Working on being healthy in body , mind , spirit..135 lbs lost, then Maintained for a few years, and lately some regained. Working on it -in and out of Pjs
Monday, July 5, 2010
First week on Bistro Md
So how is Bistro Md? my new diet delivery system. I'm guessing Bistro Md is kind of like Jenny Craig but not quite as commercialized. So far so good. Are all the meals fantastic? No. Are many of them good? Sure. Have you lost weight ? Yes Will you keep doing it ? A little while longer.
Since I'm not officially affiliated with this company and am just a newly paying user, I get to give my full opinion. This diet is designed to improve my metabolism and speed weightloss by the sheer combination of the right foods in the right amounts. Tomorrow starts week 2 which sits in my freezer already. I just saw a tv infomercial called A Food Lover's Fat Loss diet. It's probably the same type thing. I think any of these things might work. It's just easier for me to get the food delivered and say to myself this is it all you get.
I wont go through it all here because it would be a very long post but here are bits and pieces. The plan in general: This plan allows you to customize your preferences like no seafood,no pork, no dairy. I ordered the low sodium and no shell- fish option since I like fish but not creepy, crawly sea bugs. My body is a sponge as far as retaining fluids after a higher sodium meal, but I wasn't sure how the low sodium would be.
Each day comes with 3 meals and 2 snacks at near 1200 calories. One day a week you get "MY Night" when you can go out and have your own dinner. The plan recommends to "watch your portions"...riggghhht. That's how I needed your friggin plan. This food is not as processed as I thought. It's like they cooked this fresh meal and froze it immediately. It's actually as good or better than the other local fresh food system that I'd used.
The Good, The Bad,and The Ugly.
The Good - portion control, volume of food. Also, The combination of low glycemic index,and higher protein versus carbs. There are a lot of diet plans out there and schools of thought for dieting. I'd recently read about some new research in a Diabetes magazine that compared 2 meal plans for Diabetics. They compare a plan similar to this plan with a plan similar to my old which follows the ADA -American Diabetes Association of higher carbs, lower fat and even lower protein. The research looks better for the higher protein, lower glycemic plan of Bistro MD or The Zone diet.
Some of the food is really good and I really like it. I would buy some of the snacks even if I were not on the plan if they were for sale retail. The snacks are all basically forms of 'disguised protein '. Some are fruit flavored or chocolate or mocha shakes-little bottles with protein mix that you add cold water to and shake up. These have been really good. Then there are the protein bars-chocolate or cinnamon or peanut butter (kind of like Luna bars.)
But some snacks are a bit horrid. Bbq protein o's..chocolate protein pudding ('chocolate' as interpreted by a robot). I just tell myself food is fuel, eat it , stick to the plan , focus, make it work.
The Bad: see above. and $$$ money money money. Some of the food-meh. Since I don't get the shellfish, I had turkey for 3 entrees in a row. When you are eating something that really is just OK the concept that food is just fuel makes sense. Boring sense.
The Ugly...the carbon foot print. The packing materials / a new styrofoam cooler to deal with each week/ the plastic food trays.
Best foods so far: Sugar free Fudge Swiss roll-high fiber, high protein , sugar free. It tasted like an almond joy cake. Chicken pesto with green beans, carrots, cannelloni beans. Buckwheat pancakes with strawberry / blueberry compote. The pineapple/orange protein shakes.
Worst foods: Pork tenderloin with mustard apricot sauce. California wrap with artichoke salad.
Here is a today's menu: Breakfast: Spinach and ricotta cheese crepes with sweet potatoe cubes am snack: chocolate mini crisp (like choc covered rice krispie balls-in other words , good) Lunch: Picadillo-turkey, english peas, plantains (this was actually quite good) pm snack: Berry protein bar (because I already ate the chocolate swiss roll a few days early) Dinner: Beef tips with veggies
Tomorrow is: Breakfast: high protein bagel with turkey sausage and egg white am snack: Protein chocolateccino shake Lunch: Southwestern wrap of chicken ,black bean , corn salsa with cole slaw pm snack: bbq soy snack Dinner: Roasted turkey with promegranate sauce, broccoli, winter vegetables
Ok,it sounds kind of frou frou . But it's a lot of food , when my portions are done -it's over. And there is a security and structure that I need. And spending the money on this makes it seem entirely necessary that I follow it. A week at a time.
My first "My Night " was last night. If I'd prepared what I had planned it would have been better, but we were running late and grilling out never happened. Instead, I had veggie thin crust pizza with salad and sugar free icecream with fudge sauce.
Pizza + Fudge sauce even on sugar free ice cream = tummy ache, regret because there was more pizza and fudge sauce eaten than planned, and the sure knowledge that I'm getting right back on my little expensive plan . (except I finished the sugar free ice cream off after today's lunch). Ok , back on it now.
I'm a Geek for many things: Food, Pajamas, Coffee, Chocolate, Movies, Books, getting and being fit and healthy, 80's music, and the list goes on and on .....A nurse, a diabetic, I've lost over 130 lbs and have more to go . And I actually enjoy working out.
I chose the names of Ms. PJ Geek and PJ and Pounds because I have happy memories of childhood, coming in dirty and sweaty from playing in the yard. Then taking a bath, putting on a fresh nightgown and feeling all new again . I felt like a princess. Fresh renewal. .........
All names and situations will be changed to protect the innocent and the guilty, and so I can keep my job. While I am a nurse, I do not intend this to be a blog with specific directions or guidelines for healthcare. And.....though I have a college degree, that was a long time ago ya'll, and I don't remember proper punctuation or grammar.