I don’t think I have IBS or any specific allergies, but I do get a lot of bloating and upset stomachs. I always say I have a good diet, but I do feel I’m kidding myself sometimes, I can be a bit of a junk food junkie at times and I have a passion for biscuits and cake. When I’m trying to lose weight I generally just cut out the junk, sugar and full fat milk and I can lose a few pounds easily. I do however, feel hungry and deprived when I miss out on my ‘treats’
I decided to give Ilumi a go because I wanted to see if changes in my diet would really help me, both from the bloating and stomach problems and the craving for unhealthy food. I was sent a box of food for one for one week. This was the Boost Your Energy box and included 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 main dishes and snacks for every day. The plan also comes with a handy tip sheet and menu to follow.
Ilumi produce nut-, gluten and milk free food and use no uneccessary additives. They are perfect for people with allergies, or diet related conditions like IBS. The meals are cooked in pouches and then
sealed so they stay fresh for when you open them. They do not need to be stored in the fridge. The most amazing thing about them is that they are full of flavour!
I’ve tried ready meals before, those well known brand boxes that you pop in your microwave for a quick and easy meal, and I’ve never been impressed. The last one I tried, when I needed a quick and easy lunch for one, tasted purely of sugar and salt and had tiny rock hard prawns that were inedible. So, I’m not a big fan. In fact, I find ready meals a bit of a cheat, I love cooking and putting everything together. In my kitchen food is made with love, not microwaves. However, I was prepared to give this box of food a chance, particularly as I would be eating differently to my family for a week, the convenience of popping my dinner in the microwave at the last minute made the task doable. I guess this is one of the reasons why I find dieting so difficult, how can I prepare my meals seperately when I have another six people to feed, and a couple of them are incredibly fussy eaters.
On unpacking my box I was pleased with the amount of food, all this just for me! There was also a couple of bottles of gluten free beer popped in. I stashed it all in the cupboard and read the tips sheet to see if I would need anything else.
As for the energy boost, well, I didn’t feel that usual ‘don’t want to get up I’ve just eaten’ feeling after the meals. Yes I was full, but not bloated. I also felt a little less tired, I do have three little ones that I have to run around after and often get deprived of sleep, so every little bit of extra energy helps.
On the Ilumi website you can purchase the full weeks supply of the energy boost diet for just £40, that’s including delivery. You can also purchase meals individually and if you like the taste but want to add your own meat or vegetable you can even buy pouches of just the sauce. Meals start from £2.75 and sauces from £1.50 with packets of rice for one for just £1. I think these are great value, especially considering how tasty they are.
Disclaimer: I was sent a box of food to trial from Ilumi. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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