Over the past three years, I’ve watched as tensions have risen in the wellness industry, particularly surrounding clean eating. In a strange turn of events, what seemed to be a positive move towards mainstream healthier eating has become a heated debate on mental health and the negative impact of social media influencers and bloggers.
I’ve wanted to write about the current state of clean eating and the healthy eating movement for a long time now, but I’ve shied away from it because it is a such loaded topic. But I can’t shake the feeling that more awareness is needed on how it’s shaping food trends, diet culture and even health outcomes. So, here’s my two cents.
You might have already heard that watermelon juice is going to be big news, medicinal mushrooms are set to be the hero superfood of 2017 or that crystal healing is going mainstream.
Personally, I’m not usually a fan of health trends.
They tend to be a result of marketing hype as opposed to lasting, valuable results and reliable research. That said, there are some exciting things on the horizon for health in 2017 so I’ve put together a short list of health tends that are worth following in 2017.
I'm not making any New Years resolutions this year. I usually enjoy looking back on the year that was and coming up with a couple of achievable-but-stretchy goals for the next 12 months but I’m not all that interested this year. Instead, I thought a change of routine would make for a welcome shift in gear.
I'm a firm believer that how you spend the first few hours of the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. A few simple morning rituals before the day gets underway can help us slow down, tune in and take positive action. It's been a while since I shook up my mourning routine so I thought I’d share a few of my morning essentials that I’m revisiting.
The microbiome is a hot topic at the moment, having shaken up the nutrition and medicine worlds. It’s becoming clear that it's central to our health, so I’d say it deserves its moment in the spotlight. There’s a lot of talk about good and bad bacteria, prebiotics, probiotics and so I thought it might be helpful to create a little intro guide.
Bacteria have gotten a bad rap over the years because we tend to think of them as causing disease (pathogenic), but there are in fact lots and lots of neutral or even beneficial bacteria living in on and in you. Gross? Hardly - it’s actually pretty cool. Let me explain...
What is the microbiome?
The microbiome describes the 100 trillion organisms living in and on your body. It might sound strange, but this actually makes for a happy situation when your microbes are well fed and well balanced because they perform a number of vital functions in our bodies. They work symbiotically with our bodies to support our immunity, digestion, homeostasis (internal balance), brain function and weight management, and that’s just a taster of what they do for us! In return we provide them with food in the form indigestible fibre or prebiotics, as well as a delightfully warm and moist habitat to thrive in (okay, so that part is a bit gross).
You might have heard a fair bit of excitement circulating o Intuitive Eating recently. As more and more people begin to take healthy eating to an extreme, and as a result are struggling with food related fears and the newest eating disorder on the block, orthorexia (an unhealthy preoccupation with foods that are ‘pure’, ‘good' or ‘clean’), intuitive eating is being offered as a solution. Intuitive eating helps people make peace with food and release the need to follow food rules. Obviously, this is a good thing. So let’s get you better acquainted with the concept - I’ll be your Food Cupid ;)
Intuitive eating is a way of eating where you make food choices based on your body’s inner cues, with the understanding that your body has an innate wisdom of how to nourish itself.
Intuitive eating has a lot in common with mindful eating, but it is slightly different in that it has a stronger focus on challenging negative food associations and using your own intuition as a tool for making nutritional choices, as opposed to just slowing down and raising your awareness whilst eating (though that’s definitely part of it).
January 1st carries all of our hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Whether we want to finally shift those extra kilos, run a half marathon, change careers, become a morning person, find love, go travelling or start a business, everyone is talking about their New Years Resolutions. On the one hand, the first day of the new year is filled with optimism and abuzz with energy; and on the other, it's a reminder of things yet to be achieved or attempted, flaws, failures and daunting ambitions.
"This year will be different. I want it more now. I have a plan this time."
There's nothing like a hot drink to warm your cockles in the winter. Whilst I adore a coffee on occasion it tends to make me a little antsy, hot chocolates are delicious but predictable, and a good cup of herbal tea is always comforting but a little light weight. I've been excited about an array of medicinal hot drinks and coffee alternatives ever since I returned from Australia where they were on the menu of more than a handful of cafes and coffee shops. Enter, the turmeric latte.
This cup of hot stuff has been doing the rounds on social media and food blogs of late (often under the pseudonym 'Golden Milk' or 'Golden Latte'), and for good reason: it's soothing, immune-bosting, a touch sweet and totally photogenic. And frothy. Who doesn't love a bit of froth?