So it’s the beginning of the New Year and you’ve had the big [food] conversation with your parents. Now you want to jump-start your diet and nutrition goals for the New Year and set the tone right! But where do you start?! For beginners it’s not uncommon to be unsure where to begin.

Rest assured, you’re not alone! Being committed to a healthy lifestyle takes a transition time and hard work! Avoiding all those junk foods and starting a stricter eating regimen is NOT EASY. You need to develop a realistic plan! The best way to start eating for a healthy lifestyle is by making one or two small changes at a time to your usual eating habits. Give yourself [and family] some time and don't expect to change what you eat overnight. Keep in mind that new behaviors take up to a month to become habit. Once your first round of goals become habits, you can start to introduce new goals into your efforts.

You want to start to get in the habit of making SMART goals. Setting attainable goals that are achievable will lead to success. And success breeds success. So, before you know it, you'll be living healthier lifestyle and feeling great about your eating habits.

SMART is an acronym that stands for: