I like to think of myself as a levelheaded wellness junkie. I don’t discover the latest trends (obviously) but I often go out of my way to try them. Well, as much as I can living in suburban Florida.
Oil pulling? Ok.
Turmeric-everything? Orange is the new black.
Cupping? Yeah, I’ve always been a Phelps fan.
A lot of it is BS (and unnecessary) but you won’t know unless you take that first sip of kombucha. Plus, I find the process fun. I have weird hobbies.
2016 was filled with bowls, athleisure, matcha, poke and Instagram fitness celebrities. Not to say 2017 will be much (if at all) different but I’d like to make some predictions. These aren’t entirely new trends or concepts, particularly in larger cities, yet us non-city dwellers deserve to have fun, too ;). I’d love for you to play along in the comments!
Alternative title for this list: what Emily might be using/doing in 2017.
That stuff you put on a grill? It might be the best way to clean your face.
Activated charcoal isn’t new, although its “original” purpose of treating alcohol poisoning and drug overdose is not the goal here. Charcoal itself is a detoxifier and works to absorb chemicals before they hit the bloodstream. Charcoal beauty products work similarly. A facemask, for example, absorbs the toxins (dirt and oil) in your skin. I took inventory of my health-related products yesterday and realized four of them were charcoal-based. A charcoal facemask, cleansing bar, deodorant and pills, which I take if I think I was glutened (my form of poisoning). Honestly, I think they all work really well.
When I was in California earlier this year I took a charcoal juice shot (not my favorite thing) and I know you can brush your teeth with it too. Someone try that one and tell me what it’s like.
So don’t go putting hot coal on your skin but look out for it as a star ingredient in beauty products.
Fitness + Fun
Here’s what I’m thinking…more racecations (a race + vacation), HIIT Happy Hours, healthyish girl’s weekends and community-oriented wellness events (like Wanderlust). Fitness is already a form of socialization, especially in major cities, but let’s amplify it next year.
Adaptogens are herbs, often in the form of supplements, used to help people “adapt” to situations. While these situations are mostly stress related, the claimed benefits of these substances are wide-ranging. Like charcoal, adaptogens are not new on the market (they’ve been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years) but they are slowly becoming more mainstream. Ashwagandha is arguably the most well-known adaptogen at the moment, yet holy basil (obvi more religious than your boring pesto), rhodiola rosea and Asian ginseng are rising in popularity and usage.
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Individualized Health & Fitness
BBG was so 2015. Now we want custom programs. One-on-one coaching for races, competitions and general fitness success.
Side note: BBG is hard. It’s also probably not going anywhere.
Same thing goes for health…23 and Me, personalized supplement packets and food sensitivity tests. One size does NOT fit all.
Fermented foods went mainstream in 2015 and 2016, but they will continue to shine next year. More products, flavors and forms of eating (on the go packets of sauerkraut?).
Also….gut health, and its relation to other diseases and conditions, isn’t going anywhere.
Coffee substitutes OR enhancers
I don’t drink coffee so I can’t speak for this point too much. However, from what I’ve seen around social media, people either want to stop drinking it or want more from it, nutritionally speaking. Bulletproof coffee (coffee + butter + MCT oil) has already stepped in to “fix” the latter issue. Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? As for coffee substitutes, I’ve seen certain (darker) flavors of tea, golden milk, matcha lattes and carob powder.
Vegetable substitutions at restaurants
We already spiralize at home but will zoodles be at McDonald’s next year? Unlikely, but neither will I.
In general, vegetables will play a bigger role on restaurant menus. Spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice and sweet potato toast, eggplant lasagna. Just in Florida, which is definitely not a trendsetting state, I’ve seen the rise of “comfort” food made with vegetables. Not to say every menu item is good or necessary, but I’ve seen some.
Flashback to Denver when I had zoodles with my lunch (my mom had a cauliflower rice bowl).
Old is new again
Essential oils, acupuncture, crystals, spiritual work, herbs. What was used thousands of years ago for healing will come back into play.
Reading ingredient labels on products
Aside from food products, we’ll become accustomed to reading labels on beauty products and cleaning supplies. Even if we don’t ingest something, it matters what we put on our bodies (and into the air!).
I think/hope/believe that we, as consumers and residents on Earth, will become more environmentally aware. We have a big responsibility to protect our planet.
What will 2017 be like in the wellness world? Here are my predictions.
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Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
I love these predictions! I think reading labels on more than just food will be huge in 2017. I have really seen it take off this year especially when it comes to beauty products and cleaning supplies and am sure it will become even bigger in 2017.
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Heather @Lunging Through Life says
Who knew all these things were around, haha. I have heard a lot of the charcoal mask but have never done it. Brushing teeth with it sounds disgusting, but maybe it does something? I want to join in on the fitness and fun. Never done BBG but really have the urge to!
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Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
I love seeing veggie subs on menus! And creating with them myself…
And I have a couple future posts about this, but I think you make a good point about the oils and spiritual stuff. I’ve learned a lot about that in teacher training, and while I’ll always be a bit of a skeptic, it makes a surprising amount of sense.
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Susie @ SuzLyfe says
The more fermentation, the better. In all aspects of life, lol. GIVE ME ALL THE PICKLES!!!!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Did you see this? https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleno/foods-that-hipsters-ruined-in-2016?utm_term=.tx8lVwLMGX#.qtE3xpK6RY
Haha! I agree with the ones I hope to see go in 2017!
(But rock on saurkraut!)
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I really hope Lord willing to be more aware of helping to protect and care for God’s World and be mindful of it. Thank you for the reminder! And I’ve tried activated charcoal. It actually works so well. And I need to do more fermented foods…
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I love these! I have a charcoal facemask that I think is super effective. And funny, I’m going to an event called Taste of Fitness in January that features a bunch of local fitness studios and socializing (Columbus, Ohio)… so I’m starting out my 2017 with Fitness + Fun!
I loved this post and totally agree with each of your points. I’m most excited for the continued growth of fitness as a social/fun part of people’s lives! I hope the idea of Runcations and “wellness weekends” catch on!
I’ve been really curious to try a charcoal face mask – maybe i’ll have to ask Santa to put one in my stocking!
I love the idea of it becoming common to check labels of cleaning supplies and what’s in our air (like candles/plug-ins). It’s just as important as what we eat, but I feel like it gets skipped over. I’ve also fallen into the charcoal thing! I have the nose strips for blackheads LOL!
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Lindsay Edwards says
Love this post! Right now I’m super into gut health (well, have been for awhile) and getting a Pinner Test done. It’s insanely pricey but I think it’s worth it. https://pinnertest.com/
Allie @ Miss Allie's Kitchen says
This is so fun!!!! I have tried brushing my teeth with charcoal capsules that I cut in half – it works!!! It isn’t super dramatic, but I notice a difference. I’d DEF recommend doing it at night because sometimes the little black particles stick around in my gums for a bit, but they are gone by the AM haha. I love the fitness getaway idea! So random but what a fun girls weekend/ bachelorette idea!
Leggings as pants will make it some day…. it really will!
These are fun to predict… It makes me think of how popular beachbody was in 2014 and now i rarely see anyone doing it. It’s fun to think about what’s next!
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Sarah @ BucketListTummy says
I have never tried a charcoal mask haha. I’m with you on the veggies changing – fast food places have already amped up their salad offerings so much. I also think there will be more plant based/vegan products, meal delivery services and more seed bar options. At a nutrition conference in October, I saw tons of sprouted watermelon seed bars (they are AMAZING!)
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This post was so fun to read, I loved all of your predictions! My charcoal face mask is actually the best one I’ve ever tried… as for brushing my teeth with it though, that just sounds scary haha! Great post!
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Kristy from Southern In Law says
I have to agree with all of your predictions – especially charcoal and I just don’t get the attraction! I feel like it’s getting more and more popular and I’m taking more and more steps away from it because yeahhh… black sludge isn’t appealing.
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Amanda @ ExploringLifeAndThings says
Okay give me all the fitness + fun days/weekends! I’m all about turning races into vacations and really getting the whole experience of a new city/trip along with the excitement of a race. This was so much fun to read! You know what I would like to become a trend? More quick restaurant options for healthier food. Like Panera, Chipotle, etc, places with healthier options for when you’re on the go. Or maybe I just need to move to a bigger city where that is more of a common thing:)
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Preaching to the choir! I want to plan ALL the racecations possible :) I’d take more healthier quick-food options, too.
GiGi Eats says
DOWN WITH CHARCOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so many stomach issues it’s stupid. And someone recommended I try charcoal. NOPE. I was sick and couldn’t move (like I had the worst food poisoning ever) for 3 days straight. THIS GIRL loves to eat and never misses a meal, and I couldn’t eat AT ALL when I took that crap! So I despise charcoal and hope it DOES NOT become a thing! :(
I have only ingested it twice (after an accidental glutened situation) but I do like the beauty products. So I can’t speak for the charcoal juice/shots/food products as much as the beauty side!
Mollie Sweet says
Leggings as pants are already a corporate thing. ;-) http://brassclothing.com/collections/bottoms/products/the-ponte-pant
(Those are on my post-baby splurge list. They will definitely be worn to work.).
Love that kraut!! I have the jalapeno one in my fridge. I definitely hope the health and wellness community starts (or continues I guess) influencing the larger market. It would be so nice to have better food options around when I don’t want to cook.
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Might be adding those pants to my list too! And I agree…having more options for healthy prepared food (everywhere, not just cities) would be great.
Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog says
Love this post!! Especially the insight on fermented foods! I am alllllll about the kraut right now and would love to see more people start eating it more frequently in the new year! So good for you.
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Thanks, Kaila! I eat sauerkraut with everything…it’s become a staple for me!
This is great. I saw an ad on facebook for charcoal toothpaste which made me really uncomfortable. Wouldn’t your teeth get stained black?
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That’s what I assumed too, but apparently that’s not the case!
We have the same hobbies!! I definitely think a year long worldwide ‘sabbatical’ to try out all of the emerging health and wellness trends is on the cards… ;)
Charcoal bread seems to be the thing in London…http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/charcoal-is-turning-londons-pizzas-and-burgers-into-a-hangover-cure-a3256206.html
I’d never heard of adaptogens but will be on the look out to see if they start coming through over here :)
That article is crazy- I think London is way ahead in the charcoal revolution (if that’s a thing haha).
I LOVED this. I was totally cracking up throughout it… I’ve been meaning to try the charcoal toothpaste, so I’ll get back to you. I have been loving all the healthier options lately at restaurants – I had fish over zoodles over the summer in SOUTH CAROLINA. And let me tell you, SC is usually behind on everything. And as for leggings at work… a girl can dream. Although, I’ve been on the hunt for some comfy joggers I can try to jazz up for work!
Thanks, Christine! Apparently “worklesiure” will become a thing soon. Let’s PRAY!
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen says
Emily I love this! Gosh you’re so on point with everything. As my husband would say, “hashtag trendy”.
I have yet to try any charcoal stuff but (obviously) see it all over IG.
HA! Maybe an unconventional form of trendy (aka not the most fashionable or tech-savy) but this stuff I like ;)
Amylou @ The No Grainer says
This is so on point! I just wrote a post on my blog on the same thing basically (a review on Well + Good’s trends) and it’s so similar. Can’t wait to try it all out and hear what you have to say! xx
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Talia Koren says
I lol’d at “BBG is so 2015” haha I still do the exercises sometimes! I only went through it once. It’s hard. I love how willing you are to try new things, it’s really admirable. I’m kind of the opposite. I get all skeptical of any new trend that comes out, but it makes me deeply curious about why people are so into it.
I still do it BGB occasionally. It’s hard! In most aspects (of life) I’m very hesitant to try new things, but when it comes to health/wellness/sports I see “new” as exciting instead of scary. I’ll take what I can get!
This is so so fun!! I love charcoal masks actually- my sister introduced me to them- she is always ahead of the times lol! I foresee a lot more people going plant based, more crazy printed leggings, more people getting into meditation/spiritual health and more natural beauty care regimens!
I like the idea of more crazy printed leggings. I can totally get behind that!