What does behavior change actually look like? The value of the incremental

At EatLove, we build technology to extend the expertise of dietitians, physicians and health professionals. With EatLove PRO, dietitians can create customized meal plans for their patients that once took hours in just seconds, providing patients with the practical everyday tools to help them stick to plan and reach their goals.

How does meal planning foster long-term behavior change?

Meal planning gives people a clear, achievable, daily roadmap for success that promotes health, wellbeing and confidence. Working with dietitians, patients use meal planning to chart the path to health within their dietary considerations.

Dietitians meal plan with their patients so that they can:
1) accurately assess and confront the current situation
2) teach patients to create structures for success
3) build sustained, everyday healthy habits

Meal planning is a collaborative patient engagement and behavior management tool in which gradual improvements every day motivate, inspire and maintain long-term healthy habits.

What makes meal planning complex?
Finding appealing, healthy, easy recipes for given dietary requirements and preferences.
Knowing what to eat and when to optimize energy.
Curating a synergistic recipe playlist that delivers optimal nutrients for a given schedule.
Creating a smart list of groceries that saves time and money.
Charting the roadmap for daily success for a given lifestyle, household and schedule.

As we’ve seen with a few of our complex case studies, meal planning can liberate, putting people in control of their healthy behaviors.

How’d it work out for Julie, Jose, Kathy and Luke? Take a peek…

Julie’s Meal Planning Experience with her Dietitian

Week by week…

Week 1: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 2: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 3: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 4: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 5: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 6: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)

Outcome: Julie is feeling stronger than ever and loving raising three children — she’s also still eating yogurt for breakfast nearly every day of the week.


Jose’s Meal Planning Experience with his Dietitian

Week by week…

Week 1: 5 Day Plan (Dinners)
Week 2: 5 Day Plan (Dinners)
Week 3: 5 Day Plan (Lunches, Dinners)
Week 4: 5 Day Plan (Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 5: 5 Day Plan (Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 6: 7 Day Plan (Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 7: 7 Day Plan (Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 8: 7 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 9: 7 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 10: 7 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)

Outcome: Jose lost 12 pounds of fat, gained muscle and plays baseball with the local league on Thursdays. He replaced his overuse of protein shakes with a 100% natural, whole food diet.


Kathy’s Meal Planning Experience with her Dietitian

Week by week…

Week 1: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Snacks)
Week 2: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 3: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 4: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 5: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 6: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 7: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)

Outcome: Kathy gained confidence in her ability to cook a healthy diet — and celebrated her 100 days post-surgery milestone with a trip to Hawaii.


Luke’s Meal Planning Experience with his Dietitian

Week 1: 3 Day Plan (Dinners)
Week 2: 3 Day Plan (Dinners)
Week 3: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners)
Week 4: 3 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners)
Week 5: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners)
Week 6: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 7: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 8: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 9: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)
Week 10: 5 Day Plan (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks)

Outcome: Luke’s A1c levels have decreased and he is still on the path to get it in a healthy range. He and his wife have grown closer by cooking together in the kitchen and both feel they understand how nutrition affects their blood sugar. Luke cooks dinner with his grandkids on Sundays.


Time and time again, patients say, “Just tell me what to eat.”

In response, we at EatLove often ask ourselves: “If we can engineer the very best solution, with the optimal nutrient, food waste and cost distributions, isn’t that the one we should deliver to dietitians and patients?”

First and foremost, we believe the best solution is the one that fits seamlessly into everyday life and creates structure for success. Today, patients expect personalization and we’re finding that deeply personal everyday solutions are core to slowly incorporate incremental changes, address the adherence challenge and maintain outcomes. After all, planning to eat nutritiously and executing that plan is a lot to ask of someone who’s managing a pregnancy, looking to achieve a major health goal, new to nutrition, been recently diagnosed or just getting started in the kitchen.

To be successful, we must acknowledge the needed investment and detailed tailoring that translates where we are now to where we want to go, step by step. We are inspired by our dietitian business partners as they work with each unique patient to translate nutrition recommendations to success each and every day, steadily building long-term healthy habits that transform lives. For us at EatLove, as staunch believers in the strength, resilience and growth of individuals, the value is in the incremental.

View a replay of our webinar featuring these four case studies.


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