Monday, 5 March 2012

Jenny Craig

I am sure you've all seen the advert where Mel B tells the viewers to call Jenny, thankfully Jenny called me instead (well her PR team emailed me but that doesn't sound as good...) I have been offered the chance to trial Jenny Craig for a month and blog about my experiences.  Charlene has already done this for Where Are My Knees, Sarah on her own blog and the lovely Rosie is currently part way thru her trial.

With Jenny Craig you get your diet food delivered to your door and just need to add fruit and veggies to bulk up your meals.  The meals are foil packed so do not require refrigeration, I selected the foods I liked and received a whole months worth in one go along with a meal plan for each week.  I get 1200 calories a day not including the calories from the vegetables that I need to add to my lunch and dinner. 

You get a call from one of their consultants each week to check on your progress, answer any questions you may have and generally offer you support.  My consultant is called Leanne and I have already had a welcome call to explain the plan to me.  She is going to call again this week to check I am not having problems following the plan and then if everything is okay we will just have a weekly chat.  There is also a help line you can call if you have any questions or just generally need some support with the plan.

I am starting my trial today and have raspberry porridge, chorizo & mixed bean soup and roast chicken with mashed potato to look forward to.  In addition to this I am instructed to have a Jenny Craig snack and certain other snacks and accompaniments to each meal.  Day one looks like this...


The food provided by Jenny Craig:


I then need to add the following:


Okay so I am not going to eat that whole bag of carrots but you get the idea! You don't go longer than a couple of hours without some kind of food on the plan.  I have to eat my breakfast within an hour of waking, today I have to add 1 cup of semi skimmed milk and a portion of fruit to my breakfast.  For a snack I then have a couple of fromage frais.  Next up is lunch which I need to add a minimum of 1 cup of salad to.  I don't really like actual salads so am just going to snack on pepper, carrot batons and cucumber.  I then get a Jenny Craig snack (either a biscuit/cereal bar or a packet of crisp type snack).  I need to add a minimum of 1 cups worth of veggies to dinner and finish the day with another piece of fruit.  In addition to this I can choose up to three 'limited choices' these include certain condiments, fruits and most importantly for me options hot chocolate!! YAY!! 

I have had the last few days off WeightWatchers so have had my fill of my favourite foods and am going to try and do the whole month without eating out.  You can of course eat out whilst on the plan, your consultant will talk you through your best options.  

I am going to keep you updated on my progress and I have also decided to compare Jenny Craig to WeightWatchers and track the points that I am eating.  All of the Jenny Craig food comes with full nutritional information.  Wish me luck!

23 comments:

  1. Good luck with it all :) x

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  2. Good luck lovely!! Also love your little tea cosy haha!

    The Deer Head

    x

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    1. Thanks Lowri! It's cute isn't it... have only used it for keeping winter pimms warm so far ;) xx

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    1. Thanks Soph, I'll keep you updated xx

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  4. Good luck! I keep dipping in & out of slimfast in a bit of a half-arsed way! Hope you do better than me! x

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    1. Thank you lovely! I tried slimfast once but was constantly hungry & it put me off milkshakes for ages :( Hope you find something that works for you xx

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  5. Good luck my dear! I know people have had good results! I just find it hard with these things because it seems to me more of a short term solution? Although I think it is good for education! xxx

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I see it as a short term solution tbh but it teaches you the importance of portion control and that you need all food groups for a healthy balanced diet which will help keep it off in the long term xx

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  6. ooh, it does look like a good plan, although i don't think i could eat that much in a day, every 2hrs seems really frequently to me.

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    1. It's not really that much, you eat frequently but only small portions. So porridge & a piece of fruit for breakfast, a yoghurt mid morning, soup & salad for lunch, a snack to see off the afternoon slump, your dinner & veggies for tea and another piece of fruit in the evening. Its only around 1300 calories a day in total xx

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  7. Good luck with it all!
    Do you know what the approximate price of the Jenny Craig Products are, then the ones that you'v added to the mix are? Would be great thanks!

    Sophh Elizabeth
    sophhelizabeth.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey love, thank you.

      Jenny Craig is £11 a day although there is currently a special offer running at £38.50 a week for a two week trial. I would estimate that I spent £10-15ish on the extra items that you need to add to the diet and would need to spend that each week.

      Hope this helps :)

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  8. Good luck! Will be interesting to see how many WW points each meal plan is! xx

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    1. Thank you! I will list my average daily points in the weekly review posts but if there is any meal you're specifically interested in just tweet me xx

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  9. I would be really interested to see what the consultant tells you regarding eating out as I find this to be my biggest downfall. I have been trying hard to stick to 1200 calories per day and when I am at work then home it is not so tough but one meal out buggers me up for days!!!!

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    1. I'm going to try and do the whole month without eating out but will have a word with the consultant and report back :)

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  10. I was totally unsold on Jenny Craig at first but the more bloggers I've see try it the more intrigued I've become. Can't wait to hear how you get on!

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    1. It works on the basic principles of consume less calories than you burn so is bound to work. It also has a focus on nutrition so you can't eat miniscule amounts of real food and fill up on low fat cake like I'm so often tempted to do! haha.

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  11. i'm just finishing up my jenny craig trial at the mo. those three meals were definitely my fave. good luck with it hun! xx

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