24 Feb 3 types of nutrition goals
Let’s continue our accountability conversation by focusing on some of the most common habits related to healthy nutrition. Nutrition is fun to talk about because it’s so relevant…we all have to eat. And as simple as that sounds, nutrition goals vary greatly. So today, here are a few of the nutrition habits we commonly hear people are striving towards honing and some accountability tips as you work towards them.
- A consistent meal cadence. When considering a person’s lifestyle, profession, schedule, home life, physical activity, health concerns, and more, it’s easy to figure out that there is no one meal cadence for all. What does that mean? A meal cadence is more or less the rhythm of your daily food intake – 3 meals and 1 snack, etc. daily or anything else. For many people, eating regularly throughout the day has a dramatic impact on mood, energy, focus, blood sugar control, impulsive eating, and fueling for activity. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all for meal timing and snacks, so I like the goal of trial and error to find your best meal cadence.
- Grocery shopping and meal prepping. It can be challenging to eat with consistency if having food at home or on the go is unpredictable. So a great goal for some is to have a running shopping list to jot down items during the week and/or a certain day per week where you carve out time to sit, get up and check the pantry and fridge, create a meal plan, and create a grocery list.
- Fueling for performance and recovery. If I follow a recipe with thousands of 5-star reviews by preheating the oven and combining the ingredients, when I put that masterpiece in the oven, I am expectant that when the timer goes off and the food comes out of the oven that it is going to look baked and ready to cool and enjoy. Experiencing results from working out is similar. Science tells us that in order to reap the benefits of exercise and gain lean muscle mass, we have to put in the time engaging in a series of workouts that align with our fitness goals and also fuel our bodies appropriately before and after exercise. A recipe:workout plan as ingredients:pre/post workout nutrition and the enjoyable final product in this simile is YOU!
- Tell a friend or family member what you’re working on. They don’t have to join you (although it would be great if they did), but having someone in your corner to check in with, cheer you on, and keep it real can help with all three of these goals.
- Start a log. When you jot down the process you are engaging in as you work towards a goal, a nutrition and activity log can highlight your strengths and point out opportunities to make changes. If you’re stuck, it can also shed light on your individual situation as you talk through the details with someone who can partner with you to help.
- Define the win. Start a notes page or journal page with defining your why and what the win would be of establishing a new nutrition habit. How will your life look differently when you reach this goal?