Many people make resolutions regarding their health at the start of the new year. Some individuals likely want to lose weight in 2019 or simply improve their health. There are several trends that are projected to be popular in the coming year. These trends claim to make people look and feel younger, lose weight, and have more energy. If becoming healthier is one of your goals for 2019, here are some ingredients and trends you may want to try.
The Paleo Diet
Eating paleo has grown in popularity over the past few years. It is believed this trend will be even bigger in 2019. The paleo diet involves eating high-quality foods that are rich in protein. The diet also requires the elimination of grains and legumes. Those who are on the paleo diet are also encouraged to stay away from dairy. Those who subscribe to the diet state they feel more energetic and can lose weight easier. Some people even follow the paleo diet to reduce blood sugar spikes that can come from eating too many carbs. This helps with mood and weight management, and has even helped some people get rid of skin blemishes and hormonal acne.
While cauliflower has been around for centuries, the vegetable has been used to create a new diet trend. In the past few years, cauliflower has been finely chopped to resemble rice. It’s highly likely that cauliflower will be just as popular in 2019. The vegetable has also been pureed to make low-carb versions of pizza crust and French bread. Some people even marinate cauliflower and prepare it like a steak or use it for a low-carb version of “tater” tots. Cauliflower only has 25 calories per cup, but contains three grams of fiber. This helps to improve digestion and is a tasty alternative to traditional breads. Since cauliflower is high in fiber, it staves off hunger, which can help with weight loss. The high fiber content can also reduce the risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes.
Elderberry is a fruit with a number of health benefits. It helps to boost the immune system and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Elderberry will likely continue to be popular in 2019. The fruit can be added to smoothies and taken as medicine to treat and prevent colds and coughs. According to Pinterest, online searches for recipes that include elderberry have increased by over 685 percent. Elderberries have to be pureed or processed to be eaten (they can’t be eaten raw like strawberries or blueberries). Elderberry can help some people with their weight loss efforts, since they provide the body with more energy. Elderberry tea is also a diet trend for the coming year. Some people even use elderberry tincture in cocktails, since it pairs well with vodka.
According to research conducted by the International Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2014, mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes since 3000 BCE. Medicinal mushrooms have heart-protective properties. The mushrooms also reduce inflammation in the body and are antimicrobial. Some medicinal mushrooms even have anti-cancer characteristics. Because of their health and weight loss benefits, a number of people are trying mushrooms like Chaga, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi. The mushrooms can be used as a daily supplement and are often added to kombucha and smoothies. Some people even make their coffee with medicinal mushrooms to boost their immune systems and help with weight loss.
The ketogenic or keto diet is a 2019 diet trend because it promises to help people lose weight while still enjoying their favorite foods. The diet has been under some scrutiny, but there are several celebrities who subscribe to it, including Gwyneth Paltrow. The diet is believed to alter the way the body processes fat, since dieters don’t eat any simple carbohydrates. The diet is high in protein and fat and pushes the body into ketosis. This condition is also known as keto flu, so you may start to feel a little sick when you deprive your body of carbohydrates. The keto diet includes meats, vegetables and cheeses that are prepared with healthy fats like coconut oil. Vegetables are also dried to create healthy alternatives to chips, and fruit is allowed on the diet as well.
CBD or cannabis oil is becoming legal in more areas. This gives people the freedom to use the oil and infusions in foods and beverages. Cannabis has been known to manage anxiety and depression and has even been used to manage cancer and chronic pain. This could make it easier for people to work out on a regular basis and maintain a healthy diet. A number of companies will likely come out with cannabis wellness drinks, including Coca-Cola. Cannabis oil can be infused into butter to season meats and vegetables as well. There are even several cookbooks out that teach you how to prepare foods with cannabis.
Collagen continues to gain momentum when it comes to daily supplements. Collagen helps keep the skin smooth and supple, and can help with fat metabolism. You can add collagen to your diet by seasoning your food with bone broth. There are even bone broth varieties that can be eaten like a soup. Grass-fed collagen powder, which comes from beef, can be added to foods and smoothies as well.
Functional Medicine Testing
Functional medicine testing, also known as gene testing, is a nutrition trend that is bound to continue in the new year. The testing allows you to find out exactly which foods and workout routines are best for your genetic makeup. You can take the test at home; gene testing is available through companies including Joga Code, Genotique, and MyDNA. Once you get the results, you can take more control of your health and adjust your diet accordingly.
Another huge trend for 2019 involves not eating. For intermittent fasting, eating is reserved for a six to eight-hour period of time. The fasting phase comes after this, and lasts for 12 to 16 hours. Intermittent fasting is said to give the body ample time to digest food. This could help to enhance the function of the body’s metabolism. Putting less oxidative stress on the body with intermittent fasting also helps to slow the aging process. When the body isn’t using as much energy for digestion, the energy can be reserved to keep the skin and internal organs from aging too fast.
More people are finding out they’re lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance can cause a number of digestive issues, and some people experience skin problems after eating dairy. This has led to the introduction of more non-dairy “milks.” Soy milk has been around for some time, and almond milk is pretty popular these days as well. However, oat milk is a 2019 diet trend that vegans and lactose-intolerant individuals may want to try. Oat milk is high in fiber and is good for the heart. Oats also have the ability to reduce high blood pressure and have several vitamins and minerals. Some people also prefer the taste of oat milk over almond milk. Oat milk can be used for baking, or added to smoothies and hot breakfast cereals.
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