I looked at all the options – from meal box delivery services like HelloFresh to meal planning apps. I even looked in to hiring a qualified Dietician. But I found all these options to be a bit rubbish or too pricey. So, I found myself back in the supermarket, buying a ready-meal. That is until I read about outsourcing personal tasks to a virtual assistant in The Four-Hour Workweek
Could I outsource my diet to a virtual assistant? The idea intrigued, so I decided to find out. And here’s how…
Step 1) Hire a virtual assistant
If I’m honest, I was a little nervous about using a virtual assistant for the first time. How much would it cost and how would it work?
So, I searched for “virtual assistants” using Google and, after a little browsing, discovered that you can get a task (that’s around 15 minutes of work) for as little as $1.75. And after contacting a few companies to discuss my requirements, I learned that it’s possible and should only cost me around $15-$25 a month. Great!
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[Pricing plan from Habiliss, the company I eventually chose to use]
Step 2) Choose your preferences
My dietary requirements were simple – I simply wanted to eat better to feel better, with less effort.
So, with help from my friend Google, I found the Mediterranean diet. Inspired by the eating habits of Southern Europe, it ticked all the boxes. It’s also been linked to reduced risk of serious illness including heart attacks and strokes.
I decided to (loosely) follow the Mediterranean diet.
[The Mediterranean Diet – simple and nutritious]
Step 3) Create a virtual cookbook
Rather than asking my assistant to blindly choose recipes, I gave them some guidance on how to find recipes that I knew I’d love – like a virtual cookbook. I provided a link to my favourite recipe website, BBC Good Food, along with a simple list of filtering options. My assistant then chooses from the list.
[88 tasty, healthy recipes matching my requirements from BBC Good Food]
Step 4) Set up online supermarket account
I set up an account with my favourite local supermarket. This allows my assistant to order all the ingredients for all my meals to be delivered to my home. This was straightforward to do by following the instructions on the supermarket website.
Step 5) Putting it to the test
Finally, I was introduced to my assistant and provided step-by-step guidance on how to find recipes and complete the meal planning each week, along with my supermarket account login details.
Coming back to present day…
I no longer spend time choosing recipes, meal planning, writing lists or queuing in the supermarket. Nandini takes care of it all for me. I receive an email each week with my updated meal plan and details of shopping order. I spend five minutes reviewing my online shopping basket then complete the order.
[My meal plan, not the prettiest but brilliant to use]
My shopping is delivered to my home at a time that suits me, all I must do is the cooking and then enjoy an amazing, home-cooked meal, like this…
[One of many tasty, home-cooked meals]
Reflecting on my experience, I’m amazed at how much time and stress this saves – in the U.K., the average person spends two hours food shopping each week, I spend around 15 minutes. And my weekly food bill has plummeted. Sometimes my weekly shop is TOO cheap to hit the minimum supermarket spend of £25 for delivery. And have to get around this by adding other items I need!
Most surprising, however, is how simple my life is today. And that’s why I wanted to share my story, so that you can benefit from this too.
So, the answer to the question “Can I outsource my diet to a virtual assistant?” is a definite YES!
The good news is that you can too.
Is there any business or personal task that you have said goodbye to since hiring a virtual assistant? Let us know if you would like to share your story with our readers too!