Hi All! Today we’re talking food, one of my favorite topics!
I frequently get asked by participants and friends what I eat. Being in the fitness industry I sometimes feel like I should tell people I eat completely clean, no sweets no junk, but that’s just not the truth. As you may have noticed in my Valentine’s treat post or my weekend recap with cupcakes, I like sweets and I’m not ashamed of it! I also know how to eat them in moderation which is what I always stress! But if you’re anything like me, finding meals that are easy, healthy, and new can be difficult. I found that I would eat nearly the same thing everyday….
Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 egg white, scrambled with a little feta cheese, 2 slices of whole wheat toast & coffee
Snack: A cup of mixed fruit/berries
Lunch: salad, healthy frozen meal, or left overs from the night before
Snack: Greek yogurt & protein bar
Dinner: Fish, chicken, or turkey (lightly seasoned and baked) with a side of mixed veggies
Snack: Cottage cheese or chocolate milk.
Seriously, EVERYDAY!!! Don’t get me wrong, it’s all pretty healthy and usually kept me full and fueled. But I was just so stinkin’ bored of the same ol’ same ol’. So Last year in November when a Typhoon hit the Philippines iFit was selling their 8-week nutrition guide for $3.99 (usually $12.99) to raise money for disaster relief. I’ve never followed a meal plan before so I was hesitant but decided now was as good of a time as any. So after purchasing the meal plan I was able to get Danny on board to follow it too (having someone their for support always helps with success). We decided to start after the Holidays because let’s be real, we weren’t concerned about changing out habits until after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years celebrations happened :-).
Well, last week was our final week and I’m happy to report we stuck (almost) with it the whole time! It took a lot of meal prep (which turned out to be great in the long run), grocery store visits, and dedication but overall it was great. Here are my Pro’s and Con’s of the iFit Meal plan.
- Simple, easy to make meals (the guide claims 15 minutes or less to prepare)
- A full days food was planned for you
- Provided a “Food Swap List” if you didn’t like something
- Provided me with a little change from day to day
- Food kept me full
- Made us cook more at home, saving money at restaurants.
- Meals were a little repetitive
- However, some Ingredients weren’t repetitive enough to use up everything you bought before it went bad
- Found several typos (Ex: gave directions on have to make recipes that weren’t listed on that day)
- Didn’t give recipes or suggestions on certain items (Ex: Minestrone soup, Shake, Turkey Chili)
- Didn’t specify portion differences for different sizes people (i.e. Me and Danny)
- This plan would be good for anyone hoping to start eating healthier and more consistent
- This plan provides a good base for meals/foods to eat after the plan is over
- This plan is not for someone who likes creative complex meals
- This plan is not ideal for someone who travels a lot
Here are a few of the meals we made,
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Turkey Meatballs and Sauce
And my final thought… Having a guide to follow takes a lot of stress out of “what to eat” as long as you don’t allow the guide to dictate your every bite. Throughout the 8-weeks Danny and I ate out and enjoyed ourselves when the time was right. We also satisfied our sweet tooth in moderation. If we hadn’t we wouldn’t have stuck to the nutrition plan for 8 weeks! If you’re looking for a bit of consistency in your diet or even a little change it’s worth a try!