This post is #2 out of 3 for setting your 2019 wellness goals! If you missed the first post: How to Actually Accomplish Your 2019 Fitness Goals you should NOT miss that!
Today’s is all about nutrition. These are my three tips to help you set nutrition goals in 2019!
1) Make your goals small
Tip #1 for setting nutrition goals for 2019? Start Small!
I’m not sure about you, but I think it’s too easy to make goals that are huge. Then get overwhelmed, then give up all together.
I talk about this in each installment of this 2019 goal series, so check out the fitness goals here.
To start with, make sure you download my FREE 2019 Goal Planner! This will help you start to narrow down smaller goals. It has sections to fill out for fitness, nutrition and mindfulness goals for each month of 2019.
Just fill out your info below, and I’ll send it to you! You can download it instantly and get to work!
Start by making your goals super small and easy to accomplish. So, instead of telling yourself, “From tomorrow on, I’m only eating healthy meals and not eating any desserts”.
Well, if this is your first time trying to eat healthier, and you take out half the food you’ve been eating for a while; you’re going to have a hard time actually keeping your new goal.
Instead of focusing on all the foods you want to cut out of your diet, try thinking about ADDING some healthy ones!
Maybe you could start by saying. “Each dinner, I want to eat at least one green vegetable” or even, ” I want to drink one more glass of water a day than I have been”.
(Psstt… if you want more info on how to drink more water, check this out!)
Starting really small gives you a way to start with a new habit and not feel overwhelmed by it later!
After a while of sticking with your small goal, it’ll be easy for you to add on more over time!
2) Plan your meals ahead of time
This will be a game changer as far as setting nutrition goals for 2019!
When I started to have goals around my nutrition, I struggled for a while because it felt like I had to do some much work every day coming up with meal ideas and actually cooking them.
After a while, I would just give up and order take out. Then I started planning out my meals ahead of time each week and everything changed!
When you’re first starting to make meal plan goals for yourself, start small.
Maybe for a while that means just planning your breakfasts each week. Then you can move on to breakfast AND lunch, etc.
You’ll see that when you plan out your meals ahead of time, it’s so much easier to come home and actually cook them. I think it’s because you don’t have to use as much brain power coming up with that meal! 😂
I wanted to share my process as far as nutrition and meal planning goes as it’s been helpful for me!
I’d love to know if you found this helpful, or what you do that helps you stay on track with meal prep. Let me know in the comments! ☺️
The Actual Meal Plan
I like to plan my meals and workouts at the same time. I’ll go through on Sundays and plan my week in advance for every thing going on in my life.
If that sounds like something that can help you, then you can try my weekly workout planner! You can fill it out on your phone or tablet, or print it and fill it out that way.
I’ve also found that most of the recipes that I like to follow are e-cookbooks I have on my phone or computer. So, instead of opening up the app, I’ve screenshot the recipes that I like to use and add them to my task mastering app, Asana.
Asana is a free app that helps you stay organized by arranging your tasks for you. This is also a great app if you run a business!
But I like to use it for personal use, so I have “Meal Prep” as a task and write out all the meals that I would like to make in the week. Then I add in my screenshots of the recipes I want to make for the week in it as well.
That way I don’t need to go and flip through it in my books app each time!
Then I’ll go through the ingredients and check for things that I need to buy.
The Meal Prepping
After I plan out what I want to make in the week and go grocery shopping. I prep as many things as I can in advance.
Here’s a few ideas of things you can prep for your week:
- Breakfasts: Like Over Night Oats or things you can freeze. (I like to make a batch of protein pancakes sometimes and freeze them! You can even pop them in the toaster!)
- Snacks: I make protein muffins each week but this could be prepping veggies to each with homemade guacamole. You can make all sorts of snacks from home so you don’t have to buy them!
- Lunches: For lunch I usually have salads, but I make them and put them in their container for each day of the week ahead of time.
- Dinners: The first things I do is chop veggies I’ll need. Then I’ll look through the recipes for other parts I can make ahead of time.
3) Know that progress takes a while
Tip #3 May be the hardest step of all for setting nutrition goals in 2019: go easy on yourself!
My biggest hurdle with starting a healthy lifestyle was (and still is!!) nutrition. For a while I was unforgiving to myself when I slipped up. I’ve learned to be nicer to myself since.
Why do I tell you this?
Because I hope you treat yourself with more respect than I did. You deserve it!
Remember, start with small, attainable goals and build from there.
What do your nutrition goals for 2019 look like? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a great week!