As a Registered Dietitian, I held off on creating meal plans for a really long time. Like many RD’s, I was concerned that providing my clients with “meal plans” would prevent them from learning how to make the necessary healthy eating changes on their own. It’s like that old saying:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
The idea is that if you follow a meal plan, you’ll never learn to meal plan yourself. You’ll never learn to eat healthy without the meal plan and you’ll never make any progress toward a healthier lifestyle.
After years of working with clients, I’ve found that simply is not true. I found that my clients needed more guidance, not because they weren’t learning while working with me, but because their ability to implement what they were learning was constantly challenged by the time constraints of modern life.
As you probably already know from experience, knowing what to do and actually doing it, are two very different things.
We can sit down in a meeting and identify nutrition areas you are struggling with. Most people need to eat more protein and produce than they are currently eating so let’s use that as an example. We set two goals: Aim for 100 grams of protein a day and 4-5 fistfuls of nonstarchy vegetables.
After years of coaching I’ve found one of two things happens:
- Clients eat the same thing every day so they can achieve their goal and not have to think about it. Protein shake for breakfast, chicken and broccoli for lunch, huge salad for dinner on REPEAT. Eventually, they are less motivated to eat these things and they slip back into old habits like eating out.
- Clients are SUPER MOTIVATED spending every free second finding new recipes and meal planning. Then, they spend hours on the weekend meal prepping just about everything they are going to eat that week. The one week they don’t have time to do that, they fall off track and stay off track.
What happens if I give you an example meal plan though?
- You have an example of how to get in your 100 grams of protein and 4-5 fistfuls of vegetables.
- You don’t get bored eating the same thing over and over again.
- You save time, no more scouring Pinterest for hours looking for a healthy recipe that looks halfway decent that you actually might like.
- You save time, your grocery list is ready for you.
- You save time because I provide meal prep tips so you don’t spend all weekend meal prepping.
WTE? Meal Plans are not a diet that prevents you from learning to eat healthily, they are a tool you can lean on that helps make healthy eating easier.
Since adding the meal plans to my services, my clients are so much happier. They love:
- …getting recipe ideas straight to their inbox.
- …that the WTE? Meal Plan healthy recipes are quick and easy.
- ….that they have a new template to start every week with a grocery list.
- …. that they develop a habit of meal planning and meal prepping, it’s part of their lifestyle thanks to the weekly meal plans.
- ….that they find they are confidently able to adjust their meal plan according to their schedules and what works best for their family.
- ….how successful they feel at implementing healthy living changes.
- ….are able to lose weight without following a strict diet.
A diet is inflexible.
A diet is temporary.
A meal plan should ALWAYS be flexible.
A meal plan is a tool used weekly for lifelong healthy eating.
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