Developing a plan for healthy eating means setting goals, tracking
your progress, and rewarding yourself.
Set goals you want to achieve. It is generally best to set small,
measurable goals. You can set them on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. When
setting goals, consider:
One way to evaluate your progress is to start recording what you
eat in a food journal. People who keep track regularly may be more successful
at losing weight and keeping it off. (See the
food record form(What is a PDF document?).)
To help you track your progress:
When you reach one of your goals, reward yourself. Tie each reward
to a specific, measurable goal, such as eating 5 servings of fruits and
vegetables a day for 1 week.
But do not reward yourself with food. Go to the movies, buy new clothes, or
have a massage.
April 13, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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