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Nourishment for the New Year

Posted on January 10 2015

Keeping fit and healthy is an all year round trend for us at MNB. But of course, with health being eternal, certain styles may come and go. You only need to look at new research emerging each month to see that it’s not just a culture that influences wellness trends, science and research have a big part to play. When there is a breakthrough on an area that can improve your health or even help you live longer, you can bet your activated nuts that everyone will be onto it, implementing and embracing it. Even though it feels as though yesterday’s super food is tomorrow’s bad guy and the fad food to hate will tomorrow be praised for its goodness – keeping up with the trends can certainly be good for your health. 

Check out what’s making waves and set to be the hip-and-happening-trends across insta-feeds, social media, food marketing, supermarkets and health food stores in 2015.

Getting primal

The tension between paleo chef Pete Evans and The Dieticians Association of Australia is almost palpable on the World Wide Web. There are definitely strong opinions being thrown around from both sides. It’s been quoted a ‘dangerous’ diet to implement, whilst others have ballyhooed the paleo way as a lifesaver – helping them lose weight and feel great. For those who haven’t heard Pete Evans shouting from his soapbox, the Palaeolithic diet emulates wild plants and animals eaten by humans during the Palaeolithic era, aka hunter-gatherer style. Gluten and processed sugary foods are out and protein and veggies make up the majority.

Good fats, good carbs

You have fat, but you are not fat. You also have fingernails, but you are not fingernails. We embrace good fats in our diets at MNB and we’re glad that the stigma about eating them is slowly being peeled away, by research that is. A Meta analysis this year debunked the saturated fat myth, revealing that it is in fact not as bad as we once thought. With such an emphasis around the supermarket with ‘low fat’, ‘no fat’ and ‘97% less fat’ it’s easy to think fat does nothing but clog arteries and make us fat. But it’s not the case, good fats are essential to good health by helping us absorb our fat soluble vitamins, keep our hormones happy and make up the protective layer of every cell. Every cell, that’s about oh, 37 trillion.

Carbs are not the enemy either, especially complex. They are digested slowly, which gives you a sustained release of energy throughout the day. Simple carbs (refined pastas and processed cereals for example) are quickly digested, send your blood sugar levels up and then you’ll be hungry again shortly after – this is when the unforsaken sugar cravings can hit. Sound familiar?

Counting chemicals, not calories

Calories. Touted little creatures that hide in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night. One calorie is the energy required to heat one gram of water by one degree Celsius (at sea level). It is also the universal unit of measure for the energy potential of food.

Do I still have you? The key word here is potential. Remember that. Each type of food whether it’s a carbohydrate, protein or fat are metabolized through the body completely differently. However when we’re talking about how many calories you should consume, it’s assuming that every calorie no matter where it comes from acts the same, which they don’t.

Is calorie counting becoming redundant in this age when we know so much more about foods and their biochemical process? Did you know that the calorie equation was invented in the early 1900’s for individuals going through war, famine and malnutrition? If I asked you, could you tell me off the top if your head what the equation is to work out how many calories you need per day to stay alive, achieve lean muscle mass or maintain your current weight?

Many people these days are giving up on calorie counting and taking on the clean, healthy eating approach, void of chemicals and added nasties (because if a food is low in calories, what’s in it? Fillers that make it taste better) For these chemical counters, fresh produce, whole fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbs, fermented foods and protein are all in balance. And with this trend skyrocketing, there is such an emphasis on the quality and freshness of our food, minus the chemicals and added preservatives. We’re looking at our labels now more than ever, and instead of ignoring what the ingredients are, we’re embracing the chance to choose what goes into our bodies.

Fermenting fun

Kimchi, kefir and kombucha are just a few of our favourite ferments and totally #trending. Sometimes you just gotta’ go back to your roots, and in this case, it’s your gut. There are a plethora of health issues that can stem from poor gut health and incorporating fermented foods into your nourish routine every day can ensure your gut stays in top notch, your immune system will always be balanced and your food will be optimally absorbed and utilized. The best part is, fermenting foods is so easy and you can do it at home. 

Elixirs

Healthful and wholesome liquid concoctions packed with super nutrition, designed for boosting immunity, beauty, detoxing and well, even to make you feel a little happier. I bet you’re thinking, “What are the differences between a fresh juice and an elixir?” A regular juice generally speaking will be around 600mL or more of liquid. Elixirs are smaller and will exert around 200mL and usually contain more ingredients – it’s basically compacting much more into a smaller amount so you’re left with a powerful potion to serve as a rich source of nutrients. When it comes to good health, proper nutrition really is the key – and after all, to live active, it’s essential for us to look, think and perform at our best each and everyday. 

24-hour juice bars 

When you think about it, if you wanted a take away juice or raw treat in the middle of the night, maybe after night shift or maybe it’s just crossed your mind – where could you go? You’d have to make it yourself, right? Nope. Say hello to being healthy 24/7 with juice bars now open around the clock for your convenience. One in particular here in Queensland, Australia is Liquefy juice bar – which you can enjoy anytime.

 Sea vegetables 

There’s always a constant hunt for the most nutritious foods on the planet. The super food spotlight right now has its beam on all those salty plants that come form the sea. Kelp noodles, dulse flakes, wakame and nori to name a few. Yes you’ve most likely heard of some of these in sushi and you’re probably thinking – uhh, sushi’s been around for ages guys. But it’s about incorporating more of this salty seaweed into your meals every day. Dulse flakes bring loads of flavour, and can be sprinkled on any savoury meal. Kelp noodles are an incredible noodle substitute and nori sheets can be taken as a nutritious snack on the go. Why do health aficionados love em’? Seaweed is full of minerals, especially iodine.

Smoothie bowls

Swap your straw for a spoon; it’s time to enjoy your smoothies soup style! So wait, it’s a smoothie, just poured into a bowl? Well essentially, yes. It’s a large smoothie, poured into a bowl, with need-a-spoon-consistency. It basically resembles that of a delicious, healthy ice cream – or as we like to call it ‘nice cream’. They are extremely satisfying and filling due to the abundance of raw fruits, greens, protein, nuts and seeds you can fill in and on top. Check out 7 for each day of the week here.

 

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