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.