This article shares popular nutrition trends of 2023 with a look at what's on the horizon for 2024!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always hearing about the latest and greatest nutrition trends. Seems like new ones are popping up every day. It's hard to know which ones are based on science, and which ones are actually causing more harm than good.
It might just be the nature of my job as a dietitian, but I have a sneaking suspicion that even those who don’t work in the health and wellness industry have questions, too. So I'm here to provide education based on research!
Why Talk About Nutrition Trends?
Basically, I created this series for 2 reasons:
- To give you an in depth look at the Nutrition Trends in 2023 so that you can decide for yourself whether they are a good fit for your health goals. This is part of my overall goal to simplify the science for you so you can make informed decisions about your health.
- It forces me to learn more about the trends so that I can give an educated and honest opinion. Because friends will inevitably ask me about them. And I bet you want to be able to join the convo with an educated opinion, too!
How this Series Works
In this introduction, I will give you a small intro to each nutrition trend. This will help you decide which topics you want to read more about.
Then, over I cover one trend at a time in more depth throughout several articles, answering your questions, and giving you an idea of trends on the horizon in 2024.
Articles 1-8, breaking down the trends of 2023
The first 8 articles dig in deeper on one trend from the list of Top Nutrition Trends in 2023.
I share what it is, why it’s important, research behind it, and resources to implement it in your own life if you so desire.
Article 9, nutrition trends on the horizon for 2024
In October, I attended the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) which is the largest Meeting of Food and Nutrition experts. I scoped out the trends on the expo floor and attended sessions to learn more about what’s on the horizon for 2024.
The last part of this educational blog series covers nutrition trends to expect to see more of in the new year.
Overview of the Nutrition Trends of 2023
Nutrition Trend 1: Intuitive or mindful eating
Intuitive eating is a framework that focuses on honoring your body by listening to hunger and fullness cues. It's more than just a nutrition trend. It works to undo diet culture. At its center, it aims to help you find healing and peace with your relationship with both food and your body image.
Mindful eating is slightly different. Mindful eating focuses on being mindful or aware of your eating experience. This includes asking yourself questions like whether the food you are eating tastes good, how your body responds to the food you eat, and what the emotions are around the food you eat.
Nutrition Trend 2: Mood Boosting Foods
Research is emerging that shows that eating certain foods can improve brain health, mental health, and mood disorders. There’s a reason, and I’ll give you a hint: it’s linked to gut health.
Mood boosting foods are ones you can add to your daily routine that are good for your gut and brain. And a lot of them are foods you probably love. And yes, dark chocolate is on the list.
Nutrition Trend 3: Functional Nutrition and Functional Foods
These are also referred to as “nutraceuticals”. Food farmacy. Foods that serve a function.
Call them what you want, functional foods are foods that have ingredients that provide some kind of health benefit beyond just the natural nutrition in the food. It is the farthest end of the spectrum from empty calories. If you are focused on the nutrition trend of eating functional foods, you are sure to fill your cart with foods that serve a purpose.
Nutrition Trend 4: Gut Health
Words like probiotics, prebiotics, bloating, gluten, and fermented foods might come to mind when you think of gut health.
There’s been a lot of research released in recent years showing how gut health affects your overall health. Specifically, the gut microbiome. The long and short of it is this: your gut breaks down the food you eat and absorbs all the nutrients you need to support your body and in turn, your overall health. The gut impacts pretty much every organ in your body.
Having been a gastroenterology dietitian for part of my career, this nutrition trend is near and dear to my heart and I love sharing more about it.
Nutrition Trend 5: Hormone Health
Keeping your hormones in balance is a key ingredient to feeling your best. Hormones control pretty much everything in your body. They are the magic little messengers working behind the scenes to make sure the show goes on without a hitch. You don’t really see them, but they are always working for you so it’s best to support them.
This ranges from hormones that help control your appetite, weight, energy levels, stress levels, and inflammation.
In this article, I dig into a few different hormones and how to support your hormone health from a big picture perspective.
Nutrition Trend 6: Cycle Syncing
This one is for the ladies! Cycle syncing is when you adjust your routine based on the phases of your menstrual cycle and what's happening with your body each week. This nutrition trend typically includes adjusting what you eat, your fitness and the type of exercise you do, and your productivity with tasks at work.
Nutrition Trend 7: Plant Based Eating
This article talks about plant-based eating. From vegan to flexitarian, I will break down what plant-based eating is and how eating more plants affects your health. I also share many plant-based and plant-forward recipes in the recipe section of my page so be sure and check those out, too!
Nutrition Trend 8: Sober Curious
Sober curious, mindful drinking, or more alcohol-free weekends. The sober curious movement is all about thinking more consciously about your choice to drink. For some, it means abstaining altogether. For others, it means drinking on occasion but opting for a mocktail or another alcohol free beverage on the evenings you choose not to drink.
There’s been an increase in awareness of the negative effects of alcohol on both mental and physical health. This has caused many people to take a step back and rethink the drinking habits that have become so ingrained in our lives.
Nutrition Trend 10: on the Horizon for 2024
What are the trends on the horizon to expect in 2024? We dig into this more!
So there you have it! I hope at least one of these topics interests and you'll read the accompanying article. All articles are based on research and science and include practical application for you.
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