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  • Writer's pictureLisa Smith

This One Habit Changed My Life!

Updated: Jun 8


It Can Change Yours Too!

Meal planning changed my life and my health! Planning meals in advance can help ensure a balanced and nutritious diet, supporting weight loss and overall health.

My WOW! nutrition & weight loss programme for women over 35 includes meal plans and recipes to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.

As a nutritionist working with women navigating the challenges of midlife, I’ve seen the profound impact that strategic meal planning can have.

How to Get Started with Meal Planning

Don't worry if you don't know where to start, it's a skill you can learn and a habit you can build. I use professional nutrition and meal planning software, working closely with clients to provide meal plans with recipes and shopping lists that fit with their lifestyle needs and specific goals.

I often adapt the meal plans and add recipes as we work together through the nutrition programme. I can also create interactive meal plans, you can change according to your weekly schedule. Clients who commit to a monthly maintenance programme also receive ongoing meal planning support.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the many benefits and I will offer you 5 simple tips for successful meal planning.

Nourishing Meal Plans

Midlife is a unique phase in a a woman's life that requires a more careful approach to nutrition, addressing weight management, hormonal balance, and digestive well-being. Menopause symptoms can start 10 years before menopause.

Meal planning is an important piece of this holistic strategy, ensuring that your personal nutritional needs are not just met but designed for optimal health.

What are the Benefits of Personalised Meal Planning?

1. Weight Management: A Tailored Approach

The evidence is clear – structured meal planning significantly contributes to effective weight management. Portion control reduces the likelihood of overeating, fostering sustainable weight loss.

A personalised meal plan incorporates a variety of nutrient-dense foods, offering a multifaceted approach to health and weight management for midlife women.

2. Hormonal Balance: Nutrient Density

Midlife women often struggle with hormonal fluctuations. A well-designed meal plan ensures essential nutrients that support hormonal balance are met.

Omega-3 fatty acids, abundant in certain fish like salmon, have been associated with improved hormonal health, reducing the symptoms often accompanying menopause.

3. Digestive Comfort: The Fibre Connection

Digestive issues like bloating and constipation can be common concerns for midlife women. Fibre-rich meal plans are a powerful tool in promoting regular bowel movements and alleviating these digestive discomforts.

Incorporating probiotic-rich foods, such as yoghurt and fermented foods, can further enhance digestive well-being by nurturing a healthy gut microbiome.

4. Sustained Energy: The Nutrient Symphony

Nutrient-packed meals ensure a sustained release of energy throughout the day, combating the fatigue often experienced in midlife.

Balancing carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats in the meal plan supports optimal energy levels, crucial for the plate spinning active lifestyle midlife women often lead.

5 Tips for Successful Meal Planning

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1. Setting Realistic Goals: The Foundation of Sustainability

Set achievable and sustainable nutrition goals. Gradual changes in small steps are more likely to become lasting habits, contributing to long-term well-being.

2. Diverse and Colourful Meals: The Spectrum of Nutrients

Emphasising the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables in different colours ensures a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Each colour represents unique phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals crucial for supporting overall health.

3. Batch Cooking: A Time-Saving Tip

Evidence supports the effectiveness of batch cooking and preparing meals in advance. This not only saves time but also promotes adherence to a nutritious meal plan, even on the busiest of days.

4. Mindful Eating Practices: Nourishing the Mind and Body

Mindful eating is the key to a healthy relationship with food. Being present during meals enhances satisfaction and reduces the tendency to overeat.

Savour each bite, appreciating the flavours and textures of your nourishing meals.

5. Hydration Matters: The Often Overlooked Essential

Staying hydrated is crucial. Hydration supports digestion, nutrient absorption, and overall well-being. Aim for about 8 glasses daily, drink more in hot weather or if you're exercising.

Herbal infusions, such as peppermint or ginger tea, not only contribute to hydration but also offer additional health benefits.

Evidence-Based Nutrition and Meal Planning

Now you can see why meal planning is such a great tool for health. Evidence-based nutrition and health coaching support with strategic meal planning can be transformative for your health!

Your Journey Starts Here!

As an experienced nutritionist, I can carefully create nutritionally balanced plans just for you. Choose from low sugar breakfasts, fibre filled lunches, hunger crushing snacks and satisfying dinners.

But that’s not all— you can also track your daily progress effortlessly with an optional online interactive food and lifestyle journal to help reinforce healthy habits.

Join my programme and experience the transformative power of science-based nutrition with strategic meal planning.

Nutritional Therapy Advice in Manchester & Online

Lisa Smith registered nutritional therapist

I am a BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist and health coach based, specialising in metabolic health and weight loss for women over 35, from perimenopause to menopause and beyond. Cheshire Nutrition is based in Altrincham, Manchester. I work online with clients across the UK. Take the first step and book a FREE 30-minute no obligation online consultation today .

DISCLAIMER: The content on this webpage is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on my website.


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