The Power of Personalized Meal Plans

Published on: 01/09/2024
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Personalized meal plans might be the recipe for a healthier diet, achieving your goals, and more enjoyment in the kitchen. There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to nutrition. What works for one person might not work for another. 

Since that’s the case, why follow a random, generic meal plan you found online? Those recipes might include foods you’re allergic to, or don’t like, or meals that take over an hour to make (which for some people is not realistic). Now imagine a meal plan that is 100% personalized based on your likes, dislikes and time constraints. Better right? If you’re interested in learning about the power of personalized meal plans, keep reading.

Before we review what a personalized meal plan is, let’s cover the basics of a regular OG meal plan. A meal plan is essentially a collection of recipes. It might be just breakfasts, or just dinners, or a combination of three meals and snacks. It may also include a schedule of what meals to eat on which days, and when to eat leftovers. Meal plans can be a week long, or a month long. Often recipes are niched down to focus on a certain health condition (such as diabetes or IBS) and/or a dietary preference or restriction (such as vegan or gluten free).

Personalized meal plans are a collection of recipes curated based on your and/or your family’s needs. This might include individualized macronutrient goals, but it also takes into consideration your likes, dislikes, allergies, nutrients of focus, how much time you have to spend cooking, the complexity of of recipe you feel confident making, and the number of people in your household.

Creating your personalized meal plan

If a personalized meal plan sounds like something you’re interested in, here’s my process for creating them.

First I gather information so I can create a meal plan curated just for you (and your family). I have you complete a Google form to capture the pertinent information such as any allergies, likes/dislikes, intolerances and dietary preferences. How much time do you want to spend cooking, and how long should each recipe take to make. How many ingredients should the recipes include? What types of meals do you enjoy? What types of meals do you not like?

I ask a couple questions about nutrition goals, and if you have specific nutrients you’re focused on (such as protein, fibre, calcium, iron, low sugar, low sodium, low fat). However, I my meal plans are not focused on caloric requirements or macro needs. 

My goal is to make healthy eating easier, and help you simplify eating well. I choose to do that through offering recipes that are balanced, realistic, enjoyable and sustainable long term. Once numbers are involved (like calories and macros) I no longer think it’s enjoyable or sustainable.

Based on the information you provide, I create a recipe bundle of 10 or 20 recipes that are curated for you. Cool right?!

Personalized recipes can be a great way to get out of a food rut, find enjoyment in cooking, and they can save you loads of time scrolling the internet finding recipes that look good & fit your family’s needs.

If you’re interested in getting your own personalized meal plan, you can learn more here.

I also offer more 1:1 support and hands-on learning for Ontario residents. 

Get my FREE Meal Planning Guide

A guide to help you plan your meals, save time and eat well. It includes 15 recipes (breakfast, lunch/dinner and snacks), and a blank meal planning template. Grab your copy here.

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