I signed up for NutriSystem. Originally I joined because I was having a hard time getting meals all the time, always trying to figure out what to eat. it was stressful and I was spending ALOT of money eating out cause I could never figure out what to eat. I wish I had a chef to cook for me 3 times a day but since I can’t afford that I just need to have food always readily available for each of my meals. I was tired of eating oatmeal every day for breakfast and then every day trying to figure out what to eat for lunch and dinner. I had resorted to going to the employee restaurant at my job everyday which has HORRIBLE food. awful food. Then for dinner I was either eating out every day or getting these ready-made dinners from H.E.B. that cost $7 – $10 per dinner which was getting expensive. I don’t cook, I only warm up food and use microwaves. So I just was running out of options.
So I looked into Jenny Craig and NutriSystem to have meals delivered. Jenny Craig was almost twice the price of NutriSystem and NutriSystem actually fell into my $400 monthly food budget so I ordered.
My first month of meals cost $316.98. That’s because I had a $20 off coupon. Also free shipping! I chose a plan where I could pick all my food since I am picky with what I will eat. I was disappointed that I signed up for a month of food but they only gave me enough food for 17 days. I contacted customer service about that and they said this is normal and that on the second month I’ll get enough food for 24 days. That’ll still have me without food for 4-6 days a month but it’s better. My food arrived within a week of ordering. It came in two separate shipments, one for frozen food and one for non-frozen. I received Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. All the food is labeled for the type of meal it is so no confusion when to eat what.
I finished my first week of food. Theres been some hits and misses as far as taste goes. I’ve loved ALL the frozen food I’ve ordered but some of the non-frozen food is not too great. For example; I ordered cheese puffs for a snack, they were awful however the next day for a snack I tried the smoky BBQ chip snack rounds and those were delicious. Same as the dry food lunches. They come in little paper cartons and barely seem like enough food. Anyway I warmed up the three cheese and chicken pasta and it was awful, not even edible, I threw it away. I ended up eating a SNICKERS that day for lunch cause I had no options except the vending machine. But today for lunch in the lil paper carton I had black beans and rice and it was good. Today my dinner was chicken and bbq beans. It was not great. The curious thing about that dinner is that it was a non-frozen food. I’m scared to find out how there can be a half chicken breast in a package that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or frozen. the breakfast Turkey and Egg English Muffin is good but the muffins are just ok. You can customize your food plan for the next month so that you do not re-order food you don’t like.
So since I ordered this meal plan just to have food readily available to me when I needed and to save money, it was a bonus to realize it’s mostly low-calorie and high protein. I’ve tracked my calories this week and I’ve definitely lowered my calories. I’m hoping to keep my calories between 1200 – 1700 a day. If I do that I will actually lose a little weight. Yesterday I only ate 1200 calories even though I had 3 nutrisystem snacks including the yummiest ice-cream sandwich. the day before that I ate 1,780 calories but that’s because i stopped at starbucks and ate junk because my sister forced me to go to Target before I could get home for dinner and I was starving.
Speaking of starving, I am a little hungry on this meal system, particularly at night after dinner. I’ve been eating these Nutrisystem – Crush Bar-peanut Butter Chocolate, but I ate my last one today. They sent me this extra box of that and some protein shakes. Also I’m going to run out of snacks cause I eat at least 2 of them per day. The snacks are generally REALLY good. I take one to work and I eat one after dinner.
I’m not following the Nutri Sytem weight loss plan, that involves adding at least four servings of non-starchy veggies to your meals but I don’t feel like preparing and cooking vegetables or paying more money for salads and all that. Also they recommend you supplement your foods with PowerFuels (like nuts and nut butters, lean meats and dairy), SmartCarbs (like fruits, whole grains and bread) and Extras (like salad dressings or coffee creamer) . Right now it’s just really easy to plop a meal into the microwave and eat that. If I have to prepare vegetables or buy additional food that takes away the whole point of me buying this in the first place which was to make my life easy and save money. The only thing I buy now is 15 calorie juice and zero calorie diet tea. I drink water at work. I stopped buying the junk food from the vending machine and don’t drink the soda as much. I only drank one can of soda all this week.
Overall this is so much better than what I was doing before because now I know I have food to eat and I don’t need to eat out so much.