Saturday, October 11, 2014
I decided that today I would explain this plan more thoroughly. Over labor day while on vacation, Amazon sent me a voucher for $99 to apply towards $200 worth of PTF food. I bought it and when I got back from vacation, immediately placed the order. The normal price is $324 for 28 days worth of lunches and dinners, 56 meals. You get to select 56 pieces of meat and 56 packs of veggies, each individually portioned. They have a LOT of choices, I mean a LOT> So I went through the list and selected 3 mesquite chicken, 3 hamburg patties, 3 buffalo chicken strips, etc etc etc. They have quite a variety of precooked flavored meats and veggies ready to nuke.
You need LOTS of freezer space, since we have a fridge in the garage, the freezer out there is full of PTF meals and a few meals in the house fridge. You can order breakfasts as well but I chose to make my own. I can have eggs, bacon, sausage, veggies, apple, any meat, for breakfast.
You are limited to an apple as your fruit, no other fruits allowed, no milk, no bread, pasta, etc. But there is a complete list of foods you can have and they are perfectly filling and satisfying.
It does get a little tediious but we do go out a lot and after 3 weeks, I feel I can have a glass of wine in moderation when we go out. The Eggplant Rollitini I ordered last night at an Italian restaurant was delicious and certainly allowed. Eggplant stuffed with a cheese mixture and tomato sauce with more cheese. It was delicious and the salad came with a bit of italian dressing.
The biggest bonus for me is not having to think about what I'm having for lunch or dinner. When I come home hungry for lunch, it takes me 3 to 5 min to be able to sit down and eat. In the past, I would have grabbed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then finished off the ice cream out of the box. Mesquite chicken with mixed veggies takes longer to eat and it is filling. And I have to put it on a plate and eat with a fork and knife, sitting at the table. I can't walk around the house with it in my hand.
I have lost 11 pounds since July and my stomach feels flatter. If I had not started this plan, I would have gained back the few I lost prior to starting. I am comfortable in the fact that this will be slow losing but willing to invest myself in it. Will I order again? I don't know. I still have a month of food left. After this, I know that frozen veggies from the grocery will suffice for me. It is the precooked protein that will be a challenge. In another month, when most of the food is gone, I hope I will have retrained myself to eat more sensibly. I have been a fan of the Sonoma Diet because it is flavorful and portion controlled. I will be moving toward that end and I know I will have to do more planning.
Another bonus is the savings on food at the grocery. I spent $224 and have not spent much else since then. When we go, we restock the fresh portion of the fridge, milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Cereal for my husband and things he wants. He needs to lose as well but hasn't committed to this although some meals are pulled for him from the choices. Depends on the night. Also, since an apple is allowed, I've let myself have applesauce. I like to dip spicy pork and chicken in the sauce and it makes a dessert as well.
Steak and chicken fajita strips are included and I've used them with onion and pepper and gave hubby a tortilla to wrap his in. Its all working and I hope to continue. We are making chili today and the beans really aren't kosher but hey, a small bowl ought to be okay.