4/11/08

Stuck in the starting blocks

I know I mentioned my nifty new challenge last week... and I'm still gearing up for it. Seems as though there's a little bit of a hiccup in the plan so we're at a standstill in terms of getting started. But I guess I can tell you a little bit more about it. I'll be doing the PC Blue Menu Healthy Eating Challenge. Yummers, eh? Now, for those of you that live under a rock and don’t know what PC Blue Menu products are , it’s the PC brand of healthy choice items. Packaged in a distinguishable colour, these items are lower in fat, have fewer calories, generally higher in fibre and lower in sodium. They’ve got everything from cookies to pasta to pizza and even dessert! But you’re probably thinking healthy pizza and cookies – wtf? Yeah, I know. But in moderation, everything is good, right? The great thing is they strive to be healthy and TASTE good. Granted, the taste is subjective, but they do a pretty good job of it. The team works with dietitians and Canada’s Food Guide and develops these fantastic foods and even meal plans (like the one that I will soon be following), that they say, “"…offers flexibility and versatility to accommodate various lifestyles." Now, this is where I got a bit scared… Remember when Lean Cuisine came out with ITS’ own meal plans and posted them on ITS web site to accommodate “various lifestyles?” Sorry, I just can’t see myself nuking pre-packaged, processed entrees twice daily as “healthy eating.” So I did a little poking around and found out some more about a previous challenge that PC had done, meal plans that already exist on their web site and felt a weeeee bit better. They’re actually really well balanced and offer a lot of choice and variety. But I’m still not so sure considering I have to do an over-the-phone consultation with a dietitian in order to start the process rather than in person, especially with a lot of my food restrictions, so I have a feeling I’m going to have to follow one of their cookie cutter plans and adapt it on my own. I'd say wish me luck, but maybe we should wish the dietitian luck... :P

6 comments:

Lucas said...

Oh to live in Canada! That sounds like an interesting program to look into. I'll be anxious to see if the dietitian can pass the test!

Randi said...

I love me some blue menu! Seriously, the one day grocery shopping I think the people behind me must have thought it was some kind of joke, EVERY thing I bought (except some fruit and veggies) was blue. Whether blue menu or just coincidence (eggs in a blue carton, milk in blue).

I wonder what the fruit and veggie stuff in the plan will be like, fresh or all canned and frozen?

eurydice said...

I LOVE blue menu. I took a look at the plan and for one snack they had those pc blue menu waffle pretzels ... now THOSE are GOOD. And the veggie lasagna is the my favourite frozen meal as well. And the shepherd's pie is delicious.

Jen said...

*laughs* I fear for your dietician!!

I ADORE blue menu...honestly, everything they make...their pasta, their sauces...their funky little asian and indian dishes now...mmm, I couldn't live without their ketchup and their plum sauce *sigh*!!!

Sara said...

The nice thing about blue menu is that they don't just seem to be all frozen foods. With pasta and sauces, and soy products for protein. Really I think the only thing missing is produce and meat - are there ways to still incorporate that into the challenge?

Anyway, definitely sounds worth doing and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Sonya said...

You sure do offer a wealth of information. I had no idea about that PC challenge. Good to know, good to know! Thanks.

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