And still love yourself in the morning.

My friend once said something so fabulous about dieting: “At the finish line of all my diets is a plate of donuts.” TRUTH.

If you are someone who is great at getting things done, you are probably fabulous at dieting. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE, which is WHY we continue to try diets in earnest, often at the expense of your physical and mental health.

Most of us can do uncomfortable things for a limited or concentrated period of time. Think drinking cayenne pepper and lemon juice, reheating pre-packaged meals, juicing, eliminating carbs, or putting your body into a state of ketosis. All of these can sound like AWESOME ideas because they promise immediate results. And ALL of them should come with a disclaimer: “We are NOT sustainable.”

Restriction gives you only one outcome: your sweet, little, restrictive diet will ALWAYS come to an end. And not to the tune of a bowl of oatmeal with some fruit and almonds. The end of a restrictive diet is almost always met with the opposite of that diet. Veggies and protein only? CUE THE PASTA! Juicing? CUE THE CHICKEN PARM AND DECADENT DESSERTS! And… cue demoralization and shame. Enter the cycle.

Often you cannot create this meal plan for yourself. Albert Einstein said it best: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” The solution? I hate to be the bearer of balance but the easy solution is developing a meal plan. It provides you with a sustainable plan of eating that is achievable, with some imperfections, day in and day out. It works for you because it is individualized TO you and a document in motion, just like you. It’s a program that meets your biological needs head-on and prescribes food that you love and that LOVES YOU BACK!

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