Meal Planning Is Supposed To EASE Stress, Not Create It
Intuitive doesn't mean impulsive
An intuitive eating meal plan can help you stay diet-free.
A common misconception about intuitive eating is that it's a totally-spontaneous-follow-your-every-impulse kind of eating style.
That couldn't be further from the truth.
When people are new to intuitive eating, they may find themselves:
Chaotic eating isn't any more sustainable than a restrictive eating pattern.
Intuitive eating is meant to build trust. Simply ditching the food rules doesn't do that.
When I started my IE journey, I found myself making food choices that didn't feel good.
I had no idea how to hear subtle hunger and fullness and my eating pattern was really chaotic. Very normal after decades of dieting.
I needed some structure, but meal planning felt very diety.
If you are...
Then Mindful Meal Planning™ is for You.
What is Mindful Meal Planning™?
A process to create an intuitive eating meal plan that is anti-diet and HAES™ aligned.
It is how structure and the intuitive eating framework merge so you can meal plan in a sensible, satisfying and sustainable way.
Structure with enough flexibility to withstand the turbulence of life.
Sensible: Built For Real Life
How many times did I decide to tackle a new diet that was completely outside of my wheelhouse? The foods were different, difficult to find, not to mention expensive AF.
Every meal and snack was a new recipe, so it took a ton of time (something I didn’t have).
There was nothing sensible about it. It didn't consider my finances, cooking abilities, the likes and dislikes of myself and my family, or the time constraints of said plan.
MMP considers all of it. Your time, your abilities, your finances and your preferences.
Satisfying: That Hits the Spot
How many times have you looked at a meal plan and thought, “Barf! I really don’t want to eat that”?
Or maybe you’ve never actually even asked yourself if you enjoy what you’re eating.
Satisfaction is the hub of an intuitive eating meal plan.
If you hate kale and quinoa like me, then you’ll not likely follow it for very long.
Sustainable: It Works On The Hard Days
Healthy eating isn't just about food. It's about having a peaceful relationship with food, and it includes all foods. All the ones you want to include.
It's achieved over time in a flexible way and withstands life's ups and downs.
Health-promoting behaviours, like improved nutrition, only improve health outcomes if you can do it long-term.
Consistency beats intensity. Small steps in the right direction will do more for your health than any cleanse or BootCamp or diet ever could.
MMP is a process that can help you make those small steps.
Plus These Bonuses!
Hi, I'm Dr. Kerri!
Cookies for dinner didn't feel good.
When I started my intuitive eating journey, I was a very chaotic eater. In fact, I’m still likely to forget to eat, especially when life is chaotic or when I’m really focused on something.
And then I’m left in a very vulnerable position.
I remember once early on in my journey being so hungry when I got home at the end of the day I decided it was totally okay to have cookies for dinner - no food rules, right?
To be clear, that wasn't a morally bad decision. It's just that my body needed more nourishment than just a lot of cookies. And instead of building trust with myself and food, it reinforced that I couldn't be trusted with cookies.
A really hungry body makes very different choices than a comfortably hungry body. But sometimes, my life is too noisy to hear those subtle hunger cues.
I needed some structure.
The struggle was that meal planning has always been a dieting tool. It was how I got “back on track” or started eating more healthfully. But that was all code for restriction – either the removal of an entire food group or just portions. So, after a few days, or maybe it would last a few weeks, my rebellious side would come out, and I would end up eating all of the things.
So, I had to find a way to merge some structure into my new intuitive eating framework without ending up dieting in disguise.
And that’s what Mindful Meal Planning™ is all about.
I developed the steps for myself through many years of trial and error. Then I started to teach the process to my patients, and now finally, I’m making it accessible to everyone.
This process was a game-changer for me. I built it to be life-proof. It's a process I continue to use to this day.