Are you ready to make a life-changing decision to improve your health for the better? If you are, diet meal plans may just be your new best friend. Boosting your levels of physical activity and exercise can help, but it’s not enough: dietary changes and well-planned meals that consider your specific health needs and goals, are essential to making the lasting changes that will empower you to feel better and live better.
Why are diet meal plans important — and how do they improve health outcomes?
While there are many ways to lose weight and get that number on the scale down, crash diets aren’t sustainable and may even do more harm than good. In fact, so many of the so-called ‘health’ and weight loss shakes don’t result in long-term health improvements. Some may also leave you feeling hungry too soon after you eat — which leads to more eating and more getting off track of your goals.
So, what does work for sustainable health changes and weight loss?
Identifying your health needs and goals, finding a diet that supports them, and making it as easy as possible to stick with it. Identifying your specific health needs is important because one-size-fits-all diets don’t work for everyone: for example, not everyone requires a diabetic diet — whereas not everyone needs a Keto diet — it really depends. Once you’ve identified your health needs and goals, you need to find a diet that will best align with your needs (our team of nutritional consultants are here to help if you’re in the St. Louis area).
Finally, you need to find a way to make it as easy as possible to stick with your new diet meal plan. For example, going into a hole on Pinterest and spending 10 hours on a Sunday painstakingly meal planning each and every ingredient isn’t going to be all that sustainable if you also have to shop, cook, clean, work, and care for others during the week.
Keto Diet Meal Plans
What is a Ketogenic (Keto) diet meal plan? What is the Keto diet?
The keto diet follows a meal plan that’s low on carbohydrates but high on healthy fats: this ratio of carbs to fats helps trigger something called ‘ketosis’. Ketosis is a metabolic process that forces your body to burn fat rather than the carbohydrates it usually draws upon for energy.
Keto meal plans can bring great health benefits. The Keto diet was, after all, discovered in an attempt to control epilepsy (and it helped countless people until pharmaceutical treatments were discovered and is still employed for those with uncontrolled epilepsy). Keto diets help in weight loss by forcing your body to start burning the fats that so many dietary meal plans struggle to reach.
High fat and low carb….what does that mean in terms of daily meals? To give you an idea of what to expect with a Keto diet, some examples of Keto meals from our meal diet plans include:
- Pan Seared Salmon with Pesto
- Sunny Side Burger & Hash
- Six Pepper Chicken Salad
- Coconut Fudge Bars
Example of our freshly delivered meals, served in ready-to-heat BPA-free, recyclable containers
The above meals are just a few of the wide variety of delicious options when you get creative within the restrictions of Keto (you can see more examples of our Keto diet meals here).
So, the Keto diet can be delicious and can bring about major health changes….what’s the catch? It’s just not quite as simple as having some peanut butter and calling it a day. There’s a balance and strict compliance with the Ketogenic diet is necessary in order for it to work. If you are just starting out with Keto, or have a busy schedule, or just don’t love being in the kitchen, staying with the Keto diet can be downright overwhelming.
In order for them to work well, Keto diets require certain ratios of carbs-to-fats: here at Pure Plates, we carefully plan every meal and snack included in one of our meal plans...and, deliver (or, if you prefer, you can pick up at one of our many locations around St. Louis).
Diabetic Diet Meal Plans
A diabetic diet meal plan helps you know what to eat and how much in order to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Planning balanced meals that support your health goals has been proven to help control the symptoms of Diabetes Type 2.
There are many important considerations when you’re planning for a diabetic diet meal plan: fiber, fats, protein, and carbohydrates all play a big role in how what you eat impacts your blood sugar. Sugars (aka processed foods) can force your blood sugar to spike up while, on the other hand, foods rich in fiber help to slow down digestion and keep your blood sugar from shooting up. Reducing carbohydrates helps to avoid the sugar rushes and crashes that lead to not only increased demand for insulin but also increased hunger.
Before starting a diet meal plan, be sure to talk with your healthcare team to let them know you’re going to be making dietary changes so they can make any necessary adjustments to your ongoing medical care.
Examples of some of our diabetic diet meals include:
- Carolina Gold Chicken
- Lemon Pepper Tilapia
- Meat Lovers Scramble
- Pumpkin Power Pancakes
- Salmon Cakes
You can check out all of our delicious meal plan choices here. And, as with all of our meal plans, you can get this meal plan delivered right to your door (in BPA-free, ready-to-heat, recyclable containers), or you can pick up from one of our many locations.
5 Day Diet Meal Plans
Why a 5 day meal plan? If you’ve been scrambling to meet many different obligations, or managing health concerns, and so on — making the leap to healthy eating can be overwhelming (and especially when you’re just beginning). Not having enough time in the day, not having the expertise, and not having the energy are some of the key reasons why making the leap to healthy eating can be so hard, and so prohibitive.
Studies have shown that cooking at home five days a week can add as much as 10 years to your life. Why is that? It’s not so much the act of cooking at home but of making healthier choices, reducing processed foods and oils, increasing nutrient-rich foods and lowering salt can’t be overstated.
A 5-day meal plan, similar to the ones we offer our customers here in the greater St. Louis area, can be enable you to really jump-start your health goals. Examples of our five day meal plans here at Pure Plates include:
- Egg Frittata Bites
- Asian Chicken Salad
- Street Pork Tacos
- Sausage Egg Sandwich
You can check out all of our delicious meal plan choices here. And, as with all of our meal plans, you can get this meal plan delivered right to your door, or you can pick up from one of our many locations.
30 Day Diet Meal Plans
Why a 30 day meal plan? If you want to commit to more healthy meals, a 30 day meal plan makes it a lot easier to achieve your health goals. Similar to our 5 day meal plan, our 30 day meal plan helps you save time and stress so you can focus on what’s most important: your health. 30-day meal plans are game-changing: health doesn’t change overnight, it’s something that takes time — and support (such as not having to plan, shop, prep, etc) is crucial to making enduring health changes.
At Pure Plates, we’re proud that so many of our customers have seen huge changes by making the decision to sign up for one of our meal plans:
“Years of eating what I wanted to eat began to take a toll on my health. I knew I needed to make some changes. I heard about pure plates and decided to give it a try. Within 1 week my gut was feeling much better, improved mood, more energy, and I lost over 20 pounds in about 1 month!”
If you're interested, see more of what our customers have said about our diet meal plans by clicking here. And, if you are in the greater St. Louis area, check out our diet meal plan options and order for delivery or pickup -- or contact our team to discuss your dietary needs. If you’re not in the St. Louis area, check out this article to discover what to look for, in terms of quality, when selecting a meal plan provider.