Making the change a habit

Making any kind of change in the way you live your daily life is like being on a path. The path leads to success. Have your own reason for healthier eating. Your reason for healthy eating is really important. Don’t do it just because your spouse, friend, or someone else wants you to. What makes you want to change how you eat? Do you want to feel better and have more energy? Do you want to improve your health? Do you want to prevent or treat health? Or do you have another reason? Whatever your reason, you may already know what areas you want to work on. Maybe you want to cut back on high-fat snacks or eat more high-fiber foods.

Begin taking steps toward big goals. Any healthy change-no matter how small-is a good start. There are different goals. Long-term goals:These are goals that you want to reach in 6 to 12 months. A long-term goal might be to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Short-term goals: But you may not be ready for 5 servings a day just yet. What are the short-term goals that will help you get there? Your first small goal might be to eat 1 serving of fruit at breakfast each day. As soon as you’ve reached that goal, you can set a new one by adding a serving of fruits or vegetables to your lunch or dinner. Or you could try eating a piece of fruit as a snack every day.Updated goals:It will help you stay motivated if you track your progress and update your goals as you move forward. A few helpful tips for setting goals: Focus on small goals. This will help you reach larger goals over time. With smaller goals, you’ll have success more often, which will help you stay with it. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS!  This will help you remember, and you’ll have a clearer idea of what you want to achieve.  Hang up your plan where you will see it often. It will remind you of what you’re trying to do. Make your goals specific. Specific goals help you measure your progress and adjust your plan. For example, setting a goal to eat 2 servings of vegetables each day is better than a general goal to “eat more vegetables.” Focus on one goal at a time. By doing this, you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed and then give up. As soon as you reach a goal, set a new one. Remember, it’s ok to have slip ups. Just remember to reach  your goals you have to try and stick with it! When you feel like giving up, don’t waste energy feeling bad about yourself. Remember your reason for wanting to change, think about the progress you’ve made, and give yourself a pep talk and a pat on the back.  Soon, you will see that are far down that path of change and it’s now a habit!! Change isn’t easy, but the changes you make will be worth it!!

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