“The secret to good nutrition is establishing healthy habits you can follow for the long haul—not for weeks or months but for the rest of your life,” says Becky Harsh, CrossFit Inc. Seminar Staff trainer, who is also provides one-on-one nutrition coaching in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Over the years, Becky has noticed that those who find long-term success share a similar approach. The people who meet—and exceed—their goals share 5 essential qualities that have nothing to do with eliminating certain foods or eating at specific times during the day.

If you’ve been struggling to stick with a nutrition plan, consider these five habits of highly successful eaters.