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Inspiration for making National Nutrition Month work for you!

March is National Nutrition Month, which is a nice time of year to reevaluate our health and wellness efforts. Perhaps your new year's resolutions haven’t turned out quite the way you planned? It's ok…I haven’t been perfect either! Some days I just didn't FEEL like doing it and some days I looked forward to it. Did I ever regret making the time to do it? Never. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Other times sustaining the commitment is tough. It’s easy to get caught up in a busy schedule and slip back into unhealthy habits and food ruts for comfort or convenience.

The good news? We always have permission to start again. Begin by asking yourself “why?” “Why is changing my behavior important to me”. That's your motivation to begin. How do you sustain it? Believe that you will! Everyone deals with schedules, jobs, social lives and other things that some people believe don’t allow them the time to live their healthiest life. But the belief that we don’t have time for health is simply not valid - everyone can live a healthy life when they commit to it day by day, choice by choice.

Be careful how you state your goal:

I want to eat healthier

I have to eat healthier

I choose to eat healthier

The big difference here is the verb, the action word. That's the key to using your brain to help you be successful. CHOOSE to do it! Otherwise, all you end up with in 30 days is more wanting, shoulda, woulda and coulda.

Follow the wise words of Yoda “There is no try. Either do or do not”.

So, to inspire you to live a more vibrant life each day, here are some ideas you can work into your routine today. Practicing them daily will create a healthier (and happier) you in no time!

I choose to…

Stop eating after 8:00pm

Fast for 12-15 hours between dinner and first meal of the next day

Drink 8 glasses of water each and every day

Drink a glass of lemon water before my first cup of coffee

Prep my meals ahead of time for the whole week

Evaluate my portion sizes and eat less if its more than I need

Limit or abstain from alcohol

Eat without watching TV, checking emails, etc

Let me know how you’re getting involved for National Nutrition Month using the comments section. Who knows, maybe you'll inspire someone else too!

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