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The Eat Smart Program agrees to:

  • Provide weekly meetings for the duration of 10 weeks to explain the habits and principles as well as answer questions as they arise. In the event that a class must be canceled, The Eat Smart Program will do its best to reschedule as close to that date as possible.
  • Provide twice daily texting for the purposes of reminding the client of their current habit and for holding the client accountable to the habits.
  • Provide daily emails with educational content focused on the topic of nutrition and physique change.
  • Provide weekly contact with the registered dietitian or Eat Smart practitioner.
  • Keep the client's cell phone number, credit or debit card number and email address as well as any other information regarding the client confidential.

The client agrees to:

  • Pay three payments of $127.00 or pay in full at the start of the program ($361). The three payments will be taken once upon signup, once 4 weeks into the program and then again 4 weeks later. The client shall pay this fee whether or not he/she completes the program.
  • Provide a cell number that is text capable to receive the daily reminders and accountability texts.
  • Provide a working email address to receive daily emails.
  • Keep in contact with the instructor. Your success means a lot to us and we want to help you succeed!
**If the client wishes to have a hard copy of the weekly lessons, he/she will be responsible for printing.

Terms & Conditions

The Eat Smart Program agrees to:

  • Provide weekly meetings for the duration of 10 weeks to explain the habits and principles as well as answer questions as they arise. In the event that a class must be canceled, The Eat Smart Program will do its best to reschedule as close to that date as possible.
  • Provide twice daily texting for the purposes of reminding the client of their current habit and for holding the client accountable to the habits.
  • Provide daily emails with educational content focused on the topic of nutrition and physique change.
  • Provide weekly contact with the registered dietitian or Eat Smart practitioner.
  • Keep the client's cell phone number, credit or debit card number and email address as well as any other information regarding the client confidential.

The client agrees to:

  • Pay three payments of $97.00 or pay in full at the start of the program ($271). The three payments will be taken once upon signup, once 4 weeks into the program and then again 4 weeks later. The client shall pay this fee whether or not he/she completes the program.
  • Provide a cell number that is text capable to receive the daily reminders and accountability texts.
  • Provide a working email address to receive daily emails.
  • Keep in contact with the instructor. Your success means a lot to us and we want to help you succeed!
**If the client wishes to have a hard copy of the weekly lessons, he/she will be responsible for printing.

Quest Bar changed their formula: What does this mean for you?

Oct 05 2015

If you are familiar with the Eat Smart program, you know that we recommend the Quest bar as a snack or on-the-go food choice for our clients.

The Quest bar is unique in that it has quite a bit of protein and fiber while keeping the sugar content very low. This is unusual for protein bars as the sugar content in most is typically very high.

Quest Nutrition seemed to have solved the high-sugar problem while, at the same time, creating a great-tasting product. The bars have been wildly popular with our clients and people everywhere.

Unfortunately, times have changed.

Quest Nutrition recently changed the formula of their bars. They switched the fiber in the bars from isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMOs) to soluble corn fiber. Officially, they state a lack in consistency in the quality of the bars as the reason to change the fiber source. The IMOs did not hold up to heat very well which caused problems in transit long distances. They also state that the soluble corn fiber has more health benefits than the IMOs. This article and associated links show that the soluble corn fiber may be beneficial to our health.

(Side note: Soluble corn fiber is NOT the same as high fructose corn syrup. The only similarity is that they both come from corn.)

Regardless of the reason for the change, the bars taste different. Very different. We have yet to meet anyone who likes the new taste better than the old. My husband used to eat the bars every day as a quick breakfast. Now, he won’t eat them at all. I tried the cookies and cream yesterday and I couldn’t finish it. The taste was nothing like before and, honestly, just as bad as typical protein bars have always tasted. I do plan to taste each of the other flavors to see if one will suffice for me in a pinch.

In addition to the different taste, the new fiber, unfortunately, has caused gastro-intestinal distress in quite a few people we know who have tried them.

The last two bars that Quest produced before the wide-spread ingredient change,  Smores and Mint Chocolate Chunk, were made with soluble corn fiber. They did not officially announce the change until these two bars were on the market for some time. I just happened to look at the ingredients one day and noticed the new ingredient. I searched for an announcement of this change for a while and did not find anything. Later on I found this relatively low-key blog post announcing the change in formula (described as their latest ‘innovation’) .

The questions we need to ask, regardless of why the change was made or we like the taste or not, are:

  • Are the bars still healthy?

Yes, the bars are still healthy as far as we can tell. The new fiber seems harmless and may have helpful health benefits.

  • Will we still recommend them?

Yes, we will still recommend them, but with reservations. Since we do not like the taste, it’s hard to encourage others to eat them, plus, the gastro-intestinal distress may be an issue for some people.

  • More importantly, can we learn anything from this change?

Yes, it is a great reminder that whole foods will ALWAYS be superior to processed foods. Even if we find processed foods that have a decent combination of ingredients and the nutrition profile is positive, whole foods should always be your first choice. You never know when food companies will change their formulas and you might not be aware of the change for a while.