Yesterday I posted about my husband and I starting the SHRED Diet and since then, I have gotten a boatload of emails asking what kind of foods do you get to eat, is it expensive, etc. etc. So I thought it would be nice if I shared a sample of what one of our days has been like on SHRED. I should tell you though that when I went to the grocery this week, I did not spend any more money than I normally do on groceries for my family. We are a single income family (I stay at home with our 4 children) and I think the food is completely reasonable which is another reason why I love the program. I have friends who spend well over $300 a month on mail order food that they end up hating and throwing out so I definitely can't complain here!
Beverages: I drink mostly water but you are allowed one cup of coffee per day. They also give a list of other beverages that you can choose from for different meals. These include juice, lemonade, flavored water, unsweetened tea, milk etc. It also suggests no more than 1 diet soda per day which is great because I don't know what I would do without my daily Diet Mt. Dew!!! It also suggests no more than 3 light beers per week. This has probably been the biggest adjustment for my hubby who loves to have a couple beers after work every night but so far he has done great!
As far as food goes, I went to our local Aldi and stocked up on fresh fruit and veggies. This is a huge part of the plan and is probably where I spent the most of money but again, I didn't think it was a huge spend.
Here is what we ate on Day 2 this week so you can get an idea of what your day would look like.
8:30 a.m. Small bowl of oatmeal, apple, 1 piece of wheat toast and 1 cup of orange juice.
10:00 a.m. 100 Calorie Snack (I had 2 graham cracker squares with 1 tsp of peanut butter spread on them)
11:30 a.m. Turkey Sandwich with a slice of cheese, 1 serving of raw carrots and a flavored water
1:00 p.m. 150 Calorie Snack (I had 1 cup of vanilla yogurt with a little granola)
3:30 p.m. Choose from a fruit smoothie, protein shake or a bowl of soup. I opted to have a bowl of vegetable soup that I had made in advance. I also ate a pear and had a cup of lemonade.
7:00 p.m. Baked chicken breast, roasted cauliflower and green beans with a diet soda.
8:30 p.m. 100 Calorie Snack (I had 2 cups of popcorn, no butter)
So as you can see, it's very basic food that you can buy anywhere. You choose the fruit and veggies you eat most of the time, sometimes it's more specific but most of the time you are free to choose. You have to plan ahead (I learned that really fast) but these are even foods that I can send with my husband to work. He works 12 hour shifts so I have to send most of his days food with him and so far we haven't had any issues. Sometimes you might have to flip flop a meal around here or there but for the most part, it has worked out great!
If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment with your email address and I will try to email you back right away and answer to the best of my ability!