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What if a New Year’s resolution isn’t the answer?

It’s that time of year again, the time when we look at ourselves and see all the stuff that needs improving over the next 12 months. We want to lose 10 pounds, exercise five times a week, work less, play more, and organize our house, our schedules, our lives. It all sounds great on paper, but those resolutions can do more harm than good. Why not take a different approach this year, one that will transform you from the inside out? I’ll get you started. 

When I wrote my book Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-image, and God, I had a resolution revelation. Although I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, I always seem to have some form of self-improvement in the works year-round. But as I began to focus less on how much food I ate and more on the way I ate my food and the way I saw myself, things began to change. The PowerPoint slideshow below is based on one of the food-faith talks I give at retreats and workshops. The actual workshop presentation is, of course, a more complete discussion of the topic, but the slideshow will give you the highlights and offer some food for thought — zero calories in this kind of food, so no worries! If you want to learn more, click the “Cravings” tag at the end of this post for other articles, reviews and other posts related to this topic, or buy the book, which has reflection questions, exercises, and meditations to help you put the ideas into practice and shift your focus from worrying about food to celebrating your life. Click HERE to get Cravings on Amazon. And now on to the slideshow. (Expand to full screen for best viewing.)

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