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Trendwatching: Health and Wellness Trends You Should Know for 2017

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Top Health and Wellness Trends for 2017 by dietitian McKel | Nutrition Stripped

It’s back! I’m trend watching for 2017 and sharing my personal predictions for what you guys will see much more of in 2017 from healthy living, wellness, foods, products, and much more. I feel like I hit it spot on with my 2016 picks so I’m excited to share my picks for this coming year…it kinda feels like playing fantasy football, right? *eye roll* lame analogy, I know. But let’s read on, shall we?!


No. 1

TURMERIC. Anti-inflammatories still are and will be a continued trend. Honestly, I see anti-inflammatory foods, spices, and “superfoods” becoming integrated into our lifestyle and diets as “normal” come 2018. What are anti-inflammatory trends? Think whole foods, superfoods, spices like turmeric, medicinal mushrooms, and any nutrient dense food that kicks inflammation to the curb. Believe it or not, as much as you use turmeric, the mainstream is still gripping this trend. I have a hunch you’ll be seeing more golden milks on the menu. Turmeric Milk cheers to this trend!

No. 2

CURATED TRAVELS. Wellness retreats, gatherings, and events centered around your wellbeing and cultivating balance. I’m seeing this more with each passing year and it’s not only exciting, but also valuable. It’s incredible that we have this community right here, right now, online. But what about the physical component we need as humans to strengthen our connection? That’s where these retreats, events, and workshops are coming into action. It’s amazing to gather with like-minded people in our community to learn skills like cooking, finding balance in our life, fitness, etc. SNEAK PEEK: I’m hosting a retreat in June at the CAYMAN ISLANDS all about finding balance and taking your health to the next level with nutrition, cooking, and lectures. More on that later 🙂

No. 3

MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS. This was also a pick for 2016 but I don’t see this stopping anytime soon and I’m happy about it! You’ll see these powdered mushroom powders pop up in chocolate bars, coffee shops (definitely a prediction for this coming year like my Coffee Elevated), etc.

No. 4

HYGGE I talked about why you should know about hygge and start doing it today here. In my opinion this “trend” isn’t a trend at all, since I think it’s going to stay! Think simple pleasures that bring joy into your life like putting on warm cozy socks, sippin’ on tea with your loved one, snuggling up on the couch with a good book, meeting friends for dinner and a laugh, etc. Small pleasures equal big reward for our mental and emotional wellbeing.

No. 5

CANNABIS. Yes, cannabis as in THC, as in weed. Edibles are becoming mainstream more with each passing year, passing bills and legalities behind this substance. You’re going to see so many products being launched in 2017 and onward regarding edibles, oils, beauty products, supplements, and any way to use small doses (i.e. not enough to get you high – I’m talking below the US legal limit of 0.03% THC) to promote and/or help reduce stress, anxiety, improve sleep, etc. Examples already poppin’ up: Sakara CBD’s and some others I have to keep on the low but word on the street from friends in the industry… they’re coming. “The cannabis business is estimated to grow to $22 billion in sales by 2020 with nine states approving it for recreational use and another 21 for medicinal use.” -Forbes


No. 6

LESS BOOZE, MORE TONICS. Just like the Elderberry Rosemary Tonic in the #NScookbook, tonics are going mainstream with the use of teas, tinctures, essential oils, and nutrient dense spices to help aid in digestion, soothe, and relax. Not that alcohol is labeled “bad”– we’re just seeing its replacement creep in and that’s more than okay and actually beneficial for our health and reaching our goals. (Read up on my thoughts on alcohol and if it’s healthy here).

No. 7

SELF-LOVE. From positive body image at ANY size, to feminist power, to finding ways to care for yourself; these topics are trending and I hope they stick indefinitely. With huge communities dedicated for women finding their inner #girlboss to diversity campaigns, to major online media outlets opening the doors to cover more stories representing the uniqueness of us all, high five for self-care and ways you can show yourself love today.

No. 8

COOKING. It seems silly writing this out as a trend, but can you believe that such a large percentage of the population doesn’t engage in cooking daily sometimes not even weekly? Cooking from home doesn’t just ensure the quality of your food and your ability to control ingredients. Another perk is the enjoyment and pure hygge and pleasure about it! Get cooking, guys, and if you don’t know where to start, that’s okay, too. Join the Society where you can get a year’s worth (yes that’s 100+ recipes for the year), cooking plans, grocery shopping lists, and galore to help you cook at home more. Also, The Kitchn has an awesome “cooking school” to help you with the basics.

No. 9

PLANT BASED FOOD. Including vegan entrees, more options for plant-based eaters, and restuarants taking this type of cuisine to a new level. It’s not just about fancy superfood salads anymore, it’s actually creating delicious, sustainable, and healthy menus surrounding plant-based food. The epitome of someone who is doing this flawlessly, Mr. Matthew McKinney of Plant Food + Wine. I ate there while in LA this year and it Fingers crossed this trend will stick and grow into 2018.

No. 10

Ditching the detoxes, cleanses, and clean eating. This one should’ve been gone a long time ago, so I’m happy and confident predicting these going away and being replaced with whole food resets (like the #strippedreset COMING SOON!), and using more evidence-based science behind whole foods and compounds that can support our body at what it already does best, detox every minute of the day! Sign up here if you want to learn more about the Stripped Reset:

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What are the trends you’re predicting for 2017? What about trends you wish would go away!? Share below, I love hearing what you guys think and let’s keep the conversation going in the comment section below. Come back tomorrow for some delicious healthy cookies to make this week for the holiday!

xx McKel

Share your thoughts

  • Rachel

    Great trends! I am confused by the last one though – why would we ditch clean eating?! I thought that was your whole platform?

    • McKel Hill

      Hey Rachel! Great question. Personally I like to steer away from the term “clean eating” because it implies that other ways of eating are dirty/not okay! To me, any healthy lifestyle that works for your body is A-okay in my book, whether that’s whole foods, vegan, paleo, etc. As a dietician, I’d love to see more people steering away from the term because of the implications or possible trigger that it has for those who come to me that may have a past with disordered eating. But absolutely YES to eating whole foods and avoiding processed foods.

      • noni

        Absolutely agree with you McKel! I don’t like the label “clean eating” either because I also believe that too many us suffer from disordered eating.

        • McKel Hill

          I’m glad you agree! There are so many who need a mindset shift when it comes to eating, and ditching detoxes, cleanses, and the like is a good way to help!

  • This is a great read, thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts on the future trends! Mushrooms and Hygge (still need to learn to pronounce well!) are probably my fav new concepts, but all of them are wonderful ideas.
    Also, I like No.9 with vegan / plant based foods. There are so many restaurants that still serve romaine lettuce, cucumber and croutons, call it ‘a salad’ and it is their only plant based option on the menu! I look forward to seeing the shift and more creativity as we go into 2017.
    Thanks again!

    • McKel Hill

      I’ve been saying “hoo-ga”, but had some native Danish speakers say that wasn’t quite right so oh well! I just do my best hah!

  • Hygge has cropped out of nowhere for me recently! Its a great one. I feel like we’ve been doing it all our lives but just didn’t realise there’s a term to it? Love it! x

    • McKel Hill

      I agree! I’ve been doing it as well but love that there’s name for it and it’s getting attention in the wellness world.

  • Claireyogagogo

    Loved these predictions! I think you are so right when you say just because we use turmeric everyday there are many others who don’t, there is still a lot of education needed out there! Thanks for your fab blog to help spread the word!

    • McKel Hill

      Thanks so much! Spread the word about turmeric’s goodness!

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