PHASE 2: BALANCE

Maintain a naturally healthy lifestyle

Cruising through life

The Reset phase has strict rules that help you regain a natural, healthy metabolism. The Balance phase aims to maintain that balance but allow a little more wriggle room so it’s easier to keep up from day to day. You’ll get to earn additional foods and there will also be new ways to earn cheats (although cheats will remain the exception, not the rule).

The basic principles remain the same. You will eat nutritious foods and you will be rewarded for keeping up your healthy habits.

Phase 2 food restrictions

Some foods that were in the red category during the Reset phase will be in the yellow category from now on. Check our food categories page for more detailed information.

GREEN CATEGORY

Staples

Vegetables, mushrooms, fruit, fish, herbs and spices, salt, healthy fats, condiments; (carbonated) water, black coffee and tea.

The green category contains common healthy foods and drinks. These are always available and do not need to be earned.

YELLOW CATEGORY

Earned foods

Potatoes, white rice, quinoa; nuts, legumes, dark chocolate, fermented soy; wine, cider, fruit juice, dried fruits; poultry, eggs; meat; hard cheese, yogurt, cream

The yellow category contains healthy foods that in nature would require effort to find or make. These are the foods you need to earn using our app.

RED CATEGORY

Cheats only

Grains, seed oils, unfermented soy, artificial flavors and additives, sugary snacks and drinks, milk, alcohol.

The red category contains unhealthy foods you should avoid. Sometimes you will earn a cheat which will allow you to eat one meal or snack with no restrictions.

Using the app

Now that you have reached the Balance phase, there is only one habit you need to adopt. Use the app. Every day. That’s it.

Every day, the app will allow you to log your activities for the day. For each activity you complete, you will earn an additional food for next day’s menu. If you want to have a lazy day and make do with limited foods the next day, that is fine. And if you crave delicious meals and decide to go the extra mile for them, that is equally fine. There really is only one rule:

DON’T EAT ANYTHING YOU HAVEN’T EARNED

And always eat sensible portions and lots of vegetables. Although the app gives you a whole range of new activities to earn foods, we recommend you keep up the habits you learned in phase 1. So drink lots of water, go to bed on time and take a daily walk. You’ll feel better and you’ll find that the two foods this earns you every day really make a difference.

With all of that out of the way, let’s download the app and get cracking!

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Our app is only there for you to keep track of your personal activities and earned foods. We do not collect usage data or other statistics with the app. Check our App Guide for a more in depth explanation of how the app works.

The end of phase 2

As you may have noticed, there is no phase 3. These rules are made to live by from now on. Of course, forever is a long time, and we know that’s not how real life works. There will be vacations, holiday dinner marathons and other temptations that will lure you to the dark side from time to time. We recommend you do a health check every month or so to keep track of how you are doing. Schedule them in your agenda and attach this checklist:

If you score the same or better on each of these questions (compared to last month), you’re on the right track. When one or more checks have slipped, it may be time to tighten the reins a little. Maybe you just need to eat smaller portions, drink more water or eat more vegetables.

But sometimes, your health check and your healthy habits may start to slip. You forget to use the app and your cheats start to last from lunch until bedtime. If that happens, we recommend you do another Reset phase. Don’t worry about it, these things happen. The important thing is to get yourself back on the right track as soon as possible.

Looking for a little more help?

Our system is available to anyone free of charge. We encourage you to share it with friends and family. But by necessity, the rules on this website are concise. If you would like more guidance, including background information, useful tips and tasty recipes, take a look at our Fresh Start program. It is specially designed to guide you through the first 24 days of your Healthy Lives journey.