The March Healthy Eating Challenge

By Leo Babauta

There are very few people among us who doesn’t want his or her diet to get healthier. So I’m issuing a challenge for March: the Healthy Eating Challenge!

This challenge is meant to be doable and promote small, gradual change … but also help push us a little out of our comfort zone so that we can have a powerful change within a month.

It’s not going to change your entire diet all at once, but it can help you move to a healthier diet.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, pick one mini-challenge from the list of mini-challenges. See the list below. You pick one mini-challenge for the week that would be an easy, positive change for you. Don’t choose anything you won’t be able to stick to. Pick one to start today!
  2. Commit to doing that mini-challenge for the next week. I suggest you join us in my Sea Change Program, as we’re doing this challenge together and will hold each other accountable. We also have small teams you can join if you want greater accountability and support. If you want to do it on your own, commit to a group of friends, family or colleagues on social media or via email.
  3. Report back after a week, and choose a new challenge. Each Monday, report how you did to your group (we have a challenge channel for that in my Sea Change Program). Report your successes, where you fell short, what you learned and what you’d like to do differently going forward. Then commit to a new mini-challenge (or stick to the same one for another week).

It’s that simple. Choose from the mini-challenges and commit to it for the week, picking a new one each week. One small change at a time. Gradual change is the most powerful change, and this challenge is the perfect way to do that.

I suggest you join us in Sea Change — it’s free for a week, then $15/month after that. For this small monthly fee, you also get:

The Weekly Mini-Challenges

Here are the mini-challenges (you do not have to do all of these, just pick one per week):

1. Adding healthy things:

2. Changing your approach:

3. Cutting out unhealthy things (look at what you do now, and set a target that’s lower):

4. Vegan stuff (a few people asked for some suggestions):

Not every change listed above for everyone. Find changes that feel right to you, as I know not everyone agrees with everything I’ve listed.

What is healthy for you will be different than what is healthy for me. I believe in a vegan diet (out of compassion for animals) and try to eat whole foods as much as I can (but not religiously). That doesn’t mean you have to do that.

The one thing I believe is in trying to get foods that are full of nutrients – vegetables, fruits, beans (and legumes), nuts, seeds, whole grains – and eat less of the foods that are mostly empty of nutrients (processed foods, white bread and sugar, fried foods). Again, you don’t have to be religious about it – I eat cookies and French fries just like most normals!

Are you ready to start the challenge? Start today by joining my Sea Change Program.