BY STACEY CAMPBELL
Westchester businesswoman Monica Lynn has
recently expanded her gourmet meal delivery
business from the wealthy neighborhoods of
Harrison to the doors of Darienís elite Body
tuning clients, and apparently, her diet
business is booming.
In operation now for just over one year, her
startup company, 5 Squares,. now services over
90 clients, the majority of whom are male. Also
feeding several women and children, Ms. Lynnís
delivery range spans throughout Westchester and
lower Fairfield County, as far north as
One obvious testimony to the quality of her
product and service, one client, who lives north
of New Haven, clearly out of Ms. Lynnís delivery
range, is so intent on using 5 Squares that she
Connecticut Limo to do door-to-door deliveries
for her every morning.
Appropriately named, 5 Squares offers five meals
a day, all of which are made
fresh daily and hand-delivered at 6 a.m. in an
insulated cooler. Prepared by her two executive
chefs and staff of six cooks, the meals are
additive, dairy and wheat-free, and do not
contain refined sugar of any kind.
Ms. Lynnís six week diet schedule does not have
one overlapping recipe, nor does it deprive
dieters of sarisfying flavors. Her daily menu
offers healthy selections such as a delicate egg
white omelet with peppers and onions, a mid-day
turkey burger with Portobello mushrooms, grilled
eggplant and shoestring fries, and a dinner of
Chilean sea bass seasoned with fresh mint and
lemon zest served with zucchini, shallots and
asparagus spears. In case there is any
confusion. Ms. Lynn numbers the five meals in
order of when they should be eaten throughout
The 5 squares plan is designed as a weight
management program that Ms. Lynn does not refer
to as a diet, but rather, as lifestyle change.
Ben Prentis, owner of Bodytuning in Darien,
supports the plan for that exact reason.
"I started recommending 5 Squares to my clients
because everybody that uses it ends up losing
weight,Ē said Mr. Prentis, who offers
nutritional consultation with his personal
sessions. He believes that everyone should be
eating sugar free, all of the time, and so
affiliated Ms. Lynnís service with his high-end
"Bodytuning is at the pinnacle of what personal
training is, which in part is to recommend that
clients eat well as well as work out," Mr.
Prentis continued. "It's especially great for
people that don't want to, or don't have time to
cook. It takes the guesswork out of eat- ing
well. It's not revolutionary, it just works."
At any given time, Mr. Prentis has five to 10
clients on the meal plan. Sandy Duffy, a Darien
resident and member of Bodytuning gym, has just
completed the six week eating cycle. And, except
for the fact that there is no cheese in the diet
which she says is her weakness, she claims to be
satisfied with the food, the results,. and most
of all, with Ms. Lynnís dedication to customer
"I have to be her worst customer because I am so
picky." said Ms. Duffy "But Monica couldn't be
Ms. Duffy, who said she would definitely
recommend the plan to anyone who is interested,
admits that, to her, the best part of the diet
was learning how to feed herself properly. She
said that the plan taught her portion
control above all, and now she orders an
appetizer and a salad instead of a big meal
when she goes out to eat.
5 Squares CEO and Founder, Monica
Lynn, provides clients with five
healthful meals per day.
"I love the fact that I don't feel like I have
to eat everything on my plate." said Ms. Duffy.
"Six weeks on any diet is not going to be a
cure-all, but my weight has definitely gone
down. Every meal she gives you is healthy; there
are no tricks involved."
Ms. Duffy, like Ms. Lynn, does not advise on a
diet, but instead recommends trying 5 Squares
ďto learn a patient way to eat for the rest of
Ms. Lynn, who takes all of the 5 Squares service
requests directly, includes recipes with her
meals to encourage clients to prepare healthy
meals on their own. The program costs $40 per
day and is sold in six-week packages. For
information, call Ms. Lynn at (914) 421-1378.