Ind. couple loses 170 pounds with help from eMeals

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WISH) – It can be hard to eat healthy when you’re a busy family on the go, but for one family in Seymour it became as simple as clicking print.

Mike and Christina Smith lost a combined 170 pounds within the last year by adopting a Crossfit and Paleo lifestyle – an eating style made easier by online meal planning service eMeals.

eMeals constructs and publishes 50 different meal plans and corresponding grocery lists every week based on food style preferences, family size and the current sales at your grocery store. The site provides a free 7-day sample meal plan to follow before purchase.

“By day 3 or 4 of the sample I was like ‘okay this is perfect because I don’t have to think, I don’t have to go scour through cookbooks and the internet to find recipes — they test them for you and they send them right to you,” says Christina, down 75 pounds since she first began the Paleo.

The Smith’s lifestyle change came about in July 2013, when Mike, 45, received a health ultimatum from his family physician.

“I weighed 288 pounds and we did some tests and the results came back they were pretty bad,” says Mike.

Mike’s tests revealed he was pre-diabetic with high blood pressure and high liver enzymes. He knew it was time to make a change, so August 1st, 2013 was the beginning of a new challenge.

“We have some friends who own Crossfit Seymour and they were doing a 30-day Paleo Challenge, so we said we would try it.”

Crossfit is an intense strength and conditioning exercise program that proved daunting for the couple who admitted to having difficulty climbing stairs or staying active with their 4th grade twins, Evan and Grant.

“So at the end of the 30 day challenge, Mike had lost 17 pounds and I had lost 18 pounds,” says Christina. “I felt so good that we looked at the calendar and figured that if I could commit to 90 days, it would be even better.”

The challenge quickly became how to simplify meal time and that’s when Christina found eMeals, which offers several eating plans – including a Paleo plan.

“Every week, the meal plan is emailed to me with 7 dinners and a side,” says Christina. “It has all the ingredients listed and directions how to prepare the meals, and on the last sheet of the email is a grocery list, divided by section of the grocery store.”

“It just makes meal planning and grocery shopping so much better,” says Mike.

To chronicle the journey, Christina began blogging about the Paleo and Crossfit lifestyle here. It’s become a repository for proof of the couple’s transformation.

“11 months ago, I struggled to run around the block,” says Mike. “I was 288 pounds then, but this past weekend I just ran a 5 mile obstacle course in Jennings County.”

Mike now weighs 193 pounds and is 5 pounds away from losing 100 pounds in one year.

“We’ve come a long way!”

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