Sunday, June 7, 2015

Why the 21 Day Fix?

So you may have heard of the 21 Day Fix, particularly if you watch random daytime infomercials like my husband and I sometimes do on the weekends when we tune out on our iPads :)  If you have not, its basically just another fitness and eating program.  So why this one, you ask?

My husband was interested.

That's it.  It might not be the best reason, but when you've been itching for a positive change and the person you live with says hey, I'll give this really amazing sounding program a try, you go for it.

The key to the 21 Day Fix program is the fact that it lays out both a workout and a food program, and makes both fairly simple to understand.  There is a 30-minute workout for every day, plus extra 10-minute abs you can toss in.  It's got cardio, weights, pilates, yoga.  Which sounds like a great mix for workouts I tend to enjoy.

Then there is the food.  You get a set of colored containers, each designated with a specific list of foods (so no, it's not something where you can just cram in your burger and if it fits, it's good.  There are guidelines).  You get a certain number of each color every day plus some teaspoons for fats.  You can also swap out carbs for treats like wine or healthy homemade cookies periodically.  It's obviously heaviest on veggies, lightest on carbs and fats.  

  • Green = Veggies = 1 cup
  • Purple = Fruits = 1 cup
  • Red = Proteins = 3/4 cup
  • Yellow = Carbs = 1/2 cup
  • Blue = Healthy Fats, Cheese = 1/4 cup
  • Orange = Dressings, Seeds = 2 Tbsp
  • Black = Oils, Nut Butters = 1 teaspoon (not provided) 

For stuff that doesn't fit well into containers there are guidelines like 1 yellow is one slice of whole grain bread.  The lists of acceptable foods is not huge, but there's a good variety.  And it seems like there's some leeway when it comes to flavoring your food as long as you stick to clean ingredients and avoid things like white sugars and processed crap.  I have definitely found some delicious recipes for my 21 Day Fix Pinterest board.

So OK, that sounds pretty reasonable.  Fill the containers, assemble meals.  Flexible plan easily adaptable to a gluten-free diet.  Score.  Then when I first got the containers, I saw the yellow (carbs) one and immediately thought, wow.  That is TEENY.


And I only get two per day!  They give you a formula to decide on your recommended calorie intake for the plan, and I fall into the smallest calorie pool, and it doesn't sound like much.  However, last night I decided to put the mashed potatoes I served myself into the yellow container and lo and behold, the generous portion fit perfectly.  Even my husband's serving was not much more than a yellow container's worth.  So maybe it won't be so bad.

I keep hearing people on the program say they feel like they are eating more than normal, so I definitely hope I am one of those.  We also have drunk the proverbial Beachbody Kool-aid and have purchased the Shakeology mix, which is supposed to be their magical superfood drink that quells cravings, helps with satiety and provides lots of nutrients and protein.

I'm approaching this with as much enthusiasm and preparation as I can to hopefully make this a positive experience for both my husband and I that will help us feel more comfortable in our own skin and make better choices about what we put into our bodies.

I promise my Instagram feed is not going to be filled with endless regimented food photos as I know not everyone cares to see my lunch salad day after day, but I do plan to log everything I eat here on the blog so those of you who are interested can see what the diet really looks like, and maybe get some gluten-free 21 day fix meal planning ideas for yourself!  So I really hope that someone out there in this great big world is helped by me sharing my experience, and in return I hope that it helps me stay accountable, motivated and engaged.

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