Foodstand Challenges FAQs
- What is Foodstand?
- Who can join Foodstand?
- What’s your mission?
- Can I invite friends to Foodstand?
- Why did you change the Foodstand app?
- What are Good Eating Challenges? How do they work?
- How is this app different from all of the other food trackers on the market?
- Will I need to log my meals or track my calories?
- Why is it better to track good habits than calories?
- How will Good Eating Challenges make me healthier?
- How do I participate in a Challenge?
- How often do I check in?
- What if I missed a check-in? Can I go back?
- What if I don’t tell the truth?
- What is a Free Pass?
- Can I do more than one Challenge at a time?
- Can I change my Challenge?
- What happens to my points?
- Can others see my progress?
- How do I invite friends to join a Challenge?
- Can I do a Challenge with my office, school, or organization?
- How long is each challenge?
- Are the Challenges free?
- Can I suggest another Challenge for you to launch?
- Can I still post my recipes and good eating ideas?
- I’m a food professional. Can I still promote my work on Foodstand?
- I’m a Registered Dietitian/Nutrition professional. Can I get involved to help?
What is Foodstand?
Foodstand is an app that helps you eat healthier through our fun, community-powered Good Eating Challenges. Challenges are based on basic good eating principles that apply to everyone:
- Eat less processed food
- Eat more plants
- Eat fewer animal products
- Eat more mindfully
If you, like many of us, will only stop eating junk food or fast food when someone pries it from your hands despite knowing veggies are better, you know old habits die hard. That’s why Foodstand Challenges are designed based on the latest in habit building research and behavioral therapy to ensure you’ll be successful, and will enjoy the process along the way.
Who can join Foodstand?
Anyone! Foodstand is a free app. Whether you burn rice, or brulee on the regular, use Foodstand to build or maintain good habits. If you are a health coach, registered dietician, or health professional, you can also use Foodstand to share what you know and help your clients or patients monitor and build better eating habits.
What’s your mission?
Our mission is to make good eating easier for everyone. We wish we could live in a world where good food is the default, instead of the exception. But we know that isn’t the case, so for now, we’ll help make good food choices YOUR default.
Can I invite friends to Foodstand?
Absolutely! You can invite friends to join a challenge with you and help you stay on track. You can also invite friends and family who could benefit from building healthier habits, because we’re better eaters when we’re around other good eaters.
Why did you change the Foodstand app?
We’ve always been on a mission at Foodstand to make good eating easier for people. And we’ve learned so much from Foodstand users along the way! Yet we know that outside our passionate community, there are many people who seek simpler ways to live healthier lives. We want to bring more of those aspiring healthy eaters into the fold and create an easier path to healthy, sustainable living.
To do that, we created Good Eating Challenges—a fun, approachable tool for creating new healthy habits. We worked with clinical psychologists and studied behavioral medicine to create the Challenges approach, and paired with the built-in community of thousands of Foodstand users who already love to celebrate good eating choices, we’re excited to see how the healthy food gospel spreads.
What are Good Eating Challenges? How do they work?
A Good Eating Challenge on Foodstand is a simple program delivered via the Foodstand App that helps you create new healthy eating habits. Each Challenge is focused on a habit that falls within our simple rules for good eating: less processed food, more plants, less animal products, and eat more mindfully. To participate in a Challenge, you’ll check in at every meal by drawing a check mark in the app if you are successful, or using a Free Pass if you slip. Each Challenge has levels—Level I is one day, Level II is 3 days, and so on. We believe in small steps and small wins, so you won’t be able to start with a 30 day Challenge right off the bat—you’ll be more successful this way!
How is this app different from all of the other food trackers on the market?
There are countless apps for logging every morsel you eat and tracking calories, but so few focus on what really counts—good food choices. And none provide a truly fun and joyful experience in the journey to creating your healthiest self. We know that good eating isn’t just measured in calories, so Foodstand gives you a better way to build healthy habits for the long-term. Through Good Eating Challenges, like eat more greens, drink less alcohol, etc., we make it fun and easy to track your good food choices. No matter where you’re starting from, Good Eating Challenges help you pursue progress over perfection, a proven method for sustainable change.
Will I need to log my meals or track my calories?
Absolutely positively NO! Counting calories and logging meals has proven to not work, especially when your delicious home-cooked stew takes forever to log with so many ingredients. We want to make it easy to track and get rewarded for good choices—that’s really what counts.
Why is it better to track good habits than calories?
Most registered dieticians, nutritionists, and health professionals will tell you NOT to count calories because not all calories are created equal, it’s impossible to count accurately, and counting calories is actually much more tedious with fresh, healthy food, so counting discourages good behavior.
Instead of tracking calories, we’re simply asking you to track good choices—one habit at a time. We know monitoring your habits with simple goals works (e.g. Fitbit, runkeeper, etc), and all you need to do is track the one habit you’re working on with a simple check-in. Through celebrating small daily wins and focusing on progress over perfection, you’ll build sustainable, lifelong habits, and enjoy the process along the way.
How will Good Eating Challenges make me healthier?
Despite the confusion you may experience when reading about the latest diet craze, healthy eating is quite simple and consistent, no matter who you ask. Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health breaks it down in this NY Times letter, Michael Pollan simplifies it with his rules, Dr. Marion Nestle wrote a book about it, and the list goes on. Our Good Eating Challenges are based on these consistent lessons: eat less processed food, eat more plants, eat fewer animal products, and eat more mindfully. If you do these things, you’ll likely reduce your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other diet-related diseases. You’ll also help make the planet healthier by eating a more sustainable diet. We can’t promise you’ll lose weight or get a six pack, but if you master these Challenges, you’re likely to be healthier than someone who does not practice these habits.
How do I participate in a Challenge?
Either choose a Challenge during registration or choose a Challenge from the ‘My Challenge’ tab (2nd tab) on the app. When you select your Challenge, you’ll be able to start TODAY or TOMORROW. The day you start, be sure to check in at every meal or once a day (depending on the Challenge) to report how you did. It takes 2 seconds—you’ll just draw a check mark; no need to log any calories track every morsel of food. Once you’re successful in Level I (one day), you’ll move to Level II, and so on, until you get through all the levels. At that point, we’ll recommend the next Challenge and periodically check in on all your habits.
How often do I check in?
For most Challenges, you’ll check in every time you eat or drink something. For example, if you’re doing the Eat Less Meat Challenge, you’ll check in every time you eat. Even if you just had an apple as a snack, you avoided meat, be sure to check in! For other Challenges like Make Your Lunch, you’ll check in when you’re eating lunch (once a day). You can check in as many times as you want each day, but each Challenge will have specific instructions.
What if I missed a check-in? Can I go back?
You can go back one day to report a missed check-in. Just tap the back arrow on the check-in screen to report yesterday’s progress. At this time, we don’t let you back-fill a check-in past 1 day because we know to build good habits, you need to track them every day. No big deal if you missed more than 2 days. You can always restart!
What if I don’t tell the truth?
No sweat off our backs, but you’re only hurting yourself =). We know building good eating habits is SUPER hard and we all have days where we make choices we aren’t so proud of—and that’s ok! Slipping means you’re trying and that’s what’s most important. If you tell the truth, especially every time you slip, even if you use all your Free Passes, you’re more likely to be successful at building the habit. And don’t worry, all your check-ins are private as a default, so people won’t see unless you want them to.
What is a Free Pass?
A Free Pass is an allowable slip for the habit you’re working on. If you’re doing the Avoid Soda Challenge, check in by using a Free Pass if you had a soda. If you had just a small sip of soda, you can use 1/2 a Free Pass. Each Challenge level comes with a certain number of Free Passes because we know building a new habit takes time and it’s impossible to be perfect.
Can I do more than one Challenge at a time?
At this time, you can only do one Challenge at a time. This is for your own benefit. Studies show that if you try to learn too many things at once, it’s harder to succeed.
Can I change my Challenge?
Sure! At this time, you can only do one Challenge at a time, so if you change your Challenge, you’ll stop doing the original Challenge. You can always go back to the original Challenge. Your profile will show your overall progress even if you stop in the middle.
What happens to my points?
You get to keep your points, and now you’ll have even more ways to earn. For every check-in and every level completed, you’ll have new ways to earn points. Stay tuned for special opportunities to get real life amazing stuff for all the points you’ve earned.
Can others see my progress?
Your Challenge participation is private unless you choose to share it with the Foodstand community. Your community posts remain public, and you can continue to share posts publicly like you have been. If you want to share your check-in with the community or on social media, you can click ‘share this check-in’ on the check-in screen to do so.
How do I invite friends to join a Challenge?
Feel free to talk to them in person, or click on the ‘share’ icon at the top of the My Challenge tab to invite friends via Facebook, Twitter, email, or text.
Can I do a Challenge with my office, school, or organization?
Definitely! We’ll be rolling out group Challenges soon, but in the meantime, if you’d like to arrange a group Challenge with 15 or more people, send us a note at team@thefoodstand. We’ll get you set up to receive group reports so you can keep each other in check.
How long is each challenge?
Each Challenge starts with Level I, which is just one day—because we can all make a change for at least one day. If you’re successful with Level I, we’ll move you up to Level II, which is a bit longer, and you’ll keep going till you’ve had about 30-45 days successfully participating in that Challenge. At that point, we know you’re pretty close to forming a new habit, so we’ll graduate you to Maintenance Mode, during which we’ll just spot check you periodically. You can always restart a Challenge if you feel like you want more accountability.
Are the Challenges free?
Yes! All Challenges are free! In the future, we may offer more customized experiences for a small fee, but our core Challenges are free.
Can I suggest another Challenge for you to launch?
Yes! We’ll be rolling out new Challenges every month. If you have an idea for a Good Eating Challenge that could help you or others build better eating habits, email us with the info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I still post my recipes and good eating ideas?
Absolutely! Be sure to tag which Challenges your recipes and ideas could help with. For example, if you make a zucchini and mushroom tart, that could help people doing the ‘Cook Dinner,’ ‘Eat Less Meat,’ ‘Eat More Vegetables,’ and ‘Avoid Added Sugar’ Challenges. Be sure to tag these Challenges in the ‘best for’ category when you post.
I’m a food professional. Can I still promote my work on Foodstand?
Absolutely. Now that members will be working toward common good eating goals, the best way to share your work is to make sure it helps members participating in any one of the Challenges. If you’re an artisan who makes a product without any added sugar, be sure to share often with folks in the Avoid Added Sugar Challenge, because they are always looking for easy ways to keep up. Same goes for the Eat Less Meat Challenges, the Mindful Eating Challenges, and many more!
I’m a Registered Dietitian/Nutrition professional. Can I get involved to help?
Yes yes yes! So many of you are nutrition professionals and registered dietitians who have weighed in on the Challenges, the guidebooks, and how we help more people build better habits. Drop us a note at email@example.com with your background and what you’d be interested in supporting. We would love to hear from you.