How To Feel Awesome in Just 14 Days: The Wholesome Habits Challenge

How To Feel Awesome in Just 14 Days: The Wholesome Habits Challenge
Carly Jacobs
This post is sponsored by Bupa

t can be really freaking hard to figure out what you’re supposed to do to keep healthy.

One minute we’re told to alkalize our water, the next we’re told to drink our greens in the form of smoothies and don’t even get me started on whether or not we’re supposed to eat tofu. Seriously are we supposed to eat tofu? I have no idea. There really is only one thing I care about when it comes to adopting new ‘healthy’ habits. Whether or not the claims have been scientifically proven or, in technical terms, are evidence-based. If some random dude called Bark who lives in a treehouse in Byron Bay starts selling sawdust smoothies as the new miracle food, I’m definitely not going to be a customer of his.


It’s also hard for people who don’t have any specific problems or areas they want to fix, they just want to be taught or be reminded what healthy living looks like. In the modern world it can be really easy to forget.

That’s why I decided to work with the health professionals at Bupa and come up with a 14 day plan that has no agenda. There are no shakes or pills to buy, no equipment, no weigh-ins. It’s just a simple 14 day challenge that is all about three mantras:

1. Eat healthy, low fat food, not too much, and mostly vegetables.

Here a few shopping tips to get you started!

2. Move more.

This challenge is all about making time to move, eating mindfully and getting plenty of rest. That’s all.

3. Get good sleep.

Everyone needs a different amount of sleep but the recommended amount is 7 to 8 hours.

For the next 2 weeks (and then every day thereafter!), I want you to concentrate on just the 3 following things.

Exercise every day

You have to raise your heart rate for 30 minutes every day. You can power walk around the block, you can do a lounge room workout or you can go to the gym and do some weights. Do whatever works for you but it just needs to be 30 minutes of an accelerated heart rate every day. If you find it challenging, or hard to find a spare 30 minutes, you could do 10 minutes a time three times a day.

Eat 5 cups of vegetables every day 

This seems like quite a lot but I can assure you it’s very achievable. This challenge is all about reminding people that eating vegetables is not negotiable and that they should make up half of your meal. All you need to do is eat a cup of vegetables with every meal and as snacks.

Get a regular amount of sleep 

Most people can function on less sleep than they need if they have to, but why function when you can thrive? Aim to get about 8 hours of sleep every night. Note to parents: Try your best. I know having kids makes sleeping very difficult but just do the best you can.

Here are a few tips and things to think about when adding some good stuff things to your diet.

Here are the hashtags for the challenge





Share any way you like – on Facebook or Instagram. I’ll be sharing mainly on Snapchat (carly.jacobs) and Instagram – I do love a good visual. Speaking of visuals I’m going to take before and after shots to keep a reference of what two weeks can do for you – but that’s not compulsory. I’m also going to document my face to see if there’s any difference there – lets see what 2 weeks of full nights sleep can do for me!


If you’re keen to sign up for the challenge just enter here.

You can also download the free star chart to keep you on track. 

You can start any time you like but I’m starting today Monday 13th June – do make sure you pop into to the Facebook and join there. I’ll be posting daily tips and things in there so it’s definitely an awesome place to be.

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Who’s in? Who’s keen for a cheeky body re-set with me?


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  1. chrisatpb 6 years ago

    Sounds like a simple and achievable reset, which is the whole point. I sometimes think we make it too complicated – especially by researching the inter web. I read about health issues and decide I have all the things. Have thought about hormone resetting and candida resetting, then read the bewildering and often contradictory info on how to do it. Result – goes in the too hard basket. Xx

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Exactly – everything is so complicated and hard to figure out but if you just concentrate on a few small things it makes such a big difference!

  2. Carole 6 years ago

    Sounds to me like you have the bases covered pretty well. I would just add eat real food.

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Definitely! It’s all about eating food that looks like food!

  3. Belinda Jacobson 6 years ago

    Sounds like a great way to make small and achievable changes that will improve health and wellbeing! I really need to focus on getting more sleep – have just looked you up on Snapchat so I can follow along on your challenge progress 🙂 x

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 6 years ago

      Yay! I’ve been a teeny bit slack this week because I’m really sick but I’m getting back into the swing of things now!

  4. Linda 6 years ago

    Carly love this, thanks for putting together something so achievable. Joining today 18 June, been feeling rubbish with sinus so I hope this sets me on a path to feeling good! Love your blog.

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      You’re welcome! I’m loving it – it’s making such a big difference. Let me know how you go!

  5. Snappystreet 6 years ago

    I am using winter as a way to slow down and reset myself.
    Having been plagued by illness and injury over almost the year (!!) I am finally listening to what my body is telling me and to give my body what I need.

    I used to be one of those annoying wake at 5.30am people and hit the gym for a hardcore workout. I haven’t been able to do that now though, so I’m turning things on their head and really focusing on slowing down, starting the day with yoga, nourishing my body and not rushing around so much. More time for rest and relaxation, reading and hopefully meditation.

    I just know this is what my body needs right now, so I am going to give it all the time and space it needs!


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