I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year. I certainly did enjoy the time with family and friends. Like everything else, it goes by too fast. Back now to the grindstone..!
Each year I notice that there are more and more new and different foods and health trends that are on the go. So I thought this year we would start with the food trends that will help and benefit you and the environment this year.
This not a new one, however it is still a must. Sauerkraut is made from cabbage soaked in good quality salt, herbs and spices. But why do we need this type of food? It contains beneficial bacteria which helps to feed our mircobome.
Their function is :
- The bacteria in our gut can break down our food the body cannot digest
- Produce important nutrients
- Regulate the immune system
- Protect against harmful germs
- Support a good mood
2. Vegan - Plant based Diet
Like it or hate it, it is a diet that has taken over in the last year or more. If it's for health reasons or for moral reasons then that is a personal choice. However, there are many additional health benefits from being on a Vegan (Plant based diet).
- More fiber
- Increased antioxidants
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Reduce risk of cancer
My only fear is that you may not be getting the correct macro's in your diet, such as carbs, protein and healthy fats. Also, don't fall into the trap of opting for the processed foods in the aisle of the supermarket. They may have more additives and sugar that you think.
3. Mindful Meditation
We live in an even busier world than ever before, with constant demands from every angle and this equals to higher stress levels. What do we mean by Stress? What we believe as been stress, may just be an inbox full of emails, an angry customer or your boss putting pressure for that deadline.
Clearly this is not a physical stress but your body thinks it is, making you go in to fright, fight or flight mode. What is extremely beneficial for this, is mindful meditation, relax, deep breathing and stalling the body.
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4. Zero Waste
There are so many shops offering a re-fill option at the moment. Bring your own your containers and refill in the shop, some may offer a discount even! This indeed may be a new style of shopping but it is paving the way for a new style of eco - friendly and cutting out on waste style of shopping and casual eating. I love this idea, in fact some cafe's offer a choice of bringing your own coffee cup and this helps to cut down on waste too. Definitely a new trend to see more of in 2019.
To see what coffee shops near you offer a discount on using a reusable cup, click here
5. Intermittent Fasting
Another new trend for 2019 is Intermittent Fasting. This is an eating style where you eat within a specific time period, and fast the rest of the time. The window can be 12 hours or 16 hours depending on the person. The health benefits are weight loss, protection against chronic disease, improve brain function and supports blood sugar levels.
This not recommended for everyone - or with any one with any health issues
So please contact your health care professional before embarking on this new trend
So whether it is a vegan diet or the zero waste trend that you are going to embark on this 2019, it will do you and environment good. Find a friend or work colleague that is interested to share your new habit so you can support each other, if that is any help to you.
I wish you all the best for 2019.
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