A few weeks ago I wrote a post about flexible dieting entitled, Confessions of a Flexible Dieter. Shortly after I receive some emails curious to learn more and specifically to know what a typical meal plan might look like. One of the greatest aspects of flexible dieting is that no two diets look the same. And therefore almost anyone, and everyone, can benefit from a flexible diet approach. Why do no two diets look the same? Because we're all different! We have different body types, goals, workout routines, lifestyles and food preferences. The things I might include in my diet for training purposes, body composition goals and taste preferences might be completely different from yours. However, our methods for developing better eating habits and making positive and sustainable food choices can be similar as we learn more about food, the nutrients it provides, and what our personal definition of "flexible" is.
Meal planning and meal prepping are always on my mind and I've gotten really good at it. As an athlete I see food as fuel. As a human being I see food as fuel. I also just love to eat. And I truly believe that good food should taste good. Isn't that what we all want? Healthy food that tastes delicious so that we can eat what we enjoy and live a healthy life? As a nutrition coach, I work with a lot of clients who have a wide variety of goals, but who share very similar struggles when it comes to their diet. I often hear people say they don't have time to plan and prep, or that whole foods are too expensive. So this week I want to share some of my tips and tricks for planning out your week so that you always have good food on hand. We all want to feel great, look great, and have the energy we need to tackle whatever life throws our way. For me personally, that's fueling my lifestyle as a competitive athlete. But it doesn't matter what you do, you need energy to get through your day. Even if you have a desk job, you need energy to stay alert. Or you might be a parent or a grandparent who wants to chase your children and grandchildren around. It's all the same. And that's the beauty of it!
Many people see flexible dieting as a system that involves weighing, measuring, tracking and counting. But flexible dieting is so much for than that. If we’re constantly obsessing over numbers, how could that be considered flexible? In reality, flexible dieting is an approach to nutrition that teaches us how to properly fuel our bodies day in and day out with the right nutrients to support our goals. Everyones approach will be different. We all have different needs and dietary preferences. Flexible dieting is really not a diet at all. It’s about finding something that’s sustainability, flexible and enjoyable that supports health, body composition and any other goals we have. For me personally that also includes optimizing athletic performance.