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Health and wellness in 2020

Health and Wellness Trends in 2020

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A new decade has begun. It’s another chance for renewal, change, and growth. It’s good to start off a new chapter with healthy habits, positive thinking, and self-love. As humans, we are constantly striving to be the best version of ourselves. Here are the health and wellness trends of 2020 that may help you move a step closer to that goal.

Plant-Based

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or are still a meat-eater, plant-based foods and meats are on the rise. Aside from the argument of plant-based foods is better for the environment, they are also good for our bodies. Eating too much meat, especially red meats and processed meats, can increase the risk of health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Plant-based diet
Plant-based meats are becoming more common. They are good alternatives for meat if you are vegetarian or vegan or attempt to decrease your meat consumption. The research and development of plant-based meats have improved, and the alternatives are becoming less distinguishable from the real thing. If you are transitioning into a fully plant-based diet or a flexitarian diet, these plant-based meat alternatives can be helpful in making the transition smoother and easier.
We are becoming a more eco-conscious society as an awareness of the reality of climate change increases. According to the World Animal Protection report, over 250,000 animals are being saved annually due to the rise of plant-based alternatives.

Mindfulness

Meditation and staying mindful were shown to be on the rise in 2019. Studies have shown that meditation improves mental health, relieves stress, and improves overall well-being. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of meditating, it just means you haven’t found the right type of meditation that works for you.
There are many ways to meditate and no one is limited to a certain type. If you’re just starting out, any guided meditation may be helpful in beginning your journey towards mindfulness and peace of mind. Mindfulness meditation focuses on staying present and focusing on your thoughts through simple observation. It’s one of the most popular meditation techniques in the U.S. and it’s one of the easiest ones to practice alone.
There are other types of meditation practice like spiritual, focused, movement, and more. But, mindfulness meditation is the more common one amongst those that want to include mindfulness into their regular routine.

Home Workouts

Going to the gym can be a hassle and takes time out of your day. Working in the comfort of your own home has been increasingly more popular. With home workouts, you don’t have to pay for a membership, spend the time commuting or deal with other people (unless you enjoy the community).
With the internet, we have access to an array of information from our phones and computers. It’s easy to find resources to help build our own work out routines that we can do in our homes. Home fitness equipment has also become very sophisticated. If you choose to purchase them, you can build your own home gym that could rival commercial gyms.

CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, products became bigger in 2019 and will continue rising as this new decade continues. CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis that is non-psychoactive. Don’t get it confused with THC, which is the cannabinoid that gets you high. CBD mainly helps with pain, anxiety, acne, and sleep.
The CBD industry is still new, but it is growing slowly. There are a variety of products that include CBD like muscle balms, lotions, and oils. They are starting in include CBD in food as well. Most CBD products have not been FDA approved, though, so you have to be cautious about what products you buy.

Circadian Health

As busy students and adults, we’ve been very obsessed with sleep; from counting the hours of sleep we need to get in order to feel rested to buying an array of products to help us get better quality sleep. Even after all this time, many of us struggle with getting a healthy amount of rest. As we enter this new decade, our focus might shift from sleep to our circadian health.
Our circadian rhythm influences our sleep-wake cycles, eating habits, body temperature, and more. If we are able to optimize our circadian health, then it will improve many aspects of our lives, including our obsession with sleep.
There are many ways to help improve your circadian health. The type of light we are exposed to and the timing of it can have a big effect on our sleep schedule. It’s good to avoid blue light, the light that is emitted from our device screens, before going to bed. It’s also good to get sun, exercise regularly, and lower stress. This could all help improve your circadian rhythm and improve your overall health and wellness.
Flexitarian meals are made up of vegetables and less meat

Flexitarianism: The Flexible Diet

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What is Flexitarianism?

What does it mean to be “Flexitarian”? The word originated from the 1990’s and describes someone that consumes mainly plant-based foods with occasional meat or fish. It is a combination of the words “flexible” and “vegetarian.” In simple terms, flexitarian eating is the reduction of meat.

Health Benefits

With flexitarianism, you receive similar benefits as you would if you were a vegetarian. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and help with weight loss. Consuming anything in excess can be bad for your health, so meat reduction alleviates issues like high cholesterol and more.

Environmental Benefits

By reducing meat consumption, you might be helping improve the environment. The way meat is produced emits a lot of greenhouse gases that are negatively affecting our planet. Reducing meat consumption is one step closer to lowering the emission of greenhouse gases. It is also one step closer to maybe eliminating meat entirely from your diet.

Flexitarian Criticism

You might be wondering, why be flexitarian when you can just be full-on vegetarian? How can you be semi-vegetarian? There are others that ask the same questions. The arguments for a flexitarian diet could easily be used for a vegetarian diet. The only difference is that flexitarians still consume all types of meats, just rarely. There is no counter-argument

against this, except for the fact that they wanted to have a name to define this type of diet.

Flexitarianism is still a positive step towards healthier living that also benefits the environment. Even though some might be opposed to the term, it’s too late to go back now. Flexitarianism is being talked about more and more. For some, eliminating meat entirely might sound too hard, so opting for flexitarianism is still beneficial for those that want to improve their health and environment.

10 Healthy Christmas Dish Ideas to End the Year Right

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Get Ready to Enjoy Eating Healthy During the Holidays!

 

The winter season is upon us and Christmas is right around the corner. It’s a time for giving, love, and FOOD.  Holiday meals don’t always have to leave you feeling like you’re going to fall into a food coma. Here are 10 Healthy Christmas dish ideas and recipes that you could try this season!

1)      Lemony Herb Roast Chicken

Need a main course dish? Chicken is a classic. Using herbs as the flavor can help enhance the dish while keeping it healthy for your holiday dinner.

2)      Roasted Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help with brain function. On top of that, it tastes pretty delicious when roasted in some good ol’ zest.

3)      Cauliflower “Couscous”

If you’re trying to avoid carbohydrates this Christmas, this cauliflower “couscous” is a great alternative! It has all the flavors of couscous without the actual couscous.

4)      Brussel Sprouts with Pickled Shallots and Hazelnuts

Brussel sprouts are high in fiber, vitamins, and more! Why not add them to your Christmas spread this year? This simple recipe will make the perfect side dish.

5)      Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes? Healthy? Well, what a happy surprise, mashed potatoes can be healthier than you think. Check our Sugar-Free Mom’s recipe that uses very little butter to make a healthy version of this classic dish.

6)      Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Whether you need a solid side dish or want a light main course, these tasty green beans work great. And they only take 15 minutes to make!

7)      Green Bean Casserole & Garlic Mushrooms

This recipe pulls a vegan twist on a classic holiday dish! This is a great option for those that are vegan or vegetarian.

8)      White Bean Vegan Mashed Potatoes

To continue the trend, here’s another vegan twist on an oldie but a goodie. Mashed “potatoes” without the potatoes!

9)      Rosemary Stuffed Mushrooms

If you need an appetizer, this dish is great! These mushrooms are stuffed with a cashew-based mix instead of cheese. It’s another vegan option for those that need it!

10)   Radiance Fruit Salad

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and can be just as tasty as any other dessert. Instead of opting for a cake or pie, you can make this fruit salad! It is filled with a variety of fruits that can be swapped out depending on availability.

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