2016 was a tough year. From the deaths of many inspirational musicians to the election of Donald Trump, this year wasn’t the best for many people. There were also health trends, and false information about health, that should be left behind as we ready ourselves for 2017.
“Healthy” is a word that gets thrown around left and right. It’s hard to know how to be healthy if lots of people misunderstand the definition. There were lots of developments in the health world this year that were unfortunate, for example, labeling processed foods as healthy or even trying new diets that didn’t emphasize the importance of fresh produce.
Not every health trend that arose in 2016 was bad, though. There were many positive developments in the health world! To start 2017 off right, we’ve compiled a list of 5 “healthy” things we need to forget about 2016.
#1: Processed Foods With Healthy Labels
Certain companies like KIND labeled their products as healthy. People sometimes latch on to the word healthy and don’t bother to look at the ingredients. Since the FDA hasn’t given a definitive answer on the word, it’s always best to read the labels. Stay away from hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Leave these “healthy” foods behind and start 2017 off with actual healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables!
#2: Don’t Bash Meditation
Do you ever notice that people who meditate seem to have more control over their lives? Well, they do. We should all take the time in 2017 to be more mindful, and we can do this by taking 10 minutes out of each day to sit in a comfortable space and think about nothing. Focusing on your breath can help you decrease stress and promote positivity.
#3: Fitness Membership Hikes
Gym memberships seem to skyrocket in the New Year. They want to capitalize on everyone’s desire to start the year off healthily. We are here to say that you don’t need a gym membership to be fit. You can buy a couple free weights, resistance bands, or kettle bells to train with at home. Walking, jogging, or this at home workout routine can help whip you into shape too!
#4: Don’t Discriminate Against Carbs
Not all carbs are created equal and it’s acceptable to indulge in them. Some of the healthiest people in the world eat carbs. Enjoy your bagel or sautéed potatoes. Don’t forget to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and cut out those processed foods & added sugars, and limit your dairy and meat consumption. Statistically, Japanese people have the third highest life-expectancy rate and their diets and they have grain-based diets.
We are starting 2017 in a healthy way. Foods that contain GMOs have to be labeled (thanks Obama!); alternative remedies are becoming more popular; and people are constantly discovering new ways to ensure a healthier future. Here’s to 2017!