A woman in a Facebook group I belong to posted a question about how while she feels much better when she eliminates gluten from her diet, she has trouble sticking with it past six weeks.
Initially, she said it's because she craves the density of foods like breads, and get really hungry, but with more investigations, it seems like she's just getting bored with what she perceives as a limited selection of foods that she can eat.
This really make me think of how when you change the way you eat, or eliminate certain foods from your diet, you really do feel like there's nothing to eat.
Read on. It doesn't have to be that way!
When I first made big sweeping changes in my son's diet five years ago, I was really stumped about what he (we) could eat. It's hard enough to cook for yourself, or your family night after night, but when you put limitations on it, it can seem ten times as hard.
If you haven't heard my story about how changing my son's diet following his hospitalization due to a bone infection and subsequent sudden behavior shift (for the worse), you can view a video about it here. It was a rough period, involving a change of schools, and six months of trying everything from Play Therapy to Bach Flower remedies and everything in between!
The changes in his diet that I finally made, shifted his behavior quickly. And, we ate pretty well to begin with.
I don't even remember how I found out about online meal plans back then, but they were a lifesaver! At the time, I subscribed to two of them because they were each different styles of cooking and between the two of them I was sure to find plenty of inspiration.
They both came as an email sent once a week with a week worth of dinners and an accompanying shopping list. It was exciting to get the email on Thursdays with the meal plan for the following week. I have to admit that, even though I have background as a chef, my creativity by the end of the day can be lacking!
I continued subscribing to both until over time, one of them was merged into the other and the one I've stayed with has become completely customizable and user-friendly. I took a break from the plan while our family was traveling for ten months and started back up again as soon as we got back!
As my health coaching practice grew, I would often include a year-long subscription with my package. Lately though, I've found another subscription service that works a little better to provide my clients with week-by-week menus as we sort out what foods they feel best eating.
I've discovered that they each have their strengths and weaknesses, so I'm comparing Real Plans and That Clean Life here.
Each week, Real Plans generates a completely personalized meal plan that’s based on your family size, dietary restrictions, and preferred schedule.
They also make it easy to shuffle things around, swap recipes in and about, and generally dial-in your plan to keep up with the chaos of everyday life.
That Clean Life
That Clean Life has two different tiers: one for individuals (and families) and one for wellness professionals. You can use their program to plan meals, discover new recipes and automate your grocery list...all in one place.
I'll confess, I do tend to be loyal and I've been using Real Plans for over five years. For personal use, Real Plans is easily my favorite. It's easier to use on a weekly basis. I've set my dietary preferences in the settings and now it's easy to go to my weekly menu and customize!
For professional use, however, I prefer That Clean Life. I can make weekly meal plans for my clients based on dietary restrictions we've come to agreement on and I can send them a nice booklet with the plan, all of the recipes, and instructions. There are even more features available in the business plan, because that is their main audience. Real Plans is working on a professional version...we'll see how I feel then!
General Benefits of Meal Planning
In case you missed my blog posts over the past month, here are a few of the major benefits of meal planning:
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