When a friend asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding last January, I was really excited until I remembered that being a bridesmaid means wearing a dress. I had started a new job a few months earlier, and had barely had time to see my boyfriend and friends, let alone make it to the gym for regular workouts. I just wasn't feeling my best. I kept making excuses (like the fact that the weather was getting colder and I was traveling more for work), and I was frequently indulging in greasy takeout and happy hours with new coworkers. I didn't realize the very real effect it was all having on my waistline, energy level, and overall happiness until I started browsing bridesmaids dresses online. I knew I wasn't going to feel good about myself in those wedding pictures. I had to make a change.
I turned to a girlfriend I've been close to since college. She's managed to navigate an engagement, wedding planning, and a high pressure job without gaining a pound. I begged her to tell me how she always managed to stay healthy without ever seeming like she was dieting or depriving herself when we went out to dinner. She told me her secret was Splendid Spoon, a plant-based subscription service that delivers ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch to your door. She could see I was skeptical, since I hate dieting and being hungry, but she swore that Splendid Spoon meals were filling and actually tasted amazing. She promised I wouldn't regret just trying it for a couple of weeks, so I decided to give it a shot.
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My first box came a few days later, and I was excited to kick off my new, healthy routine. Breakfast was a delicious, low-sugar Chocolate Cherry smoothie that I threw into my work bag and drank at my desk while I went through my morning emails. I was surprised to find that it was really yummy and kept me full until lunchtime! By mid-afternoon, I was ready to heat up what quickly became one of my absolute favorite soups: the Butternut Squash Ratatouille with tomatoes and kale. Nourishing, satisfying, and energizing. When the end of the work day rolled around, I felt surprisingly invigorated. I walked an extra 20 minutes home instead of taking the subway, and slept better than I had in ages.
Within a couple of weeks, I understood what my friend had been talking about. Splendid Spoon makes it ridiculously easy to eat more fruits and vegetables during the work week without even trying. The soups and smoothies taste amazing, keep me full for hours, and are loaded with nutritionally diverse, clean ingredients. I feel incredible when I eat this way for breakfast and lunch, and I love that I can take my Splendid Spoon meals with me wherever I go since they're convenient and always ready-to-eat. Since starting Splendid Spoon, I was able to shed weight, I get compliments all the time on my skin, and I have so much more energy.
Signing up for Splendid Spoon was the perfect way to recommit to my health and to prep for my friend's wedding. When the other bridesmaids and I had our dress fittings last month, I felt confident looking back at my reflection in the mirror. This is so much more than a diet; it's transformed the way I eat. I love that my work meals are always healthy and totally taken care of, and that I can still have a few fries when my boyfriend and I go out to dinner on the weekend. Splendid Spoon has given me back my confidence and helps me to eat healthy when I'm my busiest. I'm so grateful I found them.
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