It may seem like it’s the solution you need, but a meal plan probably won’t be very helpful…not in the long-term anyway.
Here’s the thing about a meal plan: it tells you what to eat and when but what happens when you’re not longer on it? What if you can’t afford to continue having someone write them for you? Or your nutritionist moves on? Or whatever program you’re doing ends?
You will probably resume the same eating habits you were accustomed to previously. And that is not your fault.
You see, a meal plan is really no different than a diet in that it forces you to overhaul all of your eating habits at once without teaching you any skills or helping you gain insight into your eating habits. The result? It’s not sustainable.
So if you are hoping to change your eating habits in the long-term, a meal plan is not the answer. In fact, unless you’re just looking for someone to plan your menu for you because you’re tapped out in terms of energy, creativity, and brain power, I don’t recommend them.
So what is more effective? Work with someone who can:
- teach you how to compose a balanced meal and how to snack to keep you energized throughout the day
- coach you in setting reasonable meal planning and prep goals
- help you develop the skills you need to meal plan effectively
- coach you in working through obstacles that may disrupt your meal plan
The difference is that skills continue on. They’re translatable. Meal plans are a one-time fix. So you’ll get way more “bang for your buck,” so to speak, focusing on picking up skills and strategy rather than having it done for you.
So before you seek out meal planning services from someone, ask yourself what your goals are and what you are hoping to get out of it. If your goals are more focused on long-term eating habits, that meal plan probably isn’t the best solution.
If you’re interested in learning how to make healthy eating work in your busy life, give me a shout.