One of the coolest parts about having a healthy living blog is that every once in a while I get to try cool new healthy living stuff.

I’m trying a week of a meal delivery program, The Fresh Diet, out. The diet follows The Zone-esque model of 40%, 30% and 30% carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Depending on your age, gender, and activity level your caloric requirements are calculated and all your meals are prepared by magical elves that deliver it to your house while you’re sleeping.

I <3 elves.

Every morning (since last Friday) I’ve woken up, stumbled outside, cursed the Nordic gods and their vengeful winter, and found an insulated bag with ice packs carrying my food for the day. I honestly wasn’t expecting much in regard to taste, but the food is pretty decent. The program touts that it was developed by a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, which is probably true, but I wouldn’t necessarily say this is gourmet stuff. It is however easily edible. I don’t think I would be able to stay on something like this long-term, I like cooking and planning my own meals too much, but this is a great novelty—especially after the holidays.

The major boon to meal delivery (besides not having to do as many dishes or brave the grocery store) is the reminder about how important it is to plan ahead when you’re trying to lose weight. I have always found that when I’m trying to lose weight I have a much easier time of it, and better results, when I plan my meals out ahead of time. Here’s why: As soon as the word “diet” appears in my lexicon all I can think about is food. While my normal non-dieting day can consist of all sorts of thought patterns, my dieting brain only wants to eat and know when it can feast its senses and on what. Pre-planning my daily meals takes the thinking out of it. I already know what I’m going to eat next which means I don’t have to obsess over it. The second reason: I have a game plan for calories, and can plan my workouts accordingly.

The Pros: Easy-peasy think-free dieting. No calorie counting. Easy clean up. Elves!
The Cons: Random cravings must go unanswered. In order to keep it all as low in gluten as possible I’m eating way more meat than I like to. It’s a wee bit on the pricey side:

I’ll give you guys an update on my weeks results this weekend J



Breakfast quiche with pineapple

Snack 1

Olive tapenade on crostinis (not gluten-free)


Grilled steak salad with horseradish dressing

Snack 2

Roasted Portobello mushroom with tomato, mozzarella, basil and vinaigrette


London broil, asparagus, roasted mushrooms

Exercise: AM: Strength Training A Day-Chest, shoulders, biceps and abs; PM: 60-minute spin class