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Small Changes, Sustainable Results

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Small Changes, Sustainable Results

The best way to achieve a big goal like ‘I want to eat more healthfully’ is to break it up into a number of small, specific goals.

Start by looking at your eating habits. Decide what you will tackle first. Be realistic and take it slow–changing a habit takes time. Changes don’t have to be major to have a positive effect, and they all add up. 

Nourishing Moves

Here are some ideas to get you started. Use one of these or choose your own. Then move to the next step and make your goal SMART.

  • Eat more leafy green vegetables.
  • Pack satisfying snacks that include protein and fibre.
  • Cook more whole grains – try quinoa, brown rice or barley.
  • Drink milk every day.
  • Cook at home more often.
  • Enjoy more meals with your family.
  • Eat smaller portions.

Make SMART Goals

Thinking SMART is a useful way to help you frame your small goals or changes. SMART stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic
  • Time-framed. 
A goal expressed the usual way A goal expressed the SMART way
I’m going to eat more leafy green vegetables. I’m going to eat a leafy green vegetable with dinner at least 3 times this week.

Set-Up-for-Success Tips

Writing your goal down and tracking your progress can help you focus and stay motivated. Make sure to celebrate your successes and don’t be too hard on yourself when you fall short. It’s part of change. Just keep at it.

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