How to Create A Sustainable Meal Plan

What Makes A Meal Plan Sustainable

How Creating a Sustainable Meal Plan Beats a Quick Fix

Whether clients are trying to shred down for summer or are mesmerized by the latest fad diet — their interest in meal plans seem to come and go like the seasons. But what if we could create meal plans for clients that are sustainable and ended up creating healthy habits? Well, first we have to get rid of the word meal, a client’s goals aren’t reached or crushed by one meal. Goals are reached by creating healthy habits that include but are not limited to your ‘meals’. We prefer the term nourishment, as a plan should include everything outside of the gym. In this blog, we describe what nourishment plans are, why they work, and how you can create your own.

(Further Education: Looking for more? Learn how to craft nourishment plans that support your programs with the free mini-course Coach’s Toolkit.)

What is a Nourishment Plan

A nourishment plan takes a holistic approach to everything outside of the gym that impacts a client’s progress towards their goals. A nourishment plan can include but is not limited to nightly rituals, sun exposure, and macros. These plans aim to focus on the subtle things a client can do to reach their goals. The foundation for every nourishment plan is the OPEX Basic Lifestyle Guidelines (BLGs). Get a printable version of the BLGs in this course to hang in your gym or home.

Why Nourishment Plans are Sustainable

Nourishment plans are successful and sustainable because of their uniqueness. Just like our individual designed programs these plans are created specifically for a client with their goals in mind. These are plans are sustainable because they work with a client to incorporate healthy practices into their life without having to rearrange their life. These plans look to make subtle changes such as refining pre and post workout nutrition. Learn the benefits of pre and post workout nutrition in this toolkit.

How You Can Start Creating Nourishment Plans

First, learn the BLGs as they are the foundation for all nourishment plans. Before starting to craft a unique plan you have to understand the client, this is done through the consultation and assessment. Once you understand a client’s lifestyle and goals you can create a plan that works with their current lifestyle and provides subtle tweaks to help them reach their goals.

Nourishments plans are substantially better than structured meal plans. They are sustainable and work with a client’s current lifestyle to improve their health with what they can do naturally. Nourishment is just one pillar of the OPEX System of Coaching. The five pillars of the OPEX System of Coaching are each a key skill a coach needs to master and to become a professional. Without mastering each of the pillars, a coach cannot truly be a professional.

Five Pillars of Professional Coaching

  • 1. Business of Coaching

    A coach must have a structure to lay the foundation for their fitness business which will bring in clients, and establish systems to maintain this foundation.

  • 2. Consultation

    A coach must meet with their client regularly to understand their lifestyle, establish goals and check in along their journey. This will influence a clients’ nourishment plan as goals and motivations are subject to change over time.

  • 3. Assessment

    The physical assessment develops an understanding of a clients starting point. The data collected here will directly influence what the nourishment plan needs to address.

  • 4. Program Design

    The long-term training program a coach creates for each individual client. The nourishment plan will be one part of their individually designed program.

  • 5. Nourishment

    A sustainable plan created to support a clients program and works with their current lifestyle to help attain their goals.

Learn the OPEX System of Coaching with the free 30-day mini-course Coach’s Toolkit along with three client worksheets and a printable version of the OPEX Basic Lifestyle Guidelines (BLGs).

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