The last couple of months have been a time of perspective. I know there are those much worse off than myself and I of course acknowledge that I have many, many blessings to be grateful for. However, it has been a really stressful time! I feel like I have been to hell and back. Like most times of great stress and pressure my oldest friend, nemesis and major opportunist, food crept in. I was doing really well at keeping him at bay. I have found that for me the best way to stay on the wagon is to eliminate all of the crap from my site and surround myself with only the good stuff. Out of sight out of mind eh? But, sadly as much as I hate to admit it, I am human. Once the door was open, that was it! I had a good two months of food debauchery. Humiliating and deeply depressing, but it happened and I needed to move on. No time to cry into a Big Mac! If I learned anything about being fat it was that I never, ever want to go back there!
Time for drastic measures! I had met Jane Michell at The Anti-Ageing Show and had chatted about Jane Plan. Jane spoke to me about her past weight issues and I learned that she once had a weight problem and that experience had spurred her on to train in nutrition and start her company to help others that were struggling with their weight. The plan works as a total meal replacement, including all of your snacks. The only items you supplement are fresh vegetables and fruit if needed. It is a fully balanced plan that takes all the guesswork out of dieting. Jane is your personal chef for the duration of the plan! Tired and stressed out, how could I possibly resist. This seemed the perfect way to get back on track.
I had chosen the box that had a variety of meals. However, they cater to your specific dietary needs. Prior to my meals being sent I had a comprehensive phone consultation that covered any specific preferences or intolerances I may have had. I received my box of meals the following day. One of the things that was particularly convenient was the meals do not require refrigeration. So, it was easy to pop a meal in my bag for lunch. In fact I ended up keeping my lunches in my desk for extra convenience.
I started Jane Plan on a Monday and although optimistic I did have concerns about pre-packaged food. My concerns quickly went out the window when I had the most lush toffee cereal for breakfast. I had the majority of cereals with almond milk. The porridges I prefer to make with plain water. As someone who normally skips breakfast I had to really push myself into a routine. But, the breakfasts were so nice it was fairly easy to get used to. Although all of the breakfasts were grain based, the varieties of flavours were such that it never became boring.
The lunches were a mixture of cold and hot lunches. There was a variety of soups including Pea and Wiltshire Ham, Potato Leak, Carrot and Coriander, Tomato Basil, and Broccoli Cheese name a few. The soups were all very thick and perfectly seasoned. The portions were a good size and very filling, in fact not at all what I was expecting in a “diet” soup. Food for me is more than just about eating. It is the whole experience of how it feels and the depths of flavours as they mingle together. I suppose this is part of my problem, I love it too much. But, the Jane Plan in taking the guess work away from portion control makes the process of keeping myself in check much easier, as left to my own devices I could easily dive into a pool of the pea and ham soup and eat my way out.
The cold lunch options were equally as nice as the soups. In addition to being healthy those clever chefs have managed to make them taste freshly made. The Moroccan Salad with Wild Salmon was absolutely beautiful. The big chunks of salmon were tender and well-seasoned. The other options were equally as lush. The Tuna Pasta and Cous Cous were two of my other favourites. But, again there was not a single dud in the selection.
So, let’s talk dinner, so many yummy choices! There were spicy creamy curries, beautiful meaty and veggie lasagne’s, meatballs, casseroles, cassoulet, chilli and ratatouille. All of the meals were unique and delicious. There was not a single meal I found boring. The portions were all a decent size and consisted of a complete meal other than salad or other fresh produce you may want to add as a side.
The nice thing for me as a genuine food addict is that each meal was portioned perfectly, so there was no possibility of overeating. You have your three meals done and dusted once gone that is it for the day. Jane has thought of everything though and there was a lovely selection of snacks to choose from each day. They ranged from oat cakes which were often my choice if I wanted a snack in the afternoon to sweeter biscuits that I tended to have in the evening. They were all wrapped separately which like the other meals was a great idea as having a box of loose biscuits is just too tempting. The care that has been put into the plan is obvious and based on the flavours; it is obvious Jane is someone who enjoys food.
The plan fits perfectly into a busy lifestyle and was not a struggle to stick to. In particular I could see Jane being my go to girl after a holiday of excess. It is the perfect way to throw your big booty back on the horse. There are even nutritionists you can access for the duration of the plan if you are struggling or have any other questions. So, Jane has all the bases covered.
For me I felt the plan really got my focus back. I lost a stone over the month, which is amazing! But, more importantly than the weight loss is the structure she helped me get back. There is nothing worse than the feeling that I have lost control. I know there are those who don’t understand the psychology behind all this. But, I am very much an addict! I don’t say this to take away the responsibility. I am 100% responsible for my past obesity. However, I do falter at times and I do not ever want to back to where I was. I am incredibly lucky to have people like Jane around me to kick my big ass back in line.
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