Two weeks ago, I started on a new food program called RECON from Personal Trainer Food. They very kindly shipped me a month’s worth a food, and I’ve been eating it! I wanted to do a little update, since I’m about halfway through the month.
First of all, the food is pretty good. It’s super low carb, so it’s all literally protein and vegetables. (That’s not a complaint, just an observation.) Breakfasts always have a egg something-or-other, usually with a breakfast meat of some kind, like this frittata and sausage patty combo.
(I bulked up the meal by adding the cucumber.)
Lunch and dinner both contain a protein element, and I’ve discovered that I like the items that are bolder and more heavily flavored. There are Grilled Chicken and Rotisserie Chicken items, for example, and they’re not bad, but I’d much rather go for the Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast, because that’s something I never make, as I don’t ever have mesquite sauce lying around.
Same goes for the Cajun Chicken Breast:
Lunch and dinner always include vegetables, too, and I love vegetables, so it’s never an issue for me to eat them. They have 27 different veggie blends, but I don’t even pay attention, I just grab a pouch from the freezer and pop it in the microwave. I ate this Garden Turkey Burger with the Fiesta Blend:
But I could’ve eaten that burger with one of five different Italian-themed blends: The Italian Blend, Sicilian Blend, Venice Blend, Capri Blend, or the Italian Green Beans. Feeling more patriotic? Choose the California Blend, Nantucket Blend, Omaha Blend, or the Key West Blend. If you don’t like the Scandinavian Blend, you could always try the Norway Blend.
I’ve eaten (or will soon eat) all of those different blends, plus the 15 others I didn’t mention by name. They are all different, but I couldn’t tell any of them apart if you put a gun to my head. I’m an equal opportunity veggie consumer, though, so it doesn’t really matter to me!
I’ve had bouts where I’ve really craved food I can’t have. I miss fruit. I used to eat lots of fruit, and this plan limits fruit consumption to one apple a day. I’ll watch Food Network or Top Chef and crave pasta or pizza or whatever they’re making… but that craving tends to go away after the show is finished or I change the channel.
There’s been a couple unwelcome side effects. I was much more tired the first few days I was on the program, but that went away… and was replaced by constipation. So I ate more vegetables (I can supplement what they sent me with as much leafy or non-starchy veggies as I want), and I also read online that fermented food is good for constipation, so I bought sauerkraut, and ate that with a few meals, like this bowl of Fajita Chicken and Key West Veggies:
My digestive tract is working much better now, thankyouverymuch for asking.
I’m thankful I can supplement with additional food, because some days I find myself super hungry, especially after workouts, and I go nuts – with approved food. Once I filled my crockpot with veggies, a couple chicken breasts, and broth, and later that day I had a great soup, and I ate practically the entire crockpot. I did the same thing another day with a small beef roast and veggies, and I ate all of that in one day, too. I can have unlimited meat and non-starchy veggies, so it’s all okay!
So the big question: Is it working? Am I losing weight? Short answer: Yes. I’m pretty sure. I don’t think I’m dropping weight at an astronomical pace, but slow and steady is fine by me. The reason why I can’t be more specific is that I’m staying off the scale, and focusing on execution and not results. But I have a good feeling that I am. I’m sticking to the program, eating what I’m supposed to eat, and not eating what I’m not supposed to eat. I’m exercising six days a week, at least 45 minutes (although that’s nothing new). RECON actually has an daily exercise plan, but the first few weeks are less intense than what I’m used to, so I’m doing my own thing for now.
I’ll know more about the weight loss specifics when I weigh myself in two weeks. I’m excited for the results, and excited to continue on the Personal Trainer Food RECON program!
Keep it up, David!