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Why I Don't Provide Meal Plans

Updated: Apr 25, 2018


I get this question asked regularly – Do you provide meal plans with your nutrition coaching? The answer is no, and the reasons are many, but it’s best summed up by the adage “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 way I see it, my job is to teach and empower you to help you reach your goal.


Would I want to keep doing (insert method here) for the rest of my life?

The people who reach out to me for nutrition coaching are all unique individuals, but what they all have in common is that they want to make a change. Quite often, these people have tried various approaches, and may even have been successful for a period of time, but the changes didn’t stick. Their methods vary, but the idea is the same: someone told them what to do. Low fat, low carb diet. Cut sugar. Count points. Food and exercise tracking apps. Red days and green days, cheat days, don’t-eat-this-eat-that. Even detailed meal plans. Some of these programs are successful for some individuals, for a period of time. But your inner oppositional toddler quickly takes over with a very loud, "NO!" When you’re considering changes to how you eat, you need to be able to answer this one question: Would I want to keep doing (insert method here) for the rest of my life?


Consistent practice of habits becomes easier with time, and those habits become the healthy lifestyle you want to achieve.

If these approaches aren’t the answer, then what is the alternative? Relearning healthy eating habits. Is it hard? Yes. Will it take longer than 90 days? Yes. If you’re still reading this, you’re probably wondering, “How do I relearn healthy eating habits?”* Lots and lots of practice! Seriously, though, you start small and focus on a habit for a couple of weeks, and then you build from there. Be patient and kind to yourself in the process. It’s simple, but not easy. If you are trying your best, but still struggling, find a knowledgeable coach to support you. Consistent practice of habits becomes easier with time, and those habits become the healthy lifestyle you want to achieve.


Practice makes progress!

*If you’d like more details on making sustainable change, take a look at my article 4 Steps to Achieve Your Health & Fitness Goals.


If you’d like the support of a certified nutrition coach to teach you what you need to know, help you maintain consistency through accountability, and help you harness your unique strengths to make healthy sustainable change, please contact me at 360fitnessandcoaching@gmail.com.
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