• 24Apr

    Today’s post is contributed by GMM’s beloved Customer Service Manager, Philip Neikro

    336040_10150888354297309_499730162_o Hi Everyone! I’m Philip Niekro, GMM’s Customer Service Manager. I was asked to write a little blog entry about my favorite GMM meal. I haven’t contributed to our blog in a while, and since I’ve just recently resumed my GMM meal plan, I thought I’d share a little bit about my experience with Good Measure Meals.

    I’ve been an off and on again GMM customer for over 5 years. I found out about this wonderful service back when I was looking to lose some weight and was at a point where I didn’t know what to do next. I had a friend who had just started working for this cool company that offered a fresh, calorie-controlled meal plan that, also, happened to be a fund raiser for a wonderful local non-profit called Open Hand.

    I gave Good Measure Meals a call and started picking up their 1700 Calorie, Healthy Selection, 7-day plan the very next Monday. I had never used a meal service like this before and was excited to try a new avenue to shed some pounds. I figured I’d at least give them a try. Needless to say, I ended up staying on the plan for almost 4 months and reached my goal of losing 30+ lbs! I was thrilled with my accomplishment and became one of GMM’s biggest fans.

    A couple of years later, I heard through that same friend that they were looking to hire a new customer service representative. I jumped at the chance! I got the job and was thrilled! I was going to be working for this great company that I had been recommending to all of my friends and, at the same time, help this awesome non-profit get medically appropriate meals to a group of people in Atlanta who would otherwise be in need.

    I’m now going on my 4th year here at RagnarGood Measure Meals and, still, to this day, have to pinch myself on occasion to remind myself that, yes, you do work for this amazing company. I get to talk to all of you wonderful customers, help you choose the right plan, find out what is working for you and what isn’t, find out what your favorite dishes are, answer questions about our service to new customers, and be an ear to those of you who might need a little support. Two years ago, I became GMM’s Manager of Customer Service and am excited to be able to help steer my team into an even better customer service department while being a part of the exciting things happening at GMM and Open Hand.

    And finally: What is my favorite GMM Meals? It has to be any kind of breakfast that contains Greek yogurt. I love the build-your-own parfait breakfasts the most. For some reason, interacting with your food that way is fun and feels like a treat.

    Good Measure Meals has helped me lose weight and get healthy. I’ve learned what a correct portion size of healthy prepared food looks like. GMM takes a part of that oh so difficult losing weight equation and does that work for me. I don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store, about what to buy or leave on the shelf, I don’t have to cook for a while, and I get to enjoy really tasty meals. By letting someone else take those duties away from me, I get to use my time and energy on the other part of the equation, ramping up my exercise and working to make other important decisions regarding my diet, i.e., late night snacking, emotional eating, etc.

    Currently, I’m looking to drop a little weight again. I’m back on GMM meals and am totally loving the new menu. I’m looking forward to reaching my goal weight again and enjoy the process at the same time.

    Interested in joining me? Come join the healthy meal plan train with me! Give me a call and I’ll get you started! Let’s do this together!

    Philip and his awesome team can be reached at 404-815-7695

  • 26Feb

    Contributed by GMM Community Health Dietitian Laura Delfausse MS, RD, LD

     

    It is February, and whether you chose to participate in Valentine’s Day or not, there is no escaping the topic love and romance. Therefore, I thought an appropriate theme to discuss this month is relationships. Not the ones with your spouses or significant others, but the ones with your food.

    A good relationship is measured by an appropriate balance of give and take. What does this have to do with food you may ask? What can I give my food? The answer – respect. Respect your food for what it is and the awesome potential it has to heal and protect not only your body, but also your soul. If you respect your food it will repay you in more ways than you can measure. And much like the
    relationships in our personal lives, a healthy relationship with food takes constant work. Therefore, it is important to lay some groundwork, so that you will always know where the two of you stand. Here are 2 simple questions you can ask your food before digging in:

    1) Where is the love? One of the first things I ask myself before buying food is how much love was put into this item? If I don’t feel like it was appropriately nurtured, then for me that is a deal breaker.

    What do I mean by this? This answer is very personal, based on my own needs and ideals. Therefore, you are the only one who can answer to this question. Some of you may want to
    know if it was made in a factory or by hand. Others need to know the company’s motivation behind producing a particular product. And let’s be honest about his one, everyone needs to make money to survive. However, some go about the process more thoughtfully than others and, thus, put more love into their brand.

    The drive behind what we do at Good Measure Meals is you and it’s our community, which 100% of our proceeds support. We believe in health and wellness, and we’re implementing our beliefs through healthy meal plans and through support systems, because health and wellness extends beyond just the food you eat. Health and wellness is a lifestyle.

    Do your research and make sure the companies you patronize deserve you. Know where your food is coming from; research a company’s charitable pursuits and business model; take the time get to know your food. Don’t waste your time with superficial relationships, because you deserve more!

    2) Is this worth my time? In other words, what does your food bring to the table? Is it loaded with trans fats and empty calories, but “who cares because it tastes really good?” Or is it bland and unsatisfying, but really helping to keep those extra pounds away? Well here at Good Measure Meals, believe there is no justification for either scenario. The only meal worthy of your time includes
    both health and happiness. Without this balance, you are doomed to an unhealthy relationship with food.

    So, force yourself outside of your comfort zone once in a while. Don’t settle. Build your relationship with food on trust and mutual understanding, and you will be reap the rewards for many, many years to come. You will be amazed at what you will discover!

  • 31Oct

    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is November 1!  The holidays are rapidly approaching and if you are like me, my holiday to do list hadn’t even crossed my mind…well, until now…

    The older I get, the more difficult it becomes to come up with creative holiday gifts.   Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to give more experiences than material goods – a good bottle of wine or air travel gift certificates – something that will create a more lasting memory, but at times, I still come up short of ideas!

    If you are stuck in the same dilemma, why not consider giving the gift of Good Measure Meals?  Not only will your friend or family member be grateful to not have to cook for a week or month, but you are also giving back to a good cause – Open Hand Atlanta.  But… the holidays are not the only time you can purchase Good Measure Meals!

    The convenience of GMM makes it a perfect gift for:

    • New moms and dads who are too tired and busy to cook healthy meals for themselves.
    • Singles who struggle to cook for one person.
    • Busy professionals with no time to cook or shop.
    • Retirees tired of cooking.
    • Friends or family struggling to prepare food due to surgical recovery, cancer treatments, arthritis, or other health conditions that cause fatigue.

    To give the gift of Good Measure Meals, please email Customer Service or call us at 404-815-7695.