January 6, 2017

January 2017 Nutrition Tip

The start of a New Year is upon us which is often a time of self-reflection and a desire to make changes in our lives.  Most often, these changes include steps towards growth and forward movement to a “better” you.  Although this introspective work is done with good intentions, it can often lead to unrealistic goals that can’t be met or kept.  It is important to remember that we are constantly in a state of a work-in-progress and never a finished product.  This year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions that may not be feasible, take a moment to reflect on your life and the things that will bring you joy, happiness, peace and abundance to help set attainable goals.  Consider using the guide below to help make this process a successful one.

  1. Ask why.

What is your motivation for making changes?  Once you understand your why, the path towards obtaining these goals becomes clearer.

  1. Make the decision.

Make the decision that you are worth it!  When the goals you set comes from a place of self-love, you will be more motivated and able to obtain them.

  1. Make plans, but be flexible.

Life is never still but always changing make sure your plans follow suit.

  1. Stay in the moment.

Change is a process that happens over time, know that you can manage things that are happening now.

  1. Tell people.

Surrounding yourself with a community of family and friends who support you will only make the process more successful.

  1. Quiet the inner critic.

The act of self-criticizing is a way that your ego protects you, these responses come from a place of fear.  Quiet that inner critic by evaluating those thoughts and beliefs and their validity and replacing them with love and empowerment.

  1. Use your mind as a tool for change.

Using gentle language and actions develop a personal mantra, state an affirmation, engage in prayer or meditation.

  1. Set attainable goals.

Set realistic goals and define them from a positive, heart-centered place.  Consider things that you would like to add to your like, not just take away.

  1. Remember it’s not all or nothing.

Change comes in small steps and takes practice.  Allow yourself the space and time needed to successfully incorporate these goals.  And, when you are successful, celebrate!