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This post has been sponsored by Personal Trainer Food. As always, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for reading & thanks for your support!
Disclaimer – please read! I will start off by stating that I am not a nutritionist. I am not giving any health or medical advice, I am sharing my thoughts, ideas and experience. If you have any health concerns, please see a medical doctor before starting any diet or nutrition plan.
What is Personal Trainer Food?
The meal plan itself is simple. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are already made for you. Breakfast is an egg selection with a protein packaged together in a bistro bag. Lunch & dinner entrees are a protein and vegetable in separate bistro bags. Choose one of each and you have yourself a meal. Throw the bistro bag in the microwave, heat and eat.
You have to manage your drinks & snacks – and it's definitely simple enough.
Drinks – focus on lots of water and sugar free drinks. Coffee, tea, sparkling water. No juice, soda, milk or milk alternatives. No alcohol – even if it's low-carb or low-calorie.
Snacks – nuts, cheese, eggs, non-starchy veggies, an apple a day.
Exercise is simple on the plan – focus on a 20 minute daily walk.
All this information and more is included in the welcome packet.
They say eating the right foods is 90% of weight loss…
Eating the right foods shouldn't be hard – we know what we should and shouldn't be eating. I think this gets lost in translation during the daily hustle & bustle of life. A service like Personal Trainer Food takes the thought & planning out of your meals – everything is already prepared for you!
So exactly what are we eating on this plan, you ask?
Your first step is to head over to the Personal Trainer Food website and take a look at the foods. You can pick your breakfasts, entrees (lunch & dinner) & veggies.
You can click on any food that you're interested in to read ingredients & nutritional information.
Breakfasts include Egg Bites, Cheddar Omelet & Chicken Cranberry Sausage, Western Omelet & Breakfast Sausage, Frittata & Maple Sausage. There are many other egg / meat combinations.
Entrees include Garlic Chicken, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Roasted Turkey Breast, Dill Chicken Bites, Apple & Gouda Sausage, Beef & Lamb Gyros – plus many more proteins to choose from!
The vegetable selection is every vegheads dream come true. Brussel Sprouts, zucchini, squash, green beans and a massive variety of vegetable blends.
I'm positive I won't be getting bored with this food with all the meal choices!
I'll admit, the terms low-carb scares me. I've seen way too many people toting weight loss while living on bacon, cheese, deli meats, tinned sausages, pepperoni and red meat galore. All that fat, cholesterol & sodium horrifies me.
I have never tried eating low-carb, simply because the representation of what I've seen wasn't a healthy, sustainable way of eating .
Personal Trainer Food focuses on low-carb and high-protein foods. Looking thru their meal choices I was happy to see lean meats & tons of veggies. It's refreshing to see carbs aren't completely eliminated – just reduced.
Getting it Started…
I arrived home to find a GINARMOUS box from Personal Trainer Food on my doorstep. I was very impressed with the delivery process. Everything arrived frozen, even after days of transit, thanks to dry ice. Use caution when unpacking – there's dry ice.
I have an extra freezer, so I stored all the bistro bags in there. Some things must be kept frozen, others may be refrigerated – all the details are in the package. That being said, make sure you have space to store everything prior to it's arrival.
I decided to wait a few days to start off this meal plan. Super Bowl Sunday & Valentine's Day are not good days to start any kind of restrictive eating.
My Current Diet
A moment of brutal honesty here. I need to lose some weight. I'm not interested in strict calorie counting or starving myself. I appreciate real and minimally processed foods and would like to focus on that, for now and long term.
I understand that a healthy diet & eating plan should be more of making adjustments to your diet that are easy to follow & maintain lifelong.
I've been working on becoming more aware of what I eat and how much I eat. I've been serious about cutting down on junk foods (potato chips, tortilla chips and salty, crispy snacks are my nemesis). I've pretty much cut sugar out except for my morning coffee.
Perhaps a bigger problem of mine is that I eat primarily grains & carbs and minimal meat or protein. Breakfast is usually grits, oatmeal or an english muffin. Lunch varies – leftovers from dinner, a salad, rice & beans – there's no consistency. Dinner is often a small serving of protein with a large serving of rice or pasta and a veggie.
I'm at the point where I know “what I'm doing is not working” and I need to change my overall eating. Personal Trainer Food is a great way to explore a new way of eating.
Changes I have to make
My daily cup or two of coffee has to change. I usually use a sweetened creamer. I'm switching that out for monk fruit sweetener and heavy cream.
The vino has to stop. I love wine and enjoy a glass (or two) with dinner or after I get the kiddos to bed.
Grains, bread, rice, pasta & beans – this will be the biggest adjustment. I spent many years of my life as a vegetarian and I'd happily live on grains and legumes.
I think when trying to embrace change it's important to focus on the positives. Although I may not be able to eat rice, quinoa, beans for some time – there's a ton of veggies to enjoy on this plan. I love vegetables and know I should have been eating much more of them than I do!
Embracing a positive mindset towards change is part of success in any adjustments you make in your life or lifestyle!
I'll Check Back In a Few
I have two weeks worth of meals from Personal Trainer Food and I'll be starting them soon! I'll write a second post of my overall experience soon!