DIETS| Getting Elite Nutrition In 2018
This year has been full of influential events and trends. But as 2018 is seeing its final months, we’d like to ask are you getting full? And of the right things? It’s easy to hop on board with trends
without doing the research to why they get popular in the first place. Or why you should or shouldn’t get into it at all. Today we’re going to go through 2018’s top food trends and how to make sure you’re still getting the elite nutrition your body requires.
Surprisingly, we see the food trend in 2018 leaning towards healthy foods and cuisines. However, an important aspect of eating a healthier diet is making sure you’re eating enough of the right foods. When you struggle to get these nutrients in from food, that’s were supplements become very beneficial.
Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean your vegan, though it is often a stepping stone when beginning that lifestyle. Plant based foods aren’t what they sound like. These days you can get plant based burgers that look, feel, and almost smell like a regular burger. One of my personal favorites is the Beyond Meat, Beyond Burger.
These burgers can be found in most grocery stores, and department stores like Target. The Beyond Burger features 20 grams of protein and is free of soy and gluten. Beyond meat goes even further with this burger by making it “bleed”, using beet juice. With the pre-made food options looking more like the foods options you’d chose prior to the change, it becomes easier to adapt the lifestyle. But pre-made foods have their downsides. Just because something is plant-based or vegan doesn’t make it healthy. You have to look at the food labels and make sure you’re getting quality food and nutrients. (1)
A healthy plant-based meal should consist of proper portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy protein, and healthy oils. Typically the focal struggle with these diets is getting enough protein. The “meat” of a plant based diet can come from multiple sources like beans, nuts, some grains, etc. To make sure you’re getting the elite nutrition you need, you can try tracking your meals for a week and seeing what nutrients you lack in. There are a ton of apps and free trackers available online, one of the more common is Myfitness Pal. You may also consider taking a multi vitamin as well to act as a safety belt for your diet.
This year we see a strong transition into gut-healthy food options. This includes high fiber diets and including more probiotics into diets. Which is a positive change, eating gut-healthy food
provides so many benefits throughout your body. Particularly for your brain. We talk a little more about gut health in our probiotic blogs, so for more information on gut health and how to select a probiotic click here.
Staying hydrated benefits your body in so many ways. Especially during these colder months water should become your new best friend. Drinking water helps to keep your whole body hydrated, including … your lips. If you’re someone who suffers from dry skin, lips, and even hair; you may just be dehydrated (2).Sometimes there’s confusion as to what counts as water. Fruits are an excellent source for water. Watermelon is 90% water, so it ranks highest on the list. Coffee and tea also count in your total fluid content. But keep in mind caffeine does contain diuretic effects and that can offset the hydration aspect(3). Alcohol, however, is a huge dehydrator(4).
When is it too much?
Over-hydration can lead to water intoxication. This occurs when the amount of salt and other electrolytes in your body become too diluted. Hyponatremia is a condition in which sodium (salt) levels become dangerously low. This is the main concern of over-hydration. In a healthy person, your urine is a good indicator of your hydration status. Pale yellow urine that looks like lemonade is a good goal. Darker urine means you need more water. Colorless urine means you are over-hydrated (5).
Transparency when it comes to food means a few things; do you know what you’re getting, do you know where it’s coming from, and do you know who’s making it. You wouldn’t eat at restaurant that didn’t pass or ranked low in it’s health inspection, so you wouldn’t to buy food from a source you can’t inspect. The good news is that companies understand you don’t want to have to do homework in between food aisles.
An emerging technology in the food industry that is expected to revolutionize product transparency is blockchain. Blockchain technology allows consumers to view the process of the supply chain, from the farmer to the retailer. As more companies jump on board with this technology, the response time on outbreaks caused by foodborne illness can be reduced greatly.
Local food is now a mainstream trend, with more and more people seeking out fresh, local options for produce and other foods. And more restaurants are sourcing locally grown ingredients as well, often using t
he term farm-to-table. But it’s up to you to decide what buying local food means to you. Maybe it means foods grown and produced in your state or your region. Or maybe it means that it comes from farmers you know and can talk to — for example, at a farmer’s market. Checkout LocalHarvest.org to find a farmers market near you!
Why buy local?
Local produce is allowed to ripen naturally, while food that travels long distances is often picked before it’s ripe. Not to mention, when food is picked and eaten at the peak of freshness, it not only retains more nutrients, it also tastes better.
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