Goals To Healthy Eating
Goals To Healthy Eating
It’s a new year and a time to rethink healthy eating goals, right? It’s what we typically do.
And besides, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to healthy eating goals.
To support you with this worthy objective, I’ve created seven steps to meet your healthy eating goals this year. Ideally, they’ll become a routine and grow into lifelong habits. Fingers crossed!
Here they are:
1. Decide on one thing to change or improve in your diet.
Begin by writing down your goal. This should be something you really want to do; if you don’t have a desire to change or improve, then there’s little incentive to start (and keep going!)
This step will look different for everyone. Perhaps you want to broaden your horizons and try a different diet, such as a Mediterranean, keto or paleo diet.
Maybe you just want to eat more veggies, or drink more water throughout the day. Whatever it is, write down your desires of what you want to change.
2. Keep it simple. Don’t bite off too much.
Start with a small, achievable goal to set yourself up for success. Set a simple timeline for yourself, when you can check your progress and adjust your goal, if necessary.
3. Share your goals
Tell your partner, your best friend, or even your carpool buddy about your goals to build support. This also adds accountability.
Perhaps they’ll join you and create their own goals and become a healthy eating buddy!
4. Create a plan
Consider the specific steps you will take to achieve your goal. Will you take a course on how to cook Mediterranean meals, or find cookbooks at the library? Will you buy a water bottle, fill it, and drink water throughout the day to increase your intake? If you aim to eat more veggies, will you serve a salad two or three times during the week, or add more veggies into everything you cook?
Do what you said you were planning to do.
6. Repeat, and repeat again
Do it again. And again. In order to build a routine, it needs to be done repeatedly. Eventually you’ll do it without thinking.
7. Reward yourself!
Give yourself a pat on the back. Share your successes with a friend or your healthy eating buddy. Maybe even splurge on that not-so-healthy treat you’ve avoided all week.
Make it fun so you’ll be motivated to set additional healthy eating goals.
Good luck! It’s not easy creating, executing and achieving healthy eating goals. The hardest part is taking the first step, but once you do, the only route is forward!