Every year seems to bring new trends in health, fitness, and overall human behavior. Chances are you have heard many trends that sometimes seem over the top but nevertheless become popular enough for people to talk about and share it with their friends. Some might come and go because they actually have no benefits to your body or soul and come just as something new or interesting that a celebrity or a popular blog has endorsed. Let’s look at some of the trends we have been seeing in 2015 that seem to be growing fast and you might want to take note as it looks that are they going to be super popular in the year of 2016.
The Mushroom Tonic is a drink infused with medicinal mushrooms.
Mushroom Tonics, this is something I recommend you save for future when you reach a time where a boost in your immunity system is needed.
Mushrooms have medicinal properties and have been used for centuries. I will not try to convince you that this is some sort of medical cure but it is definitely full of antioxidants, and from studies collected shows immune boosting properties.
If you are not anywhere close to Los Angeles where mushroom infused drinks are widely popular and available for purchase you can make your own. Contrary to the sound of it, it does not taste bad and actually has a nice creamy texture.
Here is a great recipe to keep!
Mushroom Tonic Recipe
- 1½ cups cashew milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seed
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon local honey
- 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of each organic powdered cordyceps, reishi, shiitake, chaga, maitake, and king oyster OR use 1 tablespoon of a mushroom mix
- Pinch of sea salt
Combine the ingredients above in a blender (Vitamix is our choice) until smooth and creamy. You can adjust the sweetness by using more or less dates. There are 2 ways to enjoy it. You can pour it over ice and drink it chilled, or warm it up in a saucepan over the stove top and sip it hot. Enjoy!
Just a few days ago I saw on my Facebook feed a friend of mine announcing that she will not be using Facebook until April 5th. Random date, random time and pretty random accuracy on her part. My latter friend decided that she needs to “detox” from her reliability on social network to make her happy? Feel needed? Feel a part of something? Or maybe all of it. I can certainly understand how she feels. A few years ago while I was taking doing some research at a local college, I overheard a joke. The student asks a bunch of other students “what is the first thing everyone does when they wake up?” There were many answers from expected “go to the bathroom” to somewhat shockingly open “shave my legs” but to all those answers his answer was “WRONG!” So what was the “right” answer? He said, “We check Facebook!” as the crowd laughed. Do we? Well, I know I do. Maybe it is not Facebook right away but definitely something on my phone. Be it emails, Instagram account or Pinterest, I am definitely guilty of that. Could I not do it first thing in the morning? Sure, I can, or maybe I think I can. Now, could I completely turn off all gadgets and start using old a no wireless signal available phone? I can assure you I cannot. And I am 100% sure neither could about 80% of US adult and teenage population. From one view it is scary to realize how dependent and maybe even “addicted” we are to the modern technologies and modern ways to feel included and needed but from the other point why not? We advance, we change and we learn to adapt.
So, I have admit. Guilty as charged. More times than not I have left my house wearing athletic clothes without any intention of going to the gym or even walking more than it takes to reach the store from the closest parking spot available. I am not sure it would have ever bothered me if I did not hear someone talking about their friend who “always wears those stretchy yoga pants, gross!”. Wait, could I be THAT friend? I hope not. I do like to wear nice clothes as I do believe that you are greeted by your appearance and more than once I was convinced that appearances do matter. While athletic, stretchy, sometimes belly tucking pants are super comfortable and even flattering and the fact that I love this country for its ability to love and accept people of all races, color and clothes I do sometimes think that there should be a line to what is OK and what is not OK on daily basis. I am happy that an overweight person is comfortable enough to wear belly baring tank top or shorts that a fit person should hardly ever put on unless they are dancing on a pole, I do miss the times when people cared about how they looked. I do miss the times where showing up to someone’s house for dinner dressed in special outfit showed respect for the host and themselves.