People often ask me for meal and snack ideas. "Tell me what to eat!" they might desperately say, or, "Do you have any ideas? I just don't know what to eat anymore."
I'm reminded of the quote from the great Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Telling clients what to eat is usually counter-productive because 1) at the end of the day they need to figure out what and how to feed themselves, 2) the skill of planning and preparing satisfying food is a key part of recovery, 3) what I suggest might not even be something they like or are ready to eat, 4) there's less personal investment and buy in on the client's part if I do the work for them.
So while I won't tell you what to eat, here are some examples of what I will teach you:
- What normal eating looks like
- What your body needs nutritionally
- Assistance with brainstorming ideas for meals and snacks
- Resources for recipes and ideas
- Suggestions for types of convenience food that make eating quicker and easier
- How to plan a week's worth of menus and create a grocery list from that
- The skill of food budgeting
YOU are ultimately the only one who can decide what you eat.
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