There are a variety of ways that the Food Plan Template can effectively be introduced to patients. One approach is to describe the Food Plan Template and its benefits, and then to negotiate how patients can satisfy the plan's requirements, perhaps by asking, "What is missing in your diet?" "What do you need to add to fulfill the food plan?" Another approach is to encourage patients to design their own food plans with professional "coaching." Others make progress simply using the template as a check-
list for what they need to be consuming on a daily basis. Early in treatment, most patients benefit from having sample meals delineated in significant detail so that they know exactly what, when and how much they will be eating.