What does the word “fulfilling” mean to you?
I have two favorite definitions, both found on Merriam-Webster: “to develop the full potentialities of” and “to make something (such as a dream) true or real.”
Recently, I wrote about how I dream of a world where we all truly love the experience of nourishing ourselves with whole foods. This sentiment is also the major source of inspiration for my new series, Fulfilling Friday.
I want to make this dream a reality and I think the best way to go about it is to help you feel more fulfilled. More in touch with your own body’s needs. More confident in your ability to make food choices that will make you feel great. More joyful in eating and movement.
In short, I want to help you to develop the full potentialities of yourself!
In this weekly series, we’ll talk about things like:
- Why I don’t recommend weight-related goals
- Tools that you can use to eat more mindfully
- How you can actually learn to love exercise
- Tips for practicing self care and managing stress
- And more…
Here’s why I stopped offering meal plans:
I launched my private practice as soon as we moved to Boulder last September – it’s been a whirlwind and I have loved every minute…well almost.
To be honest, some days it feels like I’m running on a hamster wheel: exhausted but not really any closer to my goals than when I first started.
(Now, in reality, I know this isn’t true. I have already accomplished so much and we learn from our successes and failures – likely even more from our failures. But sometimes, when you’re having an off-moment and in the middle of something so grandiose, it can just kinda start to feel that way, you know?)
So, to get a better grasp on running my own business, I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to podcasts and reading blogs and books about entrepreneurialism. One of the biggest themes that I come across time and time again is that, as an entrepreneur, its important to do what you love and what you’re most passionate about. Do this, they say, and the business will come.
At first I felt like, “I’m a plant-based RD and blogger running my own business. I love what I do. Check. We’re all good here.”
But eventually, I decided to look into this concept a little bit more deeply….
It’s true…I do love developing recipes, food photography, writing about nutrition, and the creative outlet that TGG provides for me.
I love the growing community that I’m now a part of as an RD food blogger – and I LOVE connecting with all of you through my blog.
I also love working one-on-one with clients through my nutrition coaching programs and helping others feel more inspired in the kitchen by creating recipes and meal ideas.
BUT I do not love meal plans.
When I first launched, I offered meal plans because, as a registered dietitian in private practice, I felt like I had to. (I mean, this is what dietitians do, right?)
And SO many people just want to know “what should I eat?” I really wanted to help these people out.
But I seriously can’t stand that almost everything about a traditional meal plan is externally-focused. I was pretty much forced to tell clients what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat. This is what people wanted, so I felt like I had to give it to them.
The problem: meal plans are dumb.
A meal plan can’t possibly understand your unique metabolism, know the composition of your gut flora, or account for your variable physical activity levels, the way you will estimate portion sizes, and the inaccuracies of nutrition labels themselves. (Sorry but they can’t. They’re just not smart enough.)
These limitations make traditional meal plans inaccurate at best and potentially damaging at worst.
Here’s the message that I want to promote instead:
Trust yourself…you’re smarter than a meal plan.
I strongly believe that the true key to fulfillment and wellness is to focus internally. The key is paying attention to internal hunger and satiety cues while releasing food-related fear and guilt. Its about choosing the foods that will leave you feeling awesome. And I firmly believe that you can (and should) do all of this without a meal plan.
What are your thoughts on traditional meal plans? Do you have any experience with following meal plans?
RDs: Do you use meal plans in your private practice?