When it comes to healthy diet plans, everyone has different needs, which is why personalized nutrition is beginning to catch on. This type of eating involves looking at individuals’ genetics, as well as testing how they respond to different foods, to determine what foods are best to eat for a specific person. “People are asking for a personalized, unique plan based on their biology and labs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach,” says Davis. “It’s definitely the future, and it will help us to create more targeted interventions that are more effective.”
Many dietitians are teaching their clients about intuitive eating, which means being able to make meal and snack decisions without scheduling meals or food rules. “It’s about listening to your feelings and instincts to gauge how much and when you eat,” says Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD. “In theory, this practice is supposed to make us more in tune with our bodies and help us choose healthier foods. If done properly, it would do away with emotional eating or eating out of boredom and stress.” When it comes to healthy diet plans, intuitive eating can be a great replacement for strict regimens, especially since most diets don’t work.
In people’s quests for how to eat healthily, they’re starting with quality ingredients. “Not only are consumers concerned about what is in their food, but they want to know where the food came from,” says Rizzo. “There’s been a large emphasis on local and sustainably-sourced foods because of their positive impacts on the environment. Local food doesn’t travel as far to get to you, which reduces vehicle emissions and delivers a healthier piece of food. Plus, the sooner the food is eaten after it’s picked, the more nutrients it has.”
As more research comes out on the vast array of functions our gut is involved in, gut health is becoming a hotter topic. “From mood to energy and even immunity, our gut is the center of it all,” says Davis. “Figuring out how to keep our microbiome in balance is of huge interest now and is definitely important.” Foods that contain probiotics have been all the rage, and other keywords to look out for in your food include synbiosis, prebiotics, and dysbiosis. Find out the best foods for boosting your gut health.
This trend involves choosing grain/nuts/seeds/bean products that have undergone the process of ‘sprouting’ before you consume them,According to Cornell, sprouted foods have a much higher nutrient content than their non-sprouted counterparts. “Sprouted grains are typically much easier to digest from a gastrointestinal perspective,” she says. Expect to see more sprouted foods at grocery stores in the next year