Food fads are the talk of the town at the moment, and food exclusion diets seem to be the eating plan du jour, but I can safely say that I never, EVER participate in them. Being type one diabetic I have to be fairly careful of my diet anyway and have started a process called carb counting to ensure that my daily insulin dose is more precise and therefore keeps me in better health.
So when Ilumi contacted me to see if I would participate in a 28 day gluten and dairy free diet, I was sceptical. Firstly, the type of food I have experienced on these ‘free from’ products is less than what I am used to (being a bit of a food snob) and secondly, I felt a little nervous about cutting another thing from my diet and being restrictive. But when I took a look at the product offering I decided to take the plunge and have a go anyway – the choice is amazing and although I was a little freaked out that it isn’t supposed to be refrigerated (fish, wuuut?) I did some meal picking.
I’m now through my first week, and I can report that although I was a bit hungry to start with (the portions are way smaller than what I am used to, but actually ‘appropriate’ portions) I feel really well. My tummy doesn’t feel bloated (I have suspected an intolerance to either wheat or gluten for a while but loved bread and cheese too much to do anything about it) and the ingredients list doesn’t seem to have any nasties hiding in it either. I haven’t lost any weight as yet, but to be honest I haven’t really been doing much other than eating these. My gym schedule has slipped pretty heavily in the last 2 weeks!
My favourite dishes from this week have been:
Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Soup)
I am SO DISAPPOINTED I didn’t order more of these. I opted for the safe soup options in case I didn’t like them, but this is one of the most delicious soups I have eaten in a long time. Weighing in at 353 calories per pack, it’s jammed with a delicate coconutty flavour and is absolutely delicious.
Slow Cooked Lamb Casserole
I loved this one as it was a bit of a change to the normal pouch + rice scenario, and this has big lumps of potatoes in. It has a mere 333 calories and a yummy Lancashire hot pot flavour, perfect for cold and dark evenings after work.
Sweet Five Spice and Chilli Pork
This has been my favourite this week, and I am so surprised at how well flavoured all the meals are. This was delicately flavoured and served with rice was a delicious, Chinese style dinner. It contains 270 calories and needs pairing with rice, but I could eat this for days.
The one I didn’t like:
The pea and pancetta soup. Its not a favourite of mine anyway, but it was just overwhelmingly herby.
I have found the dinners to be a little bit sauce heavy, and that there is a lot less meat in them that I had thought, but overall I’m pretty pleased with the result. The Boy has also been participating in them with me, and seems to be doing pretty well so far. He has had to stop eating the soup as he is finding that the portions aren’t big enough to keep him going but I’m doing just fine!
Have you ever tried Ilumi?