Between the likes of Big Gulps, foot-long subs, and trenta-sized lattes (31 ounces!), we’re living in a super-sized world! To help make it easier for people to eat the right amount of servings from each food group, Beachbody created the Introducing the Portion Fix Plan: a color-coded container system designed to manage your portions, calorie intake, and macro distribution without doing any math or weighing ingredients.
You’re not counting calories
You only count containers — it’s a lot easier to keep track of three green containers than calculating the number of calories in everything you eat. The only time you have to do any kind of math is when you figure out which calorie category you fall into. That’s it.
You’re eating real, filling foods
When you first see the containers, you might be thinking, “What? That’s not enough food!” But once you start the program, you may actually find yourself feeling full before you’ve finished all your containers for the day. That’s because healthy food has more volume — and is more filling — than junk food.
If you can’t finish all your containers for the day, just eat what you can. Just make sure you’re eating a little from all the containers instead of filling up on what you like and avoiding what you don’t like.
The guide provides recommendations on how much of one type of food can fit into a container, but you can mix and match foods in the same category. So if you don’t want to eat a whole green container of spinach, fill it with whatever combo you want, like half spinach and half carrots. That still counts as one green container.
And as convenient and transportable as the containers are, you don’t have to eat out of them. You can simply measure out portions in the containers, then put your portions on a plate or in a bowl.
Each container represents one portion size for each food group, as well as healthy fats, seeds & dressings, and oils & nut butters. Here are just some examples for each container:
Veggies (Green container): kale, collard greens, spinach, string beans, artichokes, eggplant. Your veggies can be cooked, raw, sliced, or chopped. It can be all one veggie or a mix of different kinds.
Fruits (Purple Container): berries, watermelon, oranges, apples, apricots, grapefruit.
Proteins (Red Container): sardines, boneless and skinless chicken or turkey breast, fish, eggs, tempeh, tofu, yogurt, tofu, cottage cheese, tempeh, or protein powder. I recommend enjoying Shakeology as 1 protein container each day!
Carbs (Yellow Container): rice, beans, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, edamame, and whole-grain pasta. For foods that don’t fit into the container, the guide provides equivalents. For example, if you love a morning whole-grain English muffin, then half a muffin is the equivalent of one yellow container.
Healthy fats (Blue Container): Hello, nuts, cheese, and avocado! You can also put in foods like hummus and coconut & almond milk.
Seeds & dressings (Orange container): pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, olives & fix-approved dressings. You will receive a recipe guide with lots of ideas for dressings like Dijon vinaigrette, lemon-tarragon vinaigrette, and creamy herb dressing, so no bland salads for you.
Oils & nut butters: extra-virgin olive oil, nut butters, seed butters. A teaspoon isn’t provided with the containers, so you can just use your own.
And once a day, you’re allowed a Shakeology base such as milk, almond milk, or coconut water, allowing you to jazz up your daily dose of dense nutrition!
My experience with Shakeology:
I have always led a busy life, but suffered from low energy & fatigue, ever since I had a blood transfusion with my second baby. He was an emergency C-section and so many things went wrong with his labor & delivery. Luckily everything turned out fine and he was born perfectly perfect, BUT I was left with a few scars and bruises that I just like to call my battle wounds! One of those results was that I could hardly get through the day, I had such little energy. Along with little sleep, the stress of being a mommy, trying to push through some post-partum depression, and all the work it takes to run a house & keep it a home, I was definitely looking for something to help me feel like myself again! I felt like I was running and running, but never able to get to my destination. Then we found Shakeology, and along with portion control nutrition & exercise I am 25 lbs lighter and 100% happier, and I feel so much better inside & out! After witnessing my husband's 85 pound transformation, and noticed that as he changed on the outside, he changed on the inside too. I watched him become a better husband, a more involved father, a happier person. Now I share with others because I know what a gift it is to feel better about yourself and have the confidence to help others! Sometimes I am running around so busy, the only thing I have time for is to grab a shake & go, and luckily I can rest easy that I am getting all the nutrients I need in just one meal.
If you're feeling a little overwhelmed about the containers and how you're going to incorporate them into your day, just know I'm HERE TO HELP!! I provide meal plans and lists of healthy meals and snacks, shake recipes and shopping lists to take the guess-work out of meal planning! Just follow the guide and be prepared to eat better, feel better, and live better!!