Ok, so, it’s been a while. And I’m sorry about that. I got married and I’ve been on honeymoon so it’s safe to say blogging has been pushed down the priority list a touch! But I’m back and better than ever.
I’ve slightly changed tac too. The focus of my blogs will now be my own personal experiments in health, fitness and lifestyle. I want to share with you guys what I am doing on a weekly basis. What is working, what isn’t and why. This will all be quite anecdotal of course. It’s just my experience with a little science thrown in for good measure, but I hope you find it useful. As ever, please feel free to email me if you have any questions, complaints or legal proceedings.
I’ve been experimenting with using a meal prep company called Fresh Fitness Food. It may be something you want to consider adding to your arsenal.
What’s the perfect nutritional strategy? I like the idea of a plant-based diet. My personal definition of that does not exclude meat and animal products. Rather it stipulates that vegetables and fruits predominate. By volume: 60% plants, 20% protein and animal products and 20% additional fats or carbs. This diet emphasises that vegetables are your staple.
Now, what’s the best way to execute this diet? I don’t think there’s any getting around it. The perfect implementation of this strategy is to cook all your own food; to do extensive food prep and to use a quality organic supplier like Abel and Cole (which is my favourite by a long way).
But how many of us have the time to do this? If you’re one of the many busy people who simply can’t cook everything from scratch, a meal prep company like Fresh Fitness Food should be part of your approach. Equally, if you don’t really know where to start with a healthy diet, a meal prep service could be very useful.
The perfect solution is the one you can implement
It goes without saying that using a meal prep company will not provide a perfect solution. Is the quality on a par with Abel and Cole? No. Is it organic? No. Will you get an enormous amount of veg, particularly dark leafy green veg? No.
BUT, the perfect solution is the solution that you can implement not the solution that is theoretically perfect. Far too many people are derailed by attempting to execute much too ambitious plans. If you are 80% good 80% of the time for a long time period, you’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve.
If the choice is between (i) using a meal prep company or (ii) attacking your diet ad hoc, eating lunches out and buying food every evening to cook, the former wins every single time. And if you’re worried about the financial comparison, I strongly urge you to do the maths rigorously. How much do you really spend on food, when you factor in the trips to Pret or Chop’d and all the snacks and the shopping trips every evening or every week? Fresh Fitness Food will cost you between £100-£150 per week (5 days of meals) depending on how much you want to eat. In my mind, that’s good value.
That being said, I don’t use Fresh Fitness Food for ALL my intake. If you’ve read my If It Fits Your Micros post, you already know that vegetable intake and micronutrient diversity are incredibly important to me. So I can’t completely leave that up to chance! Instead I use FFF for 3 meals a day and with those 3 meals I simply get the maximum amount of macros I can have without adding extra cost: 150g carbohydrate, 150g protein, 75g of fat. On top of that I add extra vegetables, extra fat (normally nuts or olive oil / grass fed butter as a dressing on the veg) and, on training days a recovery shake for 60g of extra carbs and 30g of protein. I still make a weekly order with Abel and Cole where I order roughly £50 worth of seasonal veg (as many different greens varieties as I can find), broccoli sprouts and some stuff for the weekend.
This approach is working very well for me and I totally recommend it. However, you could very well just start with FFF on it’s own and see how you get on. If you aren’t already used to a large intake, the veggies they provide serves as a good start.
Give it a go!
If you’re interested in giving FFF a go, head over to their order page here. You can use our discount code CITYROAD10 to get 10% off all your orders. I would suggest setting your macros for yourself and if you need help with that, let me know. I’d be happy to send you over a starting point.
Of course, if you have the time for food prep and cooking, please do that! It is better, without doubt. For the rest of us, a combination of meal prep assistance and our own cooking will do the trick!
Any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org