Like a lot of people, I've always been in denial about my weight. I blamed my “bad genetics" and busy work schedule. In reality, I had no self-control. I went home every day exhausted and depressed, thinking I'd never be able to shed the excess pounds. I spoke to my doctor, who told me that if I didn't change my diet and exercise regimen, my obesity would lead to serious health issues. I needed a change.
Based on my track record with the gym, I knew I would never commit to a membership, nor could I afford (or have the time for) a personal trainer. I started riding my bike to work during the week, but it wasn't enough. After doing some research on weight loss plans, I found a forum about Nutrisystem. Some of the success stories on their site seemed too good to be true. But I couldn't help my curiosity, as I saw my own struggle in everyone's “before" statements. I was inspired to try out Nutrisystem for myself.
I chose the Nutrisystem® Uniquely Yours plan, which allowed me to choose which meals I wanted shipped to my home. I was concerned that I could no longer eat the foods I've always loved, but their menu has over 150 meals (even hamburgers and pasta!) that are quick to prepare. And to my surprise, they taste delicious. Being able to eat pizza that tastes like it's from my local Brooklyn pizzeria and ice cream sandwiches that are like the ones from my favorite ice cream shop make it so much easier to stay true to my diet. It doesn't feel like work.
Beyond the great-tasting food, they have lots of tools to help me stay on track. I had some questions about the flexibility of the plan, so the Nutrisystem counseling team advised me to supplement my meals with fresh veggies so that my caloric intake remained constant and I was eating enough. The meal plan contains high amounts of lean protein, fiber, and good carbs, so you get all the nutrients you need. One of my favorite things is that they give you proper portions ahead of time, so there's no need to count any calories or track any points.
After my first week on the program, I've lost five pounds and gained a ton of self-confidence and energy. Weight loss has always been a challenge for me, but the progress I've already seen is a big push in the right direction. It's a convenient way for me to stay on a well-balanced diet and I finally feel like I'm in control. I found a way to eat what I want and stay healthy, and it truly is a great feeling.
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Full disclosure: I am a Popdust employee receiving complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are 100% my own and may differ from yours.
The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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