The perception of eating healthily is often that, a perception and not necessarily a fact! Over the past several years the advent of an ever increasing market for diet and fitness products has produced a proliferation of, at its worse, some terrible fads and at its best an increased desire and awareness about eating in a healthy way.
Several factors seem to have contributed to the rise of so many different health regimens claiming all manner of success, whether it be in the loss of weight or increased well being. It is probably fair to say that the biggest driving force for many proponents of certain lifestyles has to be financial. It is no coincidence that the market is a multi million dollar one and continues to grow annually. Initially it is probably fair to say that in many countries like the USA the concern for people to follow a given eating pattern is born out of medical concern and a belief that a particular configuration of certain food groups would result in improved health throughout the general populace.
However it also seems apparent that the governments support of certain industries, whether the farmers or manufacturers of other products, has a part to play in backing various dietary models. A lack of knowledge on the part of the ordinary consumer coupled with some artful advertising ensured the majority of people have followed a similar diet over the several decades. Not so much in more recent years! As with all things people are apt to be curious and some a little more experimental and this has led to a great diversity of thought and information concerning diet and health in general. All this has led to an evolution in the health and food industries to the point where people can be following all manner of regimens and lifestyles.
Perhaps one of the most significant forces in the rise of healthy eating is the advent of the internet and the explosion of social media in all its various guises. The thoughts and beliefs of any individual, expert or otherwise, can be accessed at little or no cost via such things as You Tube and the blogging, vlogging and any number of other avenues on the internet that would be experts use. Nowadays you can turn to the internet for almost anything. There are guides on how to do just about everything, like wikihow you can work online, as I often do, you can watch tv online, Netflix is my favorite. While enjoying a meal at one of these restaurants you can be online as well. I wonder how I look while I’m sitting, enjoying a healthy meal in a restaurant and playing innogames or pokerstarscasino, probably a little strange, but you see more and more people eating with their laptops out.
The trick to gleaning things from the internet is keeping a measure of objectivity so as not to be caught up in every new fad that might appear. Not everyone has a specific agenda beyond sharing their knowledge or personal preferences and experiences but you still need to exercise caution and common sense when determining if any suggestions will be beneficial. With the wide spread sharing of information comes an increase in the average persons awareness of such things as health issues and people today are far more concerned about what they eat and where it comes from, than perhaps in previous generations. Concerns over sustainability and animal well fare as well as the rise in additives and other invasive methods of food production that are becoming increasingly unpopular, and with good reason, have helped fuel the healthy eating movement. In a sense it is a back to basics drive that has helped to popularize more organic produce and even seen a massive rise in vegetarian and vegan diets and lifestyles.
Where fast food was once the most exciting thing to hit the high street now the popular establishment of choice may include farm to table produce and meat and dairy that has been certified free of additives or hormones and is certainly free range. The humble coffee shop is now typically an urban oasis where those same budding bloggers can access the wifi and internet to write about their latest trip to the farmers market, whilst sipping on a latte made from perhaps almond or hemp milk or any other number of healthy alternatives to the traditional dairy! The rise of the celebrity chef via television has also given birth to any number of healthy lifestyle shows that serve to both entertain and inform the general public. This in turn has seen an explosion of their various signature restaurants in auspicious locations such as cruise ships, ski resorts and cosmopolitan cities around the world. The new generation of five star restaurants is far more focussed on exploiting and promoting this trend for healthy eating where the eating experience centers on an experience that satisfies the senses and enhances ones overall health.
Once upon a time healthy eating supposed nasty green vegetables and oatmeal, certainly nothing as flavorful as can be found not just in the classiest of restaurants, but in some of the smallest of neighborhood venues. Even the humble food truck has gained popularity in many areas serving imaginative and deliciously healthy food! More significantly the average home is far more conscious of eating responsibly and reaping the rewards of this healthy outlook.