Unpacking My 21 Day Fix

Gotta Say, I Was Surprised At Just How Small The Containers Were. I Mean, Who Could Get Full On That?!

The box arrived last night. I opened it up and started unloading it. Here’s what’s included:

  1. the portion control containers
  2. a welcome guide with information on how to use the system
  3. lists of the types of foods that you can fill each container with (very helpful!)
  4. sample recipes
  5. a sample 3-day meal plan to show you just how your meals can look from one day to the next
  6. tracker sheets
  7. a bottle of ActiVit, which is suppose to help the body metabolize carbs and fats
  8. Work out DVDs, which I haven’t looked at yet but I will this week

The Containers

The box contained 7 different containers:

  • Green = veggies
  • Purple = fruits
  • Red = Protein
  • Yellow = carbs
  • Blue = healthy fats
  • Orange = seeds and dressings (there were two of these containers)

The program is based around having a certain number of each container throughout the day based on your current weight (there’s a handy dandy calculation chart included in your booklet). So for me, I need:

  • Green = 6 containers full
  • Purple = 4 containers full
  • Red = 6 containers full
  • Yellow = 4 containers full
  • Blue = 1 container full
  • Orange =6  containers full

It originally sounded like a lot, but then I looked at the size of the containers. Man, I tell you, the TV makes them look much larger than they are (must add 10lbs!! Ha!). Honestly, when I was looking this over last night, I really felt like there was no way we were going to be able to eat so little. But I went through the guide book anyway and put a little mark beside all of the listed foods that I like – that way I am making meals that we will enjoy.

 

It’s Tuesday morning and I’ve have decided to start my 21 day plan on Monday, to see how I feel (there’s some sort of psychology around a 3 week commitment here). That will give me this week to meal plan based around the portion controlled system, and when we do groceries on the weekend, we can focus on buying all of the necessary ingredients.

So this morning, before embarking on my usual breakfast, I decided to give it a try. I know we are not technically starting until next Monday, but I wanted to work with our food today, see if I can work with these portions, and then see if hubby notices.

I sat down with a pen and paper, and started writing out what we’re going to eat today for each meal and how it relates to the portions. No joke, I was having difficulty assigning some of them!

I did notice one key thing, however, using our regular foods that we eat anyway, and comparing them to the portion system: we have too many carbs and not enough fruits and veggies. So using the guide books, I grabbed a few extra things that are already in the fridge to help fill the gap… oh, and I cut toast out of breakfast this morning.

Even then, some portions, I just could not fill. So, what do we do? Threw everything that’s left (mostly veggie and oil portions) into a shake. We usually try to do shakes anyway, but this will help us meet our daily requirements… so bonus.

Here’s the game plan today, just for an example:

Breakfast:

  • 2 fried eggs (cooked with the bacon)
  • 3 slices of thick bacon (they recommend turkey bacon, however that is very over-processed, which we stay away from, and so I am using an organic, little-to-no processing variety)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 container of Greek yoghurt

Morning snack:

  • 1 pear
  • Shake: 8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1.5 scoops protein whey powder, 1/2 banana, 1 cp spinach, 2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil, mixed berries

Lunch:

  • 1 whole grain wrap (will make the rest of the ingredients into a pizza)
  • 4 oz chicken breast cooked in olive or avocado oil
  • 1 cp spinach
  • ricotta cheese + herbs
  • roasted garlic (with evoo)
  • mozzarella cheese
  • cherry tomatoes

Afternoon Snack:

  • sliced cucumbers and peppers
  • balsamic dressing

Dinner:

  • 4 oz steak in olive oil
  • roasted potatoes, drizzled with olive oil
  • steamed broccoli with spices
  • fried onions

As you can see… this shouldn’t be a starving kinda day. Yikes… let’s see how it goes. Breakfast was filling already. Done and done (and Duchess Pepper even got to sample the bacon and apple, which she is extremely grateful for).

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