2019 Health and Wellness Trends
Eco Keto or Conscious Keto Diet
The Keto diet or Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrates eating plan. It’s designed to bring your body to a metabolic state called Ketosis. When your body is in ketosis, it runs primarily on fat either from the food you eat or from your fat storage. It turns body fat into ketones in the liver that can supply energy to the brain. The standard Keto diet restricts protein consumption to 20 percent and carbohydrates to only 5 percent with the rest coming mostly from fat. Research shows that the Keto diet is far superior when compared to a low-fat diet in terms of weight loss results. And a short term study found that the Keto diet reduced hunger and significantly lowered food intake more than a high-protein, medium-carbohydrate diet. Additionally, it is an effective way to lower risk factors for certain diseases like insulin resistance and heart disease.
The Eco Keto is a fairly new offshoot of the traditional Keto Diet but it takes into account the resources needed to make the food and their impact on the environment.
Food production puts a massive strain on our planet’s resources. Irresponsible agricultural practices are to blame for depleting natural resources, disturbing ecosystems, contaminating ecosystems, and harming human health.
A Conscious or Eco Keto dieter puts equal importance in how the food was made as what’s in it. They make sure that the food is farmed with sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices free of fertilizers, GMO, growth hormones, and distributed with minimal carbon footprint.
Even ethically raised meat is still harmful to the environment so most Eco Keto dieters forgo or limit their meat intake and get their fats from avocados, seeds or nuts.
If you choose to adopt an Eco Keto diet, you need to follow the 3 basic principles which are: Choose organic foods. Since 2002 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set certain guidelines that producers must meet in order for their food to be certified as “organic”.
“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” - Consumer Brochure, USDA National Organic Program. 2007.
Eat locally-grown foods. When foods are shipped in or imported from somewhere else, they use tremendous amounts of fossil fuels to get to their destination.
According to the UNECE, “food production contributes significantly to air pollution; in turn, air pollution can impact food production”.
So choose foods that are grown locally by local farmers using seasonal growing cycles. Choose sustainable foods. Sustainable foods should be produced, processed, distributed, and disposed in efficient and environmentally sound ways.
According to Sustainweb.org, sustainable food must follow these criteria:
- Contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods - both in the UK and, in the case of imported products, in producer countries;
- Protect the diversity of both plants and animals and the welfare of farmed and wild species,
- Avoid damaging or wasting natural resources or contributing to climate change;
- Provide social benefits, such as good quality food, safe and healthy products, and educational opportunities.
Your best bet is to buy produce from your local farmer’s market. Ask where the produce comes from and how it’s farmed. Ask about local organic farms in your area and get your food straight from local small farms to show your support.
What is streaming cardo? Think Netflix but for workouts. It’s the modern equivalent to 80s workout videos. Who still remembers the Jane Fonda exercise videos? Thankfully, the new streaming workouts are a whole lot better and sans legwarmers!
With services like Peloton, Booya Fitness, Classpass Live, and Tonal; now you can have your own personal trainer for a as little as $10 a month and workout from home. The great news is most of these services have a free trial period for you to test them out.
Zero Food Waste Movement
Food waste is a big issue. According to the USDA, 30 to 40 percent of food goes uneaten every year. We throw away $155,000,000,000 worth of food every year.
As landfills continue to pile up, more and more people are joining the Zero Food Waste Movement as a way to lessen waste and its burden on our environment. That means utilizing every part of the animal, fruit or vegetable to create dishes and composting or recycling the rest. The ultimate goal is to cut down trash by 20%. Zero Wasters go by this motto: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.
- Refuse – stay away from containers and single-use plastics like straws and instead bring your own mason jars or reusable straws made of Pyrex glass, bamboo, or metal.
- Reduce – reduce the number of things you buy and only buy what you plan to eat. You can either give away the rest or freeze them for later.
- Reuse – reuse containers from food products.
- Recycle – if you can’t reuse packages then recycle them.
- Rot – compost whatever food material is left. Certain organizations in your city can help you compost your food scraps or you can do it yourself buy buying composting bins like the Yimby Tumbler or Miracle-Gro composters.
Wellness Travel Trends: Painmoons, Sugar Detox Holidays and Momcations
You will surely see more of these three wellness travel trends in 2019.
So what is a Painmoon? A Painmoon is the newest trend in wellness travel to help people deal with negative events in their lives. Whether it’s a recent divorce, a loss of a loved one or a mental health retreat; it’s a holiday to refocus and heal from trauma.
Sugar Detox Holidays
Sugar Detox holidays are travel retreats designed to help people detox and cleanse from too much processed sugar. Sugar can be addictive. Sugar has a different effect on the brain compared to healthier foods because it activates the brain’s reward system. Overtime, we crave more and more sugar in order to get that feel-good reward leading to increased cravings, increased tolerance to sugar and addictive effects. Sugar Detox Holidays promise to help you cut sugar from your life and teach you how to avoid them.
Psychologists have recommended that it may be healthier for mothers to take vacations with friends -without their husbands and children. In an interview with Fox5NY, Dr. Nava Silton, Professor of Psychology, suggests that "motherhood can be very stressful—whether it's financial stresses, time stresses, just trying to get a whole lot done in a very short period of time”. "I think it's really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed," she added. With the ever-growing demands placed on mothers; a break from all that could be the best idea yet!
Fitness Tracker Jewelry
Fitness trackers have become a valuable tool for weight loss. Most people now wear their fitness trackers daily. Unfortunately, they’re not the prettiest to look at. Brands like Tory Burch, Coach, Fitbit and others are now offering chic and fashionable fitness trackers you can wear as jewelry.
Veganism isn’t slowing down anytime soon. It was the top consumer trend in 2018 with an increase of 600% in the last three years and looks to continue in the next year. It’s estimated that around 40% of American consumers are actively trying to add more vegan options into their non-vegan diets. While there has been a steady rise of vegan restaurants and restaurants offering vegan options in the U.S., the next big thing in 2019 is vegan fast-food. Vegan fast-food chain By Chloe has rapidly grown from a single location in New York to opening its first location in London to plans of going worldwide. The company plans to open 20 more locations globally. We expect other vegan-only fast food chains to start popping up in the next year.
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"The Ketogenic Diet: A Detailed Beginner's Guide to Keto" - Healthline, July 30, 2018
"Effects of a high-protein ketogenic diet on hunger, appetite, and weight loss in obese men feeding ad libitum." - PubMed, January, 2008
"Air pollution and food production" - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
"What is sustainable food?" - Sustainweb
"Let's Settle This: Is The Keto Diet Ruining The Environment?" - MindBodyGreen
"Organic Production/Organic Food: Information Access Tools" - USDA
"Watch: This Is How Sugar Affects Your Brain" - Science Alert, November 3, 2015
"What’s a Painmoon? Why Take One?" - Iron Mountain Hot Springs, September 26, 2018
"The Wellness Travel Trends That Will Be Big In 2019" - Refinery29, November 13, 2018
"Experts say mothers should take 'mumcations' without children" - New Zealand Herald, September 5, 2018
"This chain wants to be the McDonald's of vegan fast food — here's what it's like to eat there" - Business Insider, April 6, 2018
"Why the Global Rise in Vegan and Plant-Based Eating Isn’t A Fad (600% Increase in U.S. Vegans + Other Astounding Stats)" - Food RevlutionNtework, January 18, 2018
"8 Ways to Transform Your Fitness Tracker Into Gorgeous Jewelry" - Health, March 29, 2018
"7 Ways to Follow a Conscious Ketogenic Diet and Help the Environment" - Perfect Keto
"Top 9 Fitness Trends to Expect in 2019" - MyFitnessPal