If you Google a Diet Plan for XYZ (ie weight loss) then you will find a host of websites which will happily give you a list of recipes to eat every day of the week.
And while this can be helpful as an initial starting point, it doesn’t address the most important aspect of diets for good health. Every person is unique and has own dietary requirements based on their past and current health concerns. A one size fits all approach simply doesn’t work.
It can also become repetitive and uninspiring over time as women feel locked into eating foods in the same way each week.
Ideally, food should be fun! At GWN we aim to educate and empower our clients to take control of their health, by teaching our clients what a healthy diet looks like and applying it to their unique situation.
Therefore, we provide dietary guidelines and recommendations which give women more scope in selecting foods and combining them in healthy way. The increased meal options as a result of knowing which foods to choose, makes sticking the diet easier and more enjoyable over time.
As a Nutritionist I am invariably asked by prospective clients if I do Diet Plans. And my answer is No! Shocking I know, but here is my version of what a Diet Plan should include.
Rather than a list of recipes to eat throughout the week, I would rather educate my clients to know:
- What to look for when buying groceries, ie what foods are healthy and which truely are not healthy and why.
- What foods should be eaten the most.
- What foods should be eaten the least.
- Which foods are carbohydrates, proteins and fats and what proportion of each they need to eat for their unique circumstances. And which carbs, proteins and fats are beneficial and which are best avoided or limited in their diet.
- Which foods are harmful to their body ie gluten, lactose, etc based on their health history and current health.
- What types of diets are best suited to the client based on their unique circumstances. For instance, Keto diets and Vegan or Vegetarian Diets need to be applied on an individual basis. Not everyone will respond in the same way to the same diet.
- What drinks are recommended and which to avoid & more….
And then if recipes are required I point my clients in the direction of good cook books.
As a Naturopathic Nutritionist I’m trained to take everything into account when recommending a diet. The weight loss diet prescibed for a post menopausal women would be different to a weight loss diet for a women who’s a new mum.
Each have their own unique challenges and require a different approach.
So if you need a different approach or if you’ve tried umpteen diets without lasting results, book an Initial Nutrition Consultation today, you’ll be glad you did.