New Customizable Meal Plan App Delivers Diabetes-Prevention To Your Phone

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No one wakes up in the morning and declares, “I’m going to regret all my food choices today!” In fact, it’s usually the opposite. We start each new day with the desire to be good to our bodies, to eat fresh, healthy food, and to not simply grab whatever fat- and sugar-filled treat is within arm’s reach.

But then… life. It’s not that we just don’t care about healthy eating; it’s that it’s so much harder to do than it seems on the cooking shows. No one has time to shred a pound of kale every morning and whip up a homemade fat-free vinaigrette. If you do, then please, share your secrets with the rest of us while we frantically try to figure out a last-minute dinner option because we got home late… again.

One company is offering a solution—one that may actually work. PlateJoy is a meal-planning service that lets you explain your nutrition needs in lay terms, and they will create a customized meal plan, including recipes and shopping lists, and deliver it to your mobile device. The customization options are extensive. You can let them know that you need kid-friendly foods, you love leftovers, or even that you hate raw onions. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits all plan.

One of the options is to choose a meal plan designed specifically to prevent diabetes. The company says that their program is twice as effective as medication in preventing diabetes. That’s quite impressive. What’s even more impressive is that it may be covered by your insurance.

How does the program work?

All the PlateJoy programs offer customizable options. You can choose which meals you want planned and note which ingredients you already have. The app will prepare recipes and shopping lists for you so that shopping is easy and you already know what you’re going to cook at mealtimes. In many cities, your shopping list can be sent to a grocery delivery company for same-day delivery service. That sounds lovely!

The company’s meal plan designed for diabetes prevention also includes weekly videos with experts that are designed to teach you about health, nutrition, and fitness. The plan uses a curriculum designed with the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program and offers digital weight tracking and virtual coaching. Now there’s the in-hand guidance and motivation we’ve been looking for!

The CDC estimates that about 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes, and most of those affected are unaware of it. But a healthy diet and weight loss (if needed) can reverse prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes. PlateJoy’s program designs your healthy eating plan around your life—not the other way around.

Will my insurance cover it?

The cost of diabetes, both to the healthcare system and to individuals, is huge. The American Diabetes Association notes that, as of 2012, people with diabetes spend about 2.3 times more on medical costs than those without diabetes. That works out to about $7,900 a year, and that’s just for diabetes-related healthcare.

More and more healthcare companies and looking into prevention. According to CNBC, several Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans will cover PlateJoy’s prevention plan, as will employers like Dignity Health and Kroger. We hope that more health insurance companies and employers will cover the plan in the future.

Those interested in trying the program who don’t have insurance that covers it can opt to pay out of pocket at $89 for 3 months or $119 for 6 months. If the program were to help someone prevent diabetes or reverse prediabetes, the cost would be well worth it.

PlateJoy also offers plans that are not specifically designed to prevent diabetes, but that can still be customized around weight-loss, healthy eating, time-saving, or several other goals. Those plans, while less prevention-focused, are also less expensive for those who need to pay out of pocket.

For those interested in a more streamlined, app-based approach to healthy eating, PlateJoy may be worth a shot. We appreciate their innovative approach to addressing the health of Americans while not ignoring the fact that eating healthy can be time-consuming and expensive. Stay healthy, friends!

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Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.
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