Our First Nutrition Lecture + Advice for Starting a New Meal Plan

Guys, Designed to Fit World is SO EXCITING right now!!! Ok, well, truthfully, it’s a tad stressful too (give me all.the.wine), but, whoa, this meal plan venture is awesome.

Kerrie and I have talked about our idea for meal plans for years, and I still can’t believe it’s now a reality. It’s truly the job that I’ve always wanted to do. Even in the moments when I’m feeling totally overwhelmed, I remind myself how LUCKY I am to do something that makes me so happy. I really love helping people and talking about food! 🙂

So, we had our first nutrition lecture at Fit Factory in Kingston. We’re hoping to do a lot more of these info sessions with gyms, health clubs, studios, CrossFits, etc., in the area to help spread the word about DTFN.

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The talk lasted about an hour, and we had all sorts of handouts, recipes, discounts, and snacks for attendees.

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And we had quite a turn out, with close to 30 members!

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Kerrie and Ashley, our Registered Dietitian extraordinaire, split the content of the lecture, while I cheered them on. Haha! I really don’t like public speaking and avoid it at all costs. Kerrie and Ashley are pros at it, so I let them do their thing. I made the food for the event and did the social media. I’m more of a “behind the scenes” kind of person… hence why I like this blogging stuff so much! 🙂

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During the lecture, Kerrie and Ashley had some great advice for starting a new meal plan, so I wanted to share it with you guys!

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  • Treat your new meal plan/Whole30/gym challenge as a learning experience. Measure and track your food, try new foods/kitchen tools/recipes, find your support system, and really and truly figure out what works for you. What works for one person might not work for someone else, and that’s totally okay. Figure what makes sense for your lifestyle.
  • Focus on what you suck at. Do you eat breakfast in your car? Is lunch a tough meal for you? Do you need to have something sweet after dinner? Figure out where/when you struggle and focus on that. For instance, I love dessert, and I know restriction doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried to do the all-or-nothing thing over the years, but I always ended up going crazy a few days later. I know I suck at restrictions, so now I make a little treat a part of my day everyday.
  • Treat snacks as smaller meals. A well-rounded snack with a balance of carbs, protein, and fat will satisfy you much better than a bag of pretzels or protein bar.
  • Take progress pictures. The scale is JUST a number, and progress pictures show changes in your body composition. A great example is this DTFN client (below) who lost “only” 2.5 pounds in 8 weeks, but look how different her body looks! She clearly lost fat despite the number on the scale. Progress pictures for the win!


Question of the Day

Your turn! What have you learned from trying a new meal plan or diet? Any words of wisdom to share?


  1. I love when I see people who have wanted to do something for so long and then actually DO IT! Too often we all talk about the things we want to try, but never get the guts to do them. Props to you for pushing towards your dreams 🙂

  2. The info session looked like so much fun! I love all things health and nutrition. Congrats on your DTFN business. Looks like it’s going to be very successful!!

  3. I think you are right, the more you take an interest in the food, the affects of it and all of the times you want to eat and what satisfies those cravings….the more successful you are. I lost 100 pounds, and I swear it’s because I decided to be interested in it, not just go along for the ride. lol…I can’t explain it very well.
    I know since then, I’ve lost some of those habits, and sure enough some pounds have creeped back on. Guess it’s time to start getting interested in my health again. It’s not the weight so much, as how I feel…physically and mentally. I feel happier about myself when I eat healthier and eating healthier seems to make me look better…better skin, better stamina..better weight…better everything.

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