With Holidays here and New Year resolutions around the corner, I’m already thinking about my weight. But, hell, when am I NOT thinking about my weight. I feel like I’ve tried it all, but and I’ve lost and gained the same ten pounds so many times that my cellulite has a distinct feeling of Deja Vu.
Recently, Splendid Spoon came across my radar. They are plant-based, and as their website says, “Our plans are designed to help you create easy and healthy eating habits. With over 50 ready-to-eat meals, you can kiss meal planning goodbye.”
I have to say that anything I don’t have to think is welcome. I work from home and have about 20 different jobs and roles (slight exaggeration but only slight) and there are days when figuring out what to wear is challenging enough. The thought of someone saying, “Here are healthy meals, so eat these,” all sounds good.
Plant-Based And Fertility
Also, since many of my readers are dealing with infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, etc., considering plant-based diets may be something you’re looking into. According to a study from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, women who eat low amounts of fruit and high amounts of processed fast food are less likely to conceive. Researchers found that women with the most insufficient fruit intake had a higher risk of infertility (taking more than one year to become pregnant), with the chance increasing from 8% to 12%. The concern was even greater for those who ate fast food four times a week, rising to 16%.
For women, replacing animal protein with plant protein may help combat ovulatory infertility – although not blocked fallopian tubes. Who knew?
A study from Harvard School of Public Health looked at over 18,000 women and found that ovulatory infertility was 39% more likely in those eating high levels of animal protein – particularly chicken and red meat – than women who consumed more peas, beans, lentils, tofu, and nuts. A healthy plant-based diet may increase becoming pregnant after fertility treatment.
Their Reset Program
Why Reset? According to Splendid Spoon, there are times when we get off track in our wellness journey and may go a little overboard here and there on high-calorie, nutrient-depleted foods. That’s pretty much my plan for the holiday s- go overboard, so they are not wrong.
Their reset soups are low in calories yet contain vitamins and minerals. As a result, they may be ideal for people with digestive issues or inflammation. The program comprises our five lightest soups: Butternut Turmeric, Cauliflower Potato Chowder, Fennel Consommé, Garden Minestrone & Lentil & Kale.
How it works is a reset day could be a single day or a meal where you take time off to show your gut a little TLC. They recommend eating one reset meal (ideally lunch or dinner) at least 2-3 times a week for starters. This will allow your body a chance to wind down after a busy day and may even kickstart weight management to get you back on track with healthy eating. For more experienced participants, you can reset for the entire day, ideally one day a week.
If you want to, you can also follow the Reset plan, their 100% plant-based smoothies, soups, grain bowls, and noodle bowls.
What Do I Think?
The fact that it’s been cold lately has put me in the mood for soup, so that gave me a head start. One of the soups that intrigued me the most was their Butternut Tumeric. Despite being young and fabulous, I have arthritis. So everyone and their mother (including my mother) has asked me, “Have you tried Tumeric?” as it’s supposed to help with the condition.
But here’s the thing: I hate Tumeric as it gives me heartburn and tastes… well… not like a donut.
I’ve tried taking it in tea form, pill form, gummy form, and another form I can think of but can never stomach it… UNTIL this soup. I was genuinely afraid as I love Butternut, and in my mind, when I was about to take a sip, I had already started harboring bad feelings towards the Tumeric for ruining my Butternut. It’s like Tumeric was the Bobby Brown to my Whitney Houston.
HOWEVER, it was good. Like REALLY good. And believe me when I say that if you can win me over with that combination, you know it’s impressive. The rest of the soups were also very warming and, as corny as this sounds, made me feel good about myself for actually ensuring I get some vitamins in there!
When I was going through IVF and had “cycle buddies,” I remember everyone doing one special diet or another. They were gluten-free, or they were giving up sugar, or they were trying keto, or, of course, they were eating pineapple core on the regular. Do I know for a fact that plant-based will help you conceive? Not a clue. However, some research supports it, and out of all of your options (like eating french fries after an embryo transfer), this is certainly one of the healthier options.
If nothing else, healthy food, resetting your diet, and having someone plan your meals out for you are also good. So if you want to give them a try, click HERE.