For transition, they don't get added though, until week 4 with grains. I was just trying to make that distinction...

Comment #18

Great post. I just did not know to count it as s grain or protein...

Comment #19


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