Change thinking habits to change eating habits
Craving Change™ provides cognitive-behavioural tools, activities and strategies that address the universal struggle to change problematic and emotional eating behaviours. The thought-provoking, 'how-to' approach focuses on the 'why' of eating behaviour and what to do about it.
Developed by a clinical psychologist and registered dietitian, Craving Change™ is delivered by thousands of clinicians working in a variety of settings across Canada and internationally.
What people are saying
I feel the most important outcomes of the Craving Change™ program may well be a person’s feeling of control over his/her food choices, improvement in frequency of negative self-talk, and fewer negative emotions about the relationship with food. As a dietitian, I feel that I would have been more effective in the past had I had this resource.
~ Carla Beer-Carpenter, RD, Vancouver Island
Shah and Cannon are credible professionals leading the charge to help people make and maintain healthy eating behaviour changes. Using "best evidence", they have developed a smart and appealing program that could help millions of people make healthier choices more often.
~ Michael Vallis, PhD, CDHA Behaviour Change Institute, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
As a business owner, I rave about Craving Change™! My staff is able to pick up the materials and run with them, and our clients love it. I also incorporate the unique cognitive behavioural principles and tools into the work I do as a consultant. Craving Change™ is adaptable, creative, and practical- what a bonus to my business.
~ Andrea Holwegner, BSc, RD, Counselling Practice Director & Professional Speaker Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc
1 month ago
Fruits and veggies have gotten a bad rap. How familiar is the term "I was forced to eat my veggies", to you?
Colleen & Wendy grew up in the era of TV dinners and Shake 'n Bake.
So. Cool. Home made food, and food from the garden, was So. Not. Cool.
Some people carry these associations into adulthood. Fruits and veggies can be perceived as a burden, or come along with a "mental finger-wag". Something to be tolerated and forced, not enjoyed. Can this affect consumption? Of course!
Being aware of this association can be thought-provoking! We can carry those associations with us and not even know it.
Can those associations be changed? Yup, absolutely. With a little insight, self -talk and a lot of experimenting.
Here's Colleen and Gracie, the blueberry farmer's dog who loves the berries so much she eats them straight off the vine. No more mushy peas for these girls 😁
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Happy Canada Day from Wendy and Colleen! 🇨🇦 Craving Change clinicians live in every province and territory in Canada. What started with countless planning sessions around Wendy's kitchen table, is now well-established from sea to sea to sea!
While we are delighted to connect with colleagues and sell licenses outside of Canada, this is our home. Some of our most treasured memories of the past 10+ years unfolded while teaching 25 workshops across the country. Storms, heat waves, cold snaps, delayed flights, local restaurants...priceless memories of Canadian hospitality, kindness, generousity, smarts, and humour.
Proudly Canadian. And if you're wondering about all the hype, yes, butter tarts and Nanaimo bars really are that good.🍁🍁🍁
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Colleen was visiting friends in Vancouver Island this week. She asked her Victoria hosts what she should bring as a gift for her next evening's hosts "up island" near Nanaimo. Their reply was instant: berries from the local guy a mile away. Voila
Food brings with it all kinds of associations. In this case: community, gratitude, sharing, seasonal references (are the loganberries early this year?) and pride. Amazing.
What are your local delicacies? What foods remind you of your hometown in summer?
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Supplies for camping this weekend. S'mores are non- negotiable.
This is not 'junk food' or a 'cheat day' or 'unhealthy food'. It's just food. Nor is anyone "being bad" for enjoying it.
No one is born hating themselves for their food choices. We're taught to do so. And THAT'S the only garbage in this scenario. It's a con.
When we buy into that self- loathing and self- criticism, it can trigger all kinds of other thoughts, feelings, and choices that keep the cycle spinning.
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About our company
A Canadian business created and owned by registered dietitian Wendy Shah and clinical psychologist Dr. Colleen Cannon, Craving Change Inc. was founded in 2008. The evidence-based program’s licensed materials and training are available internationally. Over 45,000 Craving Change™ client workbooks are in distribution. Craving Change Inc services also include professional speaking and content development for corporate resources such as websites, customer newsletters, and Apps.
About the co-founders
Both Wendy Shah, RD and Dr. Colleen Cannon, RPsych. have decades of experience working with people struggling to make and maintain healthy behaviour changes. Wendy has a strong interest in the psychosocial and environmental factors that influence our eating behaviours. She has won national professional awards in consumer communication and public education. Dr. Cannon is passionate about health psychology. She is skilled in systemic problem-solving, program development and making psychological interventions engaging and accessible. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and was an Adjunct Professor in the University of Calgary Department of Psychology from 2008-2011.