Kind and Compassionate Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions

In my last post, I provided a number of reasons for not pursuing weight loss this year.

But if you are not pursuing weight loss as your New Year’s Resolution, what are you to do instead?

Well, you can do nothing if you like!

Take a kind and compassionate approach to the new year with these anti-diet alternatives to New Year's Resolutions.

I personally am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions because they are normally centred around a belief that there is something wrong, lacking or inadequate about ourselves that we need to fix.

Having that negativity hanging over your head doesn’t sound like the nicest way to start a fresh new year!

And if you can’t achieve your resolution? Does that mean you remain a broken human in need of fixing? And that you are even more of a failure because you couldn’t fix yourself?

You can see how resolutions can quickly become a negative downward spiral.

Setting some anti-diet intentions for how you want to live your life over the next 12 months, might be a gentler option for you.

Here are some examples:

  1. I will listen to my body more
  2. I will be critical of diet culture
  3. I intend to engage in media that makes me feel good and dump the media that makes me feel bad
  4. I will find one thing each day in my life to feel grateful for
  5. I will live my life with compassion, nourishment and enjoyment rather than punishment and guilt
  6. I will be kind to myself and provide my body with the nourishment, water, rest and movement that makes it feel good
  7. I will not be afraid to take up space in the world
  8. I will remember that I am worthy
  9. I will accept that I am a human, that I am not going to live out these intentions perfectly, that I will make mistakes and that all of this is OK


Do you have a kind and compassionate intention you would add to the list?


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Take a kind and compassionate approach to the new year with these anti-diet alternatives to New Year's Resolutions.

Nina Mills is a university qualified Nutritionist, health writer and lover of good food. She aims to help people develop healthy relationships with food without diets, restrictions or kilojoule counting.

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