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Getting Started on a Healthy Nutrition Plan

Everyone wants to get healthy, right? You hear it constantly at the gym, the grocery store, the friendly gatherings at friend’s homes, everywhere. 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 more healthy, provided you:

  • know what your goals; are
  • you 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 most of us have is that we try to do healthy eating all at once, and in reality it sometimes takes years to completely change your ways.

They say 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 my own lunches, making and eating breakfast, include more vegetables into my meals, drink more water, stop eating packaged foods, etc.

The list can be short or long. But I  suggest you tackle just one of those items at a time. That way you can make the changes gradually and it will not be overwhelming. Secondly, you will be able to feel like you accomplished something as you tackle each one of those items!

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’s much easier. All you are doing it 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 better choices more often.

Maybe you need to make it a game with a friend so it will keep you motivated or as some say, honest! There is not a winner or loser in this game. There is not right or wrong. It’s just a matter of doing better and being healthier.  REMEMBER,  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 doing it solo).

My challenge to you is to make that list of what you consider healthy, and choose to make one change on that list. Add that change to your agenda. The important thing is to just do it (just like Nike!). Once you conquer that one item, choose another. In no time, you will see changes in yourself and in the way you feel.  Your moods will be less erratic and your trips to the doctor will have great reviews rather than a litany of conditions which may require medication.

So take that first step to your better health by making one change. Be sure and let us know how you do!

About The Author

Joanna Chodorowska

Sports Nutrition, Nutrition Coach,

Swim Instructor & Triathlon Coach

Joanna helps you alleviate health issues as they are related to food.  She specializes in helping you make the connection between foods that aggravate your symptoms so you can avoid those, and introduces alternative foods you can eat.  Food becomes an adventure rather than a drudgery.

Joanna helps to incorporate healthier choices you can manage every day.  If it is not a plan you can do every day, then it is not the right plan for you.  She incorporates all real food options, such as raw foods, plant based foods, juicing, natural animal proteins, wheat and gluten free, allergy free and utilizing vegetables in season. All these aspects are in different ratios for each person, as each person is individual and requires different sources of respective nutrients.  Joanna helps you to understand why you are eliminating a food and for how long to help the body repair and rebuild.  Without that understanding, it can be challenging to stick with a program, even if it is temporary.  She wants to make food fun and includes variety into each and every day’s meals.

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