Can we eat outside food during Nutrisystem?

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I'm a little confused..I thought that we are supposed to eat just the nutrisystem food but now I'm seeing that there is outside food...Help! How do I do this!..

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Your question was: Can we eat outside food during Nutrisystem?.

Yes, you add fruits and vegetables and dairy and protein and salads and fat to your NutriSystem-provided entrees. Complete instructions come with your food, and you can access your Meal Plan by going to MY PROGRAM above and hitting OVERVIEW. The Counselors are available 24/7 to answer questions you will have about your plan and the additional foods. (1-800-321-8446, Option 4).

Just as an example, here is my typical day for a Woman who is on the 1200 calorie a day plan (under 100 pounds to lose, under 60 years old):.


NutriSystem Low-Fat Granola mixed with 3/4 cup blueberries and 8 oz yogurt for a Breakfast Parfait (Entree/Fruit/Dairy or Protein) The Granola can be eaten first with 1/2 cup milk (that is not the Dairy/Protein serving, it goes with the cereal), then have the fruit and yogurt an hour or so later (I have 6-7 "meals" a day doing this)..


NutriSystem Lunch Entree or Bar, Small Can Sodium-Free V-8 Juice or a HUGE Mixed Green Salad with FF dressing, 1/2 cup FF Cottage Cheese or a small, 80 calorie can of Tuna (Entree/Salad/Protein or Dairy). I usually have the salad, then the bar about an hour later..


Small Apple and String Cheese (Fruit/Protein or Dairy).


NutriSystem Entree (different one each night, I usually only repeat an entree 2-3 times a month, but you can have the same thing more frequently if you like), 2 Servings of Veggies (usually broccoli and cauliflower for me, but any veggies you like...remember, however, that peas and corn are carbs, not veggies), Mixed Green Salad with 0 Calorie Walden Farms Dressing.


NutriSystem Double Chocolate Almond Cookie or Dessert Bar with 1 Teaspoon Peanut Butter (Dessert/Fat)..

Raw celery and zucchini to munch on if needed, SF Popsicle, SF Jello, also.

You can eat up to 3 servings of "free foods" of under 20 calories each per day. Even 1 cup of air-popped popcorn works..

I generally keep on hand a bag of Mixed Greens salad, a box of sliced mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, string cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, apples, bananas and frozen blueberries.

You will also need to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day...

Comment #1

Dear PamSB,.

Your message was so helpful! That was what I needed was a pattern to follow. A "visual aid" so to speak!" I have been at this for about 3 weeks now and have lost about 12 pounds. I am already feeling lighter and better. Clothes looser! yea! But! I still have about 60 pounds to go though so I need all the suggestions I can get! I don't want to get bored with the foods. I have found I do great with everything but the Nutrisystem dinners. They aren't really tasty to me for some reason. Any suggestions as far as seasonings, etc? Thank you again...

Comment #2

You can use spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg and curry), you can use the myriad Mrs. Dash varieties of salt-free seasonings, you can use hot sauce, herbs (basil, dill, etc.), you can use GARLIC, pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, Greek Seasoning, Cajun Seasoning, tabasco sauce, on and on and creative, have fun!.

Congrats on the great loss!..

Comment #3

Hello and welcome to NS!.

You'll find our members are very supportive and helpful! You may want to visit Dietitians Corner..

Another helpful tool is the Search Feature. Click on "Search" then Click on Advanced Search. Many topics have already been discussed and answers shared..

Have a nice day!..

Comment #4

On entrees that you have to add a carb, what are the guidelines? It only says small whole wheat roll but how small is small???..

Comment #5

Gltrbug - any whole grain roll/bread/tortilla, etc that is 80 to 120 calories. You can also substitute with a low GI carb serving in the meal planner...

Comment #6

You already got the info from Pam and others..

Just wanted to say hello and say good luck...

Comment #7

Well thank you! I read your story and I want to tell you that you made my heart swell! You are a beautiful person, inside and out!! I am so proud of you and you definitley gave me inspiration!.

Thanks for popping in and wishing me luck! Hope to visit with you again!.

Have a great day and upcoming weekend!.

~ Nola..

Comment #8

Pam I don't know your story but since I have walking issues your post was an encourgement to me...

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