Since I got married in 2015 I have had 2 children, and it doesn’t take a genius to spot that my weight has yo-yo’d. Pregnancy, morning sickness, breastfeeding, cake at baby groups – it has all contributed to unstable weight and a general feeling of bleugh.
I have often been curious about meal delivery services, and whether they are suitable for me with type 1 diabetes. I have been working with Dietbon to experience their diet meals delivery service and assess it’s suitable for me.
What Is Dietbon?
On paper, Dietbon is meal delivery service and diet plan which delivers weightloss meals direct to your door – but in reality it is so much more. You begin with a discussion with a dietician over the phone. You are guided through the program, with explanations on how the plan works and how to make the most out of it. This discussion is personal to you and your particular situation. It is not just a generic information overload, it felt personal and specific to me and I had the opportunity to ask any questions I may have.
You receive a booklet with more information and tips, as well as ideas for how to make the plan work well for you. The meal plan is based on creating good eating habits in a structured way. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all included – and it is a vital part of the plan that you eat all the food for each day to ensure you get a sufficient number of calories.
The meals are made with 100% natural ingredients, and are sterilised so they do not need to be kept refrigerated. In each week you receive 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 snacks and 6 dinners. This allows you to have one “free” day per week, making it easier for you to attend social events and not feel restricted by your diet.
Dietbon Meal Plan
I am usually quite bad when it comes to breakfast. I am guilty of getting the kids set up with their own breakfast but then choosing that quiet 5 minutes to quickly get myself showered and ready for the day instead of eating myself.
I was provided with pancakes for breakfast, with the instruction to add fresh fruit and either a low fat or natural yoghurt or 150ml of milk. At first it appeared to be quite a small breakfast, but considering I am not used to eating anything at all it certainly tasted nice and kept me full.
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More than that though, it has been nice to slow down and eat first thing in the morning. We usually hit the ground running but having the meal plan tell me I had to take those 10 minutes at the table with the kids has definitely been a benefit – even if it meant I was fighting them off my pancakes.
Lunch & Dinner
The main courses are fairly interchangeable for lunch and dinner, and I liked that about them. I have never been a big fan of sandwiches – a staple for so many at lunch time – and so a hot meal for lunch makes me much happier.
I am at home with my boys every day, but I can still see many benefits of Dietbon for those working outside the home. As the meals don’t have to be refrigerated you don’t have to fight for space in the staff room fridge, and they microwave in just 2 minutes. A simple salad should be served with the meals to provide additional vitamins, especially vitamin C.
I have always been a big lover of carbohydrates, and I was so relieved to find pasta still on the menu. It is by far my favourite food and my fear with anything that come with the word “diet” in the title is that I will feel like I can’t eat the things I want.
There are plenty of meal options available so you won’t get bored eating the same things all the time. There are 60+ meals to choose from, and you select your own meals so you don’t have to worry about not liking your food.
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Desserts & Snacks
In an effort to make your meals as enjoyable as possible a dessert is included. Mine were little pots of apple compote. My personal preference is that I would rather have eaten an apple, but that is because I wouldn’t usually choose a fruit compote. Nothing wrong with the pots themselves, just not my favourite. There are alternatives available for you to choose from when you sign up to the plan.
As a daily snack I had mini lemon cakes. Lemon drizzle is one of my favourites so this was always going to be a success! I struggled to get the hang of only having 1 snack a day – I’m usually a serial snacker – but the say it takes 3 weeks to create a new habit and I think over time it would become normal.
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There are 2 different teas provided – and energising tea for the morning and a relaxing one for the evening. I usually tend to steer clear of tea day to day as caffeine is a main trigger for my migraines, but the herbal teas were nice and refreshing.
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How Does It Work With Diabetes?
I am not a medical professional, and so this is based on my own experience. Please consult your own doctor before embarking on a major diet change if you are unsure.
I have been using my insulin pump for nearly 6 years now, and had diabetes for 7. I am comfortable in carbohydrate counting and dosing insulin, but even then I still make mistakes. I’m still human!
The Dietbon meals come with the nutritional info printed on them. No guess work, no weighing of meals. Just read the packaging for the carbohydrate content and go – so so easy. When I was pregnant and having complications with JJ my consultant asked me to eat packaged food ONLY so I could be 100% confident on the carbs in my meals and leave no room for error. I feel like I have applied a similar rule now and my blood sugars have been more predictable as a result.
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The spanner in the works is always going to be exercise, as the plan does not take in to account the additional carbs diabetics have to take on board sometimes when exercising. I prefer to reduce my dose using my pump in advance, but it doesn’t always work out and sometimes I had an additional snack to stabilise my blood sugars and that is totally ok – managing your diabetes is the most important thing.
In general, following Dietbon was very manageable with type 1 diabetes. In just one week it helped me to readjust my expectations when it comes to food and start to develop better eating habits that will help me maintain a healthy weight.
Try It Yourself
If you would like to give Dietbon a go for yourself then I have a special offer for my readers. When you take out the plan you can receive a free 28-day Morning & Night detox tea. To activate this offer place your order by clicking here.
I was provided with these meals and compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are our own.