ealth and wellbeing goals have long been top
of the list of new year resolutions – even above
spending more time with family and friends, or
saving more money, according to research firm Nielsen. Its latest
global health and wellness survey also shows those resolutions are
backed up by some healthy action as 59 per cent of respondents said
they were eating more natural and fresh foods in the last year, 45 per
cent cut down on sugar and 47 per cent were using smartphone apps
to help them keep on track.
That appears to be reflected in what we buy as market surveys
also show sales of products making health and wellness claims such
as ‘natural’, ‘organic’ or ‘free from’ are outpacing their traditional
grocery counterparts. And as we become ever more reliant on
technology, Google Trends reports that one in 20 searches is for
health care information and searches for ‘best foods for’ have grown
tenfold, often followed by terms such as ‘skin’, ‘energy’, ‘your brain’
and ‘gym workout’.
It’s a health obsession that’s helped Australian businesses like
fitness franchise F45 and Brisbane-based meal delivery program
5point4 (see page 28) skyrocket to success. But if you’ve already
added turmeric to your diet, added vitamin boosters to your
smoothie, and become tired with high intensity workouts, what’s
next? Here are five health trends that are on the incline in 2017…
Put your mind at ease
The adult colouring phenomena began in 2013 with Johanna
Basford’s bestselling book,
. Four years later, it’s still
going strong (Basford recently paired with Westin Hotels and
Resorts to launch three bespoke colouring sheets to help guests relax
and unwind on the road).
Mindfulness has been described as an awareness that comes from
paying attention, deliberately, in the present moment. Dr Stan
Rodski, Australian neuropsychologist, neuroscientist and author of
several colouring books for adults, says it’s like meditation. “I was
struggling with executives, managers, people who would normally
be referred to me with stress, who just found it enormously difficult
to do deep breathing, relaxation or meditation,” he told ABC in
2015. “The reality is that we actually enjoy the process. It’s a process
that takes us to a time that is stress free.”
Ashgrove-based mindfulness educator and clinical
psychotherapist Alison Keane agrees colouring can be calming
but she says ‘mindfulness’ is something more. “For me, it is being
in the present moment,” she says. “Learning to be with what’s
uncomfortable in our life, without getting overwhelmed by it.
“It’s thought that 90 per cent of our stress is avoidable,” says
Keane. “Mindfulness is one tool people can use to reduce stress and
restore equilibrium and peace in the mind.
“We need to work on mindfulness when we realise we are
becoming overwhelmed by our thoughts, and that these thoughts
are having a detrimental effect on the way that we perceive reality
and the world around us, including our relationships. Other signs
are insomnia, anxiety, headaches, poor concentration and irritability.
“Mindfulness can be done anywhere and at anytime. Keeping the
mind attending to what we’re doing at the time is key,” says Keane.
Feel good food
According to Roy Morgan Research, the number of vegetarians in
Australia has jumped more than 23 per cent to 2.1 million people
since 2012 and Google reports that Australians search the word
‘vegan’ more than anyone else in the world. It appears we are also
putting our money where our mouth is and Australia is the third-
fastest growing vegan market in the world.
BNE January/February 2017 |