You may have seen from my twitter/instagram that I am doing a two week trial of the Jenny Craig diet*. If you haven't heard of Jenny Craig before its basically a diet in which you have diet meals delivered to your door and are told when to eat it, you just add things like milk, salad and veg.
I received all my food and my welcome pack on Thursday, I was actually like a kid at Christmas and wanted to try all the food out straight away! The food came well packaged in a big box and I was kept up to date with delivery times, the texts even told me the delivery drivers name! Thankfully Marcus left my box with a neighbour so I didn't have to worry about going to the DPD depot to pick it up.
Simon, my Jenny Craig consultant, rang me at lunch time yesterday (we had pre-arranged a time) to go through the plan and answer any queries. The one downside with this was that even though the food was delivered on Thursday my menu didn't actually arrive until Friday, which meant that when I spoke with Simon at work I hadn't seen the menu, though he did say if I had any queries after seeing the menu just to give them a ring. He seemed very helpful so I'm sure this wouldn't have been a problem.
You receive a measuring spoon for milk, salad, veg, etc, a grocery guide which helps you figure out what items you can add to the plan and a handy little folder to help you on your way.
Two weeks worth of breakfast
Two weeks worth of lunch
Two weeks worth of snacks (one a day)
Two weeks worth of evening meals
That is it, my food for the next two weeks! I will be adding milk, fruit, salad, veg, bread, cheese and various other stuff to this so it isn't as bad as it seems. I can even have three low cal hot chocolates a day if I like, that option seems quite good right now!
I had aimed to go to Tesco from work yesterday and buy all the extras that I needed for next week as I plan to start the diet tomorrow. Annoyingly I had quite the migraine when I left work and just couldn't concentrate properly on what I was doing! I've managed to buy what I need for my first day and will then work out a complete week and stock up on everything.
My first day will consist of Jenny Craig cereal with semi skimmed milk and a banana (or strawberries if the strawberries in the garden are ready then!). I'm hoping that I won't use the whole cup of milk on my cereal so that I can have a cup of coffee. Coffee is free on the plan as are sweeteners so I only have to take the milk into account. I will have a low fat yoghurt for my snack followed by a Jenny Craig soup with a small wholemeal bread roll grilled with cheese and a side salad with a drizzling of oil. That is a lot more than my normal lunch! I will have either a bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps for a snack. For my evening meal I have a Jenny Craig Tikka Masalla with vegetables, then a further fruit snack.
I'm quite looking forward to starting this diet. At the moment my only concern is the mornings, I usually have cereal in the house and belevita breakfast biscuits at around 10:30, replacing these biscuits with a yoghurt may be a struggle. Hopefully by adding in some of my free food such as fruit it won't be too hard!
Is Jenny Craig a diet that you would be interested in or do you think you're better off doing it yourself? I'm personally hoping that the two weeks on this trial will teach me enough good habits to enable me to go it alone.