Healthy 2020: Let’s do week 9

It’s week 9 of the Healthy 2020 challenge, and unfortunately, it is almost over (from my side that is – you can start up again at any time). I’ll get to it then – let’s do week 9.

But first …

Mandatory recap

Week 1: Drink 2 litres of water per day

Week 2: Eat breakfast within one hour of waking up (it could have been any breakfast – didn’t have to be healthy)

Week 3: Eat a healthy breakfast (there are plenty of suggestions in the post)

Week 4: Add in two portions of fruits or veggies in your diet per day.

Week 5: Eat your biggest meal of the day at lunchtime

Week 6: Your lunch should be a healthy one, and add two more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.

Week 7: Start following an eating schedule where you have three main meals a day and two snacks in between.

Week 8: Plan your meals ahead of time

Challenge for week 9

If you’ve followed the challenge, you’re supposed to have a lot of healthy habits in place by now (if not, do not fret, just give yourself more time to adjust). Up to this point, I have focused on creating healthy eating habits, most prominently, eating five meals a day (three main meals and two snacks) and bringing in more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Now that you have worked some healthy food into your diet, now we can work on replacing some of the unhealthy food that you eat.

The first thing you can replace is a few refined carbs. This means replacing white bread, white pasta, etc. with whole wheat alternatives. In that way, you still get in carbs that give you energy, but they contain more complex carbs, which are healthier for you.

Just a side note, you know those whole wheat, low GI bread loaves? Do not eat more than two or three slices of those per day. Why do I say so? Well, that bread makes you poop a lot (unless more pooping is what you’re going for, then knock yourself out). Moderation is key here.

That is pretty much my story for week 9. Have you tried the Healthy 2020 challenge? Has it helped you? I’d love to hear from you – contact details below.



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