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Food and Juice Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

Food and Juice Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

Living the healthy lifestyle will continue to rise this new year and it’s bound to get even bigger and more diverse with new trends coming in for must-try food and juices.

Indeed, being healthy never looked and felt this good, so start leveling up with your foodie-gram skills because these big food and juice trends are bound to whet your appetite for eating clean and eating right in 2017.[1]

Raw Appeal of Hawaiian Poké

The usual sushi and salad diet might be put aside with the rise in popularity of Hawaiian poké (pronounced as POH-kay), a Polynesian delight consisting of raw fish (usually ahi tuna or salmon) salad marinated with soy, lime, and sesame. You can also find avocado, seaweed, and cucumber in the mixture, all served atop of rice or leafy greens. And just this year, more and more restaurants and healthy to-go food services have been riding on the upward trend of including poké and poké dishes.

Since the beginning of 2016, poké has already been a mainstay in the Los Angeles dining scene, and have since crept up into the Instagram pages of foodies all over New York City as well.[2] The reason for the rising fascination of health buffs and foodies alike for poké is three-fold: it’s healthy, it’s easy to make (and customizable), and it’s very pretty to look at (and take photos of).

For starters, using fresh raw fish with lots and lots of greens and other veggies thrown in provides a more sumptuous and flavorful option compared to your go-to sushi or green salads. You can eat it with rice or, if carbo-loading isn’t your thing, you can just opt to have it over leafy vegetables.

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Another selling point of poké, is how easy it is to make, making it the new go-to lunch and snack for people on the go. It’s the perfect middle ground between quickie salad stops and heavy fillings of Chipotle. You’re getting more for less, and you’re eating healthier minus the bland and boring taste.

In fact, a lot of poké bowl restaurants have popped up from the west coast all the way to the east, where you can have your bowl customized starting with your base (rice or leafy veggies), protein (ahi tuna or salmon), plus the sauce and the rest of the toppings. These bowls are normally priced around $10 to $20, which can be even cheaper than sushi that can go beyond $20 a roll.

Given that most people live on social media these days, the reach of social media influencers displaying their poké dishes also plays a part in promoting this dish. If 2016 saw the beginnings of this humble Hawaiian dish, then 2017 is the year when it’s gonna blow and burst out in the open for the world to eat.

Rise of the Big Red

Enough with the greens, because red is in this year with watermelon juice promising to take the health industry by storm—with special thanks to Beyoncé.

It’s been predicted that watermelon juice, consisting of watermelon flesh and rind with lemon, will be the next big thing in juicing. And earlier this year, Beyoncé even invested in “WTRMLN,” which is a cold-pressed watermelon juice that’s currently being sold in Costco, Whole Foods, and Sobey’s.

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It’s about time we give notice to this highly beneficial fruit. The biggest health benefit of watermelon is its hydrating properties, consisting of about 92 percent water.[3] The leading nutrients that can be found in this fruit include vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, potassium, and small percentages of vitamin B1, B5, B6, and magnesium. And get this, watermelon actually ranks as one of the lowest in calorie count among all fruits and is low in sugar (even lower than berries), considering that it’s very sweet to taste.

But the three most important contributions of watermelon in maintaining good health are its link to the prevention of some types of cancer, heart diseases, and inflammation that can lead to chronic diseases. Be sure to consume in moderation because excessive consumption of this sweet and refreshing treat can lead to unnecessary gas and bloating because the naturally occurring sugar in watermelon is not always completely absorbed by our GI system.[4]

Apart from the cold-pressed variant, you can expect to see more variations of watermelon juices, shakes, and smoothies this new year.

Juicing Recipes to Try in 2017

Juicing is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Through juicing, you are essentially packing tons of nutritive elements into a single refreshing serving. Here are a few recipes that you should try in the new year. I personally use a Vitamix for all of my shakes and smoothies (because it is so powerful and efficient), but since it is more on the pricier side, I recommend you researching juicers and choosing the best one that works for you. It doesn’t have to be the same as mine, just as long as it gets the job done right!

Strawberry Watermelon Juice

Since we’re riding on the big watermelon trend, we might as well serve a watermelon juice. Here we put a bit of a twist on an old favorite by mixing it with another favorite red fruit, the strawberry.

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Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 1 cup of strawberries (or around 8 large pieces)
  • 5 cups of watermelon (cut into cubes)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 6 ice cubes (or frozen berries)
  • Water (just in case you want to adjust the consistency)

Instructions:

  • It’s highly recommended to first freeze the strawberries and watermelon cubes to get that refreshing chilled juice consistency.
  • Afterwards, throw in the watermelon, strawberries, and lemon juice, and blend it together until you get a smoother consistency—or the consistency you want to have

Banana Pineapple (and Kale) Juice

We can’t ignore that the color of the year is actually green, and more specifically, the nature and earthy kind of green, which is why we still need to have our go-to green juice. This time, it consists of banana and pineapple for that tropical flavor combined with kale leaves to complete the healthy trio.

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 ripe banana (peeled)
  • ¼ cup of fresh pineapple (cut into 1” strips)

Instructions:

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  • Ensure that the pineapple is frozen before usage.
  • Juice the pineapple and kale and then add in the banana until you’ve achieved the consistency that you want.

Carrot Treat

Detox your way into the start of the new year on a very positive and healthy note with this carrot juice that includes some greens and yellows in between. Carrot is known to be high in fiber and beta-carotene, and is a great source for antioxidants. What better way to start anew than by cleansing yourself with this healthy concoction?

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 4 carrots (sliced or diced)
  • 1cm fresh ginger
  • 1 green apple (sliced)
  • ½ cup lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Clean the carrots before peeling them up and slicing. Apply the same process for the green apple.
  • Blend together the carrots, ginger, and green apple. Add in the lemon juice and blend until you have the right viscosity and consistency.

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Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

What Happens When You’re Too Tired

If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

  • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
  • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
  • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
  • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
  • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
  • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
  • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

  1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
  2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

Symptoms of fatigue include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low stamina
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Low motivation

These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

    The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

    Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

    Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

    If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

    It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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    4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

    Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

    1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
    2. Exercising regularly
    3. Using stressbusters
    4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

    After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

    I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

    Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

    • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
    • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
    • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
    • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

    The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

    Living Healthy

    Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

    In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

    As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

    Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

    1. Unplug

    Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

    Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

    2. Unwind

    Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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    3. Get Comfortable

    Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

    Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

    Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

    This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

    Exercise

    Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

    That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

    I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

    If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

    Attitude

    Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

    When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

    But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

    Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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    1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
    2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
    3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
    4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
    5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
    6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

    This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

    When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

    Nutrition

    Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

    If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

    Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

    Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

    1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
    2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
    3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
    4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
    5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
    6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
    7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
    8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
    9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

    Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

    That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

    Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

    The Bottom Line

    If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

    If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

    Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

    More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

    Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
    [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
    [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
    [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
    [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
    [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
    [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
    [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
    [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
    [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
    [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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