August 22, 2016
I love good food. I’m lucky, my husband is a great cook and we eat well whether we’re at home or dining out. However, all that good eating is starting to catch up with me! So, it’s on like Donkey Kong. I’ve worked out just about my whole life, but I’ve been lucky – working out and paying attention to what I ate helped me to maintain my “girlish” figure. But, I spent the month of June eating and drinking my way through Europe (which was AWESOME by the way), but now I am paying for it! I’m back at the gym with a vengeance. In addition to working out, I know that I really need to focus on “clean eating”. What is clean eating? Well, I’m no expert, but from what I can gather after reading lots of articles and talking to folks it involves eliminating sugar, eating healthy greens and lean proteins.
I’m busy, we’re all busy, right? I just don’t have the time to get to the gym, grocery shop, cook and do my job, spend quality time with my spouse and see a friend every now and again. So when I read an article about this clean meal plan delivery service I was immediately intrigued. Their website is beautiful, Vogue gave them an endorsement (if Anna gives you the thumbs up, you must be doing something right) and the food looked good. It seemed expensive, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
I signed up for a week – 3 days, breakfast and lunch. My rationale? I have the hardest time remembering to eat those two meals, so if they’re sitting in my fridge and all I had to do was remember to eat them I might be on to something. The meals are delivered the night before in a handy re-usable insulated bag. They’re packaged beautifully and instantly make you feel like this is it!! I’ll be just as fab and beautiful as the people on the website if I subscribe to this program.
The first breakfast was interesting. It was some kind of puddingish thing with strawberries and coconut. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I loved the rose water, it made me feel like I was doing something special – you know soothing my mind, body and soul while in shaking the lovely scent of roses. My husband didn’t like the muffin and said the rose water tastes like perfume.
Lunch was a huge arugula salad with mushrooms and a really interesting spicy salad dressing. Definitely a Thumbs Up.
Late night green water – I was a little skeptical because of the word chlorophyll which I associated with a throat lozenge from childhood. But I tried it, and aside from the color it was odorless and tasteless … I slept well, so I guess you could surmise that I had sweet dreams that night.
Blueberry pancakes and syrup? Yup. I warmed them up in the oven, drizzled the maple-syrup substitute provided. They were delish! And quite filling.
Breakfast was a hit.
Lunch on Day 2 was good as well. The salad was big and filling. I was on cloud nine and really feeling like I was getting control of my life and eating my meals on time!
DITTO. I was pretty much sold.
Now all the while, Annie my own personal certified Health & Wellness coach had been checking in with me via email. On DAY 1 I received a lovely email from her, which stated in part:
Our mission at Sakara is to help you feel your best through the transformative power of food. As you begin your program, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on why you have chosen to embark on this journey and what goals and results you wish to achieve. Get very honest and specific with what you truly want – that’s the key to turning thoughts to things.
Ok, I thought. I knew why I’d embarked on the journey and my goals were very clear: (1) To eat a healthy breakfast and lunch daily; (2) To eat these meals at the appointed hours (and not start my lunch at 3pm like usual); and (3) To lose 10 pounds. Crystal clear.
On DAY 3 Annie checked in with me to discuss my meal plan for the following week. I was sold. All set to sign up for week 2! But then, I decided to check my account. I couldn’t remember exactly how much I’d paid for the 6 meals I ordered. I knew it was pricey, but desperate times had called for desperate measures . . . And I guess I was really desperate, because I’d paid $60/day for breakfast and lunch. That’s more than I would’ve paid if I had breakfast and lunch at Barney’s every day. Well maybe not, but close enough. Oh, I was tempted, but I just couldn’t do it. I responded to Annie’s email and told her how much I liked the food and the concept, but I was honest with her – I told here I didn’t think I was going to re-order because ultimately, $60/day was cost prohibitive on a on-going basis. I told her that I was sad because I loved the concept and it did make my life easier, but determined I would have to come up with something else. Annie was so nice, but so firm – her response was one of the best kiss-offs I’ve ever received. In essence, she said that Sakra doesn’t always fit into one’s life or budget, but they were glad I was able to try it if only for a short period of time. HOWEVER, they were kind enough to give a promo code to give to those in my tribe interested in trying Sakara – click here for $50 off a 3 or 5 day meal program.
So, for the time being, I’m chronicling my daily food intake in a food log for my Troy, my trainer. Keeping track of what I eat and when I eat it has been eye opening. Thus far I’ve learned that I can live without sugar in my latte, I don’t drink enough water and I eat dinner too late. We’re all works in progress! Check in with me in a month or so and let’s see how we’re doing.
I would love for you to check out Sakara‘s organic, nutritionally-designed, delicious meal programs! If you purchase a 3 or 5 day breakfast, lunch, and dinner program, we’ll both get $50 off! Get the #glow!