I am SO in love with the 21 Day Fix Meal plan!! It's my new go to guide when it comes to meal planning each week. I really love the WHOLE PROGRAM! I truly feel like it was GENIUS!
I love the containers
I love how they are color coded for each food group
I love that you know exactly how much to eat of each food with out even TRYING
No calorie counting
I love the workouts
I love that they are short
I love that they work the entire body
So .. that MIGHT sum it up ... but not really!!
I mostly love that my challengers are FINALLY finding something that works and getting AMAZING results all while learning how to properly fuel their bodies.
I have been following the fix meal plan for a month now and I can tell you that I don't even have to use the containers most days. I can pretty much eyeball how much of each food group I'm suppose to have. It's become a HABIT and something that I just do and follow.
I love how I didn't really have to change much to the clean eating plan that I already follow but It really let me zero in on how many portions of each food group that I needed to have daily. I still have a complex carb and protein with every meal.
When I head to the grocery store every week I pretty much have the same things on my list. No, they aren't always used for the same meals but normally the same ingredients are used and mixed around to make various meals. There are a list of foods that are approved on the 21 day fix and most of them are what I was already currently eating so it made things pretty simple. I can't tell you exactly what to buy but I can give you a good idea of what you should see in your cart each week.
Lean chicken breast
Lean ground turkey
Plain greek yogurt
Organic veggie burgers
Turkey Meat, Ham, and Turkey Bacon are on the list. I do enjoy Turkey bacon at least once a week with my breakfast but it's not something that I would include in your diet daily. It's higher in sodium and your body will retain water. So I try and stay away from these things.
Healthy Fats (BLUE)
Avocado (I love the mini wholly guacamole, perfect size for the blue container)
Raw unsalted nuts (I like almonds and walnuts)
All natural Peanut Butter
Extra virgin olive oil
I do have to say this is the category that I found I was eating way to much of. I really really love my peanut butter, hummus and avocado. I would eat all of these in one day and it was one of the main factors holding me back from progress. YES they are healthy but having to much of a good thing CAN hurt you. That's what I love about this plan. You can be a beginner or a pro clean eater but you are still going to learn something. I've eliminated a lot of dairy from my diet and i've noticed less bloating and stomach pains.
Berries (my favorite strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
Limes/Lemons for flavor in water or on fish.
Try and watch your sugars when it comes to fruit. If you are really wanting to shed weight or only have a little bit to lose. Stay away from Grapes, Mangos, and Banana's. Those are higher in Sugar and Banana's are high in starch. This is a hard one for me because I love fruit but I promise the minute you make these small changes you will see those changes you have been wanting to see. Also try and have your fruits earlier in the day.
Baby Spinach Leaves
No CORN is not a vegetable people!!! It's a STARCH! Stay away from it.
Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Rolled Oats (NOT INSTANT)
Whole Wheat Tortilla
Brown Rice Cake
Here are a list of things that I frequently use:
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Mrs. Dash seasonings (salt free)