Weekday Eating for One

Over the past few years, being an expat, and working away from home has meant that I spend many working weeks living alone, and one of the downsides of this is that I tend not to eat too well. Whilst I quite enjoy doing a bit of cooking, it’s not the same when it’s just for me, so in the end I typically have fast food, or something very basic, and unhealthy.

However, being a new year, and realising that my clothes were getting tighter, I decided that it was time for me to start eating a bit better. I had noticed that a few of my work colleagues were having their food delivered to the office each day by a subsidiary company, so I did some investigation into what the options were.

I found that I had access to a ‘healthy meal plan’ that would be delivered to me 5 days a week, and provide everything that I needed for the day, at a very reasonable cost. I then spoke to a nutritionist, who wanted to understand my reasons and goals for embarking on the plan, and as a result, she recommended a programme based on 1500 calories a day.

I get access to an online menu system, and for each day and each meal, there are a number of choices, so it’s easy to have a varied selection. So, now when I arrive at my office, a box containing my daily food is waiting for me – and as I’ve usually forgotten what I ordered, it’s like Christmas, every morning!

My daily box of goodies

Each day, the box contains:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Salad
  • Soup
  • Fruit portion
  • Sweet treat (essential for me!)
  • Drink
  • Yoghurt

All food is pre-cooked, so where necessary, it’s just popped into a microwave, and you’re good to go.

This is what 1500 calories looks like!

Today for example, breakfast was a cheese omelette, which I had with orange juice, and an apricot yoghurt – a good start to the day! Mid morning snack was a yummy portion of grapes.

For lunch I had a particular favourite of mine from this region, ‘Shish Tawook’ (grilled chicken cubes), with rice, and a green salad.

Finally, dinner at home – Broccoli Cheddar Soup, then Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Veggies and Mash. To end with, two absolutely delicious chocolates, officially called ‘Chocolate Pieces with Coconut’, they are awesome!

So thats a typical days food, supplemented with the obligatory cups of tea, and several glasses of water – is it enough? Well I’ve been on the plan for almost 2 weeks, and so far, I haven’t had to cheat at all, although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted, but hey, I still have some willpower, (and the weekends to be a bit naughty!)

Overall, it does feel like I’m getting a balanced menu, and any plan that includes a bit of chocolate can’t be all bad! It’s an ideal solution for me given the situation, although I guess I’ll get bored with it after a few weeks maybe. However, in the meantime I’m hoping that I’ll loose a little weight, and benefit from eating less junk, and more of the things that are meant to be good for me.

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