Hey there! I hope you had a very happy holiday season. With the New Year upon us, many will be making New Years Resolutions about their health - whether joining a gym, starting a new diet plan like Paleo, raw, or Whole30, or starting an at-home fitness regimen like P90x.
Some people poo-poo on New Years Resolutions, but some are the jumpstart you need to launch yourself into a healthier you. This post isn't about New Years Resolutions or goal setting - it's about my experience with Diet-to-Go.
If you're thinking up some goals come January 1st, I encourage you to read up on my previous post regarding setting SMART goals and the stages of change.
To Cook or Not To Cook?
Over the past year, there has been a HUGE increase in meal delivery. Past the days of Lean Cuisines and frozen meals, the trend seemed to crop up for busy adults who love to cook, but just don't have the time. Services like Blue Apron send you all the ingredients you need to cook a wonderful meal. Similar services include Plated, HelloFresh, and Purple Carrot.
There are also services aimed more at a healthier you. If you think about it, if you want to start eating healthier, your Pinterest search history may be filled with - quick healthy recipes, chicken and vegetables, healthy crockpot meals, tasty chicken meals, etc. You spend hours searching for recipes, gather up the grocery lists, head to the grocery store, and then embark upon meal planning. These "healthy you" services help you out by removing some of the steps. For example, PlateJoy sends you the recipes and the grocery list you need for a healthy diet. A big plus is that the recipes utilize similar ingredients to minimize on waste and having to prep something every single night (such as chicken parm and chicken tacos later that week).
Diet-to-Go goes one step further - choose your meal plan, see the delivery options in your area, and personalize your menu with number of meals and other details. For example, you can get a vegetarian option on the Balance or go all-veggie. (By the way, the menu options are Balance, Balance-Diabetes, CARB30, Vegetarian).
Their meal plans have been rated as tastier than Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, eDiets, and Biggest Loser and are not only dietitian-approved but chef-inspired. So you get a healthy meal that tastes wonderful.
Diet-to-Go: What Do You Get?
OK so you pick your plan, schedule your delivery, and wait. What will you do with the time you don't have to spend grocery shopping?
Your meals will arrive in a refrigerated box. Each meal is in a sealed container, labeled with its contents and nutrition information (and heating instructions). They stack nicely in your fridge, just like those "meal prep Sunday" pins you see on Pinterest. In case you missed it, the meals are in single-meal containers and meant to be refrigerated.
One of my favorite features was that for some of the lunch items, they include snack items like apple chips (I'm a sandwich and snack kinda girl - hot leftovers just don't cut it for me sometimes), all ready to go in your container. By the way, you can customize your individual meal choices within the overall meal plan selection.
If you want to kickstart a healthy lifestyle, and aren't a big fan of cooking, Diet-to-Go may be just what you need. Or even if you have a great meal plan strategy in place, Diet-to-Go can help cover your bases when you head into a busy week or two at work, and instead of falling off the wagon, you have Diet-to-Go.
If you have any questions about the process, Diet-to-Go provides you with a phone number to call, a Learn More webpage, and an online contact option. They're responsive and there to help you. Give it a try! You can walk through the ordering process all the way to check-out to see the options you can choose before you break out the credit card.
This review was written in exchange for a 7-day free trial of the Balance meal plan. However, all opinions expressed are mine alone. None of the information here substitutes for advice from your medical practitioner.
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