Cinnamon was almost as interested in the boxes as I was — but only almost. After rubbing my hands together with glee, I cut the plastic cording holding the two boxes together and dug in. It was kind of like being a kid at Christmastime, waiting to see what I was going to get.
I didn’t even wait to carry the box into the kitchen. The treadmill made a fine resting place to sneak a peek.
Out came sandwiches, pasta dishes, chili … so many delicious-sounding meals. And so much packaging. They’re taking up most of my fridge and freezer. Once I got over the excitement of having breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered to my door, I started plugging nutrition info into my Weight Watchers app’s calculator.
And that’s where my euphoria faltered.
I went with the traditional low-fat plan, figuring that since Weight Watchers is a low-fat plan, that was the smartest choice.
Umm … maybe not. As I calculated Points Plus Values for each DietToGo meal, I found meals with 14, 16, 19 Points. 19? I’m only eating 35 a day. Not looking forward to knocking out almost 2/3 of them in one fell swoop.
Please keep in mind these are just my initial thoughts. They can — and probably will — change. (That’s a woman’s prerogative, right?)
I have no beef with the food itself (… although I’m not sure I saw much beef). The three meals I’ve had so far have been delicious. Noodle Kugel and applesauce for breakfast (11 Points); Szechuan Turkey Burger for lunch (14 Points); chicken pizza with broccoli for dinner (9 Points). (I chowed down on the broccoli before I remembered to take a photo.)
The Szechuan Turkey Burger was especially good. It smelled so fantastic that my coworkers had to come see what I was eating. I liked the Black Bean Salad side more than the carrot/beet salad — but that could have been because the carrot/beet salad was still a little frosty.
Huh. Just did the math, and that day’s worth of food added up to 34 Points — one less than I’m allowed. It was the Starbucks latte and yogurt that pushed me into FPs for the day.
So perhaps it’s a mental thing. I’ve gotten used to eating around 6-8 Points for breakfast, another 10-ish for lunch and 8 for dinner, leaving 10 or so points for a Starbucks treat, an afternoon snack of nuts or veggies and hummus (or both … or a donut) and a small dessert.
Bigger-Points meals=fewer snacks.
Can I handle that? Maybe.
Just being realistic.
Then again, being less snacky might not be a bad thing.
After all, it’s not like I was starving between tasty meals. I remained pleasantly full for several hours after eating. The 4 Points bag of popcorn I snagged while writing at Starbucks was more a factor of waiting too long between meals. I had breakfast at around 10 and was getting hungry by 2 — but wouldn’t have microwave access until I hit work at 4. I wanted a snack at about 5, but I think that was more boredom than hunger … or maybe it was just the snack habit. I wanted it because I’m used to having it.
DietToGo’s convenience factor is off the charts. All I had to do was throw a couple of trays into my lunch cooler. No spending 20-30 minutes in the kitchen, prepping/packing meals and snacks. I had time to take a shower and still get out of the house before noon. That doesn’t happen very often.
I’m excited to see what happens over the next several days. Will I mix and match DietToGo meals with some of my own making so I have Points for snacks? I’ll be honest: That was my thought until I sat down to write this post and started doing the math.
Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to sampling some more chef-prepared delights. I’m firmly convinced food tastes better when you don’t have to cook it yourself.