Meal planning and why you need a professional

Hello everybody! Welcome back to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to help people find their way to a healthier lifestyle. I mostly talk about exercise, nutrition and the science behind them, which are my areas of expertise, but I also talk about sleeping habits, minimalism and many other subjects related to wellbeing and healthy lifestyle. 

Meal planning is the competency of a Nutritional Advisor like me, or a dietitian. If you suffer from a disease, if you’re under 16, or if you’re pregnant, you must go to a dietitian if you want to have a tailored meal plan. Otherwise healthy people can come to a Nutritional Advisor. We will let you know if you need a clearance form your GP or if you fall out of their Scope of Practice.

The purpose of today’s post is not to tell you how to make a meal plan, but rather to show you how important it is to ask a professional to help you out with it. The following are some of the reasons why you need a Nutritional Advisor or Dietitian to ensure an appropriate meal plan tailored for you:

  1. We know the questions we need to ask you.

Some things are much more important than they might look like. For example, if you work on your garden twice a week, that’s something to take into consideration when preparing a meal plan. If you have kids or you work with kids, your energy consumption is higher than many people’s.

This kind of things are normally overlooked when thinking of having a meal plan or following a diet, and that’s why there’s no diet that works for every single person. We know how much your lifestyle affects you and how your meal plan will look like!

  1. There’s some calculations that must be done to ensure the right amount of micro and macronutrients, and we know them.

As part of our training and studies, we learn and have access to a lot of formulas that we must use to ensure the right numbers. If your friend has a meal plan made for them, as much as you might look like them or have a similar lifestyle, it will probably not be for you. Knowing this formulas (and how to use them) is a tool for us to ensure amazing results.

  1. We are aware of all the psychological implications, and we can refer you to a more appropriate professional.

As I keep saying on this post and any of my other posts, everyone is different, and that means that our mental state is different. Some people are very committed to follow a meal plan religiously whereas others need a treat here and there. All case scenarios are valid, though a professional will help you find the balance.

We are also trained to know how to consider whether you need another professional or not. As a Nutrition Advisor, I am entitled to help you improve your psychological health within my scope of practice, and I know when I can’t help anymore. We know how to tell you sensibly that you need a more suitable professional so that we can work together and help you make the best version of yourself.

  1. We provide you with our support, following up with you as often as you need.

How many times have you tried with the best intentions to be healthier but you’ve given up because you were lacking support?

Friends and family are key supporters for any person, but many times they can get counterproductive, even though they just want to help. Keep in mind that they want the best for you, but they are not trained to do so. They don’t have the latest information, the scientific evidence, or the simply believe whatever they read on Twitter.

As professionals, we do! We contrast any information we receive, we know which resources are best to assist you, and we know how to make it work just for you!

  1. We can give you tips and advice to the best of our knowledge.

It’s part of being a professional. Our duty of care is to look after you and give you all you need. For that reason, the information and tips we give you are the best you can get.

  1. We will update you with the latest in the industry.

Everything changes, and especially in the health industry. New methods, new discoveries, new ways to deliver our services, as well as the latest information available about a particular food, psychological technique (always within our scope of practice), just to mention a few.

  1. We can give you more resources where you can get further, reliable information.

Part of our training is to ensure that the resources we use and provide are legit and trustworthy. You can be sure that a professional will have the right resources and we’re happy to share them with you.

That’s it for today! I really hope that you enjoy it. If you like what I do and you want to support this project, follow me on Instagram and Facebook, like the post and comment! Should you have feedback you’d like to leave, a comment to share with me, or a cool idea for a post, send me an email to sanchisayslifestyle@gmail.com

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