I tried a meal delivery service for 3 days
My neighbour texted me that she had gone away but had not cancelled her food delivery service and would I like it? I jumped at the chance because I have always wondered about what these services are like. Would they be useful for some of the women who attend Dellafit to get on track with their nutrition? Or could they save me a lot of time and energy every now and then?
The meals were from Eat Fit Food. My neighbour had ordered from the “Cleanse” menu designed for weight loss and recovery (after you have over indulged). The calories were estimated to be 1200 a day.
I immediately knew that I would have to supplement the meals as I am not able to survive on 1200 calories, nor would I want to even try. So I ate the meals – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and I added 2 pieces of fruit and some almonds. I also added slightly more carbs to 2 of the evening meals, knowing that I had big workouts to do the next morning.
What was my verdict?
The variety was great and the meals were always interesting. Breakfast one day was poached eggs on toast with tomato dukkah. The next day I had seedy porridge with orange on top. On the third day I had a puffed wheat cereal with almond milk and a poached pear. The quality and freshness of the food was also excellent. The portion sizes, however, were puzzling in some ways. For example, the side salads for lunch were tiny. I would have preferred to have those salads double the size as the dressing that was supplied would have been plenty with even with more greens. Eating large salads is a way to make you feel like you can eat a lot.
The convenience was also very good. All I had to do was heat some of the meals up in the microwave. Three days of meals were delivered at once and I could have the meals in any combination.
The potential downside to this type of delivery is that it is difficult to combine a social life which might involve a meal with the program. You have to stick to the food that is delivered. This might suit you for mid week but it would be more difficult on the weekend when there are meals out.
I think there are 3 types of person/situation that this type of food delivery would suit:
- People who are extremely short on time. This service would be a very good way to make sure that you were eating high quality nutritionally balanced meals. You might decide to use your time doing things other than shopping and meal preparation – if so, then this would be the solution.
- People who are not good at preparing their own meals. A better solution would possibly be to put in a little time and effort learning how to cook simple healthy meals. However, if that was not possible then these meals might be a solution.
- Someone who has not eaten well over a period of time who wants a hand getting back on track. You do not want to have to think or plan or spend time deciding what to eat – you just want the hard work done for you.
I personally would prefer to spend a little time planning, shopping and preparing my own meals. It is good to know that this option exists for those times when you might not have the time or when you feel like a break. It beats Uber Eats hands down.