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
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.