Hot workouts and superfood crazes come and go, but they don’t always work for everyone. “I’m privy to a lot of passing wellness trends,” certified health coach and co-founder of the Health Coach Institute Carey Peters says. “But the truth is, some trends are amazing, and some trends are awful.”
To help her clients understand the difference, Carey introduces the concept of using your body as a free laboratory to test and uncover what works for you. How to know when it works? “If the trend energizes you, helps you to destress, achieve greater self-awareness or just plain feels good in your system, then you can feel certain that it works for your body,” she explains. Read on for four wellness trends she recommends trying in 2018.
Trend #1: The Digital Detox
Carey is a big fan of taking a digital detox and tells us, “It’s been proven that sitting hunched over your laptop all day or texting for hours on end puts stress on your eyes, shoulders, hands, wrists and fingers.” She’s also quick to remind us that human beings were born to move and spend time outside.
When it comes to truly testing this trend out for yourself, Carey advocates for scheduling regular detox dates on your calendar so you can stick to them just like you would any legitimate commitment. “For example,” she offers, “Choose one weekend a month to take an entire away from technology. Let your friends and family know that you’ll be ‘out of range’ or unavailable during that time. Get outside to clear your head and reset your soul.”
Trend #2: Intermittent fasting
“As a health coach, I believe in the power of pause,” Carey notes. “Intermittent fasting is like a pause button for your digestive system, giving it time to rest and rid itself of inflammation. During your intermittent fasting test, you should plan to eat plenty of healthy fats and proteins and cut out all processed sugar to keep your blood sugar levels steady.”
Intrigued, we asked Carey for guidelines anyone can use to see this might be a trend worth trying. She advises starting with 12 hours in between meals before stretching your fast to 14 hours, 16 hours and finally, 18 hours. Below, she laid out a seven-day fasting test:
- Day 1: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 7 a.m.
- Day 2: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 9 a.m.
- Day 3: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 11 a.m.
- Day 4: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 11 a.m.
- Day 5: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 1 p.m.
- Day 6: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 1 p.m.
- Day 7: Dinner (the night before) at 7 p.m., breakfast at 1 p.m.
You’ll know this trend works when you find yourself feeling more energetic. Journaling each day is a sure-fire way to help you keep track of how you feel.
Trend #3: Drinking Mushroom-Infused Coffee
Mushroom-infused coffee has started to sweep the internet, and Carey believes that it’s for good reason. “Chaga mushroom coffee is high in antioxidant count, a potent anti-viral, reduces inflammation, improves endurance and stimulates the immune system,” she schools us. “It’s also said to be easier on the stomach (it’s less acidic) and has less caffeine than a standard cup of Joe.”
If you’re game to run this test, Carey swears by Four Sigmatic. “Or, if you prefer to make your own mushroom infused coffee, consider using Vimergy Chaga Extract Powder and Medical Medium Anthony Williams’ Chaga Latte recipe.”
#4: Fascial Fitness
We hadn’t heard of the term “fascial fitness” yet when Carey mentioned its magical powers. “Fascia is a matrix of super flexible connective tissue that wrap around your muscles, organs and other body structures. Tight fascia can lead to fatigue and injury, so releasing fascia is fast becoming a new fitness craze. Healthy fascia ensures that the body stays flexible, mobile and energized. That said, fascial fitness is any exercise that strengthens and elongates the muscles; workouts like yoga and stretching are good examples, as opposed to weight-lifting (which contracts the muscles).” Wow!
To see how your body responds, Carey says to search for “fascial fitness” or “fascial stretch therapy” instructional videos on YouTube. Since you can try this trend at home, it’ll be easy to evaluate whether or not it’s a worthy addition to your current wellness routine.