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Fulham mum-of-two Alex Geddes is our regular columnist, blogging about fashion, beauty, parenting and every day life.
I had my second baby three weeks ago, and am desperate to get back in shape as quickly as possible.
Last time round, I really struggled to lose the weight and get fit, and put it off for a long time. So, I’ve been trying out some diet delivery companies, to see whether they work, if they are easier to stick to than a conventional diet and how good the food actually is…
The Pure Package
The Pure Package deliver healthy, fresh, gourmet diet food to your door. They offer a selection of programmes, from Weight Loss to Pre and Post Baby, which are perfectly balanced to help you reach your aims. They are also a godsend if you have a hectic life, as everything is prepared and left on your doorstep. Snacks are packaged up and labelled, and meals are ready to eat or heat, with clear instructions.
Before you start your programme, you have a telephone consultation with a Pure Package advisor, who goes through all of your details, eating habits and an overview of your lifestyle, and sets you up on the right plan for you. I started the Pre and Post Baby plan, and am found it wonderful. The menu’s include things like Date Bircher Muesli, Feta and Basil Pate with Griddled Aubergine Open Sandwich, and Jerk Chicken, all of which look and taste delicious.
This is a great way to kickstart a healthy eating regime or diet, which is exceptionally convenient and easy. It is also tasty, which most healthy food is not, at least in my experience.
The full package, which includes 3 meals a day and snacks, costs £42.95 a day for a 10 day programme.
Soulmatefood is a diet delivery service, which is wholesome, nutritionally and calorie controlled, and most importantly, delicious. Seriously, it's nicer than the stuff I cook for Mr. G. Working out at just under £25 a day for a 6 day trial
(3 meals and 2 snacks a day), it is a cheaper option. Unlike most diets, the food is substantial and really filling. The menu can be tailored to exclude things you can't or don't eat, and is very varied.
I would struggle to cook the same menu for less than £25 a day, and once you factor in the effort factor, I am a total convert to this type of dieting. Combining low GI frequent meals, your metabolism is boosted without ever feeling hungry. I can also testify that you feel more energised. With a newborn baby and toddler, I would ordinarily grab a slice of toast for lunch, which left me feeling tired and hungry (by 5pm I would be wrestling Fifi's fish fingers from her...). Eating smaller, healthier meals has really helped prevent that mid afternoon slump (aka 'the I need coffee and cake now' slump).
The food is delivered to your doorstep in the early hours, ready prepared and boxed up. The only effort required is opening your mouth and saying yum. So far, my favourite meals have been lamb kofte with Greek salad, fajitas and my mid morning smoothies. Oh, and did I mention that I have lost 5lb in 5 days....
Soulmatefood, from £149 a week for a 6 day trial Weight Loss package.