One of the first changes I noticed in myself after my diagnoses was the back pains I started getting after standing in one position for too long, or doing too much. Some days cleaning my house tends to leave me in more pain than others. There’s two things that tends to give me back pain just about every day; cooking and doing dishes. There’s something about standing at the sink or stove that just sends discomfort up my spine. Not much I can do about the dishes, I load what I can into the dishwasher and the rest I do. When it comes to cooking, I try to do as much of the cutting as I can from a seated position and only stand when I have to.
Recently though, a friend asked me if I had ever tried Blue Apron. Blue Apron is one of those food service companies that sends you meals, with all ingredients already measured out and all you have to do is cook it. I had heard of them before but wasn’t sure if my husband and I would like it. At the same time, as a person living with MS and working full time, I thought it would be a huge help in my dinner planning and make cooking a little easier. My friend uses it weekly and gave me a promotion code to try it.
Signing up on their website was very easy. I got to select what kinds of things we liked (pork, seafood, etc.) and if there were any allergies. After playing around on the site, I found a way to choose my three meals I would get, and that part got me excited. I was ready to try things I typically wouldn’t buy or even think to create myself. That was it! All I had to do now, was wait for my delivery on Friday.
My package came and I unloaded it as soon as I got home. Everything was so organized, it made unpacking fun and me excited to start cooking. I was surprised to see they even packed butter! Everything looked very fresh and just picked.
For my first meal we did a salmon dish with vegetables, which was very good. It was a little more cutting of vegetables than I had expected (cue in the back pains) but everything cooked in one pan, so that made clean up a bit easier (yay for less dishes).
Our second dish was a pork loin in steam buns and cabbage slaw. I think I was most excited for this one. It was the farthest from something I would normally cook. This one had a little less prep and cutting. I wasn’t a huge fan of the slaw but hey, can’t win them all.
Our last meal was a spicy chicken with rice and carrots. The flavors of this dish were so good, and it was another pretty easy dinner to prep, not a whole lot of cutting.
Overall, the experience was good. I enjoyed the meals, and the ease of having most things ready and knowing what I was cooking ahead of time was nice. I do think it helped my issues of being on my feet for so long and the back pains. I tend to lead an active lifestyle (hello fitness instructor!) and find that my calorie intake is higher than most due to my activity, so I felt these meals were a little small for my husband and I. I was left feeling full after dinner, but found myself wanting another snack before bed. I don’t think I would do it again.
Have you ever tried Blue Apron or something similar? Would you try it?
Vanessa is a 28 year old living in Massachusetts with her husband and 7 year old Puggle, named Rocky. She currently works in an elementary school and as a fitness instructor and health/fitness coach. She was diagnosed in April of 2014 with relapse-remitting MS and is currently taking Tecfidera. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.