This dietitian is breaking up with meal plans.
Now, everyone, since I started my BSc and then moved on to internship to be a dietitian, has requested, asked for or mentioned getting a meal plan from me. To date clients still, sit in my cozy little office, not really knowing what I do and say … “so you’re going give me meal plan?”
Some dietitians do give people strict meal plans. There is business’ that are 100% based around receiving a meal plan, and honestly, it’s a damn good business plan. I mean you have to keep going back month after month to get a new one, and thus pay month after month! (Genius…)
I am apparently, not a great businesswoman… I’m not offering meal plans anymore.
This is a little new. I’ve done meal plans, they weren’t followed. Most everyone comes back to say “I kind of followed it, buuuuut I also kind of did my own thing” This is normal and expected, especially when you’re cooking for more than just yourself. Over the past 7 months of operating my private practice, I’ve done a lot of soul searching as to who I want to work with and how I want to work with them and I’ve decided I don’t want to work with meal plans.
People usually look a little surprised by this as sometimes people come in for the sole reason to get a meal plan. I hear all the time “If I just get a meal plan, I’ll follow it and I will be fine”
My question to you is “can you follow a 4-week meal plan for the rest of your life?” (I ask the “rest of your life” question a lot when it comes to eating I guess…)
I know I have talked about this before but the thing about a meal plan is that is doesn’t teach you anything. You don’t learn about protein, carbohydrates, fibre, fats, fruits, vegetables… you also don’t learn about hunger, satiety and balancing a meal, balancing a week of meals or balancing a lifetime of meals.
That’s what I do! It takes time, it’s not easy but when we’re done together you will have a better relationship with food and will understand how to prepare a well balanced, nutritious diet. You won’t need to rely on meal plans, you won’t be restricted and the only foods you’re told not eat are the foods you don’t like.
Meal plans aren’t forever. Meal plans are rules and rules are made to be broken, and will be broken. When any “diet” includes rules that can be broken and will be broken, we feel guilt, shame, and judgment from not being able to follow said “rules”. I don’t want anyone who speaks to me to ever feel like they are a failure, to ever feel like they are not good enough, or they don’t have enough willpower or motivation to follow through. I want you to feel empowered, strong and confident.
I’m here to give you meal ideas, I’m here to give you loads of delicious recipes and I’m here to give you substitutes to make meals healthier. I’m not here to tell you what and how much to eat each day because each day that changes. Each day what you crave and what your body wants is different, each day your activity level changes and thus how much food you need changes.
What if it’s a day you don’t go to the gym? Meal plan changes.
What if it’s a day you go to the gym AND go snowshoeing? Meal plan changes.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to know how to listen to your body and eat based on that? Wouldn’t it be easier to trust your body than fight it daily?
This practice is known as mindful eating, or intuitive eating, if you want to know more about this, click here to download your Intuitive Eating Freebie!!
If this sounds like something you want to explore, come chat with me! I offer FREE mini-consults to help you navigate your goals and understand how I can be the support to get you there.