Confession time: I don’t meal prep.
I don’t even meal plan.
I don’t use recipes or spend more than 5 minutes preparing food.
Another confession: I don’t log macros ahead of time. I figure it out as I go.
If you’re like me in your approach … that’s okay.
If you’re not like me in your approach … that’s okay.
Since when did the “fit standards” become something we had to adhere to?
There’s this constant pursuit of “the way” to do things. The way to do things is the way that works for you.
Maybe that means logging your food ahead of time. Maybe that means not logging at all.
Assess what you’re doing and whether it’s moving you forward and is sustainable. Then, make adjustments from there.
There are a lot of one-trick ponies out there.
And yes, a program that solely relies on macros is a one-trick pony.
Macros and meal prep aren’t the only considerations in a nutrition plan
Anyway, I bring this up because I had a conversation with a new client yesterday and her biggest concern was that she doesn’t like to meal prep and always felt like she was failing other programs because of the constant push to “prep and plan ahead.”
When I told her that wasn’t necessary at all, and that we want to keep things as simple for her as possible based on what she likes to do and based on what she’s able to do, I could feel the weight lift off her shoulders through the phone.
Some people thrive with meal prep. Some people thrive with figuring it out as they go. Others thrive with macros. Some people thrive with intuitive eating, and some people thrive with the same approach every single day. Lastly, some people thrive with variety.
It’s almost like humans are all different.
There’s no right or wrong. There’s only sustainable and unsustainable. And, to assess those things, we have to filter them through your own individual lens.
Here’s another kicker … your lens will change. It will change with time, based on the situation, your goals, your environment, experience, values, and all the various inputs and outputs that evolve throughout your life.
I truly believe that the highest level of coaching is being able to understand the individual and being able to accommodate for that constant evolution. It can only happen when a relationship is formed. A calculator can’t do that.
The conversation about personalization when it comes to nutrition is one that needs to continue.