Eventual wean off of NS

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windrider

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 11:18
If anyone has any other observations on NS please add them in all are appreciated.

I have been watching how NS works and much of it is just plain old calorie counting and increasing the vegetables, fruits and being healthy. I hope to get off of it in a few more months. I believe that by watching what I eat I can do well. Their meals are expensive. I know I am paying for convenience and having someone else think for me. I know this is what I want and need right now. However, my observation is:
Breakfast meals are 100-150ish calories or less, Lunches 100-250 calories, Dinner 100-300 calories,
Desserts/Snack 90 - 150 calories.

That is about 850 calories if you take the highest amounts. All my other calories come from food I buy myself. And I am at the store every few days spending a a lot for veggies, fruits, proteins, snacks like yogurt/cottage cheese. I figure if I find items to replace the NS foods and be healthy I can eventually wean off them. I have made my own breakfast or dinner here and there by staying in calories NS would have given me for that meal through out the day. That is just an observation of mine. Does anyone on NS or who has gone off of NS succesfuly have any additional tips?
PS: I know in the NS Plan it tells how to wean off, but really has anyone successfully done that, and additional tips are what I'm hunting for. Thanks in advance.
sherilyn70

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 14:02
NS is based on the ADA dietary exchanges and plan. If you want to learn how to eat on your own just call and ask a counselor for the day off plan. They'll break down what each meal counts as even further. It isn't exactly all about calorie counting... it's about getting the right ratios of protein, carbs, and fats in as well.
windrider

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 14:04
Thanks, I have been following mostly. It just seems more like calories when we get engrosed in FS.
sherilyn70

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 14:11
I flex enough meals that I only get a box ever 2 months or so. I've been doing that for a good while now. Last week every dinner was flexed since I was also feeding 2 kids every night.
sherilyn70

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Posted: 04 Apr 2011, 16:27
Here is the women's flex plan for you:

Breakfast
1 Dairy Serving
1 Protein Serving
1 Fruit Serving
1 Carbohydrate Serving

Lunch
1 Fat Serving
2 Protein Servings
2 Vegetable Servings (2 Tbsp. Fat Free Dressing, if desired)
1 Carbohydrate Serving

Afternoon Snack
1 Dairy or Protein Serving
1 Fruit Serving

Dinner
2 Fat Servings
3 Protein Servings
1 Vegetable or Fruit Serving
1 Carbohydrate Serving
2 Vegetable Servings (2 Tbsp. Fat Free Dressing, if desired)

Dessert
1 Dairy Serving
1 Carbohydrate Serving

lean protein=55 calories, 3g fat
dairy/protein=12g carbs, 8g protein, 3g fat, 100 calories
vegetable=5g carbs, 2g protein, 25 caloires
fruit=15g carbs, 60 calories
carb=15g carbs, 3g protein, 3g fat, 80-120 calories
fat=45 calories, 5g fat
free food=anything 20 calories or less (you are allowed 3 of these a day)

Protein is always the minimum stat required, everything else is the max
windrider

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 06:33
Cool Thanks again.
Dolphin_Girl

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 06:44
I do the flex on the weekends, and do the plan during the week, although from time to time I flex in the evenings as well. I find I'm eating more on the flex days than during the plan days during the week. This is why I flip the dinner to lunch and the lunch to dinner. I find it better for me to eat more during the day than in the evenings, especially since I work early hours.
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radiochick

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 20:20
Interesting! Thanks for sharing all the details.
windrider

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 06:27
I didn't know about the Flex plan. It will help on travel and days where I want a change. I noticed the Carbohydrates in the flex that are not in the regular plan. That must be what the NS meals replace.
Sherilyn2

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 20:38
That is correct, the Carbs are in our meals which is why we don't normally get them. When flexing you can add the ones of your choice to the meal.

(my old profile became corrupted and I am having to start all over with the weight history, ugh)
lisacos24

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 20:51
I was on NS last year for 3 months and lost 30 pounds. The down fall to NS is the sodium content. I have high blood pressure and have been on meds for it for about 10 years. I take my meds religiously and while on NS my blood pressure sky rocketed after being level for quite some time. Although my doctor was thrilled with the 30 lb loss, he told me I could NOT under any terms do NS. So warning, be very careful if you tend to have BP problems in doing NS. It works great because it is controlled and you don't have to think but in order to provide the food that way the sodium will kill you. Make sure you drink plenty of water if you are doing NS.

Lisa
Sherilyn2

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 21:15
I'm just curious... what level of sodium does he want you to be at? They do have a lower sodium plan available. You also have to be careful of what add ins you use if you're sensitive to sodium. The plan calls for around 1800mg per day which is under the heart associations recomendation of 2300.
lisacos24

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 21:23
Sherilyn,
I don't know that he has ever actually told me the amount of mg of sodium per day that he wants me to have. I just know that before I started the NS, my BP was running about 125/76 and it shot up to 140/90 when I was doing NS. I didn't know they had a low sodium plan, have they always had that or is it new?
Sherilyn2

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 22:51
Yes, they have always had it... it's just the silver plan. If you call they can give you a list of the lower sodium foods as well.
windrider

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Posted: 07 Apr 2011, 10:12
Humm, interesting. I did not know about the low sodium plan. I also have HBP. My BP is controlled by the meds and I am drinking loads of water, but I have noticed that NS products have high sodium. Good info to know in case my BP starts getting irregular.



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