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Developing a Plan for Healthy Eating

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Topic Overview

Developing a plan for healthy eating means setting goals, tracking your progress, and rewarding yourself.

Setting goals

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:

Track your progress

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 .)

To help you track your progress:

Reward yourself

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.


Credits for Developing a Plan for Healthy Eating

Current as of: December 27, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator


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