Taking a long-term approach to improving our nutrition means we have intent, objectives, goals and a mission to accomplish not only short-term goals, but also long-term goals. The big picture mission is simple, we want to be happy, healthy and strong - both mentally and physically. Being consistent with healthy habits like drinking water, meal prepping, and eating real foods is key to accomplishing your long-term goals.
Intent without action accomplishes nothing.
Setting goals is easy. Being accountable for those goals is the hard part - and that's where working with a nutrition coach in customized nutrition programs and participating in ongoing coaching programs over time is important.
First, let’s start with mapping out a long-term approach. Follow these three easy steps:
Begin with the end in mind: What do you want to achieve? What will it take to get there?
Start small. The little wins will snowball into larger wins down the hill. Consistency wins.
Establish SMART Goals.
What's a SMART goal? Glad you asked!
S - Specific; Should be simple and defined what you are going to do.
M - Measure; Tangible evidence so you can achieve the goal.
A - Attainable; They should push you just outside your comfort zone.
R - Results-Focused; Goals should measure outcomes, not activities.
T - Time-Bound; Goals should be linked to a time frame that creates a sense of urgency.
Here's an example of what it looks like to map out nutrition goals over the course of a year:
I will eat a balanced breakfast using the plate method at least 5/7 days this week.
I will meal prep dinners with 3 compartment containers with balanced portions of lean proteins, green vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates for the next month to deal with busy times of the day.
I will eat balanced plates with lean proteins, green vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates, and have a glass of water instead of regular soda for at least 2 meals per day in the next 3 months.