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I’m happy to share another maternity leave guest post. I asked Danicas to share her thoughts on the New Weight Watchers plan as I know many (myself included) have had our doubts. Just read the comments on these two posts…

As I’m smack dab in the middle of week one on the new Weight Watchers plan, my opinion hasn’t changed much yet. I’m giving pointsplus a shot and so far it’s been pretty similar to the old plan except for the fact that I feel it’s a bit more labor intensive. Points are harder to calculate. Well, not harder but just not intuitive. I know many like the more points aspect but most of my meals are more points too so it all seems to work out pretty similarly.

Anyway, I’m not going to open up this can of worms now. Instead I thought it would be nice to hear from someone who has completely embraced the new plan. So without further ado, here’s Danica!

Hi all the Roni Fan’s out there. I am honored to be guest posting for Roni, one of my FAVORITE Friends in Weight Loss as she is spending time with her new Little Bean. Roni was actually inspiring me on my original journey and I am pretty sure she didn’t even know it. Smile

My name is Danica and you can find me over at Danica’s Daily sharing my random adventures on my journey to be healthy. You all may be able to tell by my site that I am an avid believer in Weight Watchers. I can honestly say that I have been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers without ever reaching “Lifetime”.

I have tried just about every diet plan out there as well as every Weight Watcher’s plan, (remember when they made you eat LIVER!) Danica’s Daily is about my journey to maintain the weight I lost and to continue towards reaching my ultimate weight loss “Lifetime” Goals. I have really been there and done that, I know how easy it is to gain some, all or a part of your weight back, 5 lbs at a time as well as to lose that same “5 lbs” over and over again.

The ONE CONSTANT in my weight loss journey is that I LOVE Weight Watchers and whole heartedly believe in every iteration of the program that they have created. I do not work for Weight Watchers, but, I have been a Weight Watcher for over 20 years. I know that there are people who believe in Points+ and others who are still not to sure about it.

In addition to sharing my Daily Eats, Roni asked me to share all of my thoughts on the new Points Plus program with you all. I could go on for days about why I LOVE the new program, but, lucky for you all I already did a few writes up on it Open-mouthed smile

This POST actually explains all the changes from the old Momentum Plan and the new Points+ Plans…..no opinions, just what is different between the plans.

In this article, I explain why I LOVE the new Points+ Program.

I have TWO tips that I think are KEY to making the new points+ program work for you…Just remember that there is no one size fits all program that everyone loses weight on…each person is different and you honestly have to find what works best for you. I have had the MOST SUCCESS on Points+ when I follow these Two things:

1. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY Each person is different so you will have to find what works best for you, but, I do think you should not eat or force yourself to eat if you are not hungry. If you have extra points+ left at the end of the day and feel the need to use them, enjoy a “treat” or some higher point items like nuts, cheese, etc. If you feel like you are not hungry and do not need your points, then, I definitely say do not eat them just because they are there. Listen to your body, your hunger signals, work on getting in your good health guidelines, water, measuring and track every single bite.

2. FREE FRUTIS & VEGGIES ~ I do believe that the new fruits/veggies being free are meant as a way to help people make better choices, i.e. to have a banana over say a 100 calorie granola bar for snack. I do not think that people will have as much success if they eat a bunch of fruit on top of what they already eat because the calories will add up. If you are one of the lucky few who can get away with it ~ enjoy it!

I do plan on doing a full write up on suggestions I have for making the Points+ Program work for you, but, I will save Roni from having me take up too much space on her site.

Now, let’s get onto the FOOD because today was one delicious day! I started my day off with one of the EASIEST Oatmeal Protein Pancakes you will ever make, especially if you have a Magic Bullet.

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Click HERE for the Recipe ~ Topped with 1/2 a banana, 1 tsp of Whipped Butter, 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup and a sprinkle of Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (10 Points+)

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My breakfast kept me full for 5 hours! That is why I LOVE that pancake ~ it feels like a treat, but, it sticks with you all morning long.

I have been wanting to make these Bacon Stuffed Portabella Pizzas ever since I saw them posted. Click HERE for the recipe.

I clean my mushrooms by using a pastry brush to brush the dirt off. I find it is a lot easier than using a towel.

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees while you prep the ingredients.

I sautéed the mushroom stems with 1 clove of garlic and 1 tsp olive oil.

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Wilted in 2 big handfuls of spinach.

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Plus 2 Tbsp roughly chopped basil and a big pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.

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Build your pizzas! Start with the mushrooms.

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Divide the spinach mixture between the two portabellas.

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Crumble one slice of bacon on each half. You see I already LOVED this recipe just for that ~ crumbling it allowed me to eat a few pieces as I made my pizza and have it all still count in the pizza points+. Sprinkle with a little balsamic vinegar.

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I added a 1/2 Tbsp parmesan to each half (increasing the points+ value of the entire recipe by 1).

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Top with 1/2 ounce thinly sliced reduced fat Mozzarella and bake for 12 minutes.

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DIG IN! You get TWO HUGE Pizzas for 5 Points+. The bacon definitely makes this dish decadent. If mushrooms are not your thin, you can use a Flat Out Wrap and make a Flat Out Amazing Pizza for just a few extra points+.

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Dessert was a bowl of Watermelon…..Can I just say summer is probably going to make me LOVE Points+ even more?!

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After work I hopped on the treadmill and got in a fantastic 30 minute Run/Walk. I pushed myself every 30 seconds increasing the speeds.

I was starving after working and decided to have a quick snack to hold me over so I didn’t eat the entire house while I cooked dinner.

LEMON MERINGUE PIE!

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I could honestly eat this EVERY DAY ~ it’s THAT good.

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s 0% Greek Yogurt (1 points+)

2 Tsp Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd (2 points+) – it tastes just like the inside of a lemon pie!

1/2 a Low-Fat Cinnamon Graham Cracker crumbled (1 points+)

Un-pictured ~ the other half of my banana.

Dinner actually went together pretty quickly with the help of The Husband. He is fun to cook with because he gets all “Iron Chef” like and animating as he cooks.

We made up what I am going to call “That’s a Chicken Rollatini” ~ Said with my BEST Italian accent, um, if I have one of those Winking smile The Husband is Italian – does that count?!

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The chicken is stuffed and rolled with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, Italian Seasoning, Sea Salt and Black Pepper. Served over a Vegged Out Buttery Chive Egg Noodles. 10 points+ for the entire bowl! Click HERE for the recipe.

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Thanks again for Roni for letting me entertain your readers with my daily rambling. You can check out my recipes, other food antics, travels and daily adventures over at Danica’s Daily.

Have a great night all!

Thanks Danica!! By the way, I guest posted on Danica’s site when I was in my first trimester. Click here to check it out. It’s fun peering back at a day from back then.



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Discussion

There are 14 comments so far.

    Ana

    April 5, 2011

    I find that for those people who were already eating a good amount of fruits and veggies (and actually following the guidelines), this plan is not that different. In fact, I’ve heard some of those members ask why they have to make the changes (similar to what Roni had said earlier – but please do correct me if I’m putting words in your mouth).

    For me – I hadnt picked up a banana in at least five years. So the new plan has definitely encouraged me to eat more “real” food. I will have to remember Danica’s first point of advice for the week to come!

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    April 5, 2011

    Nice guest post Danica! Having been a lifetime member of WW for years I was so happy to see the new changes in the WW program. Finally they are making the focus of the program center around healthy foods!

    I use to get so frustrated with people at the meetings spending so much time swapping ideas for low point foods that had no nutritional value!

    I have found for myself that I need to eat healthy, filling foods at least 80 % of the time, that leaves me a little room for things I enjoy that are not a boost to me nutritionally but keep my food plan from being too restrictive.

    Tina

    April 5, 2011

    Those mushrooms look gorgeous – I never thought of making pizza out of them, I love this idea. The food photos are lovely. I’m always envious of sauteed spinach that comes out beautifully. Mine gets soggy. I need that kitchen magic touch! I’m on the fence with the new WW. The only difference I find is that I’m eating bananas again and more cereal/bread to reach my daily target of 31. Interesting that you post that you stop eating (when full) even if you haven’t reached your daily target. I sadly tend to need RULES. I think that’s why the old system worked for me so well. The 24 points I was allowed was perfect and I always felt like I ate ‘just the right amount’.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    April 5, 2011

    With regards to the “free” fruit, here’s my experience. When I started I would eat a HUGE fruit salad for breakfast, and then eat my 29 PP for the rest of the day, since breakfast was “free”, aka zero PP. The scale wouldn’t budge. I decided to try eating a more “normal” breakfast and just eating a little bit of fruit, and I lost 2.8 lbs that week.

    The lesson I learned? Fruit is an accessory, not the whole outfit.

    Laura

    April 5, 2011

    I agree with Amy. Use the fruit as an accessory, I actually even count each fruit as 1 pt. to keep myself honest. Fruit does have calories and we can’t forget that. I do like the new plan though, I think it’s more realistic and liveable.

    mel

    April 5, 2011

    I don’t do weight watchers, but i just have a different opinion on eating fruit to offer up. In reading the reasons why WW. went to 0 points for fruit, for the way it is metabolized more efficiently then say a processed granola bar for the same amount of points, then i think it is worth bringing up a popular school of thought on eating fruit. Fruit is said to be digested quicker then any other foods, making it a great choice… BUT when you eat fruit after eating something heavier … say a chicken dish.. that fruit you are now eating for desert gets backed up.. behind the slower digested food you just ate before it… slowing down it’s digestion, verses eating it on it’s own. If you tend to get really gassy with your fruit consumption, it might help to try eating it before heavier foods.. it digests quicker and allows you to optimally absorb more of it’s nutrients. Ever since i read the science behind the ways different foods are digested years ago I have always eated fruits seperate from other foods… i believe if you are hitting plateaus in your weight loss, it might be something to consider giving a try. I know most people just feel really good incorporating the fruit into their meals, as a healthy desert… I just think it could be another point of consideration, if you are doing the new program and not having good results.

    Renda

    April 5, 2011

    Cannot wait to make these recipes. Thanks so much. Going over the Danica’s site NOW.

    Tina

    April 5, 2011

    Very interesting info from Mel above. I remember seeing a registered dietitian blog who would photograph her meals daily and she always started with fruit. Even on her Thanksgiving post I remember thinking how interesting it was that her family started their dinner with a fruit salad. It seemed so strange and unappetizing before having a turkey dinner but maybe there’s good reason behind it. For me, I think I’m over-indulging in bread and cereal and not earning activity points daily.

    Kim Fearn

    April 6, 2011

    Mentally knowing fruit is “free” has encouraged me to add it to my daily lineup – but only because I wasn’t a big FRUIT person before! See – if you only “so so” like fruit and have to spend points on it – well, I would rather use them on something else. THEN when they went free – I started adding them as a “filler” when I was hungry inbetween meals along with my snacks… BOY what a difference!

    First of all – Turns out I LIKE FRUIT! LOL!
    Second of all – Fruit by itself with a little protein or fat REALLY helped curb my munchies inbetween meals.

    So – the mental note of FREE FOODS got me going in the right direction – and the science behind fruit has kept me there!

    Love your blog Danica – and your site! Thanks!

    Emily

    April 6, 2011

    um, yum??!! I HAVE to make those pizzas!

    Lori T

    April 6, 2011

    Great post! Really enjoyed Danica’s thoughts and am anxious to check out the rest of her blog. Those pizzas look like a MUST :)

    laine

    April 7, 2011

    Fruit is zero points, not free. Not a free for all. Not “as much as you can eat.” It is zero points, eat to satisfaction.

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