Thursday, January 10, 2013

What Kind of Foods Do You Get to Eat on the Shred Diet?

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! 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am thinking about trying the Shred Diet, but before I spend another dollar on another book, download, etc., I would like to know if this plan is REALLY working? I am a VERY picky eater (translation...I do not like a lot of vegetables, I do not eat yogurt, oatmeal, etc.). With the limitations of what I do and do not eat, I want to be sure this diet will work for me. Thanks in advance for your reply!

Sarah Lewis said...

I have lost almost 15 pounds in 3 weeks following the plan exactly as it is laid out. If you follow it like it says, it works, at least it is working great for me. As far as pickiness goes, I don't think anybody is as picky as I am. You just eat the fruits and vegetables that you do like. You don't have to eat oatmeal......there are other options like cereal, pancakes, etc. Different days call for different things. I am not much into vegetables. I eat mainly green beans and carrots. You can make it work for you! Send me an email at sarahlewis06@aol.com and I will send you a sample of week 1 so you can see for yourself :)

Anonymous said...

When beans are part of a meal (such as on Day 1, Meal 4, (no baked beans) what kind of beans do you eat?

Dee Wills said...

I'm sooo excited about something that really work!I thinking about going out today to buy the book!I wish everyone a BIG success on the diet or should I say a change in eating for LIFE!!I will greatly appreicated any helpful information, my e-mail is deewills@earthlink.net

Thanks,Dee Wills

Anonymous said...

What sugar free cereals do you eat on this diet? Thanks!

Sarah Lewis said...

I eat Cheerios, Bran Flakes, etc.

Anonymous said...

I too am looking for what type of beans for the diet, day 1 meal 4....suggestions? Are we talking black bean, green beans, pintos? Thanks for the info so far.

Sarah Lewis said...

I do Pinto beans, white northern beans, etc.

Anonymous said...

Ok , just started the Shred diet ! Where it calls for one piece of fruit, I get that could be one apple,ot one pear....but what if I felt like strawberries , would it be just ONE strawberry???? Lol

Sarah Lewis said...

You can google how much if each fruit is a serving. It's usually either half a cup when it comes to fruits like berries!

Anonymous said...

I got the book from my library and would like to 6-7 lbs. I am at 128 and would like to go down to 121. i am vegetarian. any suggestions for main meal at 6:00?

ladiejai said...

I would suggest you try something such as quinoa or something high in protein. It seems the last meal has a protein, a veggie, and a bean. Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this site. I am confused on the piece of fruit. Down the road it states pear, grapefruit or apple but does not say that on Day 1, week 1. What is a piece of fruit? What kind of fruit? Please help me. Thanks so much. My e-mail is eaptdweller@mchsi.com. Lori

Anonymous said...

I thinking of starting the diet but hate all beans - do you have to eat beans or can you substitute???

Teresa said...

How do you prepare your green beans?

Teresa said...

My email is trob124@yahoo.com

George Abraham said...

I usually drink a lot of water, like over a gallon a day, I'm wondering if that is fine on the shred diet, or should I only drink the beverage when they are listed at the times listed?

Anonymous said...

where do you buy the shred bars and popcorn? I live orange county ca. Hopefully you can give me an answer.
Thanks, Vern

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