As the weather starts to warm up, and our collective focus shifts from the holidays to the hot summer days ahead, you might be considering how your diet should shift in 2021. Perhaps, you want to lose a little bit of weight before swimsuit season, or maybe, you’re seeking a total lifestyle shift. No matter the situation, it can be hard to distinguish the effective diets from the ones that are full of hot air – until now! Here are three diet trends you can safely try this year, and two you’re better off avoiding.
Try: Eating for Overall Well-Being
Most diets are geared toward optimal mind and body wellness. But, what makes this trend different is that it takes a more scientific approach. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals – which are found in fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats – nourish your brain and body, positively impacting anxiety levels, stress, and depression.
Try: Family Meals
Take it from us: you’ll want to reinstate family meals in 2021. Spending quality time with family during a meal is also shown to lower rates of depression and anxiety and boost self-esteem and academic performance in children. And, for adults, having family meals can save money, reduce your intake of sodium and fat, and establish a routine everyone will benefit from.
Try: Eco-Conscious Eating
Sustainability is a hot topic right now, so it only makes sense that people are adjusting their diets accordingly. In 2021, we can expect to see continued movements toward veganism and vegetarianism, both of which are applauded for their minimal carbon footprint. For those who are still eating meat, humanely raised meat products will offer a way for non-vegetarians to make smarter choices.
Skip: Processed Plant-Based Meats
Plant-based meats are everywhere these days – just look at Burger King’s Impossible Burger and the array of pre-packaged products the burger’s meatless patty has inspired. Though these plant-based meats are better for the environment, they aren’t exactly a healthier alternative to the real thing, since they are overly processed and contain plenty of flavor-enhancing sodium, fat, and sugar.
Skip: “Healthy” Coffee Creamers and Flavorings
A lot of us are giving up visits to our favorite coffee shops during the pandemic, opting instead for homemade brews filled with fun flavorings. If your fridge is stocked with “healthy” coffee creamers and flavorings, consider swapping these products for good, old-fashioned milk, cream, and/or sugar. Why? These products contain a ton of sugar, unhealthy fat, and calories.
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