PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

I have practiced a low-carb diet, off and on, for about 5 years now. I was very strict in the beginning, losing about 12 pounds, and my lowest weight was 107 pounds. But later, when my late husband was sick, it became very hard to stay on the diet. Hospital food was not that low-carb friendly, and I was at the stress-eating mode. So, I ended up at 130 pounds.

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

After my late husband passed away in early 2017, I took steps to get my life back. Such as, going to the gym, eating a low-carb diet, and seeing a grief psychologist. Now after 18 months, I have mostly turned my life around in the direction that I like. I am pretty happy with my progress. I even love to cook for myself now. LOL.

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

Late 2017, I quit my full-time teaching job and became a full-time blogger. With all the events, meetings and photo shoots, my day can get super crazy. I find myself dining out more often. Sometimes when I am ready to cook, I realize that I do not have all the ingredients that I need. Also, I feel too tired to grocery shop and then come back to cook. I always wanted some sort of app that helps with low-carb meal planning. One that can give me a shopping list so I can grocery shop during the weekend.

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

Sure enough, when PlateJoy contacted me about their app, I was so happy to discover its service! PlateJoy is a personalized meal planning app that makes healthy eating easy. It personalizes your meal plan by having you take a lifestyle quiz about your tastes, health goals, family size, schedule, and more. After answering all the questions, you can receive delicious, custom-designed meal plans. It simplifies your life and will keep you feeling fit this summer. You can see how it works below:

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

The app has generated a whole shopping list based on what I need for this coming week. It is pretty cool that it gives me the option to choose what I already have.

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

I am going to show you my new favorite breakfast by using this app. I twisted the recipe a bit because I love almonds more than walnuts.

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

Here you go, the 5-minute and yummy breakfast!

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

It turned out not only pretty but also quite tasty too! šŸ™‚

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

Below are some thoughts on this app.

– It makes starting a new diet or eating plan easy. Accommodating: low-carb, low-sodium, keto, paleo, weight loss, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan and more

– Find the type of cooking that works for your household… family friendly, batch cooking, slow cooker meals, budget, etc.

– Get recipes that fit your schedule. Get plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Or, pick only the meals you need. You can change the exact number of meals each week to fit your exact schedule.

– No more food wasted. Your digital pantry keeps track of ingredients you already have. Also, the app pairs your recipes together smartly to cut waste.

– Get optional same-day delivery, with no packaging or subscriptions. Through this app, you can even order from your local stores and get optional delivery when you want it. (And, without boxes of dry ice!)

– Access all your plans on the go. It is easy to use with your recipes sent straight to your phone!

PlateJoy || Customized Meal Planning Making Life Easier

If you are having a busy schedule and still would like to stay on your diet, this app is a useful helper. Now you can use code COLORANDGRACE to get $10 off any plan at PlateJoy (sitewide).

You can read all about my fitness/healthy lifestyle here.

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@anistam

Thank you for reading! If you like what you read, please comment below, or share it with your friends. For new post updates, don’t forget to follow me onĀ Facebook andĀ Twitter. For all the amazing fashion/beauty and lifestyle products I share, follow me onĀ Instagram. Of course, remember to check out my daily Instagram stories to know me better as a person. Finally, make sure to follow me onĀ YouTube for my fashion, beauty and lifestyle videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace

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Being the Best of Me || Beautiful Inside and Out

I have never felt truly beautiful until this year. When my inner beauty and outer beauty finally matched. Every time when I say I am not that beautiful, it is quite interesting to see the look on people’s faces. They are kind of like, “Are you kidding?” No, I am not kidding or trying too hard to come off humble. My family was super poor, and my mom never wanted me. All my clothes were hand-me-downs from my older brother. I had pretty much zero knowledge about how to look good when I was young.Ā My mom had very limited style advice. So, I was never exposed to fashion or beauty until I moved to Shanghai in my late 20s.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

Below are a few old photos. The first one, I was 24 years old.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

The second one was when I first got to Shanghai. I was 26 years old.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

I always knew I had inner beauty, but I felt my appearance did not match. My best friend when I was in Shanghai was a very beautiful girl. Guys were fighting with each other to talk to her. I was the invisible one next to her, of course. LOL. It did not bug me at all. Because she had her way to get what she wants, but I have always believed that the best way to earn the life I wanted is through hardworking.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

Later, I met my late husband in Shanghai when I was 30 years old. He was the first person to ever say I was beautiful. Of course, I didn’t believe him. For my whole life, IĀ received compliments saying I was smart, hardworking, or nice. But BEAUTIFUL was foreign to me. I did not believe I was beautiful (or ugly). I felt I was a very normal, average-looking girl who blended in.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

My man would say, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.” day after day, and year after year. I told myself: This guy has such faith in me. I better not let him down, I can get my college degree, manageĀ more than 100 people in a department, and run my business. I can find a way to make myself look and feel beautiful. To let my inner beauty shine through.Ā  So I started reading all kinds of fashion magazines. Watching YouTube videos to learn how to apply makeup and do simple hairstyles. I also learned how to dress tastefully. After a few years, there were more and more people starting to compliment on my style. All the nice feedback from strangersĀ had given me the confidence to start my fashion blog.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

I still did not believe in my beauty after four years into blogging. Even though I was receivingĀ a lot of compliments about my beauty. That is when I realized… applying makeup, curling hair, or putting together a cute outfit are easy tasks to learn. But, true confidence is hard to reach. My outer beauty has grown since I started my blog. And now, finally, my inner beauty started to match up with the feelings of my outer beauty these past two years. Since I switched my attention to self-growth and self-empowerment, I love who I am and how I look. I love getting all dressed up to go to an event. I also love working in my yard without makeup and fancy clothes. I know I canĀ look good. But, I also know that my warm smile and contagious laugh are more beautiful than any of my designer handbags.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

Being beautiful inside and out, for me, is balancing inner growth and outer growth. I like to see my love of life shine through my appearance. My style and fashion help me to speak about my inner world. Looking and feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what others think. It is all about being comfortable in my own skin. A picture perfect look to please my own eyes or rocking a bare face while doing yoga to please my heart… Either way, I am feeling beautiful. Because I am on my way to being the best of myself.

Being The Best of Me ||Beautiful Inside and Out

You can read all the Life After Loss series here andĀ Living with Cancer series here and BeingĀ the Best of Me here.

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@anstam

Thank you for reading! If you like what you read, please comment below, or share it with your friends. For new post updates, don’t forget to follow me onĀ Facebook and Twitter. For all the amazing fashion/beauty and lifestyle products I share, follow me onĀ Instagram. Of course, remember to check out my daily Instagram stories to know me better as a person. Finally, make sure to follow me onĀ YouTube for my fashion, beauty and lifestyle videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

|TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:|


Grace

colorandgrace.comĀ occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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