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My Fit Foods 21 Day Challenge

22 November 2010 16,533 views 16 Comments

This post is by Jessica, a dear friend and first-time blogger with this post on her experience on the My Fit Foods 21 day eating challenge. My Fit Foods, like Mel’s Meals and Snap Kitchen, that all opened relatively recently in Austin, sells individually packaged, healthy, fresh prepared meals. With Thanksgiving a couple days away, this seemed like as good a time as any to post about these healthy options.

my fit foods logoI can vouch for Jessica that when she commits to something, she sticks with it, and this challenge wasn’t easy. For three weeks, Jessica had to eat only prepared foods and no alcohol. This means she ate dinner before going out to meet friends for a meal, sipped on water while others sucked down beers and mixed drinks. It was impressive. Lets she what she has to say about the experience now that it’s over….

They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. My previous habits included eating whatever I wanted, not really exercising, and talking about how I should be eating better and exercising more. I was feeling sluggish and knew it was time for a change so I decided to take the 21 Day Challenge with My Fit Foods. The challenge includes cutting out alcohol, caffeine, soda, and eating only My Fit Foods meals for 21 days. There is also a liver cleanse (cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, and lemon) every morning which is designed to speed up your metabolism.

The daily cleanse was definitely my least favorite part of the challenge, but  I was super excited about having all my food made for me. I thought the hardest part would be cutting out caffeine.

The folks at My Fit Foods created my meal plan based on my preferences and goals. They warned me that the first three days of the challenge would be the worst and that I might be irritable. They were definitely right.

Four of my co-workers took the challenge with me so it was really helpful that we could encourage each other along the way. We also got free delivery to the office so that was a huge plus! Occasionally our orders would come in wrong but they typically fixed it fairly quickly. We had little patience when our delivery was wrong because we were completely dependent on their food!

Not being able to drink or eat out definitely made me a little anti-social but I knew there was an end date so I decide to really follow the plan and not cheat. There are three cheat meals built into the three week plan so I very happily cheated during those.

A couple of things to be aware of if you decide to try this:

  • Two varieties of chicken salads. Photo Credit: My Fit Foods Facebook Page

    Two varieties of chicken salads. Photo Credit: My Fit Foods Facebook Page

    The food is very tasty but there is ALOT of chicken on the plan and not much available for vegetarians. My co-workers and I kept joking that we were going to start clucking soon if we ate one more piece of chicken so they altered our plans a bit to include less chicken

  • The portion sizes look really small but because it is nutritious and balanced it is surprising how quickly it fills you up
  • The price is about $550, discounts are available if you do it with a group so I paid $500 but it includes 3 meals and 2 snacks each day which totals about 105 meals during the 21 days. Big bonus is you don’t have to go to the grocery store for 3 weeks! Note that it is more expensive for men to do the challenge because they have bigger portions.

Overall, I am definitely happy I took the challenge because I lost five lbs and it is kind of amazing how when you eat good, nutritious foods that you actually feel better and have more energy. I decided to maximize that energy and start really working out. I have been bitten by the running bug and am up to 3.5 miles which is a big deal for me because I have never been a runner! I really missed the taste of coffee so after the challenge I switched to decaf with soy milk and agave nectar but I am still off soda and have found that I didn’t really miss it. And of course, I brought the alcohol back in moderation.

Have you tried one of these challenges or eaten at My Fit Foods, Mel’s Meals, or Snap Kitchen? I’ve tried Mel’s Meals and Snap Kitchen and bought the recent Groupon for Snap. I like that it’s an easy option to eat healthfully on-the-go and am glad these companies exist, but since I can make the time to cook for myself, I’m not sure I’m the target market. I would be curious to try one of these challenges to help kick-start a healthier lifestyle and some much-needed weight reduction though!

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  • Rachf

    Good for you, Jessica! That's awesome.

  • Saraballon

    Jessica – great guest entry :) Congrats on the follow-through!

  • http://willruntoeat.wordpress.com/ Mike

    $550 sounded like a lot until you said it was 105 meals, which is A LOT LESS than what I'm spending now on 105 meals. As a guy, even if it went up a considerable amount, it's still a lot less than what I'm spending now over any given 21-day period.

    Is this something available to anyone? Sounds like those Nutrisystem commercials, only local.

  • jodibart

    Hey Mike – You can probably call My Fit Foods to find out more and I believe the guys pay a higher rate because their meals are larger. Also, its really not 105 meals since a lot of those are snacks. A good way to think about it is probably the amount you are paying for your total food per day which would be $26. However, you would end up saving money I'm sure because you wouldn't be eating out elsewhere and buying alcohol and coffee which can add up! Finally, you would have to pick up the food yourself unless you did it with enough folks to qualify for their free delivery. Let me know if you try it and like it!

  • http://websmithBLOG.com WebsmithBLOG

    Great job! I am a big fan of My Fit Foods and their 21 day program is a lot more thorough and methodical than other programs. They've been around in Houston for a while so they've had a chance to tweak what worked best for clients. For one, all of their snacks fit within the 21 day program and that can't be said about competitors. Again, great job and great post!

    Web Smith

  • Saraballon

    Jessica – great guest entry :) Congrats on the follow-through!

  • http://willruntoeat.wordpress.com/ Mike

    $550 sounded like a lot until you said it was 105 meals, which is A LOT LESS than what I'm spending now on 105 meals. As a guy, even if it went up a considerable amount, it's still a lot less than what I'm spending now over any given 21-day period.

    Is this something available to anyone? Sounds like those Nutrisystem commercials, only local.

  • jodibart

    Hey Mike – You can probably call My Fit Foods to find out more and I believe the guys pay a higher rate because their meals are larger. Also, its really not 105 meals since a lot of those are snacks. A good way to think about it is probably the amount you are paying for your total food per day which would be $26. However, you would end up saving money I'm sure because you wouldn't be eating out elsewhere and buying alcohol and coffee which can add up! Finally, you would have to pick up the food yourself unless you did it with enough folks to qualify for their free delivery. Let me know if you try it and like it!

  • http://websmithBLOG.com WebsmithBLOG

    Great job! I am a big fan of My Fit Foods and their 21 day program is a lot more thorough and methodical than other programs. They've been around in Houston for a while so they've had a chance to tweak what worked best for clients. For one, all of their snacks fit within the 21 day program and that can't be said about competitors. Again, great job and great post!

    Web Smith

  • Saraballon

    Jessica – great guest entry :) Congrats on the follow-through!

  • http://willruntoeat.wordpress.com/ Mike

    $550 sounded like a lot until you said it was 105 meals, which is A LOT LESS than what I'm spending now on 105 meals. As a guy, even if it went up a considerable amount, it's still a lot less than what I'm spending now over any given 21-day period.

    Is this something available to anyone? Sounds like those Nutrisystem commercials, only local.

  • http://willruntoeat.wordpress.com/ Mike

    $550 sounded like a lot until you said it was 105 meals, which is A LOT LESS than what I'm spending now on 105 meals. As a guy, even if it went up a considerable amount, it's still a lot less than what I'm spending now over any given 21-day period.

    Is this something available to anyone? Sounds like those Nutrisystem commercials, only local.

  • jodibart

    Hey Mike – You can probably call My Fit Foods to find out more and I believe the guys pay a higher rate because their meals are larger. Also, its really not 105 meals since a lot of those are snacks. A good way to think about it is probably the amount you are paying for your total food per day which would be $26. However, you would end up saving money I'm sure because you wouldn't be eating out elsewhere and buying alcohol and coffee which can add up! Finally, you would have to pick up the food yourself unless you did it with enough folks to qualify for their free delivery. Let me know if you try it and like it!

  • http://websmithBLOG.com WebsmithBLOG

    Great job! I am a big fan of My Fit Foods and their 21 day program is a lot more thorough and methodical than other programs. They've been around in Houston for a while so they've had a chance to tweak what worked best for clients. For one, all of their snacks fit within the 21 day program and that can't be said about competitors. Again, great job and great post!

    Web Smith

  • JamesC

    I liked My Fit Foods, until I discovered Snap Kitchen. Real executive chefs, and real registered dietitians. Also its cheaper, each store uses as much local organic foods as possible. Everything is not processed. And their cold pressed juices (and juice programs) are amazing!!! They also change their menu seasonally due to the fact that they use local and organic.

    So if you need something quick and dont really care go to my fit, if you really want to make sure that everything you are eating is what you actually need based on your specific body type, go to Snap Kitchen.

  • jodibart

    Agreed! Snap Kitchen is way better.