Nutrition counseling can put you on the path to success in achieving your personal health goals.
March is National Nutrition Month, and that’s the perfect time to create a personalized plan for better eating habits. Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, manage a medical condition or simply make healthier food choices, nutrition counseling is the perfect solution.
How will your counselor set you up for success?
Nutrition Counseling Helps Change Behaviors
To create a plan to help meet your future health goals, your nutrition counselor will establish your starting point.
Keep track of your food and drink consumption for a week or two — the longer the better. An accurate food diary will allow you and your counselor to identify behaviors that may work against your goals. A daily after-lunch candy bar won’t help if you’re trying to lose weight, for example.
Once you’ve identified specific behaviors to change, you’ll be in a better position to reach your overall health goals.
Breaking Goals into Manageable Steps
Health goals that are too large can seem almost impossible to achieve. With nutrition counseling, you’ll learn simple, attainable ways to break large objectives into smaller, more feasible goals.
So instead of forcing yourself to give up after-lunch sweets — and putting up with the inevitable cravings — you might start by switching to a healthier (but still tasty) option, such as apple slices drizzled with a bit of dark chocolate.
Track and Evaluate Your Progress
The small goals you set during nutrition counseling have to be measurable, so that you and your counselor can easily review your progress.
Take note of how you’re working to reach your health goals between appointments. When you meet with your nutrition counselor, you can discuss whether the plan is achievable. If those apple slices aren’t killing your candy bar cravings, for instance, you can come up with another idea together.
Checking in With Your Nutrition Counselor
Your first nutrition counseling session will put you on the road to meeting your health goals. But to really get in the driver’s seat and take control of your eating habits, you’ll need to see your counselor more than once. For a better chance at success, you may need to meet two or three times.
The benefit of these follow-up sessions will become more obvious in time, but rest assured, you will be more diligent when you have someone rooting for you and following your progress. And if something isn’t working for you, your counselor will help you adjust your plan to help ensure that you achieve your goals.
If you’re ready to give nutrition counseling a try, the compassionate, professional team at Salson Clinics can help you get on track to reach your health goals.
At Salson Clinics, we take pride in helping our patients achieve improved heath by developing better eating habits. For an individual action plan that’s suited to your lifestyle and food preferences, contact our West Jordan office and schedule a nutrition counseling appointment.