I know why you want it. You think it will make your life simpler. You think it will give you the results you want.
While the latter is probably true, what happens if I give you a week-long meal plan or even a month long meal plan, and then you finish it?
I know you just want the answer, but what will you do with it then?
In the classroom, my students just want the answer. As a good teacher (excuse me while I toot my own horn), I don’t just give my students the answers to the test, I teach them the fundamental knowledge, how to use it, and to apply it to solve the problems themselves. As a parent, I hope that’s exactly what you would want for your children when they are in school.
You are my student too and if your goal is to create a sustainable healthy lifestyle, you have to learn how to do it for yourself.
Think about it:
What if you don’t like the foods in the meal plan?
What if I you can't find all the ingredients in the plan?
What if you are out shuttling kids to practice and dance and you need to figure something out on the fly?
What if your house is full of picky eaters and you don’t have time to make separate meals for everyone? You should never have to do this, by the way, and that’s part of the point I’m trying to make.
What if my meal plan is perfect for you, you follow it to a T, and lose some weight? Fantastic!
Find another one to blindly follow? Perhaps fall back into your old habits because you didn’t actually learn anything? Then repeat, repeat, repeat, and never feel like you have really reached your goal.
Instead of blindly following a meal plan I made for you, you need to learn to do it for yourself. You need to put in the work to develop habits that work for you and your family.
It starts with understanding that creating a lifestyle around healthy eating doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey! You need to train your body and mind to develop consistent habits.
First, you need to get the nutrition basics down. That’s the focus of the Balanced Meals for Busy Mom’s Cheat Sheet.
Second, you need to take the time to understand your current habits. You cannot change what you don’t understand. Only then can you truly work on fitting nutrition the basics into to YOUR life and creating YOUR new set of healthy habits.
Third, if you want to reach your goals faster, tracking calorie and macronutrients may be necessary. Ultimately, if weight loss is your goal, you will need to create a calorie deficit. Doing so most effectively means calculating your goals for YOUR body. Then, through practice, you will learn exactly how certain foods affect how you reach your goals.
Finally, give yourself time, embrace the process and believe you will be stronger for it in the end. I firmly believe we have a harder job “getting fit” in new motherhood but when we figure it out we are so much better for it!
It’s all the work you put in on the way to reaching your goal that will transform you into a stronger version of yourself.
It’s all of the little victories on the way that will transform you into a more confident version of yourself.
It’s all the habits you develop along the way that will transform you into a healthier version of yourself (that can last a lifetime, and prepare you for the next time around if you are planning for more little ones).
Bonus: Putting in this work will allow you to save room for the things you love. Doesn’t that sound better than blindly following meal plans filled with food you don’t necessarily like for the rest of your life?
With all of that said, my job is to teach you the best way I know how. The teacher in me knows I have to provide the knowledge but it doesn't end there. I often find in the classroom that the “I do, We do, You do” model works best. First I do it, then I help you do it, then I set you free like a baby bird to do it on your own. If I think long and hard about it, without providing you with a meal plan I am skipping the middle “we do” step. I guess that means I do owe you a meal plan… soooooo……
I’m working on a FANTASTIC -7- day meal plan based in principles of the balanced meal cheat sheet. The pre-requisite to the meal plan will be downloading the balanced meal cheat sheet, these will be your class notes. This will not be just any old meal plan. I will provide the plan AND walk you through exactly how I put it together using the cheat sheet, like a good teacher should.
Raise your hand if you want it!! Come on give me some fuel to my fire to get it done!
UPDATE: This meal plan is available now to all who download my Balanced Meals for Busy Mom's Cheat Sheet. Click here to download the cheat sheet and you will be directed to the meal plan. If you already have the cheat sheet and want the opportunity to download the meal plan just shoot me a quick message.
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