Best health trends of 2017

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There are multiple exciting healthy food trends that have emerged in 2017. Photo: PublicDomainPictures, Pixabay.

Some health fads come and go, while some others become so popular that the only way for you to not know about it is to live under a rock. This year saw so many health trends crop up, with tall claims, almost promising immortality for those who tried them. Alas, they were tried and discarded as hogwash.

It’s time now to take a look at the health trends that did make a difference and stand the test of time:

Swap that Coffee for Tea

If you’re one of those people that can’t function without your morning caffeine fix, then it’s time to make a change. One of the easiest ways to introduce healthy-living into your life is to start drinking some herbal teas. Take your pick from an exotic list of flavours—from jasmine and hibiscus to dandelion and rosehip, there’s an extensive list of offerings to choose from.

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Tea is a healthy alternative to coffee. Photo: TerriC, Pixabay.

If you can’t quit caffeine cold turkey, do it gradually. Start with swapping tea for coffee once a day, then twice and keep going till your caffeine-addiction is replaced with your love for exotic teas. What’s more, these teas are a nice cuppa of wellness. So, you can have them three or four times a day and your body will thank you for it.

Go on an Inclusive Diet

Diets often fail and are so hard to stick to because they are restrictive and test our willpower on a daily basis, pushing us to give up. And that is precisely why this inclusive diet trend has been so successful. The concept is very simple. Instead of trying to restrict and starve your body into feeling good, why not just start by adding the good things.

If you feel like having a cupcake, have one, but go for the smallest option available (or only eat half). As well as this, make it a point to also have a tall glass of green smoothie or a big bowl of salad to balance out the good with the bad. Do this often enough and your body will start to crave the good and meaning the transition from eating junk to eating healthy will happen organically (pun intended).

Invest in a Juicer

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Juicers help you to create interesting, nutritious drinks. Photo: Opaye, Pixabay.

Juicing has become big in the last few years. If you haven’t caught up with this health trend yet, then the time is now. Looks like juicing is here to stay. With loads of recipes available online, you can try a different juice every day to keep things interesting. And let’s be real, we’d rather drink kale than eat it, right?

Say no to ‘’Cheers’’

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Eliminating alcohol from your diet has great health benefits. Photo: Jarmoluk, Pixabay.

A surprising health trend of 2017 has been the number of people opting to not drink alcohol. Alcohol has finally taken the backseat when it comes to having a good time. If alcohol has been your crutch at social gatherings, maybe it’s time to break free and just be you. Not having to deal with a hangover the next day is a definite plus. And just think about how much money you can save!

Meal Box Subscriptions

This year has seen a rapid demand for home-delivered meal boxes. With more and more people opting to eat clean, meal box subscriptions that offer organic food have been in high demand.  And the trend only seems to be growing bigger every month.

Coconut Love

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Coconut can be included into meals and lifestyles in a number of various ways. Photo: Couleur, Pixabay.

People are falling in love with all things coconut. Coconut is the super food of 2017. Here are the various forms in which coconut is being used: coconut milk in smoothies, coconut oil for cooking and as a moisturiser, coconut flour for a gluten-free flour option, and finally coconut-sugar for those of you looking for an alternative for white sugar.

Zucchini Pasta

We’re not sure how we feel about this, but zucchini pasta is now a thing. In an effort to cut down on carbs, people are coming up with recipes that use zucchini strips as ‘’pasta’’. From zucchini lasagne to zucchini and meatballs, zucchini is taking over pasta and it’s bizarre.

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People are exploring new ways of incorporating zucchini into their diet. Photo: MootikaLLC, Pixabay.

If you’ve been thinking about getting fit and eating better, there’s no better time than now to do it. Veganism is on the rise, yoga has never been more popular and Fitbit is everyone’s new best friend. This year has been all about staying healthy, being tuned in to your body’s needs—and meeting every one of them with the help of a healthy diet and exercise.