Healthy Trends 2018: Feel Better—Eat More DNA!
2018 is here. The start of a new year is often a time for making resolutions and showing renewed interest in long-shelved items on our wish lists. And—let’s face it—January is also the time for dieting. Our holiday indulgences have come to home to roost (usually around our mid-sections) and gym memberships spike. The obesity epidemic is spreading like butter on hotcakes—it’s best to shed those extra pounds before they add up. Every year has its own set of healthy trends, and 2018 is no exception. One of the hottest healthy trends right now is nutrigenomics, and for good reason. In a nutshell, it’s determining the best foods you should be eating based on your unique DNA, and numerous studies confirm the soundness of this increasingly-popular science.
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Knowing what your DNA says about how your body genetically reacts to specific micronutrients and macronutrients—combined with an exercise strategy also based on your genetics—can be the key to making 2018 the year you finally succeed in achieving a healthy weight!
Sound too good to be true? It really isn’t—recommendations from this type of genetic testing amount to common-sense solutions plus personalized information for optimum weight-loss and overall wellness. It’s simply a smarter approach than crazy diet fads that pop up each year—and it’s science based.
So What’s All This About Eating More DNA?
Chances are good you’re already eating DNA every day, and that dovetails nicely into a weight-loss strategy based on nutrigenomics. What kinds of foods contain DNA?
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- All meats
- Nuts and seeds
- Milk (in small amounts, from shed cow cells)
Do you see a trend? Food with DNA is unprocessed and at some point, was living. In fact, the more processed a food has, the less DNA it has in it. When eaten raw or prepared healthily, DNA-rich foods are high in nutrition and lower in calories than any other types of food. Eating more DNA than you are now naturally cuts down on the amount of processed foods you’re currently consuming.
The result? You look better, feel better, and weigh less.
If you look at food suggestions and recipes based on your DNA that are included with your HomeDNA Healthy Weight test report, you’ll see eggs, meat, avocados, green peppers, mushrooms, and oranges, just to name a very few. Chocolate cake won’t be on that list. Although cake may contain ingredients that once had DNA, the DNA has mostly been stripped out due to high levels of processing.
The Bottom Line
Healthy trends come and go, but embracing the science involved in nutrigenomics and eating more DNA are here to stay. To achieve and maintain a healthy weight over the long term, say no to The Cabbage Soup Diet, The Cookie Diet, and “Miracle” Milkshakes, and instead make a commitment to upping your DNA intake. Make 2018 the year your body’s been waiting for.