How to get Started on a Healthy Nutrition Plan

By Joanna K. Chodorowska, BA, NC

Banana, oranges and mixed nuts

Everyone wants to get healthy, right? You hear it constantly at the gym, the grocery store, the friendly gatherings at friend’s homes. The challenge is that most people do not know where to start. It can be easier than you think to start a plan to be healthier, provided you know what your goals are and how to break them down into manageable pieces.

As a nutrition coach, my job is to help you get started on a healthy plan, create the road map, and choose the items that need to be addressed first and help you incorporate those items into your schedule, regardless of how hectic it may be. The challenge we have is that we try to do healthy eating all at once, and the reality is it sometimes takes years to completely change your ways. It takes 22 days to create a habit, so why do we try to change all of them at once when it comes to food?

My suggestion is to first write down the list of the things you would like to accomplish regardless of time and money. That list can include going to the gym regularly, exercising 30 minutes every day, learning to cook, eating regularly spaced meals, packing lunches, making and eating breakfast, include more vegetables in meals, drink more water, stop eating packaged foods, etc. The list can be short or long.  But I would suggest tackling one of those items at a time. This way you can make the changes gradually and it will not seem so overwhelming. Secondly, you will be able to feel like you accomplished something! If you need help, get your family and friends to be supportive of your efforts and make this an adventure. I find that if you make this an experiment in life, rather than a diet, it works much easier.  All you are doing is seeing if this new way makes you feel better or worse. Along the way you will learn how to better pay attention to how you feel based on the foods you are eating. Some foods will make you sleepy, some more hungry, while others will give you energy you won’t know what to do with!  Some will cause indigestion or headaches, too. It is all an experiment to see how to make the better choices more often.

Maybe you need to make it a game with a friend to keep you motivated or as some say, honest. There is no winner or loser in this game. There is no right or wrong. There is better and healthier, but only you will be able to tell which healthy is right for you (unless you work with a nutrition coach who can map those plans a bit better than you solo.) My challenge to you now is to make that list of what you consider healthy, and choose to make one change on that list. Make that change on your schedule – once a week, once a month or even once a quarter or year. The important thing is to do it. And once you conquer that one item, then choose another. In no time, you will see a change in yourself and the way you feel, your moods will not be as erratic and your trips to the doctor will have great reviews rather than a litany of conditions which may require medication.

Take that first step to your better health by making one change. And let me know how you do!

Joanna ChodorowskaJoanna K Chodorowska, BA, NC, TPTH is a holistic sports nutrition coach and multidimensional healer helping you find balance and whole body health using real foods, Path To Heal energy work and essential oils.
Joanna provides her clients with realistic, real foods, movement therapy and stress management options that fit into their busy lives. Joanna helps clients find the way to self-love, self-acceptance and a life of joy honoring their needs, body, mind and soul. Nutrition for body, mind, spirit, and sport.
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