Nutrisystem Week 5 Update: New Foods + Tips for Thanksgiving! #NSNation

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Nutrisystem breakfast burritoWe received our month 2 food delivery from Nutrisystem last week, and got some yummy new items including a tasty and filling Breakfast Burrito! Also loving the new desserts, but more about that in a future update! One of the things I really enjoy on the Nutrisystem program is the variety. We get to stock up on our favorite foods (pizza for me and cheesy home style potatoes for the hubby) plus try new ones from the large menu of options.

While things are going really well and I’m super pleased with our progress, I have been a bit worried about staying on track as we head deep into what I like to refer to as “the holiday eating season”. That’s the time of year that starts around Halloween and runs through New Year’s.

To help, the folks over at Nutrisystem sent us some Diet-friendly Tips for Thanksgiving! That’s another thing I really like about the program…it’s not just about the food. We also get support, advice, tools and tips to help us change the habits and eating issues that led to our weight problems in the first place.

A few Thanksgiving Diet Tips and Strategies we are planning to follow (they work for everyone, not just Nutrisytem members):

  • If you’re cooking, keep your bottle of water with you in the kitchen, so you’re less tempted to snack.
  • Stay away from the appetizer table. We’ll substitute raw vegetables since those are unlimited!
  • Instead of just sitting around after dinner, take a family walk, or organize a touch-football game. We plan to take Daisy for an extra long walk!
  • Don’t skip meals in an attempt to “bank” calories. Instead, eat everything on your meal plan leading up to the holiday event to help stay on track.

Since most of us dieters will still want to indulge in some of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, here are some portion guideline to keep in mind:

  • Turkey—3 oz. white meat, no skin (about the size of a deck of cards)
  • Mashed potatoes—1/3 cup (about the size of half of a baseball)
  • Gravy—1 Tbsp. (just drizzle it)
  • Cranberry Relish made with sugar—1 Tbsp.
  • Stuffing—2 Tbsp.
  • Dinner Roll— skip it
  • Pie—1/12 of a 9” pie

And just knowing that we’ll be back to give you an update a week from now is also great motivation to stay on track! If you’re wondering how we did THIS week, we’ll tell you: I lost 1.8 pounds for a total of 12.6 lost so far. Not bad at all! And the hubby lost 2.1 pounds, which puts him at 27.4 pounds lost in 5 weeks. Crazy, I know!

our weight loss update on Nutrisystem program

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  1. Congrats on the weight loss! I’ve heard many positive things about this program.

  2. You are both making amazing progress!! Keep it up! And those are great tips for the holiday eating. I wish I had these tips over  Veteran’s day weekend. that’s a big “STUFF FACE WITH FOOD” weekend for us. lol. 

    • Thank! Nutrisystem is great about sharing supportive tips like these…I know what you mean about Veteran’s Day weekend. Hubby is a veteran so we like to celebrate “his holiday” with free meals at the participating restaurants, but skipped it this year 🙁

  3. GREAT job on the weight loss! It sucks that guys lose it a lot faster!! I love the tips for Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks! I agree…SO unfair that guys have it so much easier when it comes to weight loss! He’s lost twice what I have, but then again he did weigh a lot more to start! LOL

  4. You guys are doing great, I am sure you will keep on track during the holiday season.

  5. Wow!! Fantastic results!! I’m very jealous.

  6. You’re both doing so awesome! You’ll rock the holiday eating season!! 

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