2019 was the year of diets like keto and carnivore, intermittent fasting, the anti diet campaign, CBD infused everything and fancy super food lattes.
So... whats on the docket for 2020?
1. Sustainability and eating more plants. Climate change is on just about everyone's radar these days. One of the best things you can do to help the earth? Adapt a more plant based diet. You don't have to go vegan but loading your plate up with plants will provide you with vitamins and minerals and essential fiber to keep your digestion buzzing and your bowel movements on point. Each week try to go one day plant based. Get creative in the kitchen and try out some new recipes!
2. Alternative medicine and functional nutrition. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are all starting to become more mainstream as we start to pay more attention to the mind-body connection, the affects of stress and getting to the root causes of illness and disease These practitioners delve into lifestyle factors including diet, sleep and your past history to come up with a solution that supports you in your health journey. Many work in conjunction with general practitioners to provide a well rounded approach to help those on a healing journey. If you are struggling with issues like digestion and hormonal imbalances, I would highly suggest working with a naturopath or nutritionist to help you have a better understanding the root causes to your imbalances.
3. Exercising right for your hormones. I for one used to be an over exerciser. I ran half marathons, did spin classes and high intensity training most days of the week. I could never figure out why I did't have the six pack I wanted despite working out so much. It wasn't until I learned about the impact of over exercising has on our hormones. Intense workouts increase cortisol levels and inflammation in the body which can actually be counter intuitive to our weight loss goals. Increased cortisol levels can lead to excess weight, especially around our middle section. I typically recommend clients only do 2 intense workout per week like spin or interval training and incorporate weight lifting, walks, yoga and rest days. You can check out my article on balancing cortisol levels and reaching your fitness goals faster here.
4. Spiritual healing practices like reiki, energy healing, chakra balancing, past life regression and therapy. We are starting to realize more and more that being healthy is more than just looking after the body by exercising and eating right. The health of our mind is so important for our overall well being. More and more people are experiencing anxiety and depression and looking for ways to manage it. The number one thing you can do to boost your health is to manage your stress levels. As much as I am all for woo-woo practices, be mindful of the information that you are consuming and look for practitioners that you can trust and have experience in their field.
5. Intermittent fasting. This way of eating has been around for years and fasting was used in ancient times for healing the body. We unfortunately live in a society where many things in our daily life contribute to inflammation such as the foods we eat, information we are consuming, toxins in our environment and stress filled lifestyles. Intermittent fasting has been showed to help lower inflammation, especially in the gut and is often used to help with weight loss. You can read more about intermittent fasting and weight loss here. Intermittent fasting is not a cure all and is not right for everyone. As always, do your research and speak with a professional to see if it is right for you.
I hope you all have had a wonderful start to the new year! I can't wait to see what 2020 brings!
Your's in health,
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