If improving your eating habits is at the top of your goals/resolutions/intentions list, I’d love to help you! Click here for three practical tips to help you make healthier food choices in 2018.

Last week I was on a plane flying from Vancouver to Toronto. After watching a couple movies, I pulled out my journal and thought about how I’d like to show up for myself in 2018.

I’m not much of a resolutions type, but I do love an opportunity to pause, reflect and infuse more intentionality into my day-to-day. For me, the word intention really resonates. It feels open, mindful, flexible, and permissible. These are the qualities I’ve found to be essential in my habit change process.

For others, I know that a rigid, structured approach to change is more helpful. To which I say – of course! We are all wonderfully unique. There is no one right way to make positive change.

So, as you wade through the sea of self-help/goal setting information that surfaces this time of year, I encourage you to take what supports you and leave the rest.

If improving your eating habits is at the top of your goals/resolutions/intentions list, I’d love to help you! Remember – you are the expert of your life, so start with the tip that makes the most sense for you.

How to make healthier food choices

Think about adding versus eliminating
Many people connect healthy eating with having to cut out their favorite foods. This approach is unsustainable and will leave you feeling deprived, tired and more prone to the destructive diet-binge cycle.

Tip: Make a list of the healthy, nourishing foods you love and plan to include them regularly throughout the day.

Set yourself up for success
It’s really hard to eat healthy food if it’s not around when you’re hungry! Although life can be unpredictable, you can make sure you’ve set yourself up with snacks or a homemade meal.

Tip: Put together a snack pack filled nourishing snacks. Keep it stocked and in your bag/car/office. You can download a list of snack ideas here

Practice compassion in the change process
“Self-compassion can help promote change because self-compassionate individuals do not criticize or bully themselves when they make mistakes. This makes it easier for them to admit vulnerability and mistakes, change unproductive behaviors and take on new challenges.” –The Intuitive Eating Workbook

Tip: If you had a dear friend or loved one struggling with changing their eating habits, how would you respond? Write down what you would say – noting the tone you would use. Practice using this exact answer with yourself the next time your food choices don’t go according to plan.

Finally – if you’re suffering from self-help burnout (been there!), this podcast, which reminds us that the best self-help is self-compassion, is a must-listen.

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