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If you have decided to start a healthy eating plan,
congratulations! Making that decision is an important step in becoming a
Keep these key points in mind:
important not to jump in too far too fast. Slow, steady steps will set you up
for success. In this section you'll learn about the steps to follow in setting
up a healthy eating plan:
are clear about your reasons for starting a healthy eating plan, it's time to
set your goals.
What is your long-term goal? A long-term goal is something you want to reach in 6 to 12 months.
For example, your long-term goal may be to:
What are the short-term goals that
will help you get there? Short-term goals are things that you want to do
tomorrow and the day after. For example, you might decide to:
Here are some quick tips
about healthy eating goals:
Keeping track of your progress
helps you see how far you've come. It also helps you stay with your
Take the time to think about what things could get in the way of your
success. We call these things barriers. And by thinking about them now, you can
plan ahead for how to deal with them if they happen.
Here are some
tips for dealing with barriers:
Expect to encounter some barriers. And remember: The idea
is not to get rid of barriers but to identify them ahead of time and plan what
you will do to deal with them.
It might help you to have a written
personal action plan(What is a PDF document?) where you list your goals, your barriers, and your plans to get
past those barriers.
The more support you have, the easier it will be
to change your eating habits.
If your family members tell you
that they love how you're getting healthier, you'll probably be motivated to
keep up the good work.
And there's more support out there. You can
even ask for encouragement. Here are a few things to look for:
Support is everywhere. You just have to look for it.
Current as of:
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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