Eating trends to follow and unfollow in 2019

Eating trends to follow and unfollow in 2019

The year 2018 was filled with people swearing by different diet trends. Though ketogenic, Paleo, low carb and lectin free diets didn’t make the cut, Mediterranean, low FODMOP, Flexitarian, and DASH were declared fab diets. While all of us struggle with our eating habits and wonder recurrently what to and what not to eat, people struggling with an eating disorder have an even harder time. However, now that the New Year has commenced, it is time to put the lapses behind you, unfollow fad diets, get collected, and pledge to follow some healthy diet trends throughout the year to achieve and sustain a good physical and mental health.

Trends to follow

Listed below are some of the healthy diet trends that one should follow in 2019:

  • Probiotics – Probiotics comprise live microorganisms which are indispensable to maintaining a healthy gut environment. These can be consumed through fermented foods and supplements. Emerging studies have shown that gut bacteria imbalance is linked with several health disorders like allergies, obesity, autoimmune and mental health ailments. Probiotics help in preventing and managing diarrhea, maintaining heart health by lowering the blood pressure and LDL levels and reducing weight and belly fat. These are also known to improve one’s mental well-being.
  • Non-dairy milks – Many people continue to move away from dairy products including milk because of dietary restrictions, allergies and health risks. Keeping this in mind, a number of other non-dairy milk substitutes are available. These include almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, oat milk, quinoa milk, and rice milk. While one should try making plant based milks at home, if buying from outside, be watchful of added sugar, fortified calcium, vitamin B12 and the overall amount of additives present.
  • Plant based diet – Many diet experts have signaled that a whole food plant based diet offers many health benefits as it is the least processed and devoid of excess sugar. It helps in losing weight and maintaining overall fitness of the body. Moreover, it helps in alleviating risk for a heart disease many cancers, cognitive decline, and diabetes.
  • Intermittent fasting – Intermittent fasting is an eating style where one alternates between periods of eating with fasting. It offers multiple benefits like weight loss, improved hormonal health, reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, induced cellular repair and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Trends to unfollow

As there are a number of diets that need to be followed, there are many that need to be dropped. Some of these are:

  • Carnivore diet – This diet primarily consists of beef, chicken, mutton, pork, fish, and dairy products. It doesn’t contain fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a highly inflammatory diet as it disturbs the microbiome of the body. Therefore, one must strive to add more plant-based products in their diet to achieve overall health.
  • Activated charcoal – These days, people consume foods laced with activated charcoal as it is considered as a detoxifying agent. However, it has a downside that it binds to minerals, vitamins and some prescription drugs. Therefore, this product should be used in moderation.
  • Faux meats – Vegans and vegetarians in many countries are eating faux meats which are highly processed and contain many questionable ingredients. These meats can also increase the amount of sodium that one consumes. It is therefore, best to shun this practice of eating imitation meats and instead focus on eating rawer and unprocessed whole food plant based foods.

Road to recovery

We live in a diet-obsessed culture where people are swayed by new diet fads and exercise trends because of the massive advertising strategies used by the companies. People follow trends blindly and get into the vicious cycle of dieting, harboring a great dissatisfaction for their bodies and developing eating disorders. It is, therefore, important to quit following fad diets, start eating logically and emphasize more on how one feels rather than on how one looks.

If you or someone you know is in need of help to cope with an eating disorder or any other mental illness, contact the Colorado Mental Health Helpline for reliable information on mental health treatment in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 mental health hotline – 866-899-5063 to know about the best mental health rehab in Colorado. You can also chat with one of our representatives to get mental health help online.