Want to jump-start your diet and nutrition in the new year? Not sure where to begin? A good place to start the process is by working with your coach to develop a “Nutrition Vision.”
It is a statement of how you want your diet to look – what you want to be eating or not eating – one year from now. A vital part of this is goal setting. Following are some helpful, goal-setting tips for you to review prior to your nutrition vision planning. Using the SMART acronym, be sure your nutrition goals are:
First, decide what your overall goal is, for example, to eat more vegetables. Break that goal down into a specific action: “I will eat a salad with my dinner three times this coming week.”
Be sure your nutrition goal is one that can be quantified. Start using Fitso calorie tracker. This way, you can document all of your food consumption and review it. The app will also suggest you some intelligent recommendations.
Attainable & Realistic
An attainable goal is also a realistic goal. Know yourself and what you are capable of doing. Instead of saying, I’ll never eat sweets again,” decide that you will limit yourself to a special snack on specific days. Unattainable and unrealistic goals set you up for discouragement and failure.
Make your goals time-bound – give it a specific time-frame – whether it’s a week, a month, or 3 months.
Nutrition Vision Planning Tips
- Add, Don’t Subtract: Focus on adding, not subtracting. Look for fruits and veggies you like and add them to your diet. If you keep adding healthy items to your diet, you push out the unhealthy choices in a painless way!
- Make Small Changes: Don’t try to change too much at once. Make small changes, one or two at a time, to give yourself a better chance of sticking to them. If you want to eat more veggies, try eating crunchy ones with a favorite dip instead of snacking on chips. If you want to control calories in Tea, start by taking cup Green Tea first, then slowly completely replace Milk Tea.
- Reward Yourself: Once you’ve met your nutritional goals, however small they may be, give yourself a nonfood reward. Some ideas include new clothing or accessories, a book, a massage, or even a kitchen appliance that will make eating healthier easier.
If you have any specific goal in mind, let our diet coach help you.