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
3 weeks ago
The SCAN Symposium in Phoenix was a genuine pleasure to attend. Thank you so much to the selection committee for the invitation to speak. We loved meeting over 300 like-minded colleagues, including other international attendees.
Kudos for the focus on behaviour change. As Wendy noted in our talk, the "art" of nutrition counseling deserves plenty of focus beyond the "science" of food and performance. Hopefully we made a valuable contribution to that dialogue.
What a beautiful setting- a run, a long walk, and a 5 mile hike (with clouds and cool temperatures! Yes!)
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Wendy and I think it's long overdue to properly introduce ourselves in this dynamic and inspiring community. Hi!
Today here's a bit about me (Colleen). I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queens University. My dissertation focused on symptoms of depression in people living with chronic pain. My internship at Ottawa General Hospital cemented my passion & curiosity for health psychology. I worked on the perinatology unit, with HIV+ patients, and in the new (cough...1998) eating disorders program, and it set the course for my career.
On a more personal level, I have worked with (and learned from) survivors of trauma beginning in grad school. Starting at a women's sexual assault crisis centre, I have never ceased to be deeply moved by the courage, determination, creativity, & profound wisdom of survivors of violence & trauma. My learnings from this work are countless. They are fundamental to my values. First and foremost a clear sense of "no judgement". Whatever anyone eats, drinks, smokes, etc is quite literally, none of my business. If I can help someone who is trying to make changes in order to be more safe, happy, self-compassionate, healthy, etc then I'm honoured to do so. But it's all about the context of *their* lives & goals.
The social determinants of health break my heart. Regularly.
In the Yukon in 2000 I was already fascinated by the psychology of eating. I joined The Academy for Eating Disorders and I co-developed a workshop series about emotional eating and the diet circus, "Just 5 More Pounds". Much of my work was inspired by groundbreaking authors such as Dr. Susie Orbach, a gem in a milk crate of books I've moved over a dozen times!
I moved to Calgary to work at a Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cholesterol clinic, where I met a super-keen dietitian named Wendy Shah at the staff lunch table 😉 I achieved a lifetime goal of becoming an Adjunct Professor at U of Calgary in 2008. I eventually moved to Vancouver to work at the heart transplant clinic at St Paul's Hospital, after 8 years of working at a cardiac rehabilitation clinic in Calgary. Currently my work involves Craving Change and private practice.
The history of developing and launching Craving Change can be found on our site. Eleven years and counting: whoa! Thanks endlessly to my clients, colleagues, friends and family, and Wendy for a remarkable adventure.
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4 months ago
Stepping outside our comfort zone is good for everyone, yes? Well...Colleen had a chance to do so in a gorgeous Porsche (why step when you can cruise?)
The Fast Health series is hosted by @brittlestar and features credible experts discussing various health topics. The sexxxxxy cars are a creative way to catch viewers' interest and keep the chats informal and fun. And Brittlestar is a thoughtful, funny, smart host. Thanks for the opportunity to speak up!
Check out the whole series at
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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.