Projected Nutrition Trends for 2015: Part 1

Year in Review: Trends in 2014

  1. Everything paleo - This diet became immensely popular for its "what we're genetically meant to be doing" messaging.  Most feel it is very doable and satisfying thanks to the high protein intake. As an RDN, I was happy that it encouraged vegetables, fish, eggs, and healthful oils/nuts/seeds, but disappointed that it cut out healthy legumes and took such a strong stance on dairy products.  
  2. Gluten free - Gluten continued to get criticized thanks to books like Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.  I am glad that consumers are tuning into the importance of minimizing refined grains as a whole (gluten containing or not) but also try to use this campaign to educate on Celiac disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, food hypersensitivities, general health and everything in between.
  3. Juicing/smoothies - Somehow instead of eating fruits and vegetables it became much more popular (read: healthier) to drink them instead.  While those smoothies are definitely packed with nutrients, many are lacking when it comes to fiber.  Thankfully the juicing trend is starting to head back in the direction of smoothies with the option of adding ingredients like flaxseed oil, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, oats, etc.
  4. Butter is back - From the New York Times articles to the publication of The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, last year saw the tides turn back toward encouraging fats in the diet.  It is a worthy message after hearing 30+ years of low-fat as the major factor in heart health, but beware of trying to over-apply this to all of the fats that we know contribute to heart disease.  Embrace nuts, seeds, nut butters, various cooking oils, and avocado as one's primary fat sources and add in some cheeses, dairy and butter in moderation.


New Year. New You. Next Week.

Hey everyone!  Happy New Year!  My Christmas and New Years holiday/hiatus was decently low key - so enjoyable to spend time with good friends and family.  Hope you rang in the new year with wistful optimism of the opportunities 2014 beholds.  Check out my Twitter feed (@wittynutrition) for my New Year's themes (no more resolutions)!

I'm hoping to help propagate momentum for a fellow RD in her effort to launch an awesome book that she wrote.  Yes, she wrote a book, and it's being published, and it's awesome.  


Younger Next Week: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days

Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN (check out her website) wrote this book for the modern day warrior woman trying to do it all and still feel great.  Vitality is a huge part of our health and she is able to break down the science of good food, healthy beverages, adequate sleep, and invigorating exercise into digestible pieces for you to apply to your life.  

Her vitality plan uses sound nutrition science (always one of my pet peeves) to empower the reader to use food and lifestyle to feel more energized and less stressed.  She has a beautifully soothing way of walking you through each food group, identifying common health concerns, pointing out the nutrition science, and providing useful tips to help motivate change.  

This information culminates in a 7 Day Vitality Plan that draws a blueprint for eating, teaches you how to balance each food group, and provides recipes to help make good, healthy meal ideas accesible.  I personally plan to use her 7-day vitality plan blueprint - a 'handy chart' - as an awesome visual to use with clients (sorry Elisa - promise I'll credit you!!).  I also really enjoyed the Stressipes which gave extra tips - such as how to curb food cravings - and the "Vital Prescriptions" in each chapter that easily summarized the main points on the topic.

So in all honesty, this book is fabulous, and is a great resource for everyone: from those just starting to learn about nutrition, to those kickstarting their new years resolutions, to clinicians working with outpatient and weight management populations.  

With a new year, make a new you, and use her 7-day plan to help get you there.