Setting Healthy Eating Goals

Set realistic goals for healthy eating as part of a smokefree lifestyle and create a plan to meet them by following these steps.

1. Think about what kinds of goals you might set.

One key to setting realistic goals is to identify what you want to get out of it. Here are some examples of things you might want to achieve with healthier eating. Choose one of these, or get creative and come up with your own.

  • Learn about good nutrition
  • Buy healthier foods
  • Learn how to cook
  • Learn healthier cooking techniques
  • Try out new types of healthier foods or dishes

Set a new challenge (e.g., going vegetarian once a week) to work toward.

2. Identify 2 goals for healthier eating over the next month.

3. Create a plan.

To reach your goals, it may help to set small goals along the way. Think of steps that are reachable, positive, under your control, and specific. For example: I am going to cut up veggies and fruit on Sundays so that I can take them in my lunch during the week.

Are you craving a cig, or just hungry? Foods high in fiber and protein can help keep you full.

Remember: Even the best plans sometimes need tweaking. If you find that some of these steps aren’t as reachable as you thought or if your current plan isn’t quite working, try something new. It probably took you trying more than once to find what works best for you with quitting smoking, and making changes toward healthier eating is no different.

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