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The Most Successful Diet I Ever Put My Clients On

Navigating the world of healthy eating can often feel overwhelming, especially with the myriad of one-size-fits-all advice out there. As a nutrition coach, I recently had a breakthrough with a client that I believe many women in their 30s and 40s can relate to. Like many, my client was frustrated with standard meal prep and diet plans that never seemed to fit her lifestyle or tastes. That’s when we decided it was time for a change.

Instead of focusing on what she ‘should’ eat or labeling foods as ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy,’ we shifted our approach to what she actually wanted to eat. This paradigm shift is at the heart of my online nutrition coaching, where we believe that you’re more likely to stick to your goals if you genuinely enjoy your meals. We worked together to customize her meals not just in terms of calories, but also in portion sizes that felt right for her, ensuring each plate was balanced with elements like protein or vegetables.

Take, for example, our revamp of the classic mac & cheese. By choosing organic Annie’s Mac and Cheese and adding a cup of steamed broccoli, we tailored a beloved dish to align with her health goals without sacrificing satisfaction. I asked her what amount of calories would she feel comfortable eating that was going to get her to her goal? She told me about 300 calories. No problem! We found that one serving size would meet her level of comfort and the broccoli mixed in would help keep her feeling satisfied and fuller longer. This approach might require a bit more effort initially, but it’s about crafting a sustainable lifestyle, not just a quick fix.

This method works because it respects individual food preferences, thereby enhancing meal satisfaction and adherence to nutritional goals. Psychological studies suggest that when individuals enjoy their meals, they are less likely to experience cravings and more likely to feel satiated, reducing the likelihood of overeating. Furthermore, by customizing portion sizes and ensuring a balance of nutrients—like incorporating proteins or vegetables into a beloved dish—the body receives essential nutrients, supporting overall health. This strategy not only nourishes the body but also aligns with the psychological aspects of eating, making healthy choices more of a lifestyle than a restrictive, temporary diet.

If you’re on a journey to redefine your relationship with food and create a nutrition plan that resonates with your unique palate and lifestyle, I’m here to guide you. At my online nutrition coaching service, I prioritize personalization, understanding that the most sustainable path to health is the one you actually enjoy walking!

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