Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through comprehensive nutrition care, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life.
The immediate beneficiaries of this effort are people with critical, chronic and terminal illness; homebound senior citizens; low-income people with medical conditions such as diabetes and dependent children at risk for malnutrition in their formative years.
I spoke about the meal service I'm currently using to get my diet back on track. Good Measure Meals is a subsidiary of Open Hand and 100% of the net proceeds go back into the organisation. The actual cost to me (for the 1700 calorie plan) is about $22.50 per day. When I add up what I normally spend on groceries and eating out, this isn't too bad. If I add in the time saved by not having to shop, cook and clean, it's a bargain. And I like that any profit made goes to such a great cause.
The food is all locally prepared fresh, never frozen and delivered (or, as I do, picked up) twice weekly. The meals are designed and labeled to be eaten on schedule (Monday breakfast, Monday lunch, etc.) in order to be nutritionally balanced overall day-to-day and week-to-week. Not every meal is a home run, but that's to be expected. In fact it's just like when Mom used to cook. ("If you don't like it, tough!") It's by always satisfying every craving when I have it where I get into trouble, both from a nutrition and cost perspective.
My favorite part is the breakfasts. On my own I tend to be a horrible breakfast-skipper. I could go to bed starving, but in the morning to find I'm just not that hungry. And I'm usually running late. Yet I've never lost weight while skipping breakfast. I really believe that's key, not just to a successful diet plan but to proper nutrition.
This morning's breakfast was Greek quiche with feta, spinach and sundried tomatoes. There was also a citrus salad which I ate while my bread was toasting. Also while my bread was toasting, I remembered my toaster pic.
I was going to post this a couple of weeks ago but got pre-empted by StevieB's toaster-porn which, let's face it, is way more compelling. In fact, I'm still craving Pop-Tarts.