I've been having a hard time this Fall with portion control and consistently tracking my food, so I started exploring a bunch of food delivery services. My fantasy is to have a personal chef come to my house and cook healthy, organic, locally grown food for me, but I'll settle for a box of pre-portioned food arriving at my door via FedEx every week. I think that my plateau is actually about metabolic issues, but I need to be absolutely certain that dropping my calories a tad more won't help--and I don't have the willpower to eat closer to 1200 calories than I'm already doing.
I did a bunch of research about food delivery services. You can see some of it in the links on my new team Meals on Wheels: the Diet Delivery Team. www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
If you click on tab for "links" at the top of the team page (and be sure to click on "more" at the bottom), you'll see a bunch of links to various diet delivery options and some reviews.
Here's the thought process I went through and why I chose eDiets over other plans:
Seattle Sutton: I started here. The food sounded good, since it's fresh and includes fruits, but I read bad reviews about how the fruit is never ripe. It also seemed a bit expensive. If I lived where there was a local distributor, I might have considered it more.
Freshology: This looks like the top-of-the line to me, but I frankly can't afford something around $40 a day for food. They say that they supply organic, locally (to them) grown, in season food and their website makes it sound wonderful. Based in California, it seems to be the pick of starlets after giving birth. They also do local daily delivery, if you are located in their region.
Bistro MD: This was well reviewed and looked good to me, but it's all frozen. Since I have a small fridge with an even smaller freezer, I didn't go with this one. If I don't like the eDiets food, BistroMD is my backup plan--after my new chest freezer arrives at the end of the year. I like that they do 2 snacks a day, not one.
Nutrisystem: Been there, done that a couple of years ago. I didn't hate all the food, but I didn't like the kind of spices they used and there was too much soy and sugar alcohols in the food that messed with my stomach. And like all of these kind of plans, the limited menus get boring after awhile.
Jenny Craig: I didn't think of this one until after I settled on eDiets. I really don't know much about the program. I'll need to do more research about that in the future.
eDiets: I chose this one because the menus sound tasty to me and I like the fact that the only food you supplement is fruit and dairy. Since I love fruit and feel really deprived without it, this suits me well. It also appeals to me that the food is delivered fresh, not frozen. It sounds less processed than Nutrisystem, etc.