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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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Jan 01, 2016

 

Happy New Year!!

This time of year has me thinking a lot about resolutions (and probably you as well).  Do you even know exactly what a resolution is?  Well let me tell you: it is a firm decision to do or not do something.  Please focus on the word FIRM.  Please don't use this term lightly.

Just because this is the time of year you are "supposed" to make a resolution doesn't mean it is the right time for you.  Make sure it is something your really want.  Check in with yourself and ask WHY you want it.  Maybe you are still traveling and it makes more sense to start a resolution when you return home or next month or six months from now.  I think it is always a good decision to make positive changes but make sure you are doing them for the right reasons and will take the time to implement them into your life.

If you know me very well, you know I am not a fan of fad diets.  Resolutions are often like fad diets: they don't help anyone and end up making you feel bad about yourself.  DON'T LET YOUR RESOLUTION BECOME A FAD DIET!

When/if you are ready to make changes here are a few suggestions on how to implement then and stick to them:

1) Choose your why.  This is a very important to making lasting changes.  If you don't have a strong why, what is the point anyways?  What is your reason for wanting to do this and will you put time and effort into accomplishing it?

2) Make a plan.  Changes are a lot easier when you have a plan.  Once you have decided on a resolution and know your why the next step is to sit down and write out a plan.  The key is to start small.  Maybe you decide to gradually increase of remove something from your life.  Set a plan on how much you add or take away each day, week or month.  Also, depending on your resolution you may be able to set specific times or cues.  For example: if you decide you want to work out more, you could start by working out once a week and gradually adding in workouts.  You can set yourself up for success by choosing a specific time of day and setting out your workout clothes or packing your gym bag the night before.

3) Implement when you are ready.  Choosing the right time can be crucial for your success.  Pick a time where you don't have more than usual on your plate or a lot of stress.  This will only make it harder. 

Bonus!  If your new resolution can be combined with something you enjoy or a reward try adding it as motivation.  Going back to the workout example, maybe you set a goal of working out three times a week and once you have done that for two months straight you reward yourself with a new outfit you've been eyeing or a night out with friends.  Something you really enjoy but don't do too often.  Just make sure you don't pick something that is detrimental to your goal. 

I hope this helped you get some perspective on your resolutions and will help you make lasting changes!

Cheers to a wonderful new year!

 Crystal

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