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What is Meal Planning?
Today I felt like prefacing this entire year by discussing what meal planning is. I write a meal plan recipe book but I’ve never really answered the question, “What is Meal Planning?” In the third edition of the book on page 25, I have a little article titled Meal Planning vs. Dieting : It’s a lifestyle. Not a quick fix. Below I’ve expanded this paragraph and in the 4th edition out April 1st I made it the very first paragraph of the intro. I feel it makes better sense that way as the entire goal of hte book is to teach you about meal planning and how to do it rather than discuss fad diets and pros and cons of each.
Meal planning is the act of planning your meals based on your goal. That goal may be to eat well, lose body fat, lose weight, save time, save money, gain muscle, help diabetes, be paleo, follow the whole 30 plan, prevent heart disease, be gluten free, dairy free, animal cruelty free, all of the above, etc. When meal planning you take into consideration time, quality, quantity, macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates & fats), microniutritnes (vitamins and minerals) and many other factors in order to design a plan for your goal. Meal planning is a lifestyle. It is not a diet. It is not a quick fix. Meal planning is just that: a plan. It’s not a restrictive “don’t” list like many fad diets you see today. It’s not a constant counting game. No logging is required. It is just a plan to eat the foods you need, while avoiding the foods you don’t. We are all human. We have to allow ourselves to be such. We should also love ourselves because we are such. Think about how intricate and astounding the human body is. It is a fascinating organism worthy of all the respect and nurturing one can give. Allow yourself some wiggle room. Choose realistic timelines and goals. In my planner, I like to choose only one goal to focus on for 30 days at a time. The planner has a little contract you can sign to yourself committing to a new goal every month. This help keeps things organized and not overwhelming. Start with breakfast, and get in the habit of nailing that down before moving to the next. Again, this is a lifestyle, not a quick fix or easy weight-loss program. I’m all about being human, but I’m also about reaching goals. Never let perfection stop you from progression. Meal planning is about making small, sustainable changes one at a time that result in a bigger vision over a longer period of time such as optimal quality of life – for life. It’s a road map to your healthiest you. It’s about adopting changes as lifestyle changes. It’s learning how to eat according to the recommendations set forth by the Food and Nutrition board instead of concerning yourself with fad diets. In my meal plan book I hope to teach you everything I’ve learned over eight years of consistent, successful meal planning.
I want to stop there and just let this concept sink in. Please contact me with questions.
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