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Making a new year’s resolution? Don’t be too hard on yourself!

Resolutions relating to losing weight, or changing your eating habits, are amongst the most popular. According to Dr Avya Sharma of the Canadian Obesity Network, part of the reason that these types of new year’s resolutions fail, is because unrealistic goals and expectations are set.

If you are planning to lose weight and/or change your eating habits, you are basically attempting to  change your behaviour and trying to form a new habit – essentially “rewiring” your brain.

woman hesitating as she chooses fruit over chocolate cake

Here are some tips to help you achieve your resolutions:

  • Set realistic and specific, measurable goals – for example, don’t just say, “I’m going to lose weight”, say “I’m going to lose 500g a week for 10 weeks” If you’re trying to reduce processed foods and eat more vegetables, aim to eat a small serve of green vegies twice a week to start with and then increase to three times and so on
  • Focus your thinking on new behaviours and thought patterns – you are in the process of changing habits and this requires changing neural pathways, or the way your brain works
  • Celebrate your wins between milestones – don’t wait until the end – it may be a long time coming!
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously! If you slip up, enjoy your misdemeanor/s and then step back onto the right path.

If you are interested in making a serious new year’s resolution relating to food, please contact me about food coaching.  A consultation can get you started on the journey of changing habits, one step at a time.


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