Wednesday 8 February 2012

Jenny was a friend of mine.

As I'm sure some of you know I write for Where Are My Knees, a diet and fitness blog. I normally keep all my diet chatter there, but I was asked if I'd review the Jenny Craig diet plan for this blog, so I figured it was worth a shot. I've been struggling to get back into good eating habits lately - too many excuses to eat rubbish, you see! But I thought that this might be a good way of kickstarting me and getting me back into good habits.

Jenny Craig is, in essence, a diet food delivered service. So basically, I got a month's worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners sent to me, and a meal plan. You also get a call with a nutritionist once a week for advice and encouragement.

The breakfast are things like different kinds of porridge and wholewheat flakes with chocolate or yoghurt, the lunches are soups or pasta or potato pots and the dinners are a variety of things, but mostly some kind of sauce with rice or pasta or potato. Then in the meal plan, you're told how much fruit or milk (e.g. yoghurts) and treats (e.g. Jenny Craig cereal bars or crisps) you can have. Oh, and you can have as much salad or certain vegetables that you want.

I'm just starting my second week and I have mixed feelings about it. It's really easy - everything I eat is basically done for me, so when I get in from work I don't have to think about cooking or anything. It's also made me address my eating habits, which even on 'healthy' days were not necessarily brilliant. I've realised I don't actually eat enough during the day - the thing with Jenny Craig is in addition to your breakfast, lunch and dinner, you're supposed to eat portions of salad and cooked vegetables, and fruit and low fat snacks and a yoghurt. Whereas I'll quite often have my porridge, then keep going until my lunchtime soup, then keep going until dinner, whereby inevitably I'll snack on whatever is around. It's a bad habit to fall into, but one I don't realise I'm doing a lot of the time.

I am starting to get a bit bored of the meals - they're quite samey and if I specifically fancy something, I can't just have it - whereas with other diet plans, there's often a way to work it in, whilst still being healthy. I've also had a couple of days when it's all gone to pot - BUT because the food is there, I seem more likely to go back to routine, rather than just giving in to unhealthy food! So I'm trying to keep open-minded for the rest of the trial.

Watch this space to see how I get on!


  1. I have never fancied one of these diets, for the reasons you mention but I guess it would be a good way to look at what you really eat.

  2. I've been trying to have more healthy snacks in between meals, I think they make you eat less at meals and stay fuller for longer. I don't think I would like to be dictated what to eat at every meal though! I'd get bored though.

  3. I love that song by The Killers :)

  4. Interesting, I like the idea that everything is done for you, if it's left up to me I'd live on noodles and peas (seriously) with crisps thrown in.
    I'm going to keep an eye on how you get on, would like to know if this was easier/better than WW and SW.
    (love the title of this post)

  5. Hmmm it's an interesting concept. Although like you i think i'd get quite bored of the same meals all the time.

  6. All very interesting! Nice to have everything ready planned and must save time packing lunch in the morning etc but eating out must be a nightmare x


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