Right Bite

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Tested by Tabitha Barda, Fri­day life­style ed­i­tor The con­cept: Right Bite pro­vides healthy eat­ing pro­grammes tai­lored to your needs – whether you want to lose weight, are preg­nant and need a good food plan, or if you have cer­tain food in­tol­er­ances. The ex­pe­ri­ence: While my BMI was within the nor­mal range, my doc­tor had rec­om­mended that a wheat-free diet might help me to feel bet­ter and less slug­gish af­ter eat­ing. I’d tried do­ing it on my own, but was get­ting very bored with the lim­ited op­tions avail­able – there’s only so long that you can put up with just pro­tein and veg­eta­bles, and trav­el­ling to spe­cial­ist shops to stock up on wheat-free carbs was be­com­ing te­dious.

Right Bite rec­om­mended its Se­lec­tive Plus full pro­gramme, which meant wheat-free break­fast, lunch, din­ner and morn­ing and af­ter­noon snacks six days a week. I picked my 14-day menu all in ad­vance in the con­sul­ta­tion room in Satwa, and cooler bags con­tain­ing all my meals for the day were to be de­liv­ered by 6am ev­ery morn­ing. The menu: I was very ex­cited to start eat­ing bread and cake again, and the wheat-free break­fast pan­cakes with le­mon and ri­cotta were the stuff of foodie fan­tasies – far from be­ing a hum­ble sub­sti­tute, they were moist, fluffy and the per­fect bal­ance of sweet­ness and tart, and I would pay to have them in any restau­rant.

I was re­ally im­pressed with the va­ri­ety on of­fer – ev­ery­thing from wheat-free spaghetti with spicy prawns to veg­etable que­sadil­las and fa­ji­tas, as well as whole­some fish cur­ries, salmon cous­cous and crisp hal­loumi sal­ads meant I didn’t ever feel like I was on a wheat-free plan.

Ev­ery meal was at­trac­tively pre­sented and packed full of flavour. Ac­com­pa­nied by a daily fruit salad, yo­gurt and side veg­etable dishes as well as desserts with ev­ery meal, I cer­tainly didn’t go hun­gry ei­ther. Pros: I en­joyed the va­ri­ety and tasti­ness of the food. It solved the is­sue I’d had with hav­ing to source wheat-free sub­sti­tutes, and was more de­li­cious than I could have imag­ined.

De­liv­er­ies came on time ev­ery day with­out fail, and I was amazed by how much good food could fit in­side the neat lit­tle cooler bags – with other de­liv­er­ies I’ve tried I’ve felt like I’m lug­ging around a hefty great food sack, so the de­mure Right Bite pack­ag­ing was a far less em­bar­rass­ing com­pan­ion on the Metro. Al­though I chose all of my dishes for the 14 days in the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, the online menu sys­tem is one of the most so­phis­ti­cated of all the diet de­liv­ery brands, and my nu­tri­tion­ist caught up with me reg­u­larly to check I was en­joy­ing ev­ery­thing. Cons: Al­though the food dis­likes I men­tioned in my con­sul­ta­tion were all to­tally ad­hered to, I did end up with the odd yo­gurt flavour that I hadn’t cho­sen, which I’m sure would have been sorted out had I minded enough to men­tion it. The wheat-free break­fast bread paled in com­par­i­son to the gourmet-stan­dard wheat­free pan­cakes, but I still ate it all up ev­ery day. Al­though the con­sul­ta­tion with the nu­tri­tion­ist was more thor­ough and in­for­ma­tive than any I’ve had with other diet de­liv­er­ies, the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion costs from Dh300, while some oth­ers will in­clude con­sul­ta­tions for free. The re­sult: I didn’t go into this to lose weight, but I was 0.5kg lighter by the end of it, and felt much bet­ter for eat­ing only wheat-free foods con­sis­tently. Per­son­ally I would pre­fer five days on the diet, with a full weekend of my own food, but six days is ad­vis­able for those se­ri­ous about los­ing weight. Verdict: All in all it def­i­nitely has the best food, va­ri­ety and ser­vice of any of the diet de­liv­er­ies I’ve come across in Dubai, and the only thing that would stop me from hav­ing it all the time is the price, as it’s also on the steeper end – but af­ter all, you get what you pay for. Price and de­tails: Dh1,950 for 14 days full pack­age on the Se­lec­tive Plus pro­gramme (for those with food in­tol­er­ances or more than four food dis­likes), or Dh3,690 for 28 days.

A 10 per cent dis­count on any of the pack­ages is avail­able for Fri­day mag­a­zine read­ers when quot­ing the ref­er­ence: RB333615. Con­tact 04 338 8763 or email info@right-bite.com for more in­for­ma­tion. No two dis­counts or pro­mo­tions can be availed to­gether. Of­fer valid un­til Oc­to­ber 31, 2013. For more in­for­ma­tion about Right Bite, visit www.right-bite.com.

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