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Healthy Eating: Starting a Plan for Change

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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 healthier person.

Keep these key points in mind:

How do you start a healthy eating plan?

It's 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:

Set your goals

When you 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:

Track your progress

Keeping track of your progress helps you see how far you've come. It also helps you stay with your plan.

Think about your barriers

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 where you list your goals, your barriers, and your plans to get past those barriers.

Get support—from others and from yourself

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.

Credits for Healthy Eating: Starting a Plan for Change

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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