Something Different, Sadly

I’m sad to say we had to cancel our Hello Fresh subscription. The meals are absolutely scrumptious. I felt like a real chef while cooking all this beautiful food. So why did we cancel? The inability to control the amount of salt. The meals contain a lot of salt in the pre-made sauces, and some of the meat are in a salt water brine.

I sent a message about the salt content with my cancellation. If they ever correct this, I’ll definitely be back.

On the upside, it’s probably for the best since I’m doing WW. Of course, these meals do work with WW, but I’ll be more in control planning my own meals. Plus, my daughter will do some of the cooking. I have no idea what I’m going to cook tonight, but I’m sure it won’t be as pretty and delicious as my Hello Fresh meals.

Intermittent Fasting Boost

As I mentioned in my prior post Intermittent Fasting and WW, on November 10th I started back on WW. Although I know it works perfectly on its own, I added intermittent fasting to my plan as well. This was a great idea. I’ve lost 3.4 pounds in 14 days. This is good considering my affinity for Hello Fresh meals.

The reason I added intermittent fasting is because once I start eating for the day I tend to be hungry all the time. Intermittent fasting curbs my hunger and helps me to be much more successful. I don’t think about food all the time or feel deprived because I know a wonderful Hello Fresh meal is coming for dinner. The above meal is Brown Sugar Apple Bourbon Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

Of course, the Hello Fresh meals use my entire day’s points, but that’s not a problem because I skip breakfast and eat a zero-point lunch. I haven’t been snacking much, but I’m sure to add cups of veggies and to drink all my water because on the new Personal Points plan that adds points.

Thanksgiving will likely be a challenge. It will be made tougher by the fact that we do it twice, once with the kids’ dad’s side of the family and once at our home the Saturday after. I’m going to use intermittent fasting to at least control the hours I eat.

Intermittent Fasting and WW

During the pandemic, I’ve spent a lot of time on the couch watching tv and eating whatever I wanted. My laziness led to me not feeling my best or looking my best or even being my best self. I haven’t been able to commit to anything in a while. I’ve been in limbo and unable to lose any weight in quite a while.

Five weeks ago, things started changing gradually when I discovered intermittent fasting (IF). I didn’t know anything about intermittent fasting, so I did a little research. Intermittent Fasting For Beginners: A Complete Guide to the Fasting Lifestyle by Amanda Swain was a good place to start. I didn’t want to set myself up for failure by fasting too many hours in the beginning, so I started with the 16:8 plan. Ms. Swain defines the 16:8 plan on page 4 of her book as, “Each day you fast for 16 hours and eat all meals within the other 8. I ate between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm for four weeks, and it was a huge success.

On week five, I started 18:6 by eating 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Additionally, I started back on WW with their brand new Personal Points program. The only thing that I thought might trip me up is that I’ve been cooking Hello Fresh meals for dinner, and they use full-fat mayo, butter, and olive oil. It has been much easier than I expected. I’ve been able to plan ahead and have 0-point or low-point foods at 1:00 and then my Hello Fresh at dinner at 6:00. The photo above is the Hello Fresh Firecracker Meatballs with jasmine rice and green beans.

I’m loving this new lifestyle, and I’m feeling great. I have a lot more energy, which means I’ve gone from zero energy to a solid four or five. Not bad for five weeks.