I just need a meal plan.
Every so often this comes up in conversations with nutrition coaching clients. They feel like all they need in order to be successful is for me to tell them exactly what and how much to eat.
And I get that, seems simple enough. They don’t have to do any of the thinking, I do it all for them, they take action and are uber-successful. They have the body of their dreams and are now an awesome person that can do rad shit.
The only problem is that it only helps them get better at following a meal plan. It doesn’t address the underlying skills and habits that make following meal plans easier to do.
They still need to do the grocery shopping, prep food, make meals, make the meals taste good, and so on and so forth.
It doesn’t help them cope better with stress and end emotional eating. It doesn’t show them how to eat in social situations, or manage cravings.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes a meal plan is exactly what someone needs. But most often it’s a bandaid solution for a problem that goes much deeper.
This week I’d like to encourage you to check in with your routines.
Keep it simple, practical, and rational.