Over the course of my adulthood, I have attempted nearly every single diet trend on the market. Paleo, Atkins, Juicing, Fasting, Blood Type, The Zone, The Master Cleanse, The South Beach, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Lindora, Shakes, Pills, Supplements, Bars, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, BLAH… You name it, I have probably tried it…
Quite simply, I am not one of those women who can consume anything they choose and not gain a single solitary ounce of weight. In fact, I am the polar opposite. I could be drinking a glass of ice water, while watching my husband, blessed with a speedy metabolism, eat a giant bowl of Beef Stroganoff and I’m the one to gain 5 pounds… Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had temporary success with many of the above mentioned weight loss programs, but the inevitable cycle is always the same. I lose some weight, I start to feel good about my progress, then I get bored with being on that diet, I get just close enough to my weight loss goal that I feel confident about returning to a semi-normal eating habit, and I gain back absolutely EVERYTHING I lost, plus several additional pounds. Yes, this is the unfortunate bane of my dieting history.
As it so happens, one of my best girlfriends, Supermodel and actress Angie Everhart, married Carl Ferro, the President of Sunfare. Sunfare is a meal preparation and delivery company, catering to greater Los Angeles and Phoenix, AZ., which in their 20 years of business, has become the premiere diet plan of choice for Hollywood's elite. The likes of Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Seacrest, and of course my friend Angie, have sworn by this particular gourmet meal program, so I thought, why not give it a shot? I’ve tried everything else, right?
Sunfare offers 4 portion controlled and calorie conscious meal delivery plans including: The Signature Diet, Artisan Meals, Vegetarian Life and Paleo Fit. Whichever plan you choose, each night, Sunfare will hand-deliver your next day’s freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks, in a bright green chilled cooler, right to your front door. They also offer a Family Dinner delivery option, and The Optimal Cleanse: a 5 or 10 day full body detox. Being that I love variety, I decided that I should try them all.
The Signature Diet- Sunfare’s main and most popular meal plan is a diet-focused program with a 42 day rotating menu. Leave the daily menu choices to them, or log into your user profile within the Sunfare website and order whatever you think you might feel like eating that particular week.
Lunch- Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo
Artisan Meals- A chef curated, farm raised, organic, small batch prepared, and artisan-style program with dinner offerings like Miso Cod with Soba Noodle Sauté and Short Rib Hash Mole with Eggs for breakfast.
Lunch- Lobster and Crab Salad Louie
Vegetarian Life- The vegetarian alternative to The Signature Diet, it’s a program to accommodate both traditional vegetarians and pescatarians, if so specified.
Afternoon Snack- Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Paleo Fit- Based on the trendy Paleo or “Caveman” Diet, this program reflects the popular concept that replicating the diet of our “pre-agriculture” ancestors will allow for effective weight loss and a healthy culinary lifestyle.
Dinner- Rack of Lamb
I must say, that no matter what plan I tasted, I found Sunfare's food to be not only incredibly delicious but completely and utterly satisfying. I did not feel like I was on a “diet” while eating Sunfare. I felt as if I had the luxury of my own private chef to design and prepare my daily meals so that I would not feel the need, nor be tempted, to cheat. The pricing structure of each plan varies, and is dependent on the length of your diet.
Additional Sunfare Offerings:
Family Dinners- A Family-style program centered on convenience. This is the program of choice for the working Mom or Dad who simply does not have the time to prepare a full and wholesome meal each and every night. On Sunfare's website, you can specify the day of the week that you will need a prepared dinner, as well as the number of people you plan to feed, and they will deliver that meal to you, ready to be heated up and served.
Dinner- Sliced Tenderloin with Dijon Port Sauce
The Cleanse - A limited-cycle, full body detox meant to break addictions to caffeine and sugar, detoxify liver and fat cells, and boost metabolism.
Meal Replacement- Optimal Cleanse Shake
Ok, I'm not going to lie...this one was not as easy to get through. But then again, detox cleanses in general are really not much fun; think of the Master Cleanse’s offering of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Yikes… Being who I am, I decided to go for broke and attempt the full 10 day Optimal Cleanse. Day 1, 2 and 3 are meant for body preparation, and each day, I substituted provided shakes for food, upping the shake to meal ratio as the days continued. Days 4, 5 and 6 are “shake only” days, 5 per day, while simultaneously drinking plenty of water and a nightly cup or two of provided organic tea. On days 7, 8 and 9, food is slowly reintroduced, and by day 10, you are back to food plus a shake for breakfast and one as a snack. I never weighed myself before launching the program, but upon completion, my jeans were definitely easier to button, my stomach seemed flatter and I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Not to mention that each day of The Cleanse, I received a lovely wellness gift from Sunfare as congratulations for making it through another day.
I would definitely recommend completing the Optimal Cleanse as a kick starter for your monthly Sunfare delivery plan of choice.
All in all, Sunfare is by far the tastiest and most effective diet plan I have tried to date, and I hope to begin a new program in the next few weeks in order to shed my excess holiday gluttony. Carl, you’ll be getting a call soon!
For more information and to register for a Sunfare diet program, please visit them on the web at Sunfare Website.
Tracie May-Wagner is an LA Based Fashion and Lifestyle journalist.