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Hi Tracy!
You’re definitely not alone – a lot of people have trouble sticking to a meal plan which is why it’s 100% optional. I like to use them more as a recipe collection to choose from for simple decision-making when it comes to breakfast/ lunch/ dinner ideas but not necessarily something to “follow.” A lot of times when there’s a specific meal plan to follow, it’s easy to feel discouraged when we fall “off track” and that’s definitely not the intention of this program. Use them however you want or not at all – do what’s best for you!

As far as portions go…. the brain-to-belly connection takes time, love, and patience to develop. The old 20-minute trick is a good starting point. Serve yourself a serving size you think will satisfy you and if you think you may still be hungry, give yourself 20 minutes (enough time for your body to signal you’re full). Sometimes those 20 minutes can feel terribly long, so go for a short walk, sip on some peppermint tea, do a puzzle, or something else to take your mind off food for a bit and see if it’s truly hunger you’re feeling. If so, give yourself permission to eat more! It’s also important your food is satisfying – both filling and pleasing. Try eating a variety of textures, flavors, and cuisines for increased pleasure and satisfaction. Let me know if this helps!

Posted by: icon Lia C - PN Nutritionist