Let’s take a look at the vision of yourself you’d like to come true with the help of nutrition.
It may feel like a hassle to go within, reflect on what you want and clarify your aims. But spending a bit of time to gain this clarity goes a long way toward helping you get the most out of nutrition. The clearer your vision, the better your results. So take your time.
And make sure your answers aren’t what you think you want, but what you feel is good for you because our feelings help us know our authentic desires. If your vision isn’t authentic, then you most likely won’t be able to achieve it. So ground yourself and try not to let mental dialogue stop you from acknowledging what you truly want for yourself.
Also consider your past experience with nutrition and how it has shaped your current wishes. What worked for you and what didn’t? What did and didn’t you enjoy?
You can to the self-assessment page to help you identify areas you’d like to improve.
Once you’ve identified your vision, sit for a moment and reflect on it. Use the power of visualization and visualize yourself as if you’re already living your vision.
Your nutrition vision:
- Describe the outcome or outcomes you want from nutrition. What vision of yourself do you want nutrition to help you achieve? Be specific and use imagery. Examples: I want to fit into my old jeans; I want enough energy to keep up with my kids. Instead of writing a long list of what you want, pick the top benefits you want to receive. Keep it simple. Also, frame your vision in the positive. Instead of stating you want to stop getting pimples, state you want smooth, glowing skin.
- Describe your ideal nutrition plan. What’s important to you in your nutrition? Examples: I want to eat a balanced diet with more vegetables; I want to eat less sugar and processed food; I want a diet that allows for my favorite foods. Pick the top improvements you want to make to your nutrition, and don’t shoot for a complex diet plan that you might not be able to achieve at this time. Also, note the factors that are most important to you in nutrition, such as the need for nutrition to be enjoyable, easy, affordable or timesaving.
- Describe your ideal behavior with food. Which eating behaviors would you feel proud of yourself for following? Which eating habits would you wish to stop? Examples: I want to sit down, slow down and enjoy my meals; I want to overcome the urge to eat when I’m stressed. When I started my Cravings Master work, my goal was to be able to keep a bag of chips in the kitchen without feeling the desire or need to eat it. It was a small goal, but it was clear, measurable and helped me gauge my overall progress toward mastering my cravings.
Rate yourself on a scale of 1–10:
- How far do you feel you are from achieving your outcome (with 10 being that you’ve achieved it)?
- How much are you following your ideal nutrition plan (with 10 being that you follow it perfectly)?
- How much are you following your ideal behavior (with 10 being that you follow it perfectly)?
Which of the 4 statements do you relate with most:
- I’m totally clear about what I want in nutrition. I want it 100%. I want it for myself and for no one else.
- I go back and forth. I’m not always sure I want my vision. For example, I want to lose weight, but I have concerns about how others would perceive me if I were thin. I’m not 100% clear and committed because I don’t want the potential downsides.
- I don’t want to eat healthy, but I want the benefits. I see nutrition as a necessary means to an end.
- My vision isn’t really for me. I want to eat better and gain the benefits of nutrition to please someone else or gain their approval. For example, I want to attract a romantic partner, and I feel I need to thin and good-looking to do so.