I am not sure why I decided to start my healthy eating regime during the summer. I can see why normal people begin weight loss programmes in January and avoid ice cream in favour of spinach when it is cold and grey. But not me. But despite the fact that I'd like to be eating ice cream every day (preferably mint chocolate chip), I have actually lost some weight. I started my first week on a meal delivery service called Total Diet Food. Very healthy, wholesome food and I lost four pounds.
I then had two weeks of holiday when my daughter finished school. I tried to do some ballet workouts, but I could not keep it up during the week we spent at my in-laws'. I showed some restraint, however I ate about five ice creams. Whoops. I was pleasantly surprised when I weighed myself last Tuesday morning to find that I hadn't put on any weight. So last Tuesday I happily began Diet Chef in the hope that I would continue losing weight.
Diet Chef are a meal delivery service that offer prepackaged calorie-controlled food to your door. Since I would be doing it for 28 days, Husband decided to give it a go too. He gained a stone during each of my pregnancies (I guess he took the 'we are pregnant' thing too literally). We went on the Diet Chef website and picked out 28 days worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. We both liked being able to choose which items we wanted to eat. I ordered a lot of muesli, and Husband opted for cereal bars as he is often in a rush to cycle to work. We both dislike red peppers and didn't pick any of the meals that contained them.
The above is an example of a day's food budget, minus the fruit and vegetables. Luxury Muesli for breakfast, Oxtail Soup for lunch, Oat Bar with Chocolate for a snack and Pork Meatballs for dinner. Delicious, filling meals, and I don't have to worry about thinking too hard about my caloric total for the day.
The food is delivered in one big box. We cleared off our sideboard and put the boxes there so we have easy access to our food. I have put our snacks in one bag and our breakfasts in another bag, inside the box, to help keep things better organised. Since we're both renowned diet cheats, it helps knowing that most of our food is in those boxes so there is no need to rummage around the kitchen cabinets. The only extras we are allowed are fruit, vegetables and milk/yoghurt.
Check back on Wednesday to see how my first week of Diet Chef has gone.
Diet Chef have given me 28 days of their meal delivery service for the purpose of my reviews. Husband paid for his own. All opinions expressed are completely my own.