Thankfully, fad diets and extreme nutrition plans are looking more and more like a thing of the past.
What we are seeing now is reflective of healthier attitudes towards food, with an increasing emphasis on eating and drinking for wellness rather than weight control. Better understanding of how our food and drink choices impact our bodies, especially our brains, is driving a more mindful approach to consumption.
It’s not just our physical health that’s affected by what we eat. Changing your diet can improve your mood, increase your energy levels and help you think more clearly, according to mental health charity Mind.
Body and mind
Blood sugar: You can feel anxious, irritable or even depressed if your blood sugar dips. Maintain steady levels by eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly.
Vitamins and minerals: Eating lots of colourful fruit and veg every day means you get the range of nutrients needed to support healthy brain function. Himalayan salt blocks are more widely available now, and help bring out the flavours of food while also containing natural minerals.
Fluids and fibre: Feeling stressed can make your gut speed up or slow down. Get plenty of fibre, fluids and regular exercise to keep it in good working order.
Good fats and nootropics: Oily fish, nuts and seeds, avocados and dairy products contain fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 which keep your brain healthy. Nootropics – substances that can improve creativity, memory and motivation – are also a hot food trend at the moment, with powdered mushrooms one of the more unusual products to come on the market.
Look out for…
Buddha bowls: Not only will they look good on your Instagram feed, if they’re made right these food bowls are nutritious complete meals, featuring grains, veg, healthy fat, protein and greens. Look out for brightly coloured fruit acai bowls and trendy Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls too.
Fresh produce boxes: Make it easy to cook using fresh, seasonal produce by getting it straight to your door. Walkers Farmshop in Stoke-on-Trent supply a range of vegetable, fruit, salad and mixed bags, while Green Fields Farm deliver to some Stafford postcodes.
Turmeric: Touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is one of the most colourful food trends of the moment. Get your fix with RAWR’s turmeric golden milk, or replace your tea or coffee at home with one of at least four different instant turmeric lattes now on the market.