Diets come and go, but some are both delicious, healthful, and worth keeping around. With the season drawing us back into a routine, it’s easier to plan meals ahead and try a new way of eating. Need a little inspiration? Check out these three trendy diets you should try this fall.
An acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, the DASH Diet prevents high blood pressure by focusing on low-sodium foods. As a side effect, the DASH Diet can also prevent osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Vegans and vegetarians, who often have lower rates of high blood pressure than meat eaters, inspired the DASH diet, which is why it focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. It was ranked by Health as the Best Overall Diet and isn’t that difficult to follow long-term.
Dairy and whole grains make up daily meals along with fruits and vegetables. Protein such as poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes are allowed in moderation, along with a restricted serving of sweets, alcohol, fats, and oils.
The Mediterranean Diet has us dreaming of warm, breezy days on a hillside in Greece. Despite originating in a warm climate, the Mediterranean Diet is perfect for fall. Comprised of fruits, vegetables, and high quality fats, this way of eating has been shown to reduce disease-causing inflammation as well as weight and heart disease. Not only that, following a Mediterranean diet can increase longevity.
Mediterranean foods are savory and satisfying, and include fresh salads with juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers, salty feta cheese, warm pita bread, red wine, and more. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Ready to give this way of eating a try? Check out Rootastes’ fall menu!
Similar to the DASH Diet, a flexitarian cuts back on their meat intake but doesn’t omit it all together. The goal is to be flexible. Meals are simple, containing five or so ingredients, and focus on fresh produce more so than dairy, grains, and meat, of course.
The goal is also to consume 60% of your daily caloric intake by dinnertime, so you have ample energy throughout the day and are less likely to store too-big dinners as fat.
Start with giving Meatless Mondays a try, and then slowly increase to 4-5 days a week without meat.
We’re all for trying new food trends and ways of staying healthy. Give any of these diets a chance and see how you feel. When planned ahead, each of these health trends are satisfying and delicious. It’s amazing how easy it can be to “fall” into a new health routine!
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.