Imagine… a healthy eating program that includes peanut butter. Three Shanghai expats – Yannick, Lucie and Ginny – vie to get in shape before the summer comes, so FIELDS sets them a challenge with their Fit Into Summer program. How hard is it to stick to a diet plan? Over the next 4 weeks we’ll find out!
How does this grab you? A breakfast of peanut butter and pear on toast, followed by a chicken avocado quesadilla lunch, finished off with a steak and sweet potato dinner.
Certified nutritionist and TCM doctor Dr. Cynthia Wang, from Shanghai East International Medical Center, was tasked by FIELDS to devise a 3-meal-a-day, month-long program that anyone can follow. And to prove just how easy and tasty it can be, they asked three high profile foodies – Yannick, food blogger a.k.a. Shanghai Hunter; Lucie, comic strip artist a.k.a. La P’tite Lu; Ginny, new mom and pilates instructor – to commit to a month of eating more healthily in an effort to get their bodies into fighting (summer) shape.
Yannick – food blogger a.k.a. Shanghai Hunter
“When FIELDS approached me for this new ‘Fit Into Summer’ program, I was quite excited but scared as well. Excited as it sounded pretty cool; scared because I’m probably one of the worst people to do something like this. The first week, I had to adapt my lifestyle – it might take a while, I discovered! But I loved the recipes and the products I ordered, especially the breakfasts (cereals and dried berries) and the salmon – absolutely delicious. My goal for next week is to follow the program on more days.”
Lucie – comic strip artist a.k.a. La P’tite Lu
“After meeting Dr Cynthia, I realized my culinary habits were not as good as I thought. She gave me a few tips to help during this month. She said: eat less! (my breakfast was too big); eat snacks between each meal (eating a banana before lunch helps your stomach not feel too hungry); drink more water during the day; manage my social life, so I don’t end up in a pizzeria eating a whole pizza by myself…
For me the biggest challenge was to cook every day at home. And I really did my best to carefully follow the diet plan. I ate smaller breakfasts, I had healthy snacks, I drunk more water and I cooked at home everyday. I declined a few invitations to go out (I said no to an Indian curry!). And actually I really enjoyed that whole organizing, cooking, and planning thing.
Just ordering my first batch of groceries from FIELDS required some organization. I made a plan for the first three days to know exactly what to cook and what to get. And I followed the recipes, but also tried making my own with the same ingredients.
What I enjoyed the most was breakfast. Not boring at all! Yogurt, cereal, fruits, peanut butter on toast (yes it’s allowed!).
I have to say that I did feel a little hungry but then I lost 2kg! So it really is worth the effort. Cooking at home everyday requires time and energy. Sometimes after a long day at work the last thing you want to do is to cook in your kitchen but it was doable and the meals were good. Everyday I had something different. So I didn’t feel bored or frustrated.
But now the challenge is getting harder for me because I’m on holiday – I’m in Berlin for 2 weeks, visiting my sister and – temptation is everywhere…”
Ginny – new mom and pilates instructor
“Meeting with Dr. Cynthia to review my day-to-day eating habits was both insightful and informative; my biggest take-away was to increase – yes up – my healthy carb intake. For most looking to lose weight, this would come as a shock – especially me, with my new mum belly and off to Bali come June (red bikini alert!). However, Dr. Cynthia was spot on with her recommendation. By introducing a piece of whole grain toast with my breakfast, or a single serving of quinoa with lunch, my afternoon sugar low subsided. Which also meant I successfully battled those mid-afternoon sweet cravings. Week one complete and I’m down a kilo.”
Eager to give it a go yourself? Find heaps of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner on FIELDS ‘Fit into Summer’ page. These recipes have been carefully crafted by Dr. Cynthia to meet a 1,400 kcal daily intake.
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