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Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
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I'm just about to start P90x and want to use the Portion Approach method in the nutrition plan. My calorie plan is the level III (3000 cals) which, for example, means I can have 9 portions of protein. Can I use frozen entrees (Lean Cuisine, WW, etc) for these and if so, how do I allocate what I'm eating to a portion? Should I just do it on a calorie basis (so eg a 290 calorie entree has 100 cals from protein so therefore it's 1 portion), or can any of the weight watcher points or exchanges be mapped to the portions, maybe 1:1 or 2:1 or whatever?

Also, how do you count a recovery drink, such as a shakeology or whey protein shake against portions?

many thanks for your help
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/28/12 6:12 PM as a reply to jeff320.
Hi Jeff,

I would recommend staying away from those pre-made pre-packaged meals. the closer you can stay to one ingredient foods the better. the ingredients in those meals and the nutrients are not worth the convenience. It's very easy to make healthy meals that can be packaged for travel. (if that's what you are going for)

Is it the convenience of preparation or travel you are looking for?

Part of this new road you have chosen to drive includes not only losing weight (I am assuming) but also to be healthier and that includes eating food with few ingredients (ie broccoli only has 1 ingredient = broccoli!)

I hope this helps, if you'd like some ideas on meals that are easy to cook, inexpensive to make, or travel well let me know.

Feel free to Buddy request me as well! I love to hear how people are doing.

Donna
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/28/12 6:15 PM as a reply to jeff320.
If I recall correctly the nutrition guide says you can do frozen meals but no more then one a day and to keep the sodium under 600 MG if possible (Again little fuzzy but I think that was about it) I did it with the portion approach as well for the first few weeks but it was not adding up. I ended up getting a myfitnesspal.com account and modifying the goals to match the nutrition plan and that ended up being much easier to track and adjust when needed. I have been doing it ever since and have lost a tone of weight and toned up since. Check out my profile.

Justin
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/28/12 6:21 PM as a reply to CoachDonna12.
Thanks Donna, I appreciate the support. I understand what you mean about one-ingredient foods. I just got back from the supermarket with enough stuff that I think I can at least survive the first day. After I posted I realized how small the carbohydrate part of the plan is, and how a frozen entree would probably have too many carbs to work. I think the most complex thing I got was a Boca burger - the plan says OK on soy/veggie burgers so I think it's OK. I'm starting the program tomorrow but dreading the photos I need to take.
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/28/12 6:27 PM as a reply to CoachBumpusBurn.
Thanks Justin. Yeah, the sodium on the frozen entrees is very high so I guess that's another reason not to do it. I bought some grilled skinless chicken breast to get me through a day or so and I'll avoid any entrees. I checked out your profile. If you don't mind my asking, what's your height/weight in the red shirt photo? You've really made a lot of great progress. What weight were you when you shifted from just dieting to P90x?

thanks
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/28/12 6:41 PM as a reply to jeff320.
jeff320:
Thanks Donna, I appreciate the support. I understand what you mean about one-ingredient foods. I just got back from the supermarket with enough stuff that I think I can at least survive the first day. After I posted I realized how small the carbohydrate part of the plan is, and how a frozen entree would probably have too many carbs to work. I think the most complex thing I got was a Boca burger - the plan says OK on soy/veggie burgers so I think it's OK. I'm starting the program tomorrow but dreading the photos I need to take.


Don't dread the photo- you may hate to do it, but you will thank yourself later! Believe me, the picture becomes so motivational it's worth every cringe!

Good job on the shopping trip. Some things to think about for future trips would be cottage cheese, eggs, spinach (can be added to lots of stuff) mushrooms, bananas (watch the carbs in them), apples, salsa (great to add to eggs), chicken, turkey, brown rice, are just a few.

I hope this helps.

Donna
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/28/12 7:38 PM as a reply to CoachDonna12.
OK I did get cottage cheese, yogurt, sliced turkey/ham and oranges. Salsa sounds like a great idea.

By the way, I don't see anywhere the fitness guide explains how to fill out the 90-day chart. There's a "Diet Y/N" that I guess is self-explanatory, but then a white space - to write down what? Number of reps? Or just make notes about how I feel?

Any suggestions on how to handle eating in a restaurant? I've got a morning breakfast meeting and then I'll come back home around 10am to do the Core Synergistics, my first module (I'm doing the lean program). The "restaurant" is more of a "greasy spoon" diner. I'm not sure what I'll be able to order that fits the plan. Any thoughts?
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/29/12 5:31 AM as a reply to jeff320.
jeff320:
OK I did get cottage cheese, yogurt, sliced turkey/ham and oranges. Salsa sounds like a great idea.

By the way, I don't see anywhere the fitness guide explains how to fill out the 90-day chart. There's a "Diet Y/N" that I guess is self-explanatory, but then a white space - to write down what? Number of reps? Or just make notes about how I feel?

Any suggestions on how to handle eating in a restaurant? I've got a morning breakfast meeting and then I'll come back home around 10am to do the Core Synergistics, my first module (I'm doing the lean program). The "restaurant" is more of a "greasy spoon" diner. I'm not sure what I'll be able to order that fits the plan. Any thoughts?


Best to keep it simple in these circumstances.

I'd order two scrambled eggs with a side of fresh fruit, and count it as 1/2 protein portion, 1 fat portion, and 1 fruit portion.
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/30/12 7:16 AM as a reply to jeff320.
jeff320:
OK I did get cottage cheese, yogurt, sliced turkey/ham and oranges. Salsa sounds like a great idea.

By the way, I don't see anywhere the fitness guide explains how to fill out the 90-day chart. There's a "Diet Y/N" that I guess is self-explanatory, but then a white space - to write down what? Number of reps? Or just make notes about how I feel?

Any suggestions on how to handle eating in a restaurant? I've got a morning breakfast meeting and then I'll come back home around 10am to do the Core Synergistics, my first module (I'm doing the lean program). The "restaurant" is more of a "greasy spoon" diner. I'm not sure what I'll be able to order that fits the plan. Any thoughts?


HiJeff,

The 90 day chart is a great way to log what you've done and be able to look back later. The Diet Y/N is exactly that - did you stick to your diet today? Y/N

The r = the # of reps and w= the weight you used(or band color if you are using bands)

When eatting out I find breakfast the easiest meal (you have already had your meeting but for future reference) as Bandit stated keep it simple. My husband and I go to breakfast every weekend. I usually order an egg white omelett with mushrooms, spinach and onion or a few scrambled egg whites with dry whole wheat toast (I usually dont eat the toast) and a fruit bowl or pineaplle and cantalope.

I hope this helps. Great questions by the way.

Donna
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/30/12 10:15 AM as a reply to jeff320.
Great advice from everyone above. One more thing I want to add is that while I agree you should avoid frozen entrees you don't need to avoid frozen simple foods. For some people it's beneficial to keep on had a nice big bag of frozen broccoli, mixed veggies, etc. You can also buy frozen chicken breasts but pay attention to the salt content. Many brands pump it up with a bunch of sodium solution that you don't want.
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RE: Using frozen foods with P90x nutrition plan
11/30/12 5:21 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
AdStaffAndrew:
Great advice from everyone above. One more thing I want to add is that while I agree you should avoid frozen entrees you don't need to avoid frozen simple foods. For some people it's beneficial to keep on had a nice big bag of frozen broccoli, mixed veggies, etc. You can also buy frozen chicken breasts but pay attention to the salt content. Many brands pump it up with a bunch of sodium solution that you don't want.


What you can do with the chicken is make a batch of boneless skinless chicken breasts (roast them or bake them) and cut them up and portion out into containers or baggies and freeze. Now you have frozen cooked chicken you can add to some veggies and stir fry or add to a small amount of whole wheat pasta, make into a pita with spinach, peppers, and hummus.....

it's endless and convenient.

Donna
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