September 29, 2020
Hi, I'm Randi. I love food - to talk about it, to read about it, to cook it, and of course, to eat it. To me, the idea of a diet always seemed like an act of deprivation, so I’ve always avoided them. I have also suffered from bouts of acid reflux for a while, which is not a pleasant condition at all.
When I came across the ZOE program, it appealed to me because its approach is science-based and, even more importantly, tailored for me. There really weren’t any rough or hard times adjusting to the plan. In fact, I was pleased to see how easy it was to transition to the ZOE program.
"With ZOE I felt I was being armed with knowledge and a better understanding of which foods are best for me."
Following the plan is easy. Really easy, in fact. No foods are considered forbidden. Adding in an ingredient that scores low for me means that all I need to do is to fill out the rest of the meal with foods that are better options for me. ZOE has taught me how to use food as a building block to create better meals and snacks.
"This isn’t about calorie counting, it’s about learning how to build a better meal."
I found the transition into the ZOE plan incredibly easy. The action plan and the app provided great alternatives for snacks. I discovered what foods were best for me, what meals were easy to make, and what foods to have readily available to snack on. Over time, with continuing progress, they soon became good habits!
I’ve finally been given a tool to help me think about food in a healthier manner and build better meals for myself and my husband. We’ve both lost a noticeable amount of weight while utilizing ZOE. We both have more energy. And, since starting the plan, I’ve had zero incidents with acid reflux.
"Since starting the plan, I’ve had zero incidents with acid reflux."
My 'Aha!' moment happened during my usual grocery shop. I was using the ZOE app as a guide to help me shop for groceries. I realized I was constantly checking to see what foods rated better for me (carrots vs. parsnips, quinoa vs. bulgur, rice cakes vs. whole wheat bread, shrimp vs. chicken), and made choices accordingly.
A lot of what I discovered was surprising and went against what I thought would be my healthier option. It wasn't until the checkout that I realized that by using the ZOE app to help me shop, I had purchased all the ingredients to help me create healthy meals.
I picked better food options for myself and I'm really enjoying my meals - more fruits, more vegetables, and a lot less sugar, fats, and processed foods.
I had another ‘Aha!’ moment when I realized I didn’t really miss my old ways of eating. I like my healthier meals and how they make me feel!
"Following the plan was like a food detox without being aware it was a detox."
If I were to choose the three key takeaways from the ZOE program they would be:
ZOE helped me understand the complex systems in my body in manageable pieces. It is very exciting to be able to break things down into elements that help me make smarter and healthier food selections.
"At the end of the plan I felt like I was rewired to think differently about how I approach food. This feels more like a lifestyle change for the long haul!"