Being well into your 2017 health journey, perhaps you’ve started looking around for more health information, and been subsequently overwhelmed by how much is out there. With wellness trends constantly ebbing and flowing from pop culture, it’s hard to keep up.
It’s even harder to figure out what trends are actually healthy or if they work for your lifestyle. We at NovuHealth have partnered with well-known wellness and life coach Cathi Williams, with Ignite Your Vitality, to examine some of the best and worst health and wellness trends as you continue into a healthier and happier 2017.
- Juice cleanses – Making your own juice from fruits and vegetables isn’t a bad way to incorporate more essential nutrients into your diet, but when juicing turns into multiple-day juice cleanses, or replaces meals entirely, the benefits just aren’t there. Although it’s natural, juice is full of sugar, so it adds up quickly.
- Quick fixes – If a fitness machine or magic powder seems to generate results too good to be true, that’s probably the case. Your health is a journey and “instantaneous” or “miraculous” results are not part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Fat-free everything – Remember in the 1990s when everything went fat free? With more current scientific research, it turns out that it’s the type of fat you’re eating that matters. Your body needs fat, so focus on the good kind that can be found in foods like almonds, full-fat Greek yogurt and avocados. And if you are worried about calories, enjoy the full-fat varieties in smaller amounts.
- Pushing yourself to the limit – Working out can sometimes fall on both ends of the spectrum: either you don’t exercise at all or you think a workout only “counts” if you push yourself to exhaustion. Getting any type of physical activity–whether it’s gardening, walking the dog or doing CrossFit–is beneficial to your body. Focus on what you like since that will make you more likely to stick with it.
- Everyone becoming a wellness coach – Nowadays, if you can afford a domain name or have access to an Instagram account, you can call yourself a “wellness” or “nutrition” coach. If you are working with a coach, make sure they have the certifications you want. If you are looking online for information, stick to trusted websites instead of personal blogs.
- One-size-fits-all nutrition plans – As more research is done regarding the best way to nourish the body, we are finding that there is likely not just one way that is best for everyone. It is important to pay attention to your body and adjust your diet accordingly. Talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian to create more clarity around what your body needs.
- Meditating and mindfulness – The mind-body connection continues to be emphasized, and for good reason. Taking time to let go of the day’s thoughts and/or focus on one particular thing is good for more than just your mental health. Studies continue to show that when eating mindfully, we tend to eat slower and realize when we are full quicker.
- Eating simpler foods – Get back to basics when it comes to food: the fewer ingredients, the better. Opt for foods without a nutrition label whenever possible–think fruits, vegetables and produce.
- The food-mood connection – Understanding how and which foods affect how you feel is a critical connection. Talk to your doctor or a dietitian about how to go about eliminating foods from your diet to see if they are causing adverse effects in your physical or mental health. It may even be causing effects that you wouldn’t expect like anxiety, bloating or acne.
- Working out to feel good – Of course, working out for weight loss is important, but that’s giving exercise the short end of the stick. Physical activity helps your body in nearly every aspect of its functioning. Work out to feel good and work out to thank your body for all it can do, not to punish it or just focus on lowering the number on the scale.
- Redefining “healthy” – Healthy should be viewed in the same way as the word “success.” It doesn’t have one concrete meaning. Healthy is not synonymous with a certain diet or a certain body fat percentage.
- Plant-based diets – If we never see a fad diet again, it would be too soon, so plant-based diets are a welcomed change. One of the best parts? It’s getting the word “diet” back to what it’s supposed to mean–the foods you eat–instead of a word associated with quick fixes, bland food and constantly missing out. A plant-based diet doesn’t mean vegetarian, but rather an emphasis on vegetables and fruits.
- Prepping meals in advance – This trend is all about making your life easier. Meal prepping in advance is a great healthy-living technique since it eliminates temptations to go out for lunch at work or stop through the drive-through on your way home.
Identify and plan which of the “best” wellness trends could work for you. Adding these to your health goals for 2017 might just make you that much more likely to reach them and adopt a healthy lifestyle for good.
Cathi Williams is a Master Transformational Life Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Nutritionist, and a Certified Personal Trainer who has been successfully supporting men and women with transforming their bodies for over ten years. She specializes in helping high achievers double their energy and feel good in their bodies by creating change from the inside out. With an emphasis on correcting the root cause of physical imbalances, Cathi’s approach helps her clients achieve lasting results that significantly improve their quality of life.
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