Now that I've talked some friends into joining Medifast, I think it is officially time to post some of my survival tips. Before I do, I want to say that the program really is a different program for everyone. The things I may like, the next person will hate. Importantly, I've learned a few things along the way.
1) When you start, everything will taste funny. Your taste buds will definitely adjust over time. Try a product you didn't like a couple weeks later and you might find you like it after all.
2) Soups: Let them sit. Before & After. The longer they soak, the better they will taste.
3) Always eat every 2-2.5 hours. Eat within the first 30 minutes of waking up in the morning. I always start off with a full 20oz of water every morning as well. If you start work as early as I do, put your optional snack in between your first and 2nd meal along with an additional 20 oz of water- it helps with the time gap between meals. My day typically looks like this:
6:15a: 1st meal
8:30a: Optional snack
10:00a: 2nd meal
12:30p: 3rd meal
3:00p: 4th meal
5:30p: Lean & Green
8:00p: 5th meal
4) Check out this blog: Sandy's Kitchen Adventures. She has tons of Lean & Green recipes as well as recipes for Medifast foods too!
5) Do not microwave the eggs. Stovetop only. Add some seasonings. Use a whisk to stir. Delish. They have become a breakfast staple for me.
6) Use a Magic Bullet or similar type blender as much as possible for your shakes. They turn into a more smoothie type drink and for some reason taste better (definitely less gritty).
7) Pudding: always use a whisk and super cold water to mix. I have made it in the morning, stored in tupperware and refrigerated it for several hours- nice and thick. Another trick is to freeze it for about an hour and top with sugar free chocolate syrup (count as a condiment). Totally cured my ice cream cravings.
8) Hot Cocoa: Mix with just a little bit of water to form a thick paste. Add hot coffee instead of water. Makes a delicious mocha!
9) Soft Serve: This one I loved but found their directions impossible so I make it like a shake. I use about 1/2-3/4 cup of water, add 4-5 ice cubes, soft serve packet and for the Coffee & Peanut Butter soft serves I add a little sugar free chocolate syrup. Switch off between blending & pulsing with the blender until you don't hear the ice anymore. Makes a super thick shake. SUPER yummy.
10) Pancakes: I was obsessed with chocolate chip pancakes until I had to go soy free. I made them as a muffin in a coffee cup. Prepared as instructed, but instead of using a frying pan/stovetop, pour into a large coffee mug (can use a little Pam if you want, but I found I didn't need it) and nuke it in the microwave for 1 minute. Pops out like a muffin- top it with the Medifast syrup (or any sugar free syrup).
11) Oatmeal: Sorry... I have no tips. Spackle? I tried making these as muffins as well. The blueberry ones work best for that. I did eat the maple brown sugar regularly in my pre-soy days. I also added a packet of Splenda (or Truvia) to these.
12) Love the crunch bars. Get yourself some bars every week. I found that when I am on the go they are easy to take with you anywhere, are delicious and best of all they are filling.
13) Extra water and a packet of Splenda in the brownies and soft bakes usually did the trick for me. But I'm a gooey brownie/cookie person anyway. Oh how I miss those ones in my new soy free world!
14) If you want to flavor your water, buy the Mio water enhancer over Crystal Light. It is more Medifast friendly.
15) Probably the most important tip I can give you is DON'T CHEAT. I have survived the last 6 months on Medifast because I didn't stray and if I did, it was very minor in nature. Seriously. JUST a bite. A taste. Nothing more. I know that is hard to do but it fulfills cravings and frankly? The bites weren't that great anyway. OH OH OH! One more tip. Sugarfree gum has been my lifeline. I know you're only supposed to have one piece a day, but I have much more. It keeps me from eating when I don't need to (shouldn't) be.
Regardless of how tired I am of Medifast food, which I am, I step on the scale and realize how far I have come. You know what? IT WAS WORTH IT. So glad I chose Medifast.
Thinking of joining??? Let me know what questions you have and I'd be happy to answer them!!