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Got a quick question: I need help planning a Nutrisystem diet meal plan? Hoping for any response. Second question.. I don't have.


But maybe, collectively, we can come up with strategies to stay "on plan" this week..

My first thoughts are....

Stay away from booze.

Portion control - a tablespoon of stuffing is better than a quart of stuffing.

No skin - on the turkey, you fool!.

Load up on salads (bring your own FF dressing!).

Dring water. When you've had enough, have some more.

Bring a Nutrisystem dessert with you and avoid that triple-chocolate-killer-cake.

Make a bet that you'll only eat if the Lions beat the Titans (this is sure to keep you on plan!).

Any other thoughts?..

asked Apr 21 at 14:01

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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could answer your Nutrisystem question..

answered Apr 21 at 14:16

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I may be in the wrong here, but I plan on eating all the tradition Thanksgiving stuff, just smaller portions and NO SECONDS!!.

Back to the normal routine on Friday, no biggie...

answered Apr 21 at 15:10

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I think the key is to plan ahead and research your choices. For example 1 cup or turkey meat is 220 calories, gravy 1/4 cup is 25 calories, stuffing 4 oz are 190 calories, a pumpkin pie slice is 372 calories (YIKES!!!!). You get the idea. Decide what you want to eat, then understand what portion size you can have, then enjoy. The calorie counts are from TheDailyPlate.Com. We had Thanksgiving at work last week and with planning I was still able to stay under 1600 calories for the day.


answered Apr 21 at 16:46

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I'm with badlionsfan. Thursday will mark my 2 week anniversary with Nutrisystem and 14 lb (15 by then?) loss. I figure to eat a bit of everthing at that meal and not obsess about it, knowing we'll be back on the wagon next day..


answered Apr 21 at 18:21

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Amen to this!.

I posted a thread a couple of months ago that had the same question and frankly, I have spent the last 5 months restraining myself and creating a new lifestyle. Thanksgiving isn't going to change that lifestyle. I'll eat what I want, when I want on Thanksgiving Day and then on Black Friday, I'll be right back on plan...

answered Apr 21 at 19:48

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My plan:.

Water. Small portion of the fixin's. Generous piece of turkey, no skin. Water. My own salad dressing and salad (my mom could burn salad if left to her own devices). Water.

1 glass of kick ass red wine. Water. And I am going to savor every bite. Every sip of water or wine. Every word from every one.

Then I will thank God again for all the blessings in life..

Somehow, I doubt the speed eaters in the family will get it..

Oh, and I am going to really enjoy the after-dinner walk with my wife...probably with a nice Ashton or St. Luis Rey..

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!..

answered Apr 21 at 21:10

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My plan includes small portions, no seconds, frequent sips of water and a trick. After every bite of food I take, I am going to put down my fork and watch five other people take two bites. I've done this before and it works..

Happy lean Thanksgiving...

answered Apr 21 at 21:52

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I plan on working the dinner into my plan as much as possible. Still eating 6 times and drinking lots of water but moving things around to fit in with Thanksgiving dinner at 2. So I'll have a normal Nutrisystem breakfast and lunch but TS dinner will include my carbs, protein, and fruit from the morning..

Only thing off plan will be a very small piece of pumpkin pie and some green bean cassarole instead of plain green beans..

And then finish it all off with an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill on Friday..

answered Apr 21 at 22:54

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I guess that I want to issue a warning to those of you who are going to "cheat". If you've been on plan for months and months, and if you've done really well on the plan and haven't cheated, yeah, call it a day off..

If, on the other hand, you're new to Nutrisystem or have cheated enough so that the diet has stalled, maybe you should try to not cheat now. With holiday parties and Christmas and New Years coming up, you'll be tempted for a month and a half now. It's time to break the cycle and have some will-power. Nobody said this would be easy..

It's time to MAN-UP and prove to yourself that you can resist the urge to splurge!.

Some of the ideas posted here are really good...

answered Apr 21 at 23:09

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Thought this info might be helpful to you guys. I know it is for me..

It was posted by libra2458 on another board. I know I will be referring to it on Thursday Hope it helps..

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Her Post:.

I found this on the boards a few days ago. It was sent to a member by PamSB. Below is our guide to recommended portion sizes for dishes served at a customary holiday dinner, and the average calories that you can count on getting for each. It's not to say that you should eat eveything on the list but it's to help you make the best choices. Consider it a holiday meal deal that can keep your diet on track..

Turkey (white meat) 3 oz, Approx. Calories 133.

Mashed potatoes 1/4 cup , Approx. Calories 75.

Stuffing 1/4 cup, Approx. Calories 90.

Gravy 1/4 cup, Approx. Calories 25.

Sweet potatoes 1/4 cup , Approx. Calories 100.

Green Beans (steamed) 1 cup , Approx. Calories 40.

Cranberry sauce 2 Tbsp., Approx. Calories 40.

Roll (no butter) 1 ,Approx. Calories 90.

Pumpkin Pie (no whip) 1/8 of an 8" pie, Approx. Calories 190.

Wine 4 oz., Approx. Calories 90.


answered Apr 21 at 23:42

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To me, cheating would be eating 3 plates of food and 2 big slices of pie..

My plan is to eat small portions of whatever I want, including a small piece of pie after dinner. Consider it a test. You can't hide from food for the rest of your life. You need to be able to take what you've learned from Nutrisystem and apply it to the real world. Again, just my opinion...

answered Apr 22 at 00:34

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You've hit on an important point don't skip meals earlier in the day because you're trying to "make up" for the extra calories you might eat at the big dinner. That will only leave you hungry when confronted by that loaded table, and you're much less likely to make the good choices you need to stay on track...

answered Apr 22 at 01:21

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I am with most of you in the just eating in. But I really see where lfeder is coming from, I have been falling of the wagon as of late, and this will just be one more excuse day. One thing I think this shows all of us is how much we have to learn to live our life when we get to maintenance. I have been lucky so far that all my cheating has not equaled gaining much weight but it has slowed my rate of loss..

So have a happy thanksgiving and drink extra water to flush all the bad away...

answered Apr 22 at 02:57

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I'm with you, Bad. Its like the guys going ape because someone wrote they had a popcorn at the movie theater. Once a month won't make any difference, neither would twice a month, it's what you do the other 28 or so days that matters..

This will be my second Thanksgiving while being a Nutrisystem customer and weight-loser in general. I'll do the same as last time. Eat some turkey without gravy, eat a small portion of the vegetable dishes (understanding they aren't qualified to be OUR vegetable servings, lol). And drink ice cold water. 'Natch..

What won't I touch? Any kind of potato. Any kind of desert. Stuffing. Gravy. Vegetable dishes with heavy sauces. I think after a while we know what we can eat and what we can't...

answered Apr 22 at 03:03

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Agreed on this one - new members and those who have stalled their program should really be careful tomorrow because it can be real easy to just say "screw it" and go crazy..

I know I said I plan to eat what I want, when I want on Thanksgiving, but I meant within the confines of my new lifestyle..

One of the reasons I have stuck to this plan very vigilantly (2 days off plan sinc July) is to develop the habit of knowing how much to eat and what my limits are. I wanted to be able to approach a holiday and not have to think about how much I'm eating or how many calories there are in this or that. Instead, I wanted to be able to enjoy myself, eat what I want and not be afraid of the scale the next morning..

The day off is not so much a day off, but a day to allow myself to enjoy home-cooked food, to test my new lifestyle, and to give thanks for losing nearly 50 pounds. Friday, it is right back on plan until I run out of Nutrisystem food (I can't afford to buy any more) and then an attempt to reach my goal with healthy eating...

answered Apr 22 at 04:12

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I just wanted to say congratulations to everyone who's posted here. I believe the key for all of us is planning. If you stick to YOUR plan you'll do great. It's not the food we plan to eat that gets us in trouble - it's the food we eat just because we decide spurr of the moment that will do us in. So even if you plan to go off plan - it's important to say for how much and how long. What does it mean and what are the consequences.

If you make a plan and stick to it - you'll be a happy camper on Friday - otherwise you'll have embarked on that famous slippery slope!..

answered Apr 22 at 04:25

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Assuming a 1:00 PM EST Turkey, T minus 28 hours. I'm ready. Are you?..

answered Apr 22 at 04:57

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It's really great to get up from the table and have accomplished what you've pre-planned to do, i.e. eat reasonably, enjoy family and friends and stay on plan. So at T+2, you're where you planned..

Think about it. It's only food and only wonderful for less than a minute...

answered Apr 22 at 05:44

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I hope that everyone enjoys tomorrow. It's about family, football and yeah, food. Thanks Litenuptome for that list of food portions. I came here with the following copied from the "Daily Dose":.

So, Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Here's hoping that you enjoy the day and stay in control...

answered Apr 22 at 06:41

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Thanks for the visual aid lfelder, it helps to control the portion if you know the size it should be...

answered Apr 22 at 06:49

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Let's think about this......

We have a few coaches out there..

You're in the locker room and you're talking to the team......

"This is what we trained for, What we're all about, The big game, The one thing thing we want to win. Now get out there and fight".

"Have fun and enjoy a GREAT THANKSGIVING, stay healthy and eat sensibly!"..

answered Apr 22 at 07:41

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Once again you are dead on with your observations..

The times that I've fallen off the wagon are always the impulse times. I'd never examimined it in that way before, but it makes perfect sense to remind myself of that fact as I'm going into the the holidays and vacation..

When I plan, I keep losing, when I don't, I end up setting myself back..

For myself,.

I went ahead and packed a Nutrisystem lunch today instead of the company spread. I'll go and enjoy their company while eating a salad and chicken noodle soup...but overall I'll be good today and feel less guilty with the family tomorrow before we head to the airport..

Tomorrow I'm going to at least allow myself a thin slice of pie but with no whipped cream or ice cream....

But, no seconds and no getting talked into "oh try this too...".

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!.

(And that applies to all of you here...)..

answered Apr 22 at 08:15

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I just want you guys to be careful no matter what you do. I wouldn't.

Hold anything against anybody for tomorrow.... Most of you have probably.

Earned it. What I will say however, is that if you do over do it on the.

Carbs, be aware that you're gonna have one heck of a carb hang-over.

Later on. Since your body has gotten used to a lot less of them over.

Time, it's quite a shock to the system. Trust me I know!..

answered Apr 22 at 08:40

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Fortunately, I live alone and I killed off my family years ago, at a Thanksgiving dinner. So, I'm having BBGG, WW cereal w/ FF milk and a banana, Cheesy potatoes w/green onions, Salad w/Walden's cal free, some extra fruit and Tenderbeef w/vegetables w/fresh sauteed mushrooms in ICBINB. All NS, all day long. Same (softserve) chit, different day!..

answered Apr 22 at 10:03

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Good for you Damon! I think. I would invite you over, but I don't think you could get here in time..

One good thing for me is that I'm not that much of a sweets or pie eater, so I'll eat the turkey, stuffing, mashed taters and veggies, but probably no dessert..

The thing I miss most being on Nutrisystem is home cooking, so I'll enjoy tomorrow and get right back to it on Friday...

answered Apr 22 at 11:20

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Re: "How to avoid Thanksgiving Pig Out".

I still don't have a clue, but it was GLORIOUS! (Burp).


PS- Tom, I appreciated your comments. I planned to enjoy this one meal with lots of family where I do most of the cooking.. and appreciating. It's pretty much a tradition with us and after I wake up from my nap and digest this mess, I'll be back on program, no problem. I am amazed by how easy Nutrisystem has been for me and I don't mind a minor setback at this point. It was worth it!..

answered Apr 22 at 12:48

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