Ok, so I admit it. I was skeptical. I am by no stretch of the imagination naive to dieting and the many different miracle diets, pills, and gimmicks that we’re subjected to on an everyday basis. Now, I never bought into the cabbage soup diet or any of those things but I did try low carb, ketogenic type diets, intermittent fasting (which is still think has it’s place), vegetarian for a few weeks, and the list goes on and on. So, when Laura of Eatology came to our gym touting the glories of Eatology and their Paleo/Zone meals I just didn’t know if this would really be my answer for weight loss. Why was I so skeptical? Because I’ve done Zone and Paleo before and I ended up gaining weight. However, since the conclusion of my last bikini show, I decided to focus on building strength and just getting better at CrossFit for a while. That worked great! The only problem was that I ended up a little fleshier than I like. So, I figured why not? I’ll give Eatology a shot, try it for a week, and if I gain weight or don’t like it then at least I can speak about it from experience. Plus, I felt like I had probably done the Zone incorrectly in the past. I could never figure out the blocks! Is it 1 block before or after cooking? So I add 1.5 or 3 fat grams to make 1 block? Do I subtract fiber from the carb grams? Agh!
I received my first shipment on a Tuesday. It was packed quite efficiently in a large Styrofoam cooler with dry ice (how fun is dry ice?!), each meal labeled with it’s contents. I received 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners. I chose the 2 block meals since I’m a shorter female. Larger men and women can get the 3 block meals and add snacks appropriately. On my first day something became glaringly apparent. I had been overeating when I had done Zone in the past. These portions where small. Not terribly small but smaller than what I thought was 2 blocks in the past. The meat and fat portions where about the same from my version of the Zone but the carb portions where quite different. See? Who can figure that stuff out??? (Eatology obviously and now me since I’ve seen what’s appropriate). The food was darn tasty and there was quite a bit of variety. As the week wore on, I could definitely tell I was losing some weight and as with any diet where your calories are lower than normal, I felt a little sluggish. That changed after a week or two into it though. Which answers the question; Did I continue?
Yes! After one week, I was hooked. The food was great. I loved having a variety of meals to choose from and I felt fantastic! I felt lighter, my stomach wasn’t bloated. I could tell this was doing something. After the second week I was down 8 lbs! WHAT?! I’ve never lost weight that easily. Now, about 2 months later I am down a solid 15 lbs from pre-Eatology and I feel fantastic What do I think makes it “work?” Portion control and Paleo/quality food. The portion control is huge. It doesn’t matter what you’re eating. If you’re eating too much you won’t lean out. Eatology also uses mainly Paleo ingredietns with the occasional black bean and cheese thrown in a dish (Primal, if you will). For those who aren’t familiar with Paleo/Primal eating, in a nutshell it means eating foods that do not cause inflammation which reduces risk for disease and makes weight loss much easier. So, there are no grains in the Eatology meals as grains are a huge pro-inflammatory food. I also think knowing you have your meals planned and calories allotted makes you much less likely to snack and pick on other foods throughout the day, thus lowering incidental calorie intake and making weight loss easier.
I am currently eating Eatology meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the work week and then make my own meals and choices on the weekend. Is this a permanent solution? It could be if you want. I plan to continue it for a while. Or, if you’d prefer you can also just have several meals on hand for when time or motivation to cook are short or perhaps just a few weeks to teach your eyes and appetite what an appropriately sized meal looks like. I also, think it’s helpful in that it shows you tasty, health food doesn’t have to be complicated. So, give it a try if you’re frustrated with your weight. You honestly have nothing to lose except some “fluff”.
Sun-dried Tomato Cuplette
These “cheesy egg muffins” with sun kissed tomatoes and hints of basil are a favorite. Cuplettes come in a variety of flavors.
Poached eggs, baked tomatoes and ham served over a sautéed ‘shroom and topped with hollandaise sauce – truly an experience.
Each breakfast comes in variety of flavors ranging from peach n’ pecan, blueberry, cinnamon apple and a few others.
Maple Turkey Sausage Patties
Our turkey sausage may be served on their own or in a scramble. Either way, it’s a winner!
Breakfast Shepards Pie
This version of Shepards Pie is a bit different and served with Sweet Potato and lean beef! So good!
Roasted red peppers and olives are carefully oven baked. Frittatas come in a variety of flavors.
A refreshing dish served with creamy cucumber and tomato dill salad.
Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf
This isn’t your mom’s meatloaf! Served with roasted autumn veggies.
Layers of prosciutto, roasted garlic and peppers. Served with grilled asparagus and squash.
Turkey & Blue Cheese Burgers
One of our most popular paleo plates. These lean patties are topped with a cool sun-dried tomato sauce.
Fresh fish mixed with diced tomatoes, peppers and cilantro in lime juice. Served with Gazpacho Chunk Vegetable Salad.
Paleo Portobello Pepperoni Pizza
This pizza crust is really a ‘shroom! Topped with plenty of turkey pepperonis, mozzarella cheese and sauce. Comes with a variety of toppings.
This paleo classic is layered with golden roasted eggplant, ricotta cheese, and marinara.
Salmon Croquettes w/ Mango Salsa
These cakes take it to the tropics on a Jicama-lime salad bed.
Paleo Chicken Parmesan
The real deal! Served with Caponata: an Italian side dish of garlic, zucchini, peppers, capers, golden raisins, pinenuts, fennel and mint.
Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf
A hearty pz meal served with Paleo Garlic Mashed Potatoes (YES! YOU READ THAT RIGHT!!!)
Served on a bed of grilled pineapple spears and mandarin oranges with lime and agave nectar.”
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