Nutrition is by no means a one-size-fits-all approach. Aside from different goals and needs, everyone responds to foods differently. We do however know that there is no quick fix and it can take time to figure out what works for you. You therefore need to be disciplined and patient. Here are three strategies that will help you to find your nutrition fit.
Use a Meal Plan
Now, I’m personally not a fan of meal plans. I believe it’s important to learn how to adjust your dietary habits by listening to your body. BUT, there is a lot of value in using a meal plan.
In today’s busy lives a meal plan saves time. You know what you’re going to eat, all you have to do is prepare the food. Unless of course you’re buying readymade meals. There’s also consistency in what you eat which makes the evaluation process easier – it’s easier to identify which foods may or may not be working.
However, meal plans will only help if you follow them most of the time and if you have the foods you need. Having two or more weekly plans will ensure some variety too.
Stick to a Shopping List
This ties directly into using a meal plan. A meal plan is essentially a shopping list. Print your list out and only buy items on the list. Aside from saving you pennies, it will also save time. Making recipes up in your head while you walk the aisles is not efficient!
Give it Time
It doesn’t just take a six-week challenge, or a three-month effort, and certainly not a 30-day diet or detox to get your nutrition down pat. You have to give it time. Adhere to your changes for at least six weeks. Re-evaluate your goals and feelings before making any changes, and base changes against what you have been doing as opposed to drastic, random changes. And then give it another six weeks or more.
It sounds like a drawn out process, but six to 12 months of this process could get you closer to where you need to be. Rather that than a lifetime of “starting on Monday.”
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