Until relatively recently, I’ve battled with my weight for as long as I can remember – generally always floating around to 14-20lbs over my ‘ideal’ weight. Throughout the years, I’ve tried various diets with varied success. None have ever really lasted more than a few weeks – I’ve always given in to temptation, usually as I get bored of a limited variety of foods the diet allows.
Just before our Son was born, I quit drinking alcohol – and haven’t touched it since. I used to be a big whisky fan, and would enjoy at least one glass every evening. Since quitting, my weight has now dropped down to pretty much my ideal weight, perhaps with just a couple of pounds to drop further, which I put entirely down to the lack of alcohol entering my system.
However, I still wanted to explore a balanced and nutritious diet, to both lose those extra pounds, and keep them off. When MotherGeek was offered a day’s worth of Diet Chef meals, I jumped at the chance to give them a go.
For those unaware, Diet Chef is essentially a hamper of meals for lazy dieters. You receive all your meals in a monthly hamper, including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a Snack. It can all be stored in a cupboard, and hot foods are microwavable – handy for the office! Diet Chef advise adding fruit and vegetables too.
This is how I got on…
Breakfast was a Pink Apple & Cinnamon Granola. I added milk to this, and whilst it tasted good, it was no-where near enough. I was starving again before I’d had chance to put my minuscule bowl in the dishwasher. I’ve always been brought up to believe breakfast was the most important meal of the day, so the portion size was massively disappointing.
I made it to lunch time without fainting, and was greeted with Ham & Sweetcorn Chowder. Again, this tasted pretty good and this time the portion size was about right for Lunch. I was temped to add a slice of bread with this, but avoided doing so.
Dinner was Paella, which again reverted back to ‘too small’ portion sizes in my opinion. I also found this a touch dry for my taste.
The provided snack, a Berry Oat Biscuit, was again too small – very thin, and about half the size of a rich tea biscuit. I found it too dry, and bland.
There are a variety of foods on offer, and I’m sure some of the Dinner alternatives would have suited me better.
The breakfast portion size was my biggest concern. Perhaps I’m greedier than most, but there’s no way I could get by every morning with such a small breakfast.
In a nutshell, Diet Chef is probably good for working people that want some variety and don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. If, however, you’re prepared to spend some time preparing meals and forming a balanced meal plan, you’ll find yourself both saving a fortune, and not being hungry all day.