As parents we typically find ourselves eating on the go. Whether we’re grabbing a granola bar in between carpool runs, finishing something off our kids’ plates or finding something quick and completely unhealthy, it’s not always easy taking care of a family and ourselves.
So when asked to try an app that puts a personal nutritionist at my disposal, I thought, why not? How can it hurt? What I didn’t expect was how much it would help.
Rise, created by Suneel Gupta, brother of CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, provides users with an expert who works with you 1:1 to customize programs that fit your lifestyle. Each day, they motivate you to meet your goal; whether it’s to lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle or even run a marathon.
Once I downloaded it, I was asked to choose an objective from a list. I picked “have more energy” and was immediately led to a list of nutritionists with photos and bios. Each of the nutritionists is credentialed and all have demonstrated a level of one-on-one success working with their own clients before joining.
HOW IT WORKS
I was immediately impressed with how easy the app was to navigate. Basically, you take a picture of what you eat and write a short description. Then, you get a daily pop up message (sometimes more than once a day) assessing your choices that’s written as if a friend were sending you a text. Attentive, personable and in this case, super helpful.
I didn’t get chastised for choosing not to start my day with veggie egg white omelets. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the nutritionist I chose was willing and able to work with my food choices, personal lifestyle and goals in order to make suggestions that I could use. For example, after seeing I had a homemade green juice for snack, I got this response: “The fruits and vegetables in your juice are all excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (protective properties in plants that also have health benefits in humans). However, the juicing process removes many of these benefits and there is a lot of research showing that juice behaves similarly in your body to other sugary drinks (like soda) spiking blood sugar and increasing risk for type 2 diabetes. I’d love to see you replacing juice with whole foods like cut up vegetables or fresh fruit – even a smoothie.” When I responded that I was open to the smoothie idea, she sent me a recipe as well as a website with others that she liked. Through her suggestions about what I am doing well and what I can do better, I’ve definitely started to think differently and make tweaks throughout the day. I also have some fantastic new ideas to implement (ie: a premade salad jar?!)
FREE 10 DAY TRIAL
Ordinarily, personal nutrition coaches charge over $300/month for their time, but Rise's technology makes them available for $15/week or less. TRY IT! Rise is offering Luxe Angeles Mom readers a 10 day FREE trial. Just plug in the code, RISENP3 where it says gift card. If you want to continue, it’ll charge your credit card, if not, follow the directions in the app to cancel. How can it hurt? Better yet, how much can it help??
Posted on Wed, July 30, 2014
by Elise Edwards filed under