How many different foods do you eat in a week?

Did you know that eating 10 different foods provides your body with approximately 300 different bacteria? No, neither did I! 

I was challenged by Taymount Clinic to eat 50 different foods in 7 days – which equates to 1500 different bacteria. Why? Because they believe that the key to a happy gut is diverse bacteria! 

Gut health has never seemed that important to me, but over the past few years it’s something I’ve been considering more. I’m not a big fan of supplements but I’m now trying a few out (blog post on them to come soon!) and I’m trying to be more conscious of what I put into my body. 

I don’t want to cut out carbs or count calories – but I do want to make positive changes by eating a more varied diet. As you know, I love food, but you probably didn’t know that I’ve had 2 stomach ulcers in the past 2 years! They each lasted over 4 months (horrible!!) and I had to be very careful of what food I was eating. I wasn’t allowed anything acidic (aka no fruit!) or spicy and I’m still not allowed to take Ibuprofen, which really sucks sometimes.

Anyway, that’s why I loved this challenge so much. I was actually being rewarded by eating food!

They sent me a super handy food chart and I filled in a square each time I ate a different food. Herbs and spices count as separate squares but wheat products (bread, bagels, pizza bases) just count as one.

For me, a varied breakfast would need to be implemented to hit higher numbers, but I love having my porridge and don’t want to change that!  Actualy, the hardest part was getting a variety of protein, as this is often the bulk of my dinner and I’m a big chicken fan. After a bit of planning I managed to fix this and so I found the challenge quite easy (and definitely fun). In six days I had reached 49 different foods, so decided to head to a Chinese buffet on the seventh day to make sure I hit the 50 target. I finished on 62 different foods – and that’s only using the ingredients I know for sure were in the food I was eating!

Would you do this challenge? How many foods do you think you eat in a week?

Ali Hemsley
Ali Hemsley

Ali is a 24 year old lifestyle blogger. She combines her advocacy and awareness work for chronic illness and mental health with her love for fashion. You can follow Ali on social media @alihemsley

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  1. September 12, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    What a great challenge. My diet is mostly chicken, fish, rice and vegetables so this could be a tough one for me!

    Maybe I need to work on this more…

    Josh at

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