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Snap Kitchen’s Snap Commit Program

2 December 2011 2,539 views 15 Comments

I’ve been wanting to do Snap Kitchen’s Snap Commit program ever since my friend Jessica did a similar 21-day challenge in 2010. She was able to turn the habits she learned in those 21 days into a lifestyle that she has continued over a year later. With my wedding planned for October 2012, and some family gatherings coming up in the next few months, I wanted to jump-start my pre-wedding weight loss program, and now felt like the perfect time to commit.

Full Disclosure: I approached Snap Kitchen and offered to blog about my experience on the program in exchange for them helping defray the total cost. Luckily, they saw the marketing benefit, and gave me a gift card for $395 towards the cost of food, leaving $195 for me to make up the difference.

The total cost for my plan, which includes Snap Commit at 1200 calories per day ($550), Snap Clean Start ($40 for one day), and a consultation with the dietitian (free since I paid up front with the gift card and my credit card together), was $590. This breaks down to close to $30 a day.

Andrea Hinsdale, RD, LD

My blurry iPhone 3GS pic of dietitian Andrea Hinsdale, RD, LD

My Goals

  • To stick with the program, which includes 22 days of meals, along with room for 3 “cheat” meals of my choosing
  • To share my experience and progress with you, along with weekly weigh-ins (to take place on Fridays)
  • To work out 2-3 times a week during the program

What I Like So Far

  • Not having to worry about shopping for food, cooking food, or trying to eat healthy during this challenging time of year
  • The menu looks exciting and seems to have a wider variety than other programs like this — I also love that they source locally as much as they can
  • The access to the dietitian via e-mail to answer any questions I have, and the encouragement to give feedback on what I like and don’t like so that my plan will be tailored to what works for me
  • The fact that there are lots of veggies on the menu, even though the focus is still on lean proteins

Challenges

  • I can already tell that its going to be hard to do this and still be social. Tonight, I’m going to dinner at a friends house, and he wasn’t thrilled when I told him I was bringing my own meal. Also, Ill likely have some work-related dinners with vendors later on in the month, plus lots of holiday parties of course! I do have three “cheat” meals built into the program, but two out of three of those are accounted for — one is a tasting with a potential wedding caterer, the other is a wedding cake contest I’m judging!
  • Finding the time and motivation to work out. I’ve been pretty sedentary recently — and also very busy planning this wedding, but I need to prioritize exercise for both body and mind.
Snap Clean Start Juices

Snap Clean Start Juices

While I had my usual breakfast yesterday — skim milk with shredded wheat — I started the Snap Clean Start juice program at lunchtime, when I met Andrea (the dietitian) at Snap Kitchen. I was actually amazed at how well these five juices filled me up, and how good they tasted. I enjoyed each one of the juices, and was surprised that I liked some of the less sweet options. In fact, I finished every one with a smile on my face (no wincing!).

I didn’t start to feel my stomach growling until it was time to go to sleep. It’s been a while since I’ve let my stomach growl and it’s kind of nice to remember what it’s like to feel hungry, since I’ve been feeding myself well before there is any growling to be heard of late! And, I could have grabbed a piece of fruit if I wanted before bed, and still been following the “rules,” but decided not to this time.

Other than the bedtime hunger, I enjoyed today’s juice meal plan on the whole, and would recommend it, even with the much more frequent visits to the ladies room!

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  • Rebecca Goodstein

    This is awesome, Jod! Can't wait to hear more about it and all of your successes. xo

  • Rebecca Goodstein

    This is awesome, Jod! Can't wait to hear more about it and all of your successes. xo

  • jodibart

    Or even better would be to get the band back together (at least the two of us who are allowed to restrict our calories). Let me know when you're in and we can get our weekly emails going again!

  • Kerriholden

    Excited to read more about this! I've considered doing the My Fit Foods 21-day challenge…but that $500+ cost for 21 days of food is enough alone to make me lose my appetite :)

  • Megan

    Good luck, Jodi! I like the food at Snap! and love the idea of this program, but like Kerri I can't get past the cost – it's more than my budget for a family of three. I'll be interested to read your experiences with it.

  • jodibart

    I'll happily share my experiences with it. So far, it's been 24 hours and the food is awesome! Today I had bison hash with egg whites for breakfast, red pepper hummus with carrots and celery for snack, and spinach salad with candied nuts, goat cheese, onions, and beets for lunch! Super excited for what afternoon snack and dinner have in store, and I'll still have 300 calories to spend on wine or fruit or something tonight :-)

  • jodibart

    I'll happily share my experiences with it. So far, it's been 24 hours and the food is awesome! Today I had bison hash with egg whites for breakfast, red pepper hummus with carrots and celery for snack, and spinach salad with candied nuts, goat cheese, onions, and beets for lunch! Super excited for what afternoon snack and dinner have in store, and I'll still have 300 calories to spend on wine or fruit or something tonight :-)

  • Rebecca Goodstein

    This is awesome, Jod! Can't wait to hear more about it and all of your successes. xo

  • jodibart

    Or even better would be to get the band back together (at least the two of us who are allowed to restrict our calories). Let me know when you're in and we can get our weekly emails going again!

  • Kerriholden

    Excited to read more about this! I've considered doing the My Fit Foods 21-day challenge…but that $500+ cost for 21 days of food is enough alone to make me lose my appetite :)

  • Megan

    Good luck, Jodi! I like the food at Snap! and love the idea of this program, but like Kerri I can't get past the cost – it's more than my budget for a family of three. I'll be interested to read your experiences with it.

  • jodibart

    I'll happily share my experiences with it. So far, it's been 24 hours and the food is awesome! Today I had bison hash with egg whites for breakfast, red pepper hummus with carrots and celery for snack, and spinach salad with candied nuts, goat cheese, onions, and beets for lunch! Super excited for what afternoon snack and dinner have in store, and I'll still have 300 calories to spend on wine or fruit or something tonight :-)

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