For the past few years I have become increasingly unhappy with my weight. I have tried a range of solutions and diets but only ever last a few days into each new regime before giving up. Laziness and lack of motivation are huge barriers for me. Currently I live an hours travel from work and, as a result, am often too tired to want to cook a healthy meal at the end of each day. On top of that I barely have time to brush my hair in the morning, let alone whip up a balanced breakfast.
Enter Balance Box: it’s a diet delivery service which I have used intermittently in the past but which I am currently trialling for a longer period. The boxes focus on balanced diets, not cutting out any major food groups and not restricting calories drastically. It’s an expensive option, but for my money I’m getting three meals and two snacks provided for four days a week. There is an option to get the diet delivered for seven days, but I like the freedom of choosing my own food for the weekend.
Breakfast often features natural or greek yoghurt bircher or stewed fruit granola pots. Once a week I’ve been getting gluten free rye bread with nut butter or cottage cheese and a small portion of fruit. Although I find the rye bread a little too rich, this does seem to fill me up for much longer than any other breakfasts I’ve tried recently.
Lunch is almost always salad or soup with oatcakes. I’m personally not a huge fan of ‘leaf’ based salads, so I’m pleased to see that Balance Box take a much more (excuse the pun) balanced approach. Spot those delicious carb-filled new potatoes! It’s refreshing to find a company that is endorsed by various celebrities and ‘yummy mummy types’ which doesn’t restrict you into madness and instead focuses on portion size control. Give me those carbs every day of the week please.
If you do find yourself wanting to reach for the biscuit tin though, Balance Box has you covered. Every day you get a delicious fruit and nut bar for a snack. It really is just that too; fruit and nuts all squished together in a little piece of heaven. Needless to say mine last a matter of seconds from start to finish.
My weekdays end with some sort of ‘world’ inspired dish. On a six week rotation the company whips up everything from curries and risottos to patties and roasted vegetables. The portions are the perfect size for an evening meal and always leave me feeling satisfied.
I haven’t yet been following this package for long enough to see any weight loss (and I don’t own a pair of scales because I refuse to monitor every last pound and inch), but I’m feeling optimistic about heading in the right direction for portion size because of the control this gives me. I’m still eating extra snacks each day, but have begun to be more wise in my food choices because of the inspiration Balance Box gives me. I’ve gone from consuming well over 2,000 calories a day to the 1,200 Balance Box provides. I’m not ashamed to say that there is going to be a slight transition period. However, when you’re spending this much money on four days of food a week you are much less inclined to order an Indian takeaway and leave your healthier meal sitting in the fridge. I’m starting to come to terms with weight loss being a slow process in order to be a successful one. It’s taken me 7 years to put on this weight, it’s going to take longer than a few weeks to lose it. Watch this space!
P.S. This was not a sponsored review in any way, I just really like talking about food…