March: thirty-one days of healthy eating

March is National Nutrition Month sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The theme for this year's campaign is "Nutrition From the Ground Up", with the idea of returning to the basics of healthy, nutritious eating. This includes choosing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans. According to their website, the campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

In support of this campaign, Wildfire Fitness is posting healthy nutrition and eating tips all month long. Check back often, or better yet, follow the blog using the icon at the bottom right or join our Fan Page on Facebook.

Take the Challenge
It's said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. You get 31 days to make sure they stick! Instead of simply reading the tips, why not take things a step further and have a little fun along the way. Breathe new life into your healthy goals for the year with our Healthy Eating Challenge. Choose one goal for the month and focus on doing it every day for the next thirty-one days. By the end of the month you can be well on your way to adopting the habit for a lifetime. Moreover, committing to one aspect of healthy living can spill over and help you adopt other great habits as well.

Some ideas:
* drink 8 eight-ounce cups of water daily
* eat at least one serving of green veggies every day
* eat fruits and vegetables from every color of the rainbow daily
* limit the amount of fried food eaten (be specific)
* limit or omit soda or coffee (be specific)
* add more organic foods to your diet
* cut your sugar intake (be specific)
* limit or omit junk food (be specific)

Be Accountable!
Share your Healthy Eating Challenge goal for the month in the comments section below. Telling someone else what you're doing will help to make it "real" and increase your chance of success since it's no longer a "secret". It can also help to keep you motivated to stick with it to the end.

To your fitness success!

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