What if Chris Hemsworth loved a bargain?? I’ve been trialling Chris Hemsworth’s Centr again, but what if you choose the vegan level or want to eat more plant-based and shop at the discounters like Lidl and Aldi? Can you buy any of their recipes affordably, or will you be handcuffed to Sainsbury’s and co? And what are the alternatives?Listen to “050: What if Chris Hemsworth shopped at Lidl?” on Spreaker.
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Transcript: What if Chris Hemsworth Shopped At Lidl?
Bear: [00:00:00] Good evening, my fellow bears. And if it’s not evening where you are, I’ll let you decide if I am too early or too late. I’ve been trialing Chris Hemsworth center for the third time. So was it third time lucky?
centr says that they’re everything you need in one spot, train, eat, and live better with the tap of a finger, simple to use and easy to stay on track. Basically it’s a meal planner
and app that provides workouts and recipes so that you don’t have to think about all those things yourself and it’s customizable so that you can swap out meals and workouts to suit your lifestyle.
I’ll just read their very exciting legal disclaimer. A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are necessary for weight loss, maintenance, muscle building, or toning. Please discuss your decision to begin a fitness or diet program with a health care professional. And remember, everybody is different.
So results may vary. I too, am not a healthcare professional . But I’m also not going to do an in-depth review on centr today. I have been reviewing Lidl and Sainsbury’s plant-based options lately from a financial perspective. And the big criticism of the discounters is that the ranges are limited.
Zane Lowe: Is it,
Harry Styles: I don’t know
Zane Lowe: That’s what everyone’s [00:01:00] saying
Harry Styles: Oh
So as an extreme example, could you make centr’s recipes from their fitness planner, just by shopping at a discounter? Let’s investigate what ingredients centr wants us to buy.
Nick Fury: B**ch
Bear: So I did see nutritional yeast flakes in Aldi recently, but it was a special buy. So I assume when it’s gone, it’s gone and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in Lidl,
Peter Parker: I’m sorry, you’re saying there’s a multiverse?
Bear: yes. Only in a multiverse would you be able to buy dukkah at Lidl. I don’t even know. Is it Dukkah or, or Dukkah? Dukkah? Dukkah. Dukkah
you can make it. It’s chopped almonds, sesame seeds, and cumin. I don’t think they have Sesame seeds at Lidl.
Nick Fury: Okay. I
Bear: Lebanese cucumbers. Don’t let me down Lidl
Nick Fury: It’s clear to me that you were not ready for this.
Bear: It’s as if Chris Hemsworth and Lidl do not communicate with each other at all.
Mysterio: you guys do have sarcasm on this earth, right?
Bear: brown rice syrup
Peter Parker: I’m really strong and I’m sticky. No I can’t
Bear: pandan leaves
Mysterio: Why not?
Bear: I don’t think they even stock those at the majors, let alone at the discounters. [00:02:00] blue butterfly pea flowers,
Peter Parker: I’m sorry. What?
Bear: black sesame seeds
Peter Parker: I’m so sorry,
Betty: I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Bear: buckwheat or soba noodles,
Peter Parker: I’m so sorry.
Liz: You say that a lot. What are you sorry for this time?
Bear: broad beans,
May: How’s the plan going?
Peter Parker: Some setbacks for sure.
Bear: Tempeh. They do suggest somewhere swapping tempeh for scrambled eggs. But of course, if you’re vegan,
Mysterio: You’re not going to do that are you
Bear: fennel. Love fennel in a restaurant. Have never been able to buy it anywhere in person. Rice paper roll sheets.
MJ: Wait. You’re being serious right now?
Bear: Okay. I think we get the idea
Tony Stark: Okay. It’s not working out.
and I don’t need to go into detail about tofu again.
See the previous installments for that. I’m gutted that I was only able to buy it once during Veganuary at Lidl.
MJ: Where were you?
Peter Parker: I have a plan
Ned: Don’t forget step seven,
Peter Parker: step seven.
Ned: Don’t do any of that.
Now of course I have picked out some of the most awkward examples,
Peter Parker: Let’s try that again.
Bear: but even if I pick out something really simple, like black beans on toast, not sure why that even needs the recipe.
Most of the year, you can’t find a tin of black beans in Lidl. They do sometimes have them in Aldi.
Mysterio: I’ll give you about a 50/50 chance.
Bear: So the verdict [00:03:00] there is that if you’re going to trial centr or something similar, you might find the meal planner a bit of a problem if you only shop at the discounters, and if you want to eat plant based either way, it is still limited.
Prowler: Can I give you some advice?
You got to get better at this part of the job.
Bear: What else can we do if we want to eat better, whatever that means to you alongside a training regimen without breaking the bank?
Peter Parker: But I’m ready for more than that now.
Bear: If you’re going to have to go online or to another supermarket anyway, I’d rather have the easiest, most affordable thing. I did notice that Holland and Barrett are now stocking Huel, which I can’t stop talking about because that’s what I picked up for lunch the other day on a hospital trip.
I think the big reason I can’t stop talking about it is that most of us are suffering from decision fatigue.
Something like centr is meant to tell you what to eat so that you don’t have to worry. But in doing that, they’re also telling you what to spend.
And as with most fitness partners, they might go to great lengths
to make their monthly membership a good value compared to having a nutritionist and a personal trainer.
Which most of us can’t afford to do. And I’ll let you argue whether that should be necessary,
but any subscription becomes meaningless if it bumps up your bills elsewhere in life.
In the [00:04:00] centr example, if you’ve got to start shopping somewhere else or in multiple places,
or spending more just to get the basic ingredients, then that could be a real obstacle. I can see why a lot of people give up their new year’s resolutions by January 19th. And then just, don’t try again for the rest of the year.
And I can see why we’ve got to the stage where you can buy a nutritionally complete meal as a powder to mix with cold water or ready to drink and have that as a subscription delivered to your door for dinner
so that you don’t have to write a shopping list or spend petrol on driving to more than one supermarket or spend that time shopping meal planning, cooking, using the energy from the cooker. Unless you’re buying Huel’s hot foods, the price per meal on those is higher.
I guess my final thought is that we can only buy so many ingredients at one time.
At the moment I’m in one of my eat the pantry phases. So I’m not trying to buy anything except vegetables over the coming weeks anyway.
So I can use all the proteins and cooking oils and spices that I’ve got stashed away already.
And the other thing, if you sign up to [00:05:00] things like Centr, is that you could just make variations on the recipes anyway,
that fit your spending. And what’s already available to you. None of this has to be all or nothing. And I say that as an autistic person where all or nothing is actually an autistic trait. So that could be very easily be my default setting.
But even Huel, I think at this stage, isn’t going to become something that I necessarily have three times a day. It’s just nice to know that it’s there.
And it’s nice to know that I could save time and money.
I most importantly reduced some of the decision fatigue.
Let me know your thoughts.
Tom Holland: You’re good. Good. How are you good?
Tony Stark: You’re turning me down?
Bear: If you want me to do more day in the life vlog-y stuff on what I spend day to day, I can do that.
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