Thursday, February 28, 2008

NutriSystem week 3: Tamsin weighs in on the food

Tamsin - 1.5 pounds (4 pounds lost to-date)
Eden - 1.8 pounds (6.4 pounds lost to-date)

It’s Week 3 of our NutriSystem Challenge. I admit to a little frustration with my small loss. I am still struggling with getting in 8 glasses of water, although I do great some days. Good news: I cut back to ½ glass of wine with dinner on the occasional night.

As for the food, I definitely have my favourites. I really enjoy the lasagna. It’s not too cheesy, and I like the tofu in it. It’s a very filling meal when paired with a spinach salad.

For this post, I am reviewing some different dishes on the NutriSystem menu. These dishes weren't my first choices, but they provide options.

First up, thin crust pizza. The crust is a very small flatbread. The tomato sauce tastes like it came out of a little plastic pouch, which it does. You squirt the sauce on the bread, then you sprinkle cheese from a little package and pop it into the oven. Yes, the key words are “little” “tiny”, “small”. It’s barely appetizer size. Maybe I wouldn’t mind if it tasted great, but it doesn’t. I just did not find the pizza worth the effort of cooking in the oven.

Next, the vegetable fajita mix. It comes as a package of freeze-dried beans and powdered mix that you mix with water on the stove. It thickens into a moist goop that is best hidden in a tortilla. I added lettuce, tomatoes, and a little home-made salsa. Still, it wasn’t enough to make the mix palatable to me. Just not appetizing.

I was pleasantly surprised by the cheesy broccoli mashed potatoes. It starts out as powdered cheese and what I assume are potato flakes. Add some boiling water, stir, and you get some tasty and very filling mashed potatoes. I enjoyed it twice this week with a side of rapini and red peppers.

We ordered our food for Month #2, and I am very excited about trying dishes like: “Cheese and Spinach Ravioli with Meat Sauce” and “Lemon Butter Sauce with Chicken and Noodles”. Not to mention the “Blueberry Lemon Dessert Bar”. Sounds yum!


  1. Anonymous9:31 am

    I think anything over 1 pound a week is a remarkable weight loss. I firmly believe in that old adage, slow and steady wins the race. I bet you'll find it easier to keep it off and maintain your weight loss than if you dropped lots of pounds all at once. You're both doing great! Keep it up!

  2. Congrats on the loss :)

    Kind of hate you now though as I am suddenly craving mashed potatoes and it is only 10 a.m.

  3. Kathryn and Marie, Some people wonder why I'm doing this in public. You've both proved why. Support from the community is the best! Thanks.


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