Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Diet culture is as alive and prosperous as ever with so many people struggling to get back on track after a tough year. If you need a change, and you’re looking to try a new or evolving movement, here’s a list of trends that aren’t going away any time soon.
Gut Health is Key
The research around the microbiome continues to link gut health to immune response. Therefore, it makes sense to focus on your gut when building your health regimen. Adding fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha or yogurt to your daily diet makes sure you have good bacteria aiding your digestion.
You can also consider taking a prebiotic and probiotic supplement for extra immune support.
Veggies Don’t Have To Be Boring
The hardest part of a balanced diet for most people is getting enough fresh vegetables each day, but thankfully there are some simple alternatives that are just as nutritious. When you’re unable to cook a full meal, but you need an extra boost of energy, try adding greens powder to a shake or smoothie.
You can also find a myriad of prepared fresh and frozen foods that have been intentionally packed with extra helpings of vitamin-rich foods to help you get those key nutrients in your diet when you’re strapped for time.
Gluten-Free Is Better Than Ever
The harsh effects of gluten on the human body continue to gain traction, as people become more aware of their inflammatory reactions to common foods. Because more people are opting into a gluten-free lifestyle, the industry is catching up with an array of grain alternatives that get better with time.
Even gluten-eaters find themselves enjoying seed-based snacks and coconut flour cookies because they’re delicious. So, if you’re interested in transitioning to a gluten-free diet, there are lots of ways you can get started without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction.
The “In Crowd” Is Drinking Mocktails
As the popularity of mindfulness, meditation and clear-thinking practices grow, the desire to lose oneself to the effects of alcohol is waning in social groups. More people are opting for mocktails, or alcohol-free cocktails, when out with friends.
Part of adopting a healthy lifestyle means taking control of your mind and body, and mocktails give you the feeling of conformity and belonging to a social group without relinquishing your power to a substance that can do you harm. Plus, they are often a lower-calorie alternative to soda.
The Keto Diet Is Here To Stay
Fad diets come and go, but Keto seems to be sticking around and even gaining popularity. So many people have found success with the high-fat, low-carb diet and exercise regimen that its following just keeps growing.
Keto-friendly recipes abound online and store shelves are full of products marketed to Keto and Paleo followers. If you’re in need of a change to your routine, speak to your doctor about whether this plan is a good fit for your mind, body and spirit.
Natural Sweeteners Offer Guilt-free Indulgence
As people are becoming more aware of the dangers of sugar to the heart and brain, sugar substitutes have started taking the world by storm. Natural sweeteners like dates, erythritol, apples and more are hitting the market in droves, giving people healthier alternatives to satisfy those sugar cravings.
If you’re concerned about your sugar intake but not ready to quit cold turkey, consider products that offer low sugar or replacement ingredients.
Plant-Based Meals Mean a Sustainable Future
The movement toward a plant-based nutritional foundation isn’t going anywhere. Growing concerns over ecological and ethical impacts of eating meat are only growing, and many people are shifting to largely plant-focused diets.
This means the food industry and grocery leaders are providing more sustainable and minimally processed products for consumption. Even if you can’t quit meat completely, you can work toward eating more plant protein than animal protein each day for a healthier, happier you.
Put yourself first and try out a plan that excites you. Just be savvy when reading labels and remember that just because an item is marketed as a healthy option, it may still be overly processed and nutritionally inadequate.
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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.