I like to think I eat pretty healthily (when I’m not playing rubbish bin to my four year old daughter), I definitely get my 5 a day every day and on many days I might even get closer to 10 a day. But when I was invited by the Taymount Clinic to see if I could eat 50 different foods in 7 days I thought….holy moly…now that’s a lot of different foods. Could I do it?
But before I answer that question, let’s look at why you would – or should – do it.
The Taymount Clinic – the world’s first faecal microbiota transplant clinic and experts in digestive health – recommend that to maintain diversity in your gut, you also need to have diversity in your diet – which means eating 50 foods a week!
So what’s the big deal with a diverse gut anyway?
According to Glenn Taylor, founder and director of science at the Taymount clinic, “Increasing the diversity in your gut is very important – we found that eating more diverse food boosts your microbiome quality and quantity of ‘good’ bacteria in your gut, which can help to improve your general health and wellbeing.”
So back to the challenge. Here’s the bottom line:
- 50 foods
- No duplicates
- No counting foods made of the same stuff as different items
- Count herbs as individuals, spices, vinegars and oils – they all count
- No e-numbers, preservatives, additives etc
- See how your bowels react to such a wide diversity of foods!
So off I merrily went and charted my eating for the week.
And here’s what I ate:
- White potato
- Courgette (10 foods – approx 300 different bacteria)
- Sweet Potato
- Dairy yogurt
- Chia seeds
- Tomato (20 foods = approx 600 different bacteria)
- Sesame Seeds
- Garlic (30 foods = approx. 900 different bacteria)
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds (40 foods = approx 1,200 bactiera)
- Black pepper
- Apple cider vinegar (WOOP WOOP!!!! 50 foods = approx 1,500 different bacteria)
- Butternut Squash
- Blueberries (SMASHED IT!)
So there you go, not only 50 but actually 60 different foods in a week and a happy gut! I can’t say if I would have eaten all of this in an ordinary week as I think the challenge definitely made me think a lot more about WHAT I was eating and to focus on greater variety, but these are all foods I do include in my usual diet.
Remember folks, diversity on the plate = diversity in the gut flora! Do you think you could have probably eaten 50 different different foods in a week or does this sounds like a lot to you? Do leave a comment and share. And if you’re interested in (trying to )lead a healthy lifestyle why not find out what happened when I did a detox.
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