It feels like as each New Year rolls around, a new diet rises to meteoric popularity.
2018 – the year of the Keto Diet
2017 – Paleo Diet
2016 – Sugar-Free diet
2015 – Gluten-Free diet
And so on…
I’m predicting a full swing in 2019 back to a more balanced diet that doesn’t exclude particular food groups, but instead utilises the principles of each diet to create a well-rounded, nutritious, manageable lifestyle.
Now don’t get me wrong, each of the above mentioned diets have some amazing research backing them and for some they have become of way of life. That’s why I believe 2019 is the year for the anti-diet.
The principles of the anti-diet:
– saying no to food group exclusion
– body love and focusing on nourishment, not weight loss
– loosely following the diet philosophies of past-gone diets
– eating seasonal food, with sizeable plant based consumption
– less processed and packaged, more home made
As a nutritionist, I’m always encouraging people to eat more fruit and vegetables. This is a philosophy of so many of the other diets and this is will forever be number one. But within this, don’t be scared of particular vegetables, it is OK to eat a potato. You don’t have to eat two bunches of kale a week if you don’t like it. Always tailor your diet to your taste.
Take the principles that support health from each of the popular diets and create your own. One that is sustainable for you and your lifestyle.
Here are my suggestions of philosophy’s to continue following:
Keto diet: eating more foods with quality, healthy fat content; salmon, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, chia seeds.
Paleo diet: cooking and preparing food yourself, eating less from a packet and more from the earth.
Sugar Free: limiting the amount of processed food you consume as part of your diet. This doesn’t mean no chocolate ever, where is the fun in that, but moderation is the key.
Gluten Free: unless you’re coeliac, consume smaller amounts of wholegrains which are incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals.
Juicing: you don’t need to do a juice cleanse to “detox”, rather you should be enjoying a homemade vegetable juice because you enjoy the taste.
Body love is going to see a huge push this year as many in the wellness industry work to promote self acceptance. You will never be healthy if you don’t love the body you have. A bulging six-pack does not equal health. Punishing yourself at the gym for eating a chocolate does not equal health.
Health is all encompassing; mind/body, emotional/physical.
So what do you think? Do you think 2019 is the year the anti-diet will rise to the top; with its focus on wholefoods, and enjoying life’s pleasures without the guilt?
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Written by Triple White contributor Jessica Worth.
Jessica Worth is a registered nutritionist who is passionate about helping women achieve their health goals. Determined to break down the basics of nutrition and make food fun again. Jess will provide you with the tools you need to make informed decisions and create healthy habits for life.