Seeing as it is that time of year for resolutions, I am here to tell you a little bit about my health journey in 2017. When I was pregnant with my daughter Adeline, I gained 50 pounds. I didn’t start out with my ideal weight either. I was shocked at how much I gained because I have always felt that I was good at healthy eating. But I guess those daily ice cream sundaes took their toll. After she was born in September 2016, I pictured the weight just dripping off, after all, I was breastfeeding. Breastfeeding burns all of the calories you consume right? While I did lose a lot of weight at first, I stalled at about 20 lbs left. I started to look for outside help because I knew what I was doing wasn’t enough.
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When Addie was four months old I started Weight Watchers. At first, I saw success with it, but I found tracking points a pain. Being a new mom, I could barely keep track of when I showered last. How was I supposed to remember what I ate for breakfast, or that snack I ate during a late night nursing session? After about a month I petered out with Weight Watchers and was back to snacking on bread and chocolate chips. I was no better at healthy eating than before.
A few months later, I tried a low-carb diet. Carbs are my favorite food, so this was a big lifestyle change for me. I did start to see amazing success. I dropped 10lbs in no time, but I stalled again. Part of the problem was that we had a hard time coming up with meal ideas. Our go-to recipes from the past were all pasta and rice heavy and you can only substitute cauliflower rice so many times. Despite my success, I started to get frustrated again.
In August, my husband Colin asked me if I wanted to try a new app he had heard about called PlateJoy. He said it was like Blue Apron except you buy all the groceries. PlateJoy makes you a list and caters everything to your personal eating preferences. At first, I was hesitant. I thought our grocery bill would go up and the recipes would be overly complicated. Since I did most of the shopping for the family I was wary of having to look at a list on my phone while entertaining my baby in the cart. Finally, he convinced me to try it for one week, since he had a free trial.
Our life changed that day! PlateJoy is completely customizable, I eat some meat but not beef or lamb. Instead of just giving me vegetarian options, PlateJoy lets me just exclude those two types of meat. I knew I had success with a low carb diet, so I am able to tell PlateJoy to just give me low carb recipes. There is even a setting for Whole30 when I want to avoid dairy and gluten. I don’t have to think twice about whether a recipe is healthy, the settings I put in make sure that I only see recipes that fit my guidelines. So pizza and pasta recipes don’t tempt me!
I love how the recipes work together to make your grocery list small and manageable. They want to make sure you have as little food waste as possible. The recipes for each week include similar ingredients so that you are sure to use up everything you buy. When you plan your menu for the next week, you can ask PlateJoy to include ingredients that you already have and it will find recipes that highlight that ingredient. I couldn’t believe it but my grocery bill actually went down. We also don’t waste as much food as we used to. The app lays outs our portions clearly, and the recipes make just enough food for us. A hidden bonus is that means little-to-no extras or leftovers in the fridge to snack on. This has been a really good change for us!
Finally, I love the variety of foods that PlateJoy brings to the table. We make recipes every week that we would have never thought of. The foods we eat never bore us. Yesterday’s dinner we made Turkey Meatballs with Curried Roasted Cauliflower. It was full of unique flavors and perfectly cooked. We also use the setting to have leftovers for lunch the next day, which is really nice for our busy family. You can also customize PlateJoy to give you recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks and desserts in addition to dinners. And you tell it how many of each meal type you want each week. We usually have it set to 4-5 dinners with leftovers for lunch, so that way we can still go out to eat sometimes.
Since starting PlateJoy I have lost another 10 pounds and I know that this healthy eating lifestyle is sustainable. Lately, my friends and family have started telling me how skinny I look. I am so glad that my efforts are noticed by others. The best part about it, it’s not really much effort at all! Sign up with my referral link and get $10 off!
I had never heard of platejoy. I will have to check it out!
Thank you for the idea. I have never heard of them before, but we have tried blue apron. I like the idea of buying my own groceries. Will check them out!
You look great I had my daughter August of 2016 and the last 20lbs and mom pouch just lingers. Might have to check out platejoy
Sounds interesting! How much do they charge?