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Helllloooo 2016!

Helllloooo 2016!
Our next #30in30 #nutrition month blog post is from April Saunders, MPH, RD, CDE. Thank you for submitting!
 
"I've already decided that this year is gonna be awesome".
 
That was a quote I read on someone's Instagram account earlier this month. What a positive outlook! And why shouldn't this year be better than the last? What is holding you back from creating the life you want?
 
Whether it is weight loss, stress management or career advancement - you can do it, if you believe you can. I'll admit - it can sound a little "hokey", but there is a ton of research behind all this power of the mind stuff.
 
"What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve".
 
This was a famous quote from Napoleon Hill. Hill was an American author and one of the earliest producers of personal-success research. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. Hill's works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. Essentially, Hill wrote about how you are your biggest asset; friend and investment. Believe in yourself and in your abilities and the sky really is the limit. 
 
I really like that for 2016, Dietitians of Canada has decided to focus on the power of positivity. Dietitians of Canada wants people in 2016 to "reflect on what’s going well, avoid judging yourself and others about their food choices and seek out credible food and nutrition information" (from your dietitian, me of course!) ;)
 
If we practice these habits, healthy change can happen more easily. Of course, this highlights an important flip side of being our own biggest asset: we can also be our own worst enemy and really get in our own way.
 
 With any behaviour change, comes barriers to overcome; habits to form or break; time to organize your life to support these new behaviours; and the persistence and commitment to make it all work.
 
Being kind to yourself is not a weakness. It can actually help you achieve more. If you slip up, do you berate yourself and as a result, have a downward spiral of despair and regret? Or do you acknowledge the mistake, (remember: you are human), take it as a learning point, and then move on?
 
I don't need to tell you which is a healthier, more sustainable and more supportive way to continue to work on your goals (psst - it's the kinder approach.)
 
The bottom line is that most of the goals we set for ourselves are not immovable states of being. Rather they are fluid. They need to move, change, and adapt with us. Self-kindness is the WD-40 that helps us adapt and change to meet our goals more smoothly and ultimately create the life we want.
 
So, decide to be kind to yourself this year!
 
And remember:
 
- Really believe it and you can achieve it
- Don't let slip ups completely derail you
- Celebrate and acknowledge your accomplishments
 
Here's to more kindness - to ourselves!
 
April Saunders, MPH, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, diabetes coach and owner of April Saunders Nutrition. She enjoys helping people become their healthiest self, one small change at a time.
 

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