A Review of the Paleo Diet from Soulmate Food.

A Review of the Paleo Diet from Soulmate Food.

As any of you who follow me on Instagram will know, last week I reviewed 6 days worth of the Paleo diet from Soulmate Food. I received two deliveries. The first was made on the Sunday, and it contained 3 days worth of food ready to start on Monday morning. I received the second on Wednesday, again with 3 days worth of food.

If you haven’t heard of the Paleo diet before, the concept is based on a nutrient dense plan around food that our cavemen ancestors chose. Basically if they didn’t eat it, nor do you! It is based on high protein foods in order to maintain our muscle mass.

Soulmate Food say:

This menu is a 6-day set menu and does not take in to account any dislikes. Eat whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. Prioritise grass fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood and vegetables. Enjoy fruit, nuts and seeds in moderation.

We have pioneered expertly prepared menus from the beginning, and that’s where we want to go with this one, right back to the very beginning. You would wake up, hunt, feast, forage and rest and that’s exactly what your Soulmatefood Paleo menu entails! Wake up and start your day with our delicious and healthy breakfast. Hunt for your AM Snack packed full of fibre, keeping you fuller for longer. Feast on your hard-earned lunch to fuel the rest of your day. Go foraging for your PM Snack and recover with your final healthy meal of the day.

I have to admit that I was rather apprehensive when I received it! It looked like A LOT of food and I was concerned that I wouldn’t lose weight.

Here is what I received:

Paleo Day 1

WAKE: Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus
HUNT: Rosemary and Garlic Beef Bites
FEAST: Kale Chicken Salad
FORAGE: Beetrootish with Crudities
REST: Chicken Goulash

Paleo Day 2

WAKE: Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittata
HUNT: Chicken Tikka Bites
FEAST: Italian Rub Steak and Rocket Salad
FORAGE: Cracked Black Pepper Cashews
REST: Lemon, Sesame & Nut Crusted Chicken with Raw Slaw

Paleo Day 3

WAKE: Fruit and Nut Bread with Winter Berry Jam and Wake Up Tea
HUNT: Coconut and Sesame Chicken Bites
FEAST: Spicy Sweet Potato Soup & Jerk Pork Salad Pot with Cashew & Lime Dressing
FORAGE: Mint Chocolate Bar
REST: Cowboy Cacao Chilli

Paleo Day 4

WAKE: Smoked Mackerel, Scrambled Egg, Roast Tomato and Spinach
HUNT: Prawns with Sweet Chilli Sauce
FEAST: Za’atar Salmon with Cranberry Rocket Salad & Moroccan Dressing
FORAGE: Courgette Hummus with Crudities
REST: Chicken Fajita and Vegetables

Paleo Day 5

WAKE: Zesty Orange Coconut Yoghurt & Fruit with Ginger Topper
HUNT: Garlic Beef Bites
FEAST: Honey Pork with Pineapple Salsa & Blood Orange Dressing
FORAGE: Healthy Avocado & Dark Chocolate Cookie
REST: Turkey with Parsnips & Honey Roasted Carrots

Paleo Day 6

WAKE: Pea, Mint & Courgette Frittata
HUNT: Pistachio and Sesame Chicken Bites
FEAST: Tomato & Coconut Soup with Cajun Chicken Salad Pot
FORAGE: Pina Colada Nuts
REST: Beef & Beetroot Curry

The Service

This was fabulous. I couldn’t fault it. The food arrived on time, all nicely packaged. Included in the box was a menu that confirmed what each meal was for each day and how to go about heating it, or, how it should be eaten.  Bear in mind that you don’t know what you are getting until you open the box – but I quite liked the surprise!

The Food

This was utterly gorgeous. Well-prepared and extremely tasty. I have to say that out of the breakfasts, Day One and Day Four were my favourites, for the Morning Snack, I loved Day Three and Day Four, Lunch was Day Three and Four, my favourite afternoon snack was without doubt on Day Five and finally my two favourite evening meals were Day Three and Four. But I think that my absolute favourite day was Day Four. The only thing I didn’t like was the amount of red onion and radishes in the salads but I guess that is down to personal choice!

The Price

At £185 for six days, I do find the price really steep. Yes, you are getting restaurant quality diet food without any of the effort but at £6.16 per meal it is just too much to my mind. That said, Soulmate Food have regular offers on their site as well as some via Groupon. I certainly wouldn’t pay full price though.

Did I lose weight?

Yes, yes I did! I only lost 1.4lbs but that was more than I expected. I have to say that I do find that this type of food really does suit me and I will definitely move towards that when I have finished my current weightloss plans.

Any Room for Improvement?

The only thing I would say is the price needs to come down! I would use Soulmate Food again – but only if it is in my price range.

Disclosure: I was sent 6 days of the Paleo Menu from Soulmate Food in return for this review, however, all words, images and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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24 Comments

  1. February 8, 2015 / 12:24 am

    Wow! That is a lot of food and it looks scrummy! Some of my friends have been turning to a Paleo diet but the issue they face is the cooking and preparing, so this does look like an idea service.
    And well done on your continued efforts – small steps moving towards a big achievement
    #PoCoLo xx

  2. February 7, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    I’ve seen lots of ads for these but the price always puts me off. Once you’ve tried them for a while, do they seem like the sorts of recipes you could try for yourself?

  3. February 6, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    This is making me hungry! The food looks delicious. I have been looking at the paleo diet and wondering whether I could stick it out – just don’t feel like I could be imaginative enough to keep things interesting without reaching for the no-go foods! The service looks great and the food really does look top-notch. For me, I wonder if the price would balance out as I do tend to buy a lot of food when I go shopping. This way it would be very controlled. Food for thought! x
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  4. February 6, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Wow, this looks fabulous but I would have to take out a second mortgage to afford it!!! Looks like a wonderful selection of food and there certainly was tonnes of it! I was only saying to my husband earlier that perhaps we should move more paleo…purely because being gluten free and avoiding rice is costing a fortune (due to the expense of separate gluten free flours with which to make the basics with…bread, pasta, crackers etc)! Going grain free seems like a good option…but I am never sure where you obtain the nutrients from that you would get in grains. Something I need to look into I think!
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  5. February 6, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    I really wanted so start something too for my fitness and plan to lose weight but I definitely dont have that much. Thanks for this honest review =)
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  6. February 6, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    Wow, so interesting. Such great sounding food – it really is tempting. I always wonder about these diets that are delivered to you as they sound good, but I would fear it not being enough! Didn’t seem the case with this 🙂

  7. February 6, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Blimey! There did seem to be a lot of food… I can totally see why you didn’t think you would lose weight but you proved the diet does work! Day 4 looks like it would have been my favourite by far – all the food looks amazing though. I cannot imagine having the time or patience to cook all those meals from scratch though but that price is crazy just for 6 days! Will certainly look out for Groupon discounts though!

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  8. February 6, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Wow that is a lot of food! I have never looked into this diet but it looks interesting and delicious! Well done for losing though, all helps 🙂
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  9. February 6, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Wow, that does look like a lot of lovely food! I am sure that is more than I would normally eat, but the price does sound a lot.
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  10. February 6, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    It is pricey, although it does look like lovely food and very handy to have it all delivered. I must admit I quite like the idea of trying paleo.
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  11. Betty and the Bumps
    February 6, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Wow! That is pretty pricey!! I suppose if that’s all you were going to eat and you didn’t have to think of food for your family, too, then maybe it would be okay though?

    I’ve never done it myself but I have to say I find the idea of having meals prepared for me like this very appealing. Diet Chef works in a similar way and seems to be really successful for a lot of people.

    I don’t think I could stick to the Paleo thing; I don’t eat much meat at all and I just can’t like fish (even though I’m always told how much I’m missing out!).

    xx

    #pocolo
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  12. Izzie Anderton
    February 6, 2015 / 11:40 am

    I’ve never tried the Paleo diet but the food does look amazing – I have a feeling I’d struggle being a vegetarian though.
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  13. February 6, 2015 / 10:41 am

    I’m quite a fussy eater, but apart from the 3 fish meals on one day, and the beetroot which I just can’t stomach unless it’s in a cake, I’d have been fine eating this. I do agree that there’s no way I’d pay the price, especially when you’re also buying food for the rest of the family.

    Bit confused about the yoghurt – thought it should be no dairy?

    My brother has tried going paleo to try and solve his chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. He lost any extra weight he had, and felt healthier (obviously due to eating much better generally), but it didn’t sort his symptoms out unfortunately. I think if the OH would also try this, the diet would work quite well for us, although it’d be a lot more time and work than I have after work each day.
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  14. February 6, 2015 / 10:31 am

    That does look like a yummy diet plan and I would definitely enjoy eating the food on it but agree with you that the price is quite steep to make it a sustainable diet plan.
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  15. Wicked World of Lucas
    February 6, 2015 / 9:27 am

    What an interesting diet and I do agree about the price. The food does look great though and they’re clearly very big on taste. Well Done on the weight loss – anything going down is good in my book! #pocolo

  16. February 6, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Oh my, when I saw one of your pictures of facebook, I thought that it was a weeks food not a day! A week isn’t long enough to really see if you lose much weight, but it certainly looks like a good diet, cutting out all junk
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  17. Lucy @ bottlefor2
    February 6, 2015 / 7:23 am

    I have to say, it does look good and like you say, loads of it! I was actually tempted until I heard the price. I suppose their issue must be in order to create diet food that actually tastes nice, you need to pay the price. All the other pre packed diet foods out there that I have tried do NOT taste good! But they are cheaper.
    I think the principle of the diet is good. However there would be a bun fight with my husband getting bread and potatoes out of this house (and my daughter to be fair, at all of 7 months she loves toast and potatoes!) Surely you can forage a potato? Maybe you can eat them?
    Surprised to see foraged chocolate on there though. 🙂
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  18. February 6, 2015 / 12:27 am

    What a great service. The price does sound incredibly steep but I like the idea of this. I wonder if doing it a little longer would work out really more cost effective if it was long enough to set up great habits and lose more weight? Although that would of course mean an even higher price. Still, I think it sounds good. Could be the kind of kick start I need!
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