A new range of superfoods
Forget quinoa and kale, a whole new list of “super” foods awaits you in 2015. Some old and some brand spanking new, we predict availability and visibility to go through the roof. In the grain family, kaniwa is another South American grain that is smaller and nuttier than quinoa, and just as versatile. It goes perfectly well in soups, casseroles, salads and pilafs, and even adds a hint of sweetness where quinoa does not. It doesn’t have the same stigma that quinoa has developed after traditional farmers were priced out of their own market, so discerning foodies can once again graze without guilt.
Seaweed is also back in favour, after stagnating in the sushi market. Expect to find it on breakfast menus, in salads and popping up in cooking shows. Before long it will be in popular drinks such as fruit smoothies and even beer.Less sugar, more fat
Sugar is losing out as people seek alternatives to the sweet stuff. Dietary and lifestyle books, many with varying degrees of evidence to back up their claims, are beginning to gain “consensus” status with assertions that sugar is altogether bad and saturated fats are all together good. In line with this trend, expect to see the jar of Manuka honey replaced with a jar of bee pollen. While such black and white approaches are not altogether heathy for those interested in moderation, we predict the trends will nonetheless snowball, with bulletproof coffee, slatherings of butter, bone broth and chicken skin on the menu. And the more local, organic and additive-free it is, the more desirable (and expensive) the item.
You’ve heard of sauerkraut and miso, but how about kimchi and kombucha? Fermenting has long been a popular processing technique in many parts of the world, but Westerners have been slow to catch on to its more exotic offerings. Yoghurt and alcohol and fermented, but few venture onwards. Not so in 2015. Australian palates will take some time to warm to the pickled, sharp flavours, but the claims of digestive health attached to these foods will have the bravest dipping in first, followed by many others after a period of normalisation. Once we grasp the concept that we are harnessing helpful bacteria to help colonise our guts, that bandwagon will not slow down.
Pilates and bootcamp-style training is out, and strength training and interval training is in, with yoga still maintaining its popularity. The trends will also encompass movement and lifestyle training for older adults who wish to sustain their physical capabilities, but no longer have the stamina that they used to.
Private and group classes that stress using your own body weight as your main source of resistance will shoot to the top of the list. Push ups, pull ups, maintaining prolonged postures and focussing on specific parts of the body in turn will dominate strength classes. The goals of exercise are likewise changing – no longer is it the domain of pure vanity, but a realisation that feel well and strong and energetic are far better measurements of health. Your body type is less important than your body endurance.
Expect smartphones to be constant companions, particular when exercising solo – apps can now track distance by GPS, and many also count calories, monitor your heart rate and set goals for you. Fitness is moving into the future.
Themed lifestyle cafes are already making an appearance, but expect to see more of them: Paleo, organic, cruelty-free, paddock-to-plate, superfoods, raw foods, vegan and gluten-free. Whatever dietary choices you make, you can expect a local establishment to cater to you.
Corporations that wish to exude a young, contemporary vibe will bring new trends into the office – think standing desks, walking meetings, mediation and yoga classes in boardrooms, and a fruit bowl instead of a biscuit barrel.
Wellness industries will continue to grow throughout 2015, with nutrition, dietetics and natural medicine courses thriving. With graduates set to reach saturation point, expect the spillovers to enter lifestyle coaching, personal training, “energy” healing, supplement sales and blogging.
The final word
Whether it’s life as usual for you in 2015, or you’re embarking on some of these changes to your diet and fitness regimes, it’s always a good time to consider your health and lifestyle. Boost your health options by comparing private health insurance providers today, and start benefiting from professional advice and extras such as physiotherapy to keep you in optimal shape. Happy new year!