I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own. #LoveHealthyMe #WWsponsored
I’ve got a little secret, I’m a slave to the sweet stuff. I’m talking about sugar. I don’t know why, but ever since Kaia was born I have been a ravenous sugar monster and I don’t like it! Never in my life have I eaten as unhealthy as I do now, and after looking at a few old photos of myself and seeing one that my husband recently snapped of me I was on the verge of tears. And not only that, I feel different. I no longer feel like the energetic, optimistic girl that is ready to hike a mountain (literally) at any moment. I feel run down. And lazy. And tired all.the.time. So I finally decided to start holding myself to health choices and sign up for the Simple Start plan from Weight Watchers to help curb my sugary tendencies and keep me on track.
Now, I’m not a dieter. I don’t like the word and I don’t like the stigma that comes with it. That’s why the Simple Start plan appealed to me – it is basically two weeks of meal suggestions, along with small goals and rewards along the way in the form of a simple phone app. That’s it! I just log on, pick a meal, make it, and record it. Then once I do that I get a virtual “high five” along with a reminder that a job well done deserves some pampering. So I do my hair or take an hour to get some reading in and feel a little bit better about myself for the day!
I like it because I don’t have to worry about thinking up meals, I don’t have to stress over portions and I don’t have to slave away in the kitchen because each meal is ridiculously easy. My favorite is this tofu with rice, I have already eaten it twice this week!
Isn’t it amazing?
Tofu Teriyaki & Veggies
- minced garlic
- small red onion
- snow peas
- package firm tofu
- edamame (shelled)
- teryaki sauce
- cooked brown rice
To make this easy dish you are going to cook up your brown rice and then saute’ your veggies and garlic for a few minutes in a skillet. Next add in your tofu, edamame and teriyaki and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Then serve. Wasn’t that SO easy? And it is delicious to boot! Check out the app for a complete list of meals and recipes.
Don’t worry if you can’t find an option for you, there is plenty of room for substitutions and also an option to create your own meal from a list of ingredient choices. I created this yummy couscous and veggie dish that packs a lot of flavor while still being guilt free!
Easy Veggie Couscous
- whole wheat or plain couscous
- one bunch of parsley
- grape tomatoes
- Italian spice mix
For this dish you first want to cook your couscous. It will vary depending on what kind/brand you choose but usually it consists of boiling some water, pouring in the couscous and letting it sit for 5-7 minutes. After your couscous is cooked, cut up a hand full of fresh parsley and toss it in along with the Italian spices and dill. Mix well, cut your grape tomatoes in half and add them in. Now sit back, grab a good book and have yourself a great meal!
And you know what? I can even reward myself for staying on track with little indulgences here and there. Awesome! Since I’m off to such a great start, I went ahead and bought a few pairs of killer pants that I plan on wearing on a fancy press trip in a few months as a treat and motivational aid. I am feeling pretty dedicated to my health right now, and I’m so glad that I found Simple Start to help me along the way!