It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sure, the holidays are awesome, but our favourite time of year? The day when we release our wellness trend predictions for 2019! Read on to find out about the delicious way we’ll be recovering from our workouts, the next phase of cannabis consumption, the biggest diet trend, and more.
#1: Meet Your New Recovery Drink
It’s your go-to when you feel a cold coming on, when your gut is acting up, or when you just want a soul-warming drink on a cold day. It’s been huge in New York for the last few years, is fast becoming our city’s collective winter obsession, and it’s likely something your grandmother even had her own special recipe for. But here’s something your grandma might not have known – it’s also the perfect post-workout recovery drink. Is there anything bone broth can’t do?
If you’re new to broth your first question might be… so, it’s soup? Well, kind of. What makes a broth different though, is the slow cooking process, which breaks down the bones and allows us to access the nutrients and minerals that are so healing.
So why should you sip broth post-workout? Nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach Sylvie Tetrault recently shared some of the reasons she loves broth as a recovery drink with our friends at Impact Kitchen (where our favorite broth just so happens to be made and simmered for 30 hours).
“Broth is packed with collagen, the most abundant protein in the body and vital for the formation and support of cartilage, bones, and ligaments,” she explained. “This is especially important for those that are physically active.”
Then there’s broth’s amino acid (the building blocks of protein) profile, including glycine and glutamine, both of which are important for recovery in the building and repairing of lean muscle mass.
When should you broth?
Tetrault recommends broth post-workout but says it can be consumed before as well. Following a sweat sesh, she says it’s great for electrolyte replacement and the repair and rebuilding of connective tissue, as well as joint support.
What’s more, “the anti-inflammatory properties in bone broth make it great for decreasing general soreness, especially when paired with other anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric and ginger, boosting the recovery process,” Tetrault says.
It’s gotta be the broth…
Need more proof? Kobe Bryant used broth to recover from an on-court injury back in 2013 that should have sidelined him for weeks but instead got him back in the game.
Tetrault also reports that several of the hockey players she works with use it as their recovery beverage of choice.
#2: Conscious Cannabis Consumption
Remember the days when you rolled a joint from a dime bag and smoked in a friend’s basement, hoping your parents wouldn’t find out? When it was mostly about getting stoned and staying in, maybe seeing if Dark Side of the Moon really synched up with The Wizard of Oz (spoiler: it totally does)? Now instead of hazily contemplating the intricacies of your favorite album’s cover art, we’re intellectualizing terpenes and discussing the entourage effect.
From our collective obsession with CBD for anxiety relief and healing skin ailments, to cannabis companies pitching flower for specific health goals, to its place as the of-the-moment ingredient in beauty products, we’ve started to place a greater emphasis on the plant’s benefits to our health, rather than its ability to get us high.
Cannabis is Making us Science Nerds
In a recent conversation with the Senior Vice President of dosist in Canada, Lenny Louis, we learned how the company is concentrating on elevating your consumption. “Each [of dosist’s] formulations’ unique terpene makeup plays a meaningful role in taking you to the specific needstate you want to reach,” he told us. “dosist’s formulations were developed based on available research and our science team’s intimate understanding of cannabis and its compounds. dosist blends consist of a terpene profile informed by mother nature, but in higher concentrations than what’s found in the whole plant. By pairing the terpene blend with a complementary cannabinoid ratio and heating the oil at an intelligent pace to a set temperature, you get a dose of relief, bliss or calm with every inhale.”
We’re even seeing cannabis getting noticed as part of a fitness regimen. “Based on the type of workout, cannabis can be used before or after practice,” Louis told us. “[dosist] formulas such as ‘relief’ can be beneficial after an intense workout to aid in muscle recovery, whereas ‘bliss’ or ‘calm’ have been shown to aid the mind in concentration before a low intensity workout such as yoga.”
A Major Sea Change
Tabitha Fritz, founder of Fritz’s Cannabis, has taken note of this shift. While her company has “always had a mandate to provide safe, reliable, and effective edibles to medical cannabis patients,” she recalls that selling to the recreational market through the Green Market and Kensington Flea Market exposed her to customers largely looking for “the highest dose edibles they could get at the cheapest price… in general, a lot of our customers were looking to get as high as they could.”
But in the last year especially, she’s noted a sea change. “We’ve seen a huge shift in the needs of our customers,” she told us, “as people become more aware of cannabis’s wellness applications, and more and more people access products that contain CBD, not just THC. A number of our clients take CBD daily, just like a vitamin, and have seen associated improvements in their physical and mental health, and overall well-being… Overall, we’ve seen a huge shift in our sales from THC products designed to get people high to CBD products designed to improved the quality of people’s lives.”
#3: Elevated Workplace Wellness
We’re headed away from plastic folding table health fairs with free toothbrushes and branded stress balls and into the era of wellness for the workplace that has a real impact.
And we’re just in time: according to a Gallup poll, “organizations are facing an employee burnout crisis.” A recent study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% of employees feel burned out at work very often or always, with another 44% reporting feeling “burned out sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job.”
From major companies to co-working spaces, opportunities for wellness during the workday are growing. Whether companies are offering onsite health clinics (Forbes reports that by 2020, two thirds of companies with more than 5000 employees will have these facilities), or lunchtime yoga classes in the conference rooms, we’re seeing a serious premium placed on employee wellness.
Take WeWork, which in 2017 launched Rise by We, a comprehensive fitness studio, spa, and wellness cafe, underneath its lower Manhattan co-working space. The company plans to expand their wellness We-takeover in 2019 with Rise & Thrive, a collaboration between Rise by We and Thrive Global, founded by Arianna Huffington. The experience begins with an “interactive full-day workshop to unlock your greatest potential and give you the tools to move from knowing what to do to actually doing it,” according to the company’s website, and continues with a “custom mind-body workout and spa session.”
On the west coast, there’s Werklab, a co-working space that boasts an in-house studio with yoga, pilates, meditation, and alignment classes.
Here in Toronto, there’s Make Lemonade, a co-working space for women that places a strong focus on creating balance.
“I’m a strong believer that your business is only as strong as you and the culture you’ve created,” explains founder Rachel Kelly. “I often ask myself: if I’m burning the candle at both ends and don’t even remember to eat, then what is the point in any of this?!
“People in any stage of any career can relate to this: we’ve all been stressed to the max at some point, and this is a result of some serious work-life culture we’ve often thought we need to subscribe to. This shift is a result of some serious awakening, whether it be through social media, news, conversation, you name it. We’re starting to put ourselves first. It’s no longer go to work to pay for the car to drive to work, but choose to work in a way that supports the lifestyle we want to lead. And often that just means working in an office that understands the importance of allowing employees to take a walk around the block.”
#4: Instead of “Go Go Go,” Let’s try “Slow Slow Slow”
SoulCycle class. Back to back meetings. Happy hour with your crew. A couple of hours dedicated to your side hustle. And that’s just Tuesday. Sound familiar? If you’re burning the candle at both ends (and maybe the middle too), you might just be suffering from chronic stress.
It’s become incredibly normalized (and even part of a lot of #humblebrags) to talk about your balls-to-the-wall HIIT classes or your hectic life as a badge of honor. But as we begin to understand the impact this kind of go-go-go life has on our bodies and our brains, we’re also starting to learn about its major consequence.
This year, we predict the (hopefully ongoing) trend of paying attention to why we might be feeling like such sh*t all the time (no matter how virtuous our all-kale-all-the-time diet is). We expect to see a movement towards being kinder to ourselves and bragging instead about how we’ve found balance and a way to do less. Because all that stress can have serious consequences.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
“Adrenal Fatigue is a functional disturbance in the body whereby the adrenal glands (small organs on top of the kidneys), stop producing the chronic stress hormone cortisol, in accordance with optimal daily fluctuations,” our expert Dr. Meghan Walker explained. “Adrenal fatigue often manifests after long-term, unrelenting stress.”
So if I’m just like really tired, do I have adrenal fatigue?
“My observation is that more and more people are labelling the fatigue of chronic stress under the catch-all term, adrenal fatigue,” Walker tells us. “In my clinical experience, when we actually test for adrenal fatigue, only 50% of expected cases end up actually having adrenal fatigue. The remainder are usually suffering from the long-term consequences of stress, but it is not necessarily adrenal fatigue.”
(Walker also points out that adrenal fatigue “is not the same as the adrenal diseases, Cushings or Addisons, which are extreme over and underproductions of cortisol.”)
How can we combat the effects of long-term stress?
“The body loves routine,” says Walker. “I have generally found adrenals to be more resilient when you are consistent with your bedtime and morning routines, even in the face of long-term stress. The adrenal glands thrive on good nutrition and elemental minerals – magnesium or even a clean electrolyte formula are often extremely nutritive for fatigued adrenal glands.”
#5: Diet is a Four-Letter Word
Remember the Cabbage Soup Diet? How about juice cleanses? Or that one where we drank nothing but a mix of lemon juice and cayenne pepper? There’s a reason we’ve blocked those moments from our memory: the days of the quick-fix, lose-weight-fast, deprivation diets are gone.
Arriving in its place is a concept that isn’t really new at all: eating for your lifestyle. Taking a step back, we’ve been headed in this direction for a while, thanks in part to a series of non-diets like Paleo, which achieved popularity thanks to its ability to fuel a specific goal and fitness regimen (i.e. CrossFit).
While we expect the popularity of paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, and other lifestyle diets to continue to grow, we also expect mindful eating to rise as a major wellness trend in 2019 (and beyond).
“Intuitive eating is the act of making food decisions by honouring your innate hunger signals, respecting fullness and bringing the pleasure back into eating,” explains holistic nutritionist Rachel Molenda. “It’s one of the best sustainable ‘diets’ we can turn to because it’s exactly how we started out in life eating, until we were released into society where diet culture is prevalent and stopped listening to our body and trusting the signals it gave us.”
Molenda sees this way of approaching how we eat and how we honor our bodies as being something we can embrace for a lifetime. “More and more people are turning to this way of eating and living because they are done with the short-sighted diets that are difficult to sustain and unenjoyable,” she tells us. “There should be some mindfulness around what goes into your body with the intention of feeling your best, but eating should be natural, just like how we ate as infants without even needing to be taught.”
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