Tis the season to make healthy change in your diet and your life! We caught up with our friend and RD Jessica Barrett, who gave us some advice on how to make those changes stick long term. Enjoy!
Hey Nourish family! Jessica here, your resident dietitian. I wanted to give you some tips and tricks to sticking with your healthy goals. As you know, it’s not easy to make a goal and stick to it long term. In fact, some estimates suggest only 8% of people that set healthy goals can adhere to them long term. So how do we set healthy goals that stick?
A common mistake made when setting goals is changing too much at one time. Keep in mind, the habits we’re changing are just that, HABITS. They are a part of our daily and weekly routines. I can remember a time when I wanted to lose weight. I would decide that I was going to eat healthy and stay away from junk food. It would work short term. I’d lose weight and ultimately put it back on. I didn’t realize I was taking on too much at once. It wasn’t until I decided to take small steps that I saw major changes in achieving my goals.
Here is a list of examples of small healthy goals to set. Keep in mind, when setting small goals, you don’t have to set a bunch of them. You can pick one and focus on achieving that goal for a period of weeks before setting a new healthy goal.
Decide on how many days a week you want to achieve this goal. Continue this goal for several weeks before you start to increasing/decrease another habit. There are so many options to choose from when considering a small goal and the list above is just a few of them. If you keep taking small steps and adding on as you’ve made a new healthy habit, you will find that you can successfully achieve your goals long term.
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