Packaged Meals and Clinics - Nutrisystem, Medifast, Jenny Craig, Etc - Returning to 3FC, Starting PureFoods Gluten-Free




full of grace
12-20-2011, 01:25 AM
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Hi everyone! :wave:

I'm returning to the scene of the crime. ;)

I was a regular poster here back in 2008 while I was on BistroMD. I wrote about my journey in a post at my 3FC blog, a little while ago: http://www.3fatchicks.com/diet-blogs/fullofgrace

As before, I'm going to take photos of the food (PureFoods Gluten-Free plan, this time) and post reviews at my blog. I think it's important -- especially for those of us trying to lose weight on gluten-free plans -- to share good info about what's out there.

Let's see, I started out at 240 in December 2007. I lost 15 pounds by cutting out fast food and watching my portion sizes and eating more frequently in early 2008. I started BistroMD and got down another 20 pounds, added Wii Fit to the mix in the summer of 2008 and went down another 15. By January 2009, I was down 65 pounds and I maintained that loss all through 2009 and into 2010.

Mid-2010, my personal life took some hits and so did my waistline. As of today -- even though I've still maintained it -- I'm up from where I'd LIKE to be (165). I'm probably at 195 right now. I'll weigh myself before the PureFoods delivery shows up next week. But the point is, I did get down to 175... and being 20 pounds above that is not fun, especially since I would have preferred getting down 10 more pounds FROM that 175 that I hit.

So... I begin again and hope to lose 30 pounds over the next six months or so. I still have (and use) my Wii Fit, but not consistently. I'll be hopping back on it maybe even tomorrow, just to give myself the best "running start" possible for this new eating plan.

Wish me luck!

I look forward to reconnecting with those of you who were around back when I was here before, and to meeting those of you who've come around since I went away.

Oh, I'll be updating my tickers next week too. :p Should be fun! ;) Hee!
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bargoo
12-20-2011, 07:48 AM
Welcome and good luck !

full of grace
12-20-2011, 03:47 PM
Welcome and good luck !

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. :) :carrot:
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full of grace
12-25-2011, 05:24 AM
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Pretty excited! My first order arrives in just a few days. I'm excited to start photographing (and eating) the food. Been trying to make good choices in the mean time, so I'm on the right path before we begin. *fingers crossed*

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!
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spryng
12-25-2011, 04:21 PM
I too am planning on going gluten free, I'm not doing purefoods but I will be watching for your posts to see how you do and feel! :) I just finished the book Wheat Belly and it was a true eye opener! I think I have celiac disease and to save money I'm just gonna cut the gluten myself. I don't need a doctor to tell me one way or another, I know getting gluten out of my life is gonna benefit me one way or another :)

full of grace
12-26-2011, 04:38 AM
I too am planning on going gluten free, I'm not doing purefoods but I will be watching for your posts to see how you do and feel! :) I just finished the book Wheat Belly and it was a true eye opener! I think I have celiac disease and to save money I'm just gonna cut the gluten myself. I don't need a doctor to tell me one way or another, I know getting gluten out of my life is gonna benefit me one way or another :)

That's exactly how I felt about it, Spryng. I went gluten-free SEVEN years ago and I've had no regrets.

I didn't do any of the tests (and I don't believe I have Celiac, because my friends who do have it have FAR more serious reactions to wheat and flour-based products when they *do* eat them whether by mistake or intentionally, whereas I just have itching or mild headaches or small breakouts around my lips or, of course, the ever-popular "intestinal distress"), but I just cut out wheat for two weeks (entirely, which was really difficult, because I wasn't the label junkie I am now, so I didn't know which ingredients were CODE for wheat gluten, like I know now; also, the labeling laws were not as strict in 2004, so it's easier now) and then ate a sandwich.

I got violently ill.

That's "the poor man's test," and it was good enough for me!

Plus the fact that I've been without migraines (and they were frequent and debilitating, for YEARS) since going gluten-free, I just know I'm healthier without wheat in my life (and it's pretty easy to avoid, these days).

I'm really pleased that there are now delivery options that are certified gluten-free. There were NONE in 2008, when I started home delivery with BistroMD before, and went on the journey to losing 65 pounds. My PureFoods delivery should be here in just a few days now, and I'll be sure to keep my blog updated and share what's good and what's less good. ;)

*fingers crossed* that this will be as fun and as easy as BistroMD was. NOTE: It's never EASY, EASY. ;) But maybe it's simple enough to stick to, and that helps get going in the right direction for a while.

Thanks for the welcome (back)! I look forward to getting to know you.
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cfan
12-26-2011, 04:50 AM
I will be following too. I just recently started to cut out wheat gluten, mainly due to an blood allergy test that showed I was sensitive to it. People thought it would be hard for me since I was such a bread junkie, but it really hasn't...well finding foods w/o it has, but choosing to go w/o it has been surprisingly easy. I haven't heard of Purefoods until your post, so I'll research it, since my mom just went on medifast. So i'll watch too.

Unna
12-26-2011, 05:05 AM
I'm not against BistroMD - but just wondering why that is what you have chosen. The meals on the website are super easy to cook. If you made it at home it would be even fresher, be fast, cheaper and save on ton of packaging materials.

I'm interested in your diet - and do sincerely want to hear more about potential problems that may arise if you are on this plan.... as well as the problems you avoid that helps you succeed by doing this plan. I don't think many people on this website follow this sort of diet (maybe because of the price?) - so it is quite interesting to think about.

full of grace
12-27-2011, 04:41 AM
I will be following too. I just recently started to cut out wheat gluten, mainly due to an blood allergy test that showed I was sensitive to it. People thought it would be hard for me since I was such a bread junkie, but it really hasn't...well finding foods w/o it has, but choosing to go w/o it has been surprisingly easy. I haven't heard of Purefoods until your post, so I'll research it, since my mom just went on medifast. So i'll watch too.

Isn't it interesting how simple it can be to do without? :D I too was a bread junkie, but I think it's just what my body was craving. Once I eliminated wheat gluten, I found I didn't miss bread or pasta nearly as much as I missed sauces that may have been thickened with flour. :p

I'll be interested to see what the PureFoods gluten-free breads are like. Some gluten-free breads out there are great, but most are just so-so, and I'd rather have something really fantastic for the same calories, usually. :D
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full of grace
12-27-2011, 05:15 AM
I'm not against BistroMD - but just wondering why that is what you have chosen. The meals on the website are super easy to cook. If you made it at home it would be even fresher, be fast, cheaper and save on ton of packaging materials.

I chose BistroMD in 2008 for reasons I detailed extensively at that time in a post here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/packaged-meals-clinics-nutrisystem-medifast-jenny-craig-etc/134490-bistromd-first-delivery-within-hours-gluten-free-too.html).

I'm sure anything is "super easy to cook" if you cook.

I do not cook. :D

I chose PureFoods in 2011 (just now) because they now offer a gluten-free plan. They did not in 2008. In fact, none of the home delivery services did, in 2008.

Since I've done the BistroMD thing (quite successfully) and would still have to just modify their existing plan (and it's more expensive), I decided to give PureFoods a try, as their meals have been well-reviewed online and I can simply order the gluten-free menu, rather than having to adapt one, like I did back in my BistroMD days, nearly four years ago, and that adaptation is more work than I have time for, frankly.

Is it because you are too tempted to buy other things at the grocery store if you were to do your own shopping, like chips and chocolate? I mean, this method seems to limit any choices you have to make as much as humanly possible - an approach similar to the biggest loser - the contestants can't exactly say "no, I don't want to exercise today" or turn down the healthy entrees.

No, it's not due to temptation at the grocery store. I don't shop, either. :D So, temptation in the aisles is a non-issue. (Oh, and BistroMD and The Biggest Loser merged after my BistroMD days in 2008; in fact, right around the time I was coming off BistroMD and going "on my own" for the rest of my journey, back then.)

I personally think we need to form closer relationships with healthy food itself - touching it, cutting it, preparing it..... I mean, in our industrialized world, we are already SO removed from our food - it comes in clean little white packages, quite different from its natural state. We aren't planting, we aren't cultivating, and now we aren't even choosing our food and cooking it? On the bright side, you'll have no dishes to wash!

Well, I think that's a lovely concept for anyone who wants to touch, cut, or prepare their own food. That ain't me, though. ;) I pretty much avoid the kitchen altogether.

I guess most people do actually live this way - but instead of choosing BistroMD, they are choosing McD's and other forms of carry-out and delivery!!

Not me. I cut out fast food in December of 2007 when I first started my weightloss journey, and was down 15 pounds in six weeks before starting BistroMD (again, this was years ago).

My problem is, I'll go hours and hours and HOURS without eating anything, unless I have something prepared and ready for me. So, since I don't have the luxury of my own private chef just yet, this is the next best thing. I've killed my metabolism by eating fewer than 800 calories throughout the day, and that's just not good for me.

So, having the prepared meals helps me just walk in, grab the right choice, and go! If I don't have that convenience, I won't make a "better choice" like an apple (or I will, but then that'll be all I eat for ten hours), I'll just not have anything, or I'll have cheese or something not so great for me.

As you go along, are you going to try to make a plan for how to proceed whenever you need to cancel your subscription to BistroMD?

Again, I've been off BistroMD since summer 2008, but assuming you want to know what my post-PureFoods plans are, I'll answer anyway, and I'll use my success post-BistroMD as a model, most likely.

As I came off BistroMD in the middle of 2008, I had already been doing two days per week "on my own" and actually a meal every two or three days on my own as well, and that meant I had a stockpile of BistroMD meals I could use to supplement my own choices, as I transitioned from BistroMD to my own "system," which was basically some calorie counting, lots of portion control, and making more good choices than poor choices (and making those good choices BETTER than the poor choices were BAD).

I had learned through BistroMD what the right amount of protein to carbohydrates should look like, and how to choose foods low on the glycemic index while still eating foods I enjoy.

I continued to lose weight this way for two solid years. It wasn't until summer of 2010 and a series of situations derailed all of my best efforts to eat well and I put 15 pounds back on.

Since then, it's just been a "creep back" of a few more pounds mainly due to the aforementioned lack of eating for hours and hours at a time, and then choosing tiny little things, rather than good, healthy, well-balanced meals with the right amounts of the right types of foods for healthy living.

As for my post-PureFoods plans, I don't tend to make plans for how something will end before it's even begun, so I suppose if I have to start thinking about something that'll take place months from now, I suppose I'd say the same strategy as the one I used post-BistroMD in 2008 worked pretty well and will continue to, as long as I stay strong when diet-derailing life situations present themselves, as they certainly tend to do, in life, sometimes. :)

I'm pretty excited to think that -- just by reminding myself that I *do* know how to do better for myself -- I'll enjoy the momentum and get going in that better direction, then continue to make good choices when I'm on my "on my own" days or dining out or enjoying something my wonderful partner has prepared for me.

I'm sorry if I'm being a debbie downer. I want you to reach your goals. I just have to ask these realistic questions, I'm wondering how you see your future and why you feel buying your own food and cooking it will not help you reach your goals.

I know for a fact that "buying my own food and cooking it" will NEVER work for me because I don't "do" the kitchen. It's not for lack of trying. Just like some people don't have the ability to play a musical instrument or carry a tune, no matter how much they enjoy music, I cannot cook, nor mix ingredients, nor prepare anything more complex than soup from a can (and even then, I'm bored endlessly while standing at the stove, stirring).

So, just like those who are tone deaf eventually stop frustrating themselves with attempts to sing in public, I learned (decades ago) that cooking is just one of the very few things in life at which I do NOT excel. :shrug: Doesn't mean I don't appreciate the art, nor enjoy meals lovingly prepared by those who DO enjoy the art of cooking. It's just not ever gonna be my thing.

And that's why I will always be choosing meals prepared by others (whether in restaurants or at home or via meal delivery service), because otherwise, I simply don't eat enough, and when I *do* eat, I don't eat the best things I could.

I'm interested in your diet - and do sincerely want to hear more about potential problems that may arise if you are on this plan.... as well as the problems you avoid that helps you succeed by doing this plan.

Hope this overview has helped with your understanding of my process!

I really did enjoy BistroMD when I was on it in 2008. I reviewed every meal I ate (with photos, too) at my 3FC blog, if you want to see any of the food (and not on their website, which makes it all look its very best, of course) or read my reviews on what I enjoyed and what wasn't as great.

I look forward to PureFoods and hope I'll have as much success with it (enjoying the meals, finding them fresh and easy to prepare, losing weight while on the program, re-learning the habits that keep me healthier all the time) as I did with BistroMD.

As for the "what if" that I get back down to the 170s (yay!) but then, two years later, after having maintained well, I start creeping back up again?

Well, that's what's so wonderful about this life of ours! We can't know now what's going to happen then, and all we can do is prepare ourselves as best we can to weather hard times by making choices that don't derail our goals, no matter how hard it gets (and, like now, for me, if it did get hard enough that our goals did get derailed for a bit, we're able to find our way "home" to better choices and habits that DO work for us, so we can get back on track and be healthier every day).

We shall see!
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full of grace
12-28-2011, 10:58 PM
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Just a quick update: I did my pre-diet weigh-in and measurements (I'll post them ALL at my blog), and I've updated my tickers and profile info to reflect the new starting point.

WAS 240 start, got down to 179.8 with waist starting point at 40", got down to 32".

Gonna keep the same goal points (170 for weight and 28" for waist), but it's wonderful to know I didn't undo ALLLLLLLL the good work I did in 2008, or any of the maintaining that happened in 2009, and the first half of 2010. :D Yay!

PureFoods tracker shows my food is on its way. I can't wait to begin! Making better choices already, just to get on the right track. Wii Fit this morning felt GREAT!
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full of grace
12-31-2011, 08:25 PM
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Hope everyone is having a great end of 2011 and start to 2012. :D

I have had my first three meals on PureFoods Fresh Start gluten-free and I'm very pleased. I've been taking photos and writing up reviews on my 3FC blog, and will get the photos uploaded soon, then make those review posts public (I am writing about each meal as I have it, though, to be sure I don't leave anything out. Just need to hook up the camera and get the images into the computer and then on the site).

Feeling really good and satisfied so far. The packaging was great, the food was delivered as scheduled and COLD (even some frozen spots) in secure containers which all weathered the trip well. So far, I haven't eaten anything I disliked (although one dish was too onion-y for me).

Will update you as I go. Wednesday is my official weigh-in day! Woo hoo!

Hope everyone is rockin'!
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full of grace
01-04-2012, 02:53 AM
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Okay! For those who'd like to read my reviews on EIGHT gluten-free PureFoods Fresh Start meals thus far, please come visit: http://www.3fatchicks.com/diet-blogs/fullofgrace/2011/12/24/purefoods-fresh-start-gluten-free (with photos). :)

I've also linked to Noodlebean's old reviews, because more info is good info. :) Not everyone's tastebuds work the same way.

Tomorrow is my weigh-in for the week, so wish me luck! I'm feeling good and I have not been hungry at all. I feel like I got my metabolism turned back on, and really, that's the best thing going! :D

Woo!
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full of grace
01-04-2012, 02:21 PM
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Okay! Week one weigh-in is as follows:

195.4 (up .4 lb.)

That would normally bum me out, for a "week one" weigh-in, but my clothes are fitting so well, I decided to get out the ol' measuring tape for a "waist check," as that tends to cheer me up, whenever I weigh "up" but have been working out.

Drumroll...

35.5" (down 2.5")

Yeah! I'll take it! That's awesome for one week!! Yay!

Hope everyone is having a great week! :D
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Healthhappy
01-06-2012, 01:02 PM
Hi -- I wanted to thank you because of your pictures and links (and noodlebeans) I'm confidently choosing Pure Foods over Bistro -- I'm not necessarily gluten free-- but more wheat free -- I thought I'd risk it over at Bistro and just say no pasta meals but. . . (chronic fatigue, swollen joints -- I just want to be well -- and less weight will help that more than anything!)

So, I'll be signing up when I'm back in town around the 19th. Look forward to it.

full of grace
01-06-2012, 06:37 PM
Hi -- I wanted to thank you because of your pictures and links (and noodlebeans) I'm confidently choosing Pure Foods over Bistro -- I'm not necessarily gluten free-- but more wheat free -- I thought I'd risk it over at Bistro and just say no pasta meals but. . . (chronic fatigue, swollen joints -- I just want to be well -- and less weight will help that more than anything!)

So, I'll be signing up when I'm back in town around the 19th. Look forward to it.

Oh, cool! We can check in on each other. :D

Yeah, the hard part about doing BistroMD and saying "no pasta," is that you're still gonna get dishes that have sauces thickened with flour, breaded things, even vegetables that have seasoning that is adhered using a coating of flour. Of course, that's a bigger issue for folks with full-on Celiac or a gluten allergy, whereas my situation is just that I'm so much healthier without wheat in my diet.

Sounds like that's the case for you too.

I have a few more meals that I've photographed, and delivery number two is due today! :D But my 3FC blog says that I've used 98% of my file upload allowance, so I have to figure out if that means deleting the old BistroMD photos or resizing everything or moving over to another site to have more space. Decisions, decisions!

I'm glad to know the food photos have been helpful! I know when I was shopping around, getting to SEE actual food (not just what's on the company's website) was a huge factor, and there's very little of that info out there, so I'm happy to add to it, so those who are trying to decide, now, have data that helps!

Safe travels!
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Healthhappy
01-07-2012, 06:55 PM
I started a blog as well -- and one on Word Press just so I can put as many pictures as I want. Pretty motivated by that gal I read yesterday around these forums 'somewhere' lol- lost 67 pounds: loved herself as much at the beginning as she did at the end. Pretty cool.

I am going to put up pictures this weekend. And even though I haven't actually 'started' and I think this is a lifestyle change rather than a temporary way to live -- I did get mostly protein snacks -- I have brown rice cakes (even though it's extruded and compressed-I'll blog about it eventually) and almond butter with organic apple slices from Costco (easy peasy those snack bags -- when I'm less fat and more healthy I'll take more care of the environment. -- My blood sugar isn't happy so I bought some L-glutamine to help with that. The holidays. It doesn't take much to tip that blood sugar scale and then start craving sugar -- I had one fast food meal last week and it just made me hungry for the rest of the day. Anyway I digress.
I'll let you know when I get my first package. We can be a thread of two! lol

A gal asked earlier why buy through a Packaged Meal program when you can fix it at home. Well, I used to love to cook -- but the kids are gone and I work in the art medium -- my creativity gets split when I cook. Also, truly it's the cutting and chopping -- for about two months I just want to eat what's put in front of me without thinking. I don't believe a diet should be thinking so much about food and the next meal. So for me I actually believe this will teach me how not to think about food the same way. I've already been to WW and all those other diets -- this isn't my first rodeo -- I don't think it's any of ours.

I also think the older I've got and the more I listened to diet guru's and went up and down -- and didn't listen to myself -- the more inflammation my body holds -- so my liver doesn't detox as well as it should -- so now I have to be more careful of what I eat -- well, thx for listening - Now I have blog material for today! Hopefully -between watching football and taking down the tree.

Take Care :)

full of grace
01-10-2012, 03:48 PM
I started a blog as well -- and one on Word Press just so I can put as many pictures as I want. Pretty motivated by that gal I read yesterday around these forums 'somewhere' lol- lost 67 pounds: loved herself as much at the beginning as she did at the end. Pretty cool.

That's awesome. I may move over to one of those free WordPress blogs, because I went through and looked at my stored photos from BistroMD and now PureFoods and I really don't want to delete any of them, because it's good info to have out there, when you're the one searching for info on a diet before sinking your money into it. I may try to get that done soon!

I *love* hearing about people who love themselves just the same through this process! That's so important.

I am going to put up pictures this weekend.

Ooh, get me a link when you can. :) I want to visit!

And even though I haven't actually 'started' and I think this is a lifestyle change rather than a temporary way to live -- I did get mostly protein snacks -- I have brown rice cakes (even though it's extruded and compressed-I'll blog about it eventually) and almond butter with organic apple slices from Costco (easy peasy those snack bags -- when I'm less fat and more healthy I'll take more care of the environment. -- My blood sugar isn't happy so I bought some L-glutamine to help with that. The holidays. It doesn't take much to tip that blood sugar scale and then start craving sugar -- I had one fast food meal last week and it just made me hungry for the rest of the day. Anyway I digress.

Snack bags are such a good way to handle snacks. Even for the ones you prep yourself! I love knowing "this is 100 calories" when I grab and go. Very smart!

I'll let you know when I get my first package. We can be a thread of two! lol

Works for me! Wishing you loads of good luck and I'm excited to cheer you on! I have *great* news. I'm down two pounds and my waist is down 3.5" since I started this 12 days ago! CRAZY! I love it! :D

A gal asked earlier why buy through a Packaged Meal program when you can fix it at home. Well, I used to love to cook -- but the kids are gone and I work in the art medium -- my creativity gets split when I cook. Also, truly it's the cutting and chopping -- for about two months I just want to eat what's put in front of me without thinking. I don't believe a diet should be thinking so much about food and the next meal. So for me I actually believe this will teach me how not to think about food the same way. I've already been to WW and all those other diets -- this isn't my first rodeo -- I don't think it's any of ours.

Yup. I'm with you, there. I know for a fact that diet delivery WORKS for me, and I just have to strengthen the muscle memory for making better choices, regularly, and then not let weight creep back on before getting back on track. I have been loving just going into the kitchen, opening the fridge, picking out the next meal, zapping it, and going from there. So easy. And it's totally worth it, for me. I'm eating better than I would on my own, for sure!

With VERY little exception, I'm loving every one of these PureFoods meals. I think I've eaten three things I won't order again, but I didn't *hate* them, just don't prefer them. That's pretty good.

I also think the older I've got and the more I listened to diet guru's and went up and down -- and didn't listen to myself -- the more inflammation my body holds -- so my liver doesn't detox as well as it should -- so now I have to be more careful of what I eat -- well, thx for listening - Now I have blog material for today! Hopefully -between watching football and taking down the tree.

Take Care :)

You too! Hope your team did well! :carrot: AND I hope you're off to a good start with PureFoods if your delivery has arrived. I had to tell them to NOT deliver my week three, because I'll be traveling and my goal will be to not undo the good stuff I've done in these first couple of weeks. And find ways to exercise while traveling. That'll be interesting!

Woo hoo!
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Healthhappy
01-11-2012, 10:30 AM
Hi Grace -- my little blog is http ://healthhappydiet.com/

I'm still waiting to officially start the eating plan until after my travel trip. Though I am sticking to mostly protein and Vegies. Scheduling my food to be delivered a week from Friday. Though I don't zap anymore -- tossed the micro-wave and will spare you the details. That's partially why I'm so glad PureFoods allows one to use a toaster over. The other pre-packaged don't.

I find when I travel and eat out a lot the best rule to implement is
food-combining. And re: exercise -- just stick to the 10 minute rule -- 10 minutes brisk walk when ever, where ever you can. And I (used to) do girl push-ups and sit-ups -- hits all the muscle groups and doesn't require special time management during a busy trip.

Have fun where ever you are going!

full of grace
01-21-2012, 04:56 AM
Hi Grace -- my little blog is http ://healthhappydiet.com/

Fantastic blog! Wow! :D Thanks for sharing. I've been trying to get mine moved over from the 3FC blogs to my own WordPress blog, but it's slow-going. I'm inspired by yours and I hope you're feeling better! Smart to rest.

I'm still waiting to officially start the eating plan until after my travel trip. Though I am sticking to mostly protein and Vegies. Scheduling my food to be delivered a week from Friday. Though I don't zap anymore -- tossed the micro-wave and will spare you the details. That's partially why I'm so glad PureFoods allows one to use a toaster over. The other pre-packaged don't.

Cool! I'm probably microwaving more than using the toaster oven, but there are definitely some foods that are better that way, so I'm glad to have options. I took a week off from delivery due to travel and now I'm back and, even though I gained weight on my trip (shocker) it was all gone two days later, and back on the plan. That's pretty impressive.

I'm really enjoying how much FIBER I get with this diet. Really cool!

I find when I travel and eat out a lot the best rule to implement is
food-combining. And re: exercise -- just stick to the 10 minute rule -- 10 minutes brisk walk when ever, where ever you can. And I (used to) do girl push-ups and sit-ups -- hits all the muscle groups and doesn't require special time management during a busy trip.

Have fun where ever you are going!

That's a smart tip! Thank you. I didn't see it before I left, but I'll be traveling a lot this year, so I'll try to keep at it. I just retain so much water when I'm on airplanes, and I really can't control so many of my food offerings at some of the places I visit, but I try to make the best choice THERE that I can. Better than nothing! :D

Hope This week was a good one! I'm excited to be home, back on the Wii Fit, back on the PureFoods, and hopefully getting my blog restored and out there soon.

I did update my tickers. Back down to where I was ten days ago on weight, down another half-inch on the waste. Yay! :carrot:
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Healthhappy
01-23-2012, 11:35 AM
HI Grace -- so glad you liked my blog! :) My enthusiasm has waned as this pinched nerve in my back is somewhat of a setback. I can't sit for very long over a computer typing!

I got my Pure Foods Box on Friday -- so exciting -- but I'm such a worry/perfectionist -- too much packaging, look at all this plastic that is not recyclable -- I have to keep telling myself weight and health FIRST!

Also, little miss negativity that I can be -- I counted calories for the day on the back of packages, 700-800 -- I was very uncharitable in my thoughts! "Sure anyone can loose weight that way!" Totally forgetting I wanted gluten free, no grocery shopping, just eat whats in front of me for two months - and I didn't order it with snacks.

Knowing that I swim and will need 1200 calories to lose weight -- I will add daily yogurt with or without 1/2 banana (and maybe 1/8 cup grapenuts depending on activity for the day) -- or apple and cheese stick -- almond butter on Ezikial bread -- or a Whey (Robbs) protein shake -- found a way to make one with raw almond butter, almond milk, water & ice that is REALLY good!

I tell you i've been walking more, sticking to more vegies -- very little salt, staying away from the popcorn at the movie theater, no going out to eat, stopping just before full, also I use butter or coconut or olive oil when I use a fat -- and my wedding ring is ready to drop off and a pair of jeans that 'just fit' could have been pulled straight off of me yesterday!! :)

small changes -- I almost feel undeserving -- my kids said, "mom, you've lost weight" and another person asked how -- I eat well, whole foods. Start walking, eat less - I don't know -- I'm just staying aware of my 'diet' of life.

So, I made my breakfast with a true skeptics lack of faith. Eggs, the vegie omelet -- has a foodie I'm thinking eggs! no one can make pre-cooked eggs taste good! Holy Cow was I surprised! I cooked in a small fry pan that was already seasoned with left-over coconut oil, put a lid on it on med-lo for about 4 minutes, threw the cheese on for another 1 minute, plated it and wha-la! I was totally shocked on how good it tasted.

A great start; I'm off to the races! Will do another weigh-in on Friday and see how far I've come. i'm almost afraid to as I've been going on how I feel and that scale can undermine that, but there has to be a measure for others to see if I'm going to blog about it.

I can't wait until you are back from your trip and we are both on the same page!

nitenic
01-24-2012, 01:59 AM
I ordered a Pure Foods Fresh Start package from Sam's... just the lunches and dinners. I am definitely pleased with the quality of the food. But I find I'm still hungry after dinner! Part of the problem may be that I'm not eating enough during the day so by the time I get home I'm starving, but it's hard to tell. Do y'all have anything else with or after dinner?

Thanks,
Nichole

full of grace
01-24-2012, 02:50 AM
HI Grace -- so glad you liked my blog! :) My enthusiasm has waned as this pinched nerve in my back is somewhat of a setback. I can't sit for very long over a computer typing!

Sending you }}}}vibes{{{{ for your back. :( I know that's tough. :hug:

I got my Pure Foods Box on Friday -- so exciting -- but I'm such a worry/perfectionist -- too much packaging, look at all this plastic that is not recyclable -- I have to keep telling myself weight and health FIRST!

I know. I went through that too. Then I realized all the lids, all the food containers, the box itself, that stuff is recyclable. Sure, the styro and the gel-packs, they're not, but I don't see me adding to the landfills like this forever (and certainly, this is better than fast food containers or a bunch of disposable coffee cups or other things I *don't* use). But... I know.

Also, little miss negativity that I can be -- I counted calories for the day on the back of packages, 700-800 -- I was very uncharitable in my thoughts! "Sure anyone can lose weight that way!" Totally forgetting I wanted gluten free, no grocery shopping, just eat whats in front of me for two months - and I didn't order it with snacks.

Right. I did that first math too and said, "OH! So we're barely hitting 900 calories a day with this stuff! Got it!" and then I added in milk and yogurt and fruit and veggies and *sometimes* a cocktail or two, which is a great way to be sure I don't feel deprived. :) So far so good. And yes, the convenience of not having to CHECK to see if there's wheat gluten... that's awesome.

Knowing that I swim and will need 1200 calories to lose weight -- I will add daily yogurt with or without 1/2 banana (and maybe 1/8 cup grapenuts depending on activity for the day) -- or apple and cheese stick -- almond butter on Ezikial bread -- or a Whey (Robbs) protein shake -- found a way to make one with raw almond butter, almond milk, water & ice that is REALLY good!

Fantastic plan! I like it!

I tell you i've been walking more, sticking to more vegies -- very little salt, staying away from the popcorn at the movie theater, no going out to eat, stopping just before full, also I use butter or coconut or olive oil when I use a fat -- and my wedding ring is ready to drop off and a pair of jeans that 'just fit' could have been pulled straight off of me yesterday!! :)

Wow! :eek: That's impressive! I love it! :D My wedding ring got loose too and that is so much fun, but my jeans are still "on" so I have a bit to go, even though my waist (not WASTE, as I said in a post above -- :o -- eesh) is lower. My hips are stubborn. ;) Hee!

I went out for dinner with a friend and found myself making REALLY good choices (like, REALLY good) and it felt great! Usually, I'm the one who says, "Oh yes! Let's get that appetizer and share it!" and this time, I said, "Oh, no. I'm fine with just my entree." :D That was nice.

small changes -- I almost feel undeserving -- my kids said, "mom, you've lost weight" and another person asked how -- I eat well, whole foods. Start walking, eat less - I don't know -- I'm just staying aware of my 'diet' of life.

So, I made my breakfast with a true skeptics lack of faith. Eggs, the vegie omelet -- has a foodie I'm thinking eggs! no one can make pre-cooked eggs taste good! Holy Cow was I surprised! I cooked in a small fry pan that was already seasoned with left-over coconut oil, put a lid on it on med-lo for about 4 minutes, threw the cheese on for another 1 minute, plated it and wha-la! I was totally shocked on how good it tasted.

I too was surprised by the quality of the eggs. Noodlebean -- a 3FC friend I made in 2008, here -- blogged about many of these diet delivery programs and she didn't enjoy the eggs from any of the programs, I think. So, I had braced myself not to enjoy the eggs. Turns out, they're GREAT! :D :p :carrot: So, yay!

A great start; I'm off to the races! Will do another weigh-in on Friday and see how far I've come. i'm almost afraid to as I've been going on how I feel and that scale can undermine that, but there has to be a measure for others to see if I'm going to blog about it.

Well, I understand that. I really do. I was afraid to step on the scales after my travel, because I really did think I had put on a BUNCH of weight. I just had NO exercise and some really bad food choices. Amazing, that just two days back on the proverbial horse and I was back to where I was before I left.

I think maintaining during travel is about the best I can hope for! :D

I can't wait until you are back from your trip and we are both on the same page!

Oh, I'm back and will be traveling again in mid-Feb. I have a trip per month set up, so it's a little bit predictable, but still something I'm hoping to come up with a good plan for managing.

Again, I hope you're feeling better and I'll let you know when my blog is up and running again. 'til then, we can check in here. I'm glad to have your support too!
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full of grace
01-24-2012, 02:57 AM
I ordered a Pure Foods Fresh Start package from Sam's... just the lunches and dinners. I am definitely pleased with the quality of the food. But I find I'm still hungry after dinner! Part of the problem may be that I'm not eating enough during the day so by the time I get home I'm starving, but it's hard to tell. Do y'all have anything else with or after dinner?

Thanks,
Nichole

Nichole, check the calories on your food packages. I'm on gluten-free, so I don't know if what you're buying at Sam's is the same, but my meals are all 240 to 370 calories, tops. So, I always do have to add a little something to my day, or I won't come close to 1000 calories, which would be unhealthy for me.

If I can get to more like 1200 to 1500, I'm better off, because I do try to exercise AT LEAST every other day, if not daily (depends on my travel). My metabolism won't even get cooking if I eat only 1000 calories per day.

I'm bummed you're not getting the breakfasts at Sam's. I'm surprised, but it's the breakfasts I seem to enjoy the most, from PureFoods, so far! Strange, because I'm so NOT a breakfast eater, generally, but hey, it's cool! :) I'll take it.

Good luck to you. Keep us posted!
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Healthhappy
01-24-2012, 10:17 AM
I ordered a Pure Foods Fresh Start package from Sam's... just the lunches and dinners. I am definitely pleased with the quality of the food. But I find I'm still hungry after dinner! Part of the problem may be that I'm not eating enough during the day so by the time I get home I'm starving, but it's hard to tell. Do y'all have anything else with or after dinner?

Thanks,
Nichole

Morning Nichole (and Grace!) -- Yay, a thread of three! Nicole -- get food in that tummy during the day!! :) Eat breakfast - even if it's only a cup of yogurt - stops my blood sugar from crashing, plus it tells your body to be hungry a few hours later so you eat during the day and not everything at night.
As Grace says I supplement with other food as well. Less than 1200 calories and my body will hold on to fat like there's no tomorrow! Yesterday was yogurt, apple, about 5 large strawberries and 2 cheese sticks. I was surprised at how hungry I wasn't last night (I think due to the GI type food served all day) -- But, when hubby cooked the smells had a definite impact on the body/mind thinking it was hungry when it wasn't and truly, food commercials should be banned after 8 pm! :) I never notice them until I am restricting my calories consciously.

Yesterday they sent two quinoa packages because they had to substitute for a dinner they didn't have so I had to get creative for dinner, plus I was a little hungry. I had some mushrooms and broccoli on hand and 1/2 sautéed them in broth and coconut oil (tsp) then added the dinner and some chipolte powder for some depth -- made for a hearty meal! I was craving a salad with dinner so I'll make sure I have some greens, celery and radishes in the fridge.

Good Luck! Look forward to your update!

Healthhappy
01-24-2012, 10:46 AM
Sending you }}}}vibes{{{{ for your back. :( I know that's tough. :hug:

That truly made me feel better!

but I don't see me adding to the landfills like this forever (and certainly, this is better than fast food containers or a bunch of disposable coffee cups or other things I *don't* use). But... I know.

Yes! Good points all. Guilt free again! thx


I went out for dinner with a friend and found myself making REALLY good choices (like, REALLY good) and it felt great! Usually, I'm the one who says, "Oh yes! Let's get that appetizer and share it!" and this time, I said, "Oh, no. I'm fine with just my entree." :D That was nice.

No kidding REALLY good choices! This is wonderful! :carrot: It's the kind of thing that is the intangible success/change. Wow, I could hear myself saying that the next time --


Well, I understand that. I really do. I was afraid to step on the scales after my travel, because I really did think I had put on a BUNCH of weight. I just had NO exercise and some really bad food choices. Amazing, that just two days back on the proverbial horse and I was back to where I was before I left.

I think maintaining during travel is about the best I can hope for! :D

Do your best -- you sound pretty confident and that goes a long way to making those great choices. Do you walk or drink extra water? that kind of thing? Or are you pretty much stuck with certain food fares?

Oh, I'm back and will be traveling again in mid-Feb. I have a trip per month set up, so it's a little bit predictable, but still something I'm hoping to come up with a good plan for managing.

You will! You are inspiring the heck out of me already!

Again, I hope you're feeling better and I'll let you know when my blog is up and running again. 'til then, we can check in here. I'm glad to have your support too!
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Looking forward to your blog! I'm much better today! I can finally wash & put my clothes away from my trip! :D

Putting pictures up of yesterdays' meals I hope today. So far I'm in the honeymoon phase of opening packages and eating -- couldn't help wonder how I'm going to feel pulling out one of those meals in a month -- so I've decided I have to find a way to keep it new and fresh. Maybe have three colored markers and quickly scribble happy faces and flowers on the meals (color code B, L, D) so when I pull them out I see my little mark of positive choice - later -

Must commit to a 10 minute walk today. So announcing it here for accountability.

Hope your day goes well!

full of grace
02-01-2012, 04:48 PM
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Eesh! I'm so far behind. I have all the photos and reviews loaded into my new WordPress blog, but I haven't finished the import from the old posts from my 3FC WP blog, and I want to put it all up at once, rather than a bit at a time. (Not sure why.)

But I have to say, I keep saying to my husband, "Ooh, I *so* like this food," and that's really fantastic, to be able to say at this point. I really look forward to some of the meals (some more than others) and there are only three that I've decided I just don't like (the chicken ones, mainly).

I worked out HARD this morning, and it felt great. I was expecting a high weigh-in, but not only was I down from last week, but my Wii Fit told me I had gone into "overweight" (from "obese") and I remember when that happened my first journey, here (I was also crossing from the 200s into "onederland," back then) and it is reason to celebrate.

I'm so excited about how good I feel. Gotta travel late next week, and yeah, I hope to do more walking and I always drink a TON of water (I actually don't drink sodas, teas, coffee, or anything other than water -- unless it's cocktail time, heh heh), so even though my food choices are limited, I think knowing I'm headed in the right direction otherwise, I may make even better choices on this next trip than I did in January, because I really don't want to undo the good I'm doing.

How's your back? I haven't had a chance to check your blog, but I really hope you're feeling great and that all is well! Heck, with EVERYONE reading this thread! Hope everything is going well! :carrot:

Here's to a short, but powerful, month of getting fit! Yay! :dizzy:

full of grace
02-02-2012, 06:11 PM
Experienced my first delivery snafu with PureFoods today (week five) and called customer service and (it seems) I rubbed the CSR the wrong way at some point.

Oy. Whatever. :p Bummed to not receive a breakfast (my favorite meal of the day that PureFoods does) that I love (one of my two favorite breakfasts) and hopeful the credit will show up as promised. Will keep an eye on that and let y'all know.

Still, really happy with PureFoods and working on getting my blog with photos back up and running, since I know the reviews are helpful to folks trying to decide on a plan. :carrot:

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full of grace
02-10-2012, 05:10 AM
Bleh. ANOTHER week with the exact same snafu. The exact same meal left out of the delivery.

I called, but it was after hours this time. Left a voicemail. We'll see. :p

Also kind of getting bored with the food. Not because it's not delicious (it really is), but because I only have so many options, and, well, I like variety. ;)

Headed out of town for a bit so we'll see where we go from here, but just wanted to update the situation. Hope everyone is rockin'!
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LaurenH
02-10-2012, 04:31 PM
I'm enjoying your progress reports, Grace. I've been doing PureFoods off and on for a long time, though not the gluten-free version. I've been getting a bunch of snafus lately, and today I had a talk with Susan in customer service. She's great, by the way. Anyway, she said they're changing their menu a bit, which the web site hasn't caught up with yet. Also, the shipping department installed some new software, and it's not working the way they thought it would. They're having a bunch of issues.

After my years (yes, years) of being on this program, this is the first time I've had so many shipping and supply problems. I hope they get them worked out soon. In the meantime, I'm thinking of trying another company's food. Was BistroMD as good as PureFoods? Better? Thoughts welcome. I've never done any home delivery program but PureFoods and am thinking I should remedy that.

full of grace
02-22-2012, 04:41 PM
I'm enjoying your progress reports, Grace. I've been doing PureFoods off and on for a long time, though not the gluten-free version. I've been getting a bunch of snafus lately, and today I had a talk with Susan in customer service. She's great, by the way. Anyway, she said they're changing their menu a bit, which the web site hasn't caught up with yet. Also, the shipping department installed some new software, and it's not working the way they thought it would. They're having a bunch of issues.

After my years (yes, years) of being on this program, this is the first time I've had so many shipping and supply problems. I hope they get them worked out soon. In the meantime, I'm thinking of trying another company's food. Was BistroMD as good as PureFoods? Better? Thoughts welcome. I've never done any home delivery program but PureFoods and am thinking I should remedy that.

Lauren, thank you for the perspective. This is very helpful. Just the idea that this is a NEW blip in a long history of good service helps me. I have suspended my delivery for a few weeks, though, because I had a backlog in the fridge and a trip out of town. Also was getting a little bored.

So, this week (back) will continue to be an "on my own" week and I'll get set up for another delivery next week, most likely. Thank you for letting me know this is a glitch you're experiencing too. I did get an email from Susan letting me know there will be another credit for the missing meal, but I replied to ask whether I should stop selecting that particular meal or WHAT. Never heard back. Hopefully they'll have the website set up with the accurate, available meals soon.

As for BistroMD, I loved it. Truly. It's the kind of food that was SO good (and SO to my liking, taste-wise) that I would've stayed on it forever, if they had had more gluten-free options *and* if money were no object (it is pretty expensive). Of course, I was on BistroMD in 2008 and toward the end of my delivery term with them, things were changing (and not for the better). The packaging was getting less sturdy, the portion sizes were getting smaller, and due to gas prices spiking, the delivery charges were going up too!

So, all around the time I was done with BistroMD, they looked to be having some "issues." I read about it all, here, but only experienced the very beginnings of it. No idea whether any of those issues still exist.

But I LOVED the food and found it really filling and fresh and tasty. Also, every customer service issue was dealt with SUPER fast. Credits for missing items, no problem. And because there was (is, still) no official gluten-free menu, the dietitian was really helpful in coming up with a plan that would work for my needs. Stellar service.

If you go back through the older posts at my 3FC blog (linked below and in the sidebar), you can see my photos of the BistroMD food (and some of the PureFoods Fresh Start food, in the more recent posts, of course), but again, that's all from 2008, so some of the meals may have changed.

:D

Here's to happy, healthy progress for us all! :carrot:

gingerlemongirl
06-27-2012, 03:28 PM
Are you still using the Pure Start GF foods program?? Would love to chat with you about it! I started using it a week ago, also GF, haven't met many other people who have used it... thanks for sharing the pics onyour blog, I'm referencing it in a blog post I'm currently writing! Will link to your blog!

full of grace
07-01-2012, 10:59 PM
Are you still using the Pure Start GF foods program?? Would love to chat with you about it! I started using it a week ago, also GF, haven't met many other people who have used it... thanks for sharing the pics onyour blog, I'm referencing it in a blog post I'm currently writing! Will link to your blog!

I haven't had a delivery in a couple of months. I got bored with the options -- even though they're all tasty (or at least all the ones I continued to order) -- because there were so few for me to choose from, week after week. So, to give myself a little variety, I went off for a bit, and I seem to be doing okay.

I still have some more photos and reviews and need to get 'em all posted at another blog location (I reached the max on the photo storage at the 3FC official blog site), but life gets in the way, y'know. ;)

Received a call from the PureFoods folks a couple of weeks ago that they've changed their menu and I should check it out. I logged on and saw two new gluten-free items that interested me, and the removal of one of my VERY favorite gluten-free items (boooooo) so I know I'll have to go back in and "shop" again, when I am ready to pick back up. Maybe later this summer. We'll see!

Hope things go well for you! Gluten-free eating is tough, but so worth it, for me! :D

Happy July! :carrot:
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