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H

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,

Secret Garden

. 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 |

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