Heather’s Predicted Nutrition Trends for 2018Posted on February 12th, 2018
This past fall I was able to attend FNCE, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual national Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. We will stick to just calling it FNCE for short….. 😆 Not only did I have the opportunity to attend several educational sessions from leadership to the future of food to farming practices, I was able to scour through the hundreds and hundreds of vendors in the expo. There were several nutrition themes that seemed to repeat themselves between the educational sessions and the expo that I wanted to bring to you as some of the trends I can foresee for us in 2018.
- Mindfulness and Self-Care
There were several dietitians ahead of their time with the mindfulness approach when it came to diet but now this practice has become more mainstream and is quickly being adopted by dietitians across the nation. We can mostly agree that strict dieting for the purposes of health and weight is not the best for our bodies or for our souls and your Reasor’s Registered Dietitian is a strong advocate for approaching nutrition with balance that can be sustained for a lifetime. I understand that some of the principals with mindful eating when embraced can lead individuals to be healthy at their own size and foster a positive relationship with food. Often times the pressure of dieting or the negative feelings towards foods can lead us to overeat and feel unsatisfied. Right there with mindfulness is self-care, another very important piece of a healthy lifestyle. From fighting mental fatigue, decreasing stress, to having restful sleep it is an area I expect to see more growth and acceptance.
- Focusing on Health and Happiness
We have already seen a big push for individuals to get healthier and understanding that health is just as important as weight. Falling right in line with mindfulness previously mentioned, I have hope that focusing on nutrition when it comes to health is more of the center of focus for individuals instead of weight. Each of us are created so uniquely different with varying genetics, abilities, and body sizes that it is important that we look beyond weight and the many other factors that influence our health. There seemed to be a large connection between focusing on our health and our happiness when it comes to body satisfaction more so than a number.
- The Gut Connection
We already had the surge of gluten free diets a couple years ago and I anticipate to see even more curiosity with consumers regarding the connection of the foods we eat and their impact on our gut. From prebiotics and probiotics, to fermented foods, fiber, and the FODMAP diet. The great news is there is a lot of research being published connecting the health of our gut to our overall health and wellbeing. Even more studies are been conducting and some even looking at the connection between our gut and brain health!
- Filling up on Fats
I am personally very excited to think there is going to be excitement around fats again. For the longest time we were all afraid of that word and avoided fats like the plague. Foods that may have been avoided before will likely be consumed more than ever like avocados, walnuts, and salmon. Fear the fats no longer, mono- and polyunsaturated fats can actually help boost our heart health and they can also help you reach the feeling of satiety. One of my favorite foods packed with those heart healthy fats are AVOCADOS! Looking for more ways you can incorporate these into your food routine? Check out the Avocados from Mexico’s website for a wide selection of recipes and nutrition information.
- Plant Based Meals
I am not talking just talking about going vegetarian but the concept of adding in a few more meatless meals into our routine or even just boosting those meaty meals with more plants. Beans, legumes, and soy protein rising in popularity in some of our favorite dishes and the incorporate of mushrooms into meat are sure to be more mainstream for 2018. The addition of more plants into our diet also introduces a wider variety of nutrients including fiber, only boosting the nutritional value of our meals.
About the Blogger:
Heather Steele, RD/LD is a Registered Dietitian and loves to garden, cook, and ride her bike! Heather offices out of the Reasor’s off 71st & Lynn Lane and is available to help you with all of your food & nutrition needs.
Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Reasor’s Registered Dietitians’ opinions and recommendations are their own; they are not paid to endorse any products or services.