We writers spend a lot of time on our back sides. Whether it’s sitting at a computer screen typing, or reading a good book, our favourite pursuits are rather sedentary. It’s really no surprise when the kilos pile on. One day I decided I’d had enough of the muffin tops and it was time to take action. I needed an easy to follow diet that wasn’t going to create any extra work for myself. After all, I kinda hate cooking.
Lite n’ Easy fitted the brief perfectly. You place an online order. A weeks’ worth of meals are delivered to your doorstep. Everything is labelled and ready to be eaten. There’s only a little bit of prep work. But most of the time it’s as simple as sticking a ready-made meal in the microwave. If you’re thinking Lite n’ Easy might be for you, let me break down the pros and cons for you.
Cooking free zone
Apart from frying up bacon and eggs there is no cooking involved. Perfect if like me you’re not a big fan of getting into the kitchen and getting your hands dirty (or burnt).
I was really quite surprised by the variety of meals. It was to the point that for breakfast the type of bread and cereal was different each day. And lunches were a good mix of sandwiches and baked meals. Unless you live in a large household, having up to seven types of bread in the fridge is not realistic.
Now I’ve had my fair share of frozen meals in the past. So I’d say I’m qualified to speak on freshness. Lite n’ Easy meals are without doubt fresh. When a meal includes tomato, you receive a whole fresh tomato. As for the dinners, they taste like last nights reheated leftovers. I will never buy frozen from the supermarket ever again.
More free time
With less cooking, and no grocery shopping required (apart from milk), I found myself walking around the house aimlessly thinking ‘what shall I do?’ At first I idled the time away on social media. Then I became savvier with the housework giving myself more socialising time across the weekend.
Some items become repetitive
Despite the variety I did become a little fed up of certain items, like oranges and tomatoes. My main gripe with the oranges is that they’re a little messy to eat at your work desk. As for the tomatoes, who eats a whole tomato for breakfast? Or puts a whole tomato on their sandwich for lunch? At one point I ended up with six tomatoes in my fridge that I divvied up to my mum and a friend.
Imagine eating out three times a day? That’s basically what Lite n’ Easy is. Even with all the convenience and freshness, the long-term costs are not sustainable for most. Don’t get me wrong, the prices are pretty reasonable; from $144 per week per person. That’s about $6.85 per meal including morning and afternoon snacks. But do you spend $7,488 per annum on groceries for one person? I know I don’t.
Socialising kills you
I wasn’t about to give up socialising. And catching up with friends is usually done over a meal, particularly if there’s a birthday. Which of course also means birthday cake. I found my little ad hoc indulges extremely detrimental. One day my stomach was looking flat, the next it bloated out again. You have to be super disciplined like ALL THE TIME.
So how much weight did I lose after three months on Lite n’ Easy? I honestly couldn’t tell you. It wasn’t about the kilos for me. As per my new year’s resolutions, it was about dropping a dress size. And whilst my clothes are a little looser, I can’t quite squeeze into a smaller size just yet. I do feel healthier and more energised. Even my tennis coach has noticed. He is in awe of how much I run around the court now.
Even though I’m not at my ideal dress size (yet), Lite n’ Easy has taught me healthier eating habits. I learnt I wasn’t eating enough at breakfast and lunch time which was causing me to over indulge at dinner. I often went searching for more food and more often than not it was something sweet to satisfy the craving. I learnt it’s ok to have a (healthy) morning and afternoon snack rather than depriving yourself. I’m glad I took the plunge and tried Lite n’ Easy. It’s definitely kick started a new healthier lifestyle.
So how much writing did I get done in my extra free time? Absolutely none. But I did take up another inactive hobby. I’m a little addicted to FreeCell and am on a 46 game winning streak. Yay me!