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Comparing and Contrasting Challenges — Meal Driven

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Comparing and Contrasting Challenges

Comparing and Contrasting Challenges

June 20, 2013 3:21 pm 82 comments

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MealDriven was not our first rodeo. We have challenged ourselves with food before. A little over a year ago, Malcolm and I consumed only Chipotle Mexican Grill for 30 straight days, for our Guac is Extra challenge. The current Meal Driven challenge was much different, but in reflection there were many similarities in the experience.

A Restrictive Diet

One major aspect of similarity is the restrictive diet. On both, we were not able to eat what we wanted when we wanted it. Also with both, there were specific locations where we had to make it to, just to make sure we ate that day. And during both challenges Malcolm and I both lost weight.

I do not think that the restrictiveness of the food intake and the weight loss are unrelated. In fact I think it is the very reason why we dropped some serious LBs. Why? I’ll tell you. With both challenges…

…there was no snacking.

…there was no trying other peoples food (a past time of mine).

…there was little to no late night eating (cause places were not open – not cause I didn’t want to – believe me, I wanted to).

…the same food tastes got boring and tiresome (this is true even with Meal Driven and the salty food truck food).

…traveling every time you want to eat friggin sucks. So you end up doing it as little as possible.

 

Social Life

Another area of similarity is the impact that the challenges have on your social life. It completely wrecks them. Try to go on a first date at Chipotle – there are not Corona’s in the world to make that work. Saturday Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s at brunch isn’t happening – so there goes your casual friends. Bring a couple of styrofoam servings of shwarma to a pot lock dinner doesn’t really fly, so there goes that. And there is no getting down on wings with your bro buds – so there goes your sporting events.

Much of your social interaction revolves around food and there is only so much you can do when in the mist of challenge (and there is only so much that your friends will tolerate – understandably). So when being food challenged, it is best to surrender your plans for the duration. Keep only the essentials on the list, because I can tell you, it hurts the soul to turn down free sushi at a work dinner.

 

The Better Challenge?

When I think about which was the better challenge, I first get philosophical, what does ‘better’ mean? Better for me or a better challenge, because those are the exact opposite? By far The Guac is Extra (the Chipotle Challenge) was the better challenge for me, however it was less challenging. For one, I love the food. Also, there is actually more Chipotle locations spread out through the city than there were food trucks (at least that I could find). The Chipotles are also stationary, and any good foods marksmen can tell you, it’s harder to hit a moving burrito.

Also, the extra restrictive rules of MealDriven made it more difficult. Such as not going to the same place twice, and hitting all 5 boroughs. That added an extra stress in finding food to eat that I did not have with Chipotle. Basically what I am saying is, that the MealDriven Challenge was a form of torture. A little bit of hell, mixed with an occasional taste of heaven – just to tease you and to keep you going.

Malcolm and I don’t agree on much in this world, but I am willing to bet that we both agree that we never want to do either of them again!

 

 


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