If you missed the boat on these healthy-eating habits popular in 2017, there’s still time. Your healthy New Year’s resolutions aren’t likely to stick unless you’re making changes to the way you look at nutrition. These trends are not get-fit-quick schemes, but they may give you the lasting change you’re looking for.
The one constant of diet trends in the past several years is eating “real” food. A mountain of research has been dedicated to cutting out processed conveniences — especially sugar. Although there’s plenty of disagreement on proteins, fats and grains, many people on diets that focus on whole foods and eating less sugar — from the DASH Diet to Whole30 — report feeling better and looking fitter. This Whole30–compliant breakfast bowl features cauliflower rice, organic protein and fresh herbs.
Fermented food got a huge upvote in 2017, with many people putting kimchi in their grocery carts. Different fermented foods provide different benefits, such as aiding digestion and promoting weight loss. Probiotics lurk in more than sauerkraut, and you can even spoil, er, ferment your own milk. Making fermented food requires little more than some research, a few jars and time.
Meal prepping can be done in combination with all diet plans: vegan, Mediterranean, Paleo or whatever best suits your interests. (Yes, I’ve seen fast food bundled up in meal-prep containers, thanks to the Internet). What’s nice about meal prepping is that you make your decisions ahead of time, the containers help with portion control and it saves you time when you’re busiest. If you like the idea of prepped meals but don’t have time to cook them, healthy food subscription services are becoming increasingly popular and are delivered right to your door.
If you listen to any fitness podcast, you have likely heard mention of intermittent fasting. There are several types, and a fasting cycle has been shown to reduce inflammation and help regulate blood sugar. Intermittent fasting proponents say it can be combined with healthy eating for the greatest benefits.
Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.