20 things to try in 2020
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20 things to try in 2020

This is a different spin on new year’s resolutions, inspired by Gretchen Rubin. If you are keen on testing new stuff and/or building new healthy habits in the new year, here is a list of 20 things to try in 2020.

Food and nutrition

  1. Eat a new fruit, vegetable, legume, nut or seed every month.
  2. Eat with friends or family at least 3 meals per week.
  3. Cook a meal at least once a week.
  4. Try a new cuisine.
  5. If you eat meat, buy it from an ethical butcher such as Feather and Bone or The Ethical Farmers.
  6. If you drink, do Dry July or Ocsober. If you don’t, give up something you like for a month (it can be chocolate, coffee, social media, Netflix, etc.).
  7. Try something you don’t like and see if your tastebuds have changed. Pro tip: don’t cook it yourself, leave it to the experts.
  8. Do a 24-hour (or longer) fast once.
  9. Eat more foods that match your genetic heritage.


  1. Move your body every day. Exercise counts, swimming counts, walking counts.
  2. Try a new sport or fitness class. Bonus points if it’s something you are scared of.
  3. Stretch often.
  4. Sit less, stand and walk more. If you have a desk job but don’t have a standing desk, try to stand up while taking calls or talking to coworkers.


  1. Wake up at the same time every day for a week or two (and see how you don’t die).
  2. Stop looking at your devices one to two hours before going to bed.
  3. Set an alarm to go to bed.


  1. Learn to meditate and do it often.
  2. Learn to breathe deeply and do it every time you get angry or anxious.


  1. Watch a movie, listen to a podcast or read an article with a point of view different from yours. You don’t need to change your beliefs, the point of this is to exercise your critical view and challenge your confirmation bias.
  2. Close the tap while you are brushing your teeth or applying shampoo/soap in the shower.

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