Where do I start?
The key is to find what works for you, fits in with your day and you enjoy.
1. Set clear goals
Setting goals can help you break down what you need to do and how to do it. Use our Action Plan (PDF, 66KB) to set healthy goals and keep a Food and activity diary (PDF, 40KB) to keep you on track.
2. Plan ahead
It’s helpful to plan meals for the week ahead especially when we all lead busy lives. This can help you reach your goal to eat better and stick to a budget.
3. Start to make healthy changes
Time to put your plan into action. Each healthy choice you make is helping you to achieve your goal. If you find it hard, don’t give up – start again tomorrow.
4. Be creative
Eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring. Take the opportunity to try new recipes and new food.
5. Sleep well
Get a good night’s sleep. Research has shown that if you are tired you feel hungrier and are more likely to want fatty and sugary foods. This can make it harder to stick to your goals.
We all need a helping hand and the good news is, there is support out there. Ask your doctor or nurse about the support and services available in your area. These can include:
- a weight loss programme or group
- a registered dietitian or exercise specialist or group
- a Type 2 diabetes prevention programme
- other local services to help you move more and eat better.