Is it Possible to Eat the Medifast Way Without Buying the Food?

I recently had someone contact me and tell me that she was very impressed with what she’d been reading in her research about the Medifast diet. She felt that something similar might work for her, but she hesitated to spend the money on the diet’s food. She wanted to know if it was possible to eat similar foods with items she was able to buy from the grocery store. This is a relatively common question that I had myself. And previously, I did try to accomplish something similar. I will discuss this more in the following article.

What You’d Need To Accomplish If You Were Trying To Eat The Medifast Way On Your Own: One big reason for the success that most people have on this diet is that it is able to get you in ketosis where you are rapidly burning your own fat. You’re typically able to do this because the calorie to carb to protein ratio is so specific and favorable. I know from experience that it’s quite a challenge to come up with foods that are going to meet this criteria. And, if you are able to do so, it’s generally pretty expensive and time consuming.

Also keep in mind that you’ll be eating six times per day. When you’re on this diet, you eat five of the plan’s prepackaged meals and then you make one larger main meal on your own. This is necessary for a couple of reasons. First, eating so often helps to keep hunger at bay and it keeps your metabolism humming along for ketosis purposes. And yet, while you’re eating so much, you’re also only taking in around 1,000 calories per day. Not only that, but the carb to protein ratio is mostly kept at even.

If you’ve not yet researched the foods that you’re going to use to accomplish this, I can tell you that the “safe” goods under this umbrella are difficult to come by. Many will have way too much sugars and carbs which isn’t friendly to ketosis. It’s common to compensate for low amounts of calories and fat with additional sugar so that the taste is still pleasant.

I’ll look at Medifast’s new brownies as an example of what you’d need to accomplish. This product has only 110 calories and 2 grams of fat. There are 15 grams of carbs, but this is balanced out with a very high 11 grams of protein. There are only 8 grams of sugars and 4 grams of fiber. Even if you look at health food stores, it’s going to be quite difficult to find a comparable product with so much protein and fiber. And, even if you do, you’re likely to find that it’s more expensive and you’d still have to come up with four similar meals for the day.

I know that many people research DIY Medifast because they think that by “doing it themselves” they’re going to save some money. But in my experience, this just isn’t the case. If you use the good Medifast coupons, your cost per meal for Medifast is just over $2 per meal. It’s extremely difficult to come up with meals that costs less than this, especially since you will need a lot of specialty ingredients. I tried something similar when I was on the zone diet. Not only do I think that I never ever got close to the calorie to carb to protein ratio of Medifast, but I also know that I spend a lot more than $10 per day for 6 meals.

That’s not to say that if money isn’t an issue and you just like to cook that you can’t come up with something that has a low amount of calories and carbs while packing in high amounts of fiber and protein. I’m sure that this probably is possible for at least a few meals per day. But, I also suspect that it would be quite time consuming, expensive, and challenging. However, I’m generally someone who doesn’t have a lot of patience and who prefers convenience.

Breaking The Food Addiction – Whose Fault Is It?

What if I told you that it’s NOT your fault that you’re addicted to food? What if you discovered that the food companies you trust, are purposely altering their food in ways that cause addiction? What if I also told you that junk foods, even some that are being passed off as health foods are as addictive as cocaine or nicotine, and are causing widespread compulsive eating? Well, guess what, I am telling you that. This is not a misprint. You are reading what I am saying accurately. Foods with chemical additives are causing you to be addicted to eating.

Just like chemicals in drugs have addictive properties, so do chemicals used in food products. Your body does not know exactly what to do with them, but it does metabolize the chemicals, which produce different effects on your body and mind, and then you literally become physically dependent on these chemicals to feel normal. Scientific studies have proven that rats given these chemicals will binge on the chemicals when given the choice to do so. (They become obese too!) Not only that, the rats in the study would go to any lengths to get to that addictive substance. So, now that you know that, what can you do?

As they say, when you know better, you do better! Now that you know that you are addicted to these processed foods, it is time to fix the problem. The first step is to accept that you have an addiction, a real addiction just like any other addict. It’s not your fault that you cannot stick to small portions of these foods, any more than an alcoholic can have “just one glass of wine.” Remember, these chemicals in processed foods are there on purpose, to intentionally addict you to them! So, you must give them up. Like an addict, you must go cold turkey and take it one day at a time so that your body can detoxify itself.

You don’t have to go hungry, you simply must give up processed foods. Just replace any processed foods with unaltered, whole, natural organic food. Read the labels, if they have a litany of chemicals put it down and move on to the next item. Today, you can get organic whole foods at Wal-Mart and Target, therefore there is no reason to put any sort of processed, chemically enhanced foods into your body, ever. There are too many good choices you can make for yourself to keep doing it. Today is the day to make the change.

An Overview of Common Food Product Contaminants

An aspect of food plant sanitation procedures is the identification of common contaminants. These are the common contaminants known in the food processing and manufacturing industry.

Microorganisms

Food-borne diseases exist, primarily due to pathogenic bacteria. Consumers have been warned to properly store their food and to prepare it appropriately to avoid diseases that occur due to infection. Common disease-causing microorganisms are Salmonella, E. coli, and L. monocytogenes. L. monocytogenes are a primary concern of sanitation professionals because basically, it exists everywhere. This type of bacteria can infect the whole food manufacturing plant. Salmonella and E. coli can become dangerous, too, when they proliferate in the site. These bacteria may not necessarily destroy food products, but their presence in them can lower their shelf life. The good thing is that these microorganisms can easily be killed through thorough cooking.

Aside from the pathogens mentioned above, there are other agents that can cause food spoilage. These are yeast, mold, Pseudomonas, and Lactobacillus. These can be eradicated through appropriate food plant sanitation procedures.

Biofilm

While microorganisms mentioned above are easy to get rid of, there is another biological contaminant, but this one gives a challenge in sanitation. A biofilm forms when surfaces are not cleaned thoroughly. Unclean surfaces may provide a favorable environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. The bacteria may trap microscopic debris and nutrients. As they grow in number, they form a biofilm, which covers surfaces that may appear clean to the naked eye. Food products that come in contact with contaminated surfaces become filthy too. Biofilms pose risk in manufacturing. They are not easy to get rid of because they adhere to surfaces effectively. Removal involves proper rinsing, cleaning, mild scrubbing, and application of sanitizers. The formation of biofilms can be prevented by cleaning equipment and utensils right after production. Many food manufacturers hire food plant cleaning services to make sure that even the stubborn microorganisms are eliminated.

Chemicals

You probably thought that contaminants are only microbes, but there are others, such as chemicals. There are many possible sources of chemical pollutants, like cleaning solutions and food ingredients. One can get rid of unwanted substances by cleaning the equipment after usage. Residues during the previous manufacture contain elements used. These elements remain on the equipment surface unless thorough cleaning and rinsing is done. Even organic substances, like protein, can contaminate food products that are next in line.

Lubricants used to run equipment smoothly may also come in contact with food being processed or manufactured, although the chances of that happening may be low. Excess oil on machines should be detected before production starts. Hence, regular inspection of equipment is essential.

Other Contaminants

There is a chance that friction between surfaces during the production process could create metal fragments that may be introduced to the food being processed. Other possible contaminants are insects, hair strands, and even foreign matter. Such contamination is most probably a result of gross negligence on the part of the workers. However, food manufacturers are quite stringent with their hygiene policies. Workers are supervised to make sure that they enter the work site neat and in proper attire. This is on top of making sure the facility is clean before, during, and after production.

Diabetic Foods to Avoid – Discover the Foods That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Diabetic Condition

If you have diabetes, it’s important that you adjust both your lifestyle and your diet by learning which diabetic foods to avoid. Diabetes is a condition caused by a lack of insulin production within your body which is normally created by your pancreas. This is an important function since it’s responsible for turning your glucose into energy. If you’re diabetic, then you need to pay particular attention to your eating habits and try to eat foods that have high amounts of fiber and are low in fat. If you can, you should also avoid carbohydrates as they are not recommended for people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a world-wide problem so it’s no surprise that foods that are ideal for diabetics can be readily found. But the catch is that many doctor’s will warn you that buying these types of diabetic foods without proper planning can cause more harm than good. If you’re not careful, some of these food products can have high fat content and can even be very expensive to purchase.

Creating A Plan

As a diabetic, you need understand the importance of eating a healthy diet. By working closely with a nutritionist, you can have a custom made diabetes meal plan created just for you. They can plan all your meals regardless of whether they are the major meals or simply snacks. Sticking to this type of plan can do wonders in effectively controlling your blood glucose levels.

Once your diabetic meal plan has been created, use it as a guide for your daily diet. Most solid diabetes diets will include lots of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits as major parts of each meal. Proteins are another essential part of any diabetes diet plan and should include as many lean meats as possible. Low-fat dairy products can also be included as long as you don’t over do it.

Diabetic Foods to Avoid

OK, so what foods should you avoid as a diabetic? Let’s start with everyone’s weakness – sweets! Anything with lots of sugar should be avoided as well as foods with lots of salt. Eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure which is not something you want as a diabetic. You also want to avoid saturated fats as much as possible. Foods with high saturated fat can lead to cardiovascular problems which many diabetic patients already have. Some of the foods that typically contain saturated fats are butter, dairy products, anything that is fried, and even margarine.

In addition to avoiding foods that are full of saturated fat, try to use low-fat or skim milk choices. You also must avoid eating fried foods at all costs. Stick with lean meats including lots of fish which can be steamed, grilled, or even broiled to keep it a healthy menu option. And it goes without saying, reduce your alcohol intake or eliminate it entirely from your diet if at all possible.

Learning how to eat the right foods can help you successfully manage your diabetic condition and will ultimately lead to a longer and healthier life. Don’t procrastinate and tell yourself that you will get around to eating healthier next week or next month. Take that important first step and you may be surprised at how much difference a successful diabetic meal plan can make to your life.