2016: The Trends, the Predictions and our One Resolution

January, resolutions, post-christmas detox, summer body ready: It seems this is the time of year where the media comes up with a million and one excuses as to why you need to lose weight, go on a diet and eat your veggies. And every different newspaper and magazine seems to have a new diet plan for you, which claims to get you fit and in shape instantly. 

Now call it revolutionary, but we believe the key to a healthy life is eating wholesome, natural foods that still taste delicious, shaking your booty on a regular basis, and having that glass of wine or dessert from time to time, because it’s all about 80/20 after all. Luckily we’ve come quite a way since the naughties slim fast and carb hating days, and quite a lot of the 2016 trends luckily have some logic behind them, but to save you a bit of time, we’ve separated the fads from the facts and have a breakdown of the foods and trends to look out for in 2016. 

THE DIET (or lifestyle if you prefer) TRENDS:  


SIRTFOODS 

WHAT IS IT?

A list of foods that apparently turbocharge weight loss and help you live longer, mimicking the effects of fasting and exercise. 

HOW?

These foods are full of natural plant chemicals that activate genes, called sirtuins, in our bodies which will then aid in a longer life and weight loss. Eating a diet of sirtfoods will apparently boost the effect of cutting calories. 

WHAT TO EAT?

 The top 20 sirtfoods are: 
- Buckwheat
- Capers
- Celery
- Chocolate (over 80% cacao) 
- Coffee
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Green tea (matcha preferably) 
- Kale
- Lovage
- Medjool dates
- Parsley
- Red chicory
- Red onion
- Red wine
- Rocket
- Soy
- Strawberries
- Turmeric
- Walnuts 

THE VERDICT

It sounds amazing right? Wine and chocolate dipped strawberries overnight and our bodies will think we’re exercising? I can’t say we’re too convinced. The principal does come down to wholesome, natural ingredients for the most part though, which we are definitely fans of, and of course swapping from a junk diet to this would do anyone heaps of good! 


THE PEGAN DIET 

WHAT IS IT?

The best of paleo and vegan, focusing on eating a high fat diet to reduce the chance of heart disease and shred the pounds. 

HOW?

 Eating fat is proven to be great for the body and lowering the risk of heart disease, with insulin (sugar) now seeming to be the main cause. By eating a wholesome diet of natural foods, you can reset your body and adjust to eating how you should be eating.  

WHAT TO EAT

- Whole fresh food that is sustainable raised and rich in vitamins, mineral and phytonutrients
- Foods low in sugar and refined carbs
- Good quality fats from olive oil, nuts, seeds, coconut and avocado (4-5 servings a day) 
- Protein from high quality meat and fish
- Lots of fresh fruit a vegetables
- No processed foods, chemicals, additives or preservatives
- No dairy or gluten
- No beans or grains for the first 21 days

THE VERDICT

We couldn’t agree more with the idea behind this. Nothing processed, no gluten, no dairy, no sugar. Just high quality meat, fish, veggies, fruit with some grains + legumes. Sounds quite similar to our approach so obviously we’re big fans. Let’s just drop the name the Pegan thing and call it wholesome eating? 


THE DETOX DIET

WHAT IS IT? 

Essentially, an elimination diet, removing common allergy-inducing, toxic foods and drinks from your diet to increase energy levels and weight loss. 

HOW?

Common allergy foods such as gluten and dairy can cause bloating and fatigue so removing these from your diet and eating a wholesome diet can give you chance to listen to your body. 

WHAT TO EAT?

-  White meat and fish, no red meat or processed meat
- Lots of fruit and steamed vegetables
- No sugar, processed or fatty foods other than a little oil to dress salads
- Lots of garlic and onion for their cleansing properties
- Avoid tea and coffee, replacing with herbal teas and water 

THE VERDICT

It sort of screams boring, but the concept is still great - wholesome, clean food. Although we’re big fans of our fats and a little too addicted to our morning flat white to really take this advice on board! 

THE 2016 TREND PREDICTIONS: 

2015 saw the comeback of the cauliflower, a rise in courgette sales (much thanks to the spiraliser) and a huge increase in the sale of dried fruit and free-from products, all trends we’re definitely happy to see! So what’s in store for 2016? 

  • Persian Food (think stews and rice dishes with dried fruits and spices) 
  • Golden berries (the new goji berry) 
  • Seaweed (the new kale) 
  • Sprouting seeds (easier to digest, you can find these in many of our salads!) 
  • Home Smoking (homemade smoked salmon? Count us in!) 
  • Brazilian Food (lucky for us our head chef is Brazilian so we’re totally behind this prediction!) 
  • Food to help your physical appearance (food enhanced with probiotics or collagen for example) 
  • Eating with your eyes (more colourful, enticing packaging on everyday items) 
  • Insects (a sustainable source of protein. We tried cricket flour recently and it was much better than it sounds!) 

By the looks of things, 2016 is set to be another year of delicious, healthy food and body loving goodness, definitely something we’re big fans of at pollen + grace. And with lots of big plans for the year, we’re hoping that a big slice of that deliciousness will be delivered to you by us - the first bite being at our pop up at the end of this month!

But what should you take away from any of this? Well we're not really big fans of new year resolutions or new year diets and believe more so that 2016 should be a year full of exactly what you want to do. So eat what makes you feel good + happy, do what makes you good + happy and enjoy every last bit of it (but obviously doing what makes you feel happy should definitely include a visit to our pop up later this month!).