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Category Health & Fitness
Published 1 January 2018
We find out who's the Jane behind the Jane Plan and ask her about what's coming up in 2018
The Jane Plan is an eating plan that's designed to work on portion control and a balanced diet. We asked some questions of the woman behind the whole idea to find out more behind the brand.
Not just bland diet food, these delicious portion-control meals use chiefly locally sourced high quality ingredients and are free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – healthy, mouth-watering pre-prepared meals delivered right to your door. Offering a wide and varied diet and offering a Vegetarian option, the Jane Plan is an exciting and delicious way to help you to achieve your personal goals. The Jane Plan allows you to add your own fruit and vegetables and the plan also contains “Your Jane Plan Guide” which welcomes and guides you through the plan.
Ideal World: Hi Jane, we're really glad to have The Jane Plan at Ideal World. Can you let us know the idea behind the Jane Plan and what started it?
Jane Michell: It's no secret I used to be over weight – like millions of men and women I had struggled with my weight for many years, tried every diet going and yet nothing seemed to work. Then the penny finally dropped and I realised I needed to put an end to dieting and instead focus on eating healthily and eating the right food in the right portion sizes. I needed to be aware of what I was eating, how much I was eating and the calories too – and sure enough once I started eating healthy food, in smaller portions and being more aware of what I was eating, I dropped the weight and have kept it off for over 25 years. It would be very easy to say that's why I started Jane Plan, and the reality is my own personal journey has played a big part in the idea behind Jane Plan. But there is another reason too. After the birth of my thirds child I retrained in Nutrition, took a job at a leading London Hospital and spent a number of years helping people who were really challenged with their weight. My experience there inspired me to create a healthy eating plan that was easy to follow, effective and that people would love. Not just because the food is delicious but because they would see results too. So I guess it was two things that gave me the idea of Jane Plan – my personal weight loss journey and my professional experience. I wanted to help people be the best versions of themselves.
Ideal World: Now we're in 2018, what was the best moment for you of 2017 and what are you looking forward to now?
Jane Michell: 2017 was a fabulous year – seeing my lovely children grow up and flourish was a real feature of the year, but perhaps the most exciting moment professionally was when the hair brand John Frieda asked me to be the face of their over 50's campaign. For me eating well isn't just about losing weight, it's about hair, skin, well being and feeling healthy – so the John Frieda campaign illustrated this.
They wanted a real woman who was running a real business and who really helped people – they chose me!
Ideal World: What makes the Jane Plan different to other eating plans?
Jane Michell: I think it's a whole range of things that makes us so different – firstly the quality of the food, we really care about the ingredients and only work with hand- picked producers. For example, our oatcakes are baked in the Orkney's – we love sourcing locally. Secondly we put a great deal of thought into the recipes, so every mouthful delights and nourishes and satisfies. Every member of the Jane Plan team personally tastes each meal throughout the recipe process and we eat the food every day in the office too. Thirdly it's the ease of Jane Plan that makes it so successful – we've created a bespoke hamper just for Ideal World, containing breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks – everything has been selected with the Ideal World customer in mind, it's not only truly delicious, but also calorie and portion controlled. Finally, at Jane Plan we care – our clients are so important to us – our mission is to help you succeed. We have a team of fully qualified Nutritionists on hand who will spend time with anyone who needs it to help them achieve their goals.
Ideal World: You’re extremely passionate about good ingredients preparing top-quality food. But what would you say is your favourite food?
Jane Michell: I love Thai food – DELICIOUS – and we have a range of fragrant (but not too spicy) curries in the plan. I also love chocolate – I don’t think healthy eating should be about deprivation, so we include ‘chocolatey’ treats in Jane Plan. But in reality my actual favourite dish is the Jane Plan lasagne!
Ideal World: Apart from the food you eat, what’s your number one tip to feeling great about yourself?
Jane Michell: Smile at the world and it will smile back. Feeling happy makes you feel good and smiling is the first step to a happy life.