Set Goals

The Balance between Emotion and Logic

Developing a practice of healthy eating involves so much more than a+b=c. If only the process were as simple as taking the same equation for every person and then plugging in their details. A lack of clear goals can really end up affecting where a person ends up in life. Typically in the longer arc of our lives, we can see that setting specific goals like finishing school can help us achieve the things we want in life–like a specific career or a target salary. But when it comes to day to day thinking, we often don’t realize that neglecting to set and achieve goals is a kind of choice too. David saw this unfold with his mother’s diagnosis of diabetes and cancer. She believed she would “beat it”, and that the doctors were wrong, but she looked only to the future and neglected the present. We may not think we are “choosing” to feel unhealthy, but if we understand that is what happens when we habitually make certain food choices, then we understand how many of the circumstances of our lives are actually more intuitive than we may have thought. Tight and rigid controls especially on food only have the opposite effect – sooner or later something’s gotta’ give, so that’s why David takes a more emotionally flexible approach. Positive change comes if one accepts it, not if they try to control it.

Be Specific When Setting Goals

Okay, so what next? Sure you could set a goal to “be healthy,” “lose weight,” or to “eat better.” But you probably have tried that approach before. Here at TD Wellness we know that broad, unspecific goals are usually well­-intentioned, but don’t often achieve real and lasting results. Why? Because we have a starting point, we have a vague, imaginary idea of the finishing point, and then our minds tend to gloss over all the nitty­ gritty details such as how to look at the present to change. How often do you find yourself wondering how the day flashed by and you can’t even remember what you had for breakfast. That’s why David Orozco advocates S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. Clients work with us to set Small/Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time­-based goals. When it comes to healthy diet, incremental progress is what causes real lasting change.

Be Positive. Stay Inspired.

These S.M.A.R.T. goals are developed one-on-one with each client, according to their needs, comfort, and beliefs. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating, and everyone’s path to being healthy looks different. It’s about how those goals are in line with one’s beliefs, which are determined by our individual value system. Ultimately, successful goals have in common? They are motivational and inspirational in nature; they are positive, (fewer don’t’s, and more do’s), they are constantly evolving to fit what we need, and they are in the present guided by our beliefs and values. David Orozco teaches growth through introspection to expose our values in order to build awareness. He works with clients to begin the learning process on how to make logical, well-informed and balanced decisions on their own. The ability to take emotion out of the healthy-eating decision process is hard work. But having the tools to make the best decisions for your health are invaluable. At TD Wellness we believe that patients need to start within before they can truly change their lives.

Take a look at our TD Take Off© programs and see if one fits your needs. If not, let’s create a program together that works for you: