12 Mar 31 Days of Healthy Eating: Day 12 Tip from Joy Bauer
Happy National Nutrition Month! My month long healthy eating tip series continues with an important recommendation from the lovely Joy Bauer. If you haven’t seen her on The Today Show or picked up her delicious snack line, get cracking (I couldn’t help the pun!).
Set Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
Having concrete goals is a vital component of success. And while I think “long-term goals” are terrific (for example, I want to lose 60 pounds and run a marathon), it’s the “short-term goals” that are even more powerful. That’s because they reinforce success every step of the way and help to fuel your motivation so you can stick with your plan and eventually reach your ultimate goal.
Aim to set small weekly goals, and make them tangible and attainable. They can include numbers or inches (this week, I’m going to lose two pounds or trim half an inch off my waist). Or come up with specific action steps (this week, I’m going to try two new healthy recipes, forgo the vending machine and pack my own totable snacks, or take a 30-minute walk after dinner). The sky is the limit. Just make sure they are personal, realistic and official—try writing them down so you take them seriously. And if it helps, come up with non-food rewards for your short-term goals. Everyone loves a gold star…or a relaxing massage!
Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show, the founder of Nourish Snacks, a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine, and the New York City Ballet’s official nutritionist. Joy is also the creator of JoyBauer.com and the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Food Cures, The Joy Fit Club, Slim & Scrumptious, and Your Inner Skinny. Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions, Joy believes it’s never too early or too late to reap the benefits of healthy living. She resides in the New York area with her husband and three children.