You’ve probably seen plenty of health trends come and go. There was the pineapple diet, battery-operated cigarettes, and these 10 crazy health trends (did you try any?). But three new health trends have proven themselves with some serious staying power. Probably because they just make sense. Although it’s hard to just jump into a whole new lifestyle, there are some serious health benefits tied to these healthy lifestyles. Are they right for you?
3 New Healthy Lifestyles that Are Gaining Serious Momentum
1. Plant-based eating
It seems logical that the best foods come directly from our Earth, right? There is a huge movement toward plant-based eating nowadays that I can totally stand behind. UC Berkeley professor Michael Pollan is credited for a very sound philosophy of food and eating. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Try not to eat foods with ingredients “your grandmother wouldn’t recognize.”
Fill up on fresh produce and supplement with your meats and carbs. Plant-based eating doesn’t shame meat-eaters or guilt-trip you out of that glass of milk with your cookies. For beginners, focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. When meat is on the table, know where it comes from. Choose organic, range-free chicken, beef, and eggs. Dairy should be limited and even replaced with milk alternatives like coconut milk and almond milk.
Don’t want to take the whole plunge? Just dip your toes in the water and focus on upping your produce intake and reducing your meat and dairy intake. After a few weeks, see how you feel.
2. Whole/Real Foods
Whole foods eating means eating foods that come from Mother Nature, not a lab. Makes sense, right? It’s not even a diet; it is a lifestyle change that leans toward wholesome foods like whole grains, fresh berries, and nuts. Basically, whole foods nutrition is striving to eat the way people did a hundred years ago. You know, before synthetic chemicals and preservatives.
Eating whole or real foods should leave you feeling amazing. Instead of potato chips, have the real thing–a baked potato with green onions and a dollop of sour cream. Instead of store-bought fruit snacks, try making your own. Or even better, eat some juicy blueberries.
Because process foods are everywhere, start small. Stop buying the junk. Transition your family from processed to wholesome one shopping trip at a time. I enjoyed this article for great transition tips.
3. Minimizing/Eliminating Toxins
We live in a world surrounded by harmful substances. There is BPA lining our cans and water bottles, phthalates in our makeup, and chemicals in our cleaners. It’s impossible to avoid all exposure to toxins, and one could become a paranoid mess just trying.
You don’t have to live your life in fear, but there are some easy ways to minimize and eliminate toxin exposure. Switch drinking from plastic water bottles to glass ones. Ditch chemical-laced cleaners and use our favorite natural cleaners that are even more effective!
Finally, seek out beauty products that have a greener mission, like the ones from this list.
The commonality I love about these three healthy lifestyles is that they just make sense. None of them are fad diets like the baby food diet that become the punchline to a joke. Healthy living is here to stay and you can start small and build from there. Here’s to an upcoming healthy New Year!