The 12 health trends you need to know about for 2023

Keto and fasting are out and ‘mind dieting’ is in: The 12 health trends you need to know about for 2023 – from ‘new hygge’ to ‘chronobiology’ and ‘green washing’

  • Aussie health experts have revealed the 12 health trends to watch out for in 2023 
  • The trends include chronobiology, green washing, new hygge and mental CPR 
  • The predictions focus on wellness, mental health, lifestyle and the environment
  • The experts believe the emphasis on wellness is a direct result of the pandemic 

Aussie health experts have revealed 12 emerging trends for 2023, including the ‘new hygge’, ‘green washing’ and ‘mental CPR’ and claim extreme diets like Keto and fasting are ‘out of fashion’.

People will be focusing on ‘getting their mind in shape’ in order to regain control of their bodies over extreme diets according to radical new predictions.

The emphasis on wellness comes as the nation emerges from the pandemic and thrives to be their ‘best self’ according to experts from the Endeavour College.

Aussie health experts have revealed the surprising health trends for 2023, including a diet for your mind and zero effort meditation

Mind dieting 

The first predicted health trend of 2023 is ‘mind dieting,’ which according to nutritionist Lexi Crouch, involves getting the mind into shape by understanding your  eating patterns.

This can help people get to the root of their unhealthy diet choices. 

‘From keto to fasting, physical dieting is always a hot topic but to get the best results from any diet, health kick or lifestyle change, it might be time to also try a psychological diet,’ she said.

‘Getting the mind into shape can be half the battle when it comes to getting fit and healthy or losing weight.’


The next trend has been dubbed the new ‘hygge.’ It is an ancient Chinese concept called yăng shēng which means ‘nourishing life.’

Yăng Shēng is the ancient Chinese medicine equivalent of self care

Hygge demands a proactive approach to health rather than a reactive approach to disease. 

It is the ‘Chinese medicine equivalent of self-care’, and may be the answer to modern life stresses as it focuses on creating sustainable health and happiness according to Chinese medicine lecturer Caitlin Armit.

The concept aims to promote wellbeing and longevity and places an emphasis on eating well, getting rest, moving your body, getting in touch with your emotions and doing exercises that connect the body such as yoga and meditation. 

‘At the core of yăng shēng are the concepts of balance, consistency, and flexibility. It’s the opposite of crash diets, quick fixes, magic pills, following fads or doing things to the extreme,’ Ms Armit revealed.

This is a practise that promotes health and longevity that has been around for more than 2500 years, and you may be practising it already without knowing! #tcm #chinesemedicine #yangsheng #longevitylifestyle #liveto100 #holisticwellness


The third prediction for 2023 is chronobiology, which is an emphasis on when you eat – not what you eat.

Nutritionist Sophie Scott explained there is evidence to support when you eat is just as crucial as what you choose to eat.

‘It is important for overall health, longevity, and weight loss,’ she said.

‘Chronobiology research suggests that the longer the gap between the last meal and sleep leads to better rest and weight loss outcomes,’ she added.

The nutritionist recommends eating the most food at the beginning of the day and leaving three hours between dinner and bed for optimal digestive health.

Chronobiology is a concept that believes your day should be tailored according to time, followers of this concept believe food should be eaten at specific times and intervals

Top 12 health trends for 2023

1. Mind-dieting

2. A new hygge

3. Chronobiology

4. Self-care study 

5. Greenwashing

6. Cycle syncing

7. Mental ‘CPR’ 

8. Nutrition psychiatry

9. Wellness at work 

10. Plant-based power 

11. Stillness meditation 

12. Eco Parenting


The fifth trend for 2023 is greenwashing, which is where businesses and products claim to be more eco-friendly than they are to capitalise on peoples interest in the environment.

Ms Scott says it is important not to be ‘hoodwinked’ by green marketing and to ‘look for trusted endorsements on products’.

These include the Energy Star Rating, B Corp Certification, GECA, Fair Trade International and Australian Certified Organic tags.

What are the main types of greenwashing to look out for?

1. Environmental imagery – Pictures of leaves, animals and green packaging are designed to signify eco-friendliness but genuinely eco-friendly products use plainer packaging

2. Misleading labels – Some products have self-declared titles like ‘100 per cent organic’ and ‘non-toxic’ but may have no evidence to back this up 

3. Hidden trade-offs – Some companies may be doing something environmentally-friendly but with a bad trade-off. For example, using all organic materials to make clothes, but they are made in exploitative conditions

4. Irrelevant claims – Products sometimes advertise that they are free of a certain chemical, but this chemical could be legally banned and feature in no products

5. Lesser of two evils – The company’s eco-friendly claim might be true, but the product itself is inherently dangerous, for example organic cigarettes

The appearance of products can make them look eco-friendly, when the reality is they’re not any better for the environment than other products

(source: curious.about.our.planet) 

Cycle Syncing 

Cycle syncing is the next big trend for women’s health in 2023, the trend involves tweaking their lifestyle to coincide with different stages of their menstrual cycle.

The trend recommends women change what they eat, when they sleep, when they exercise and even when they take on new projects depending on their cycle. 

Nutritionist and women’s health specialist Ruth Sladek explained ‘a woman’s health is deeply connected to her menstrual cycle’.

This means it changes with ‘the fluctuating hormones which ebb and flow with the four phases.’

‘Cycle syncing offers the chance to tap into these changes to get the right support throughout each cycle,’ she said.

What is cycle syncing and how do you do it? 

What is cycle syncing?

* Hormone levels fluctuate throughout a woman’s cycle, they can affect energy, emotional state, appetite, thought processes and more

* Cycle syncing is tailoring your lifestyle to suit each phase  

* There are four stages in a woman’s menstrual cycle: menstrual, follicular, ovulatory and luteal 

* Cycle syncing is particularly beneficial for those who suffer with PCOS,  low sex drive, are overweight, are constantly tired or want to conceive

How should I eat and exercise in each stage of my cycle?

Menstrual (days 1-5)

– Focus on light exercise

– Limit fat, salt, alcohol and caffeine. Drink soothing tea 

– Focus on rest and nutrition

Follicular (days 6-14)

– Do light cardio

– Eat sprouted and fermented foods like kimchi and broccoli sprouts 

Ovulatory (days 15-17)

– Focus on high intensity exercise

– Eat anti-inflammatory foods like whole fruits, vegetables and almonds 

Luteal (days 18-28) 

– Light-to-moderate exercise 

– Eat serotonin rich foods such as leafy greens, quinoa and buck-wheat 

 (source: Healthline)

Light exercise and nourishing food choices should be made during the menstrual phase. The follicular phase is a good time to get cardio in and eat light, fermented foods

High-intensity workouts and anti-inflammatory foods are the best choice during the ovulatory phase, whilst the luteal phase is a good time for light-to-moderate exercise and serotonin rich foods

Mental CPR 

Over half of all Aussies seek some kind of mental health, so it makes sense that mental ‘CPR’ is the next trend to take over.

Mental health courses are predicted to become very popular as people take control of their mind and seek more information on the mental health.

The term nutrition psychiatry is used to explain the link between food and mood and it’s predicted to be massive in 2023.

Australian psychiatrist’s were the first worldwide to treat mood disorders with diet, and research now shows food can seriously impact mood.

Psychobiotics, bacteria found in leafy greens, can have  anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects in the gut, and junk food can cause affect the brain not just your weight.

#greenscreen#selfcaretips #selfcaretiktok#mentalhealthtips #nutritiontip #healthtips #healthyliving

Workplace wellness 

The next prediction is that workplaces will have a ‘wellness revolution’ to retain employees and ensure they’re physically and mentally well.

Endeavour college naturopath lecturer Tracy Gaibisso says workplaces are stepping up and ‘recognising they have a duty to create a happy and healthy workplace’.

‘They are offering employees everything from yoga and meditation to reduce stress, nutrition education to encourage better eating habits, and mental health awareness programs,’ she said.

But she predicts this will continue well into the new year as employers compete to get the best staff in a very tight job market.

Companies have begun offering wellness classes such as yoga to boost staff mental health and retain employees


Plant-based food will continue to be a massive trend in 2023.

Alternative milks now account for a quarter of barista-made coffees in Australia, and the industry is due to generate $10 billion by 2030. 

Food scientists are creating new hyper-realistic plant-based protein products such as a lab-grown lamb chop and plant-based shrimp.

Ms Scott says plant-based trends go past preference and have become ‘vital’ for humanity’s survival.

‘It’s not just about flavour, health, choice or dietary requirements, but a necessary commodity as our global population heads towards 10 billion people in the next few decades and sustainable food sources become increasingly vital,’ she said.

Plant-based milks now account for a quarter of all drinks made in Australian cafes

Stillness meditation 

The next big trend is a type of meditation that doesn’t involve anything except being completely still.

Naturopath lecturer Tracy Gaibisso revealed stillness meditation acknowledges how hard it is to be mindful in the modern world.

She said it offers an ‘accessible and achievable form of meditation anyone can squeeze into a busy day.’

‘To cultivate stillness of body and mind, close your eyes and try to block all the external sounds out for one minute. It could involve popping on headphones once an hour and zoning out,’ she added.

Meditation can be difficult for ‘energetic, passionate’ people, but stillness mediation can be done anywhere for as short as long as desired

Eco parenting 

The final trend predicted for 2023 is eco parenting, a concept which involves parents embracing eco-living approaches with their kids.

The trend doesn’t have to be extreme, it can involve engaging in local community gardens, buying odd-shaped foods, joining a toy library, and changing to an ethical bank.

The trends come after Australians became obsessed with selfcare following the pandemic.

Research by Endeavour college found that 46 per cent of Australians care more about their health now than before the pandemic, and 61 per cent want to learn more about health to better care for themselves and their loved ones. 

Information on eating disorders, food psychology, gut health, nutrition, mental health and holistic health and gut health was the most sought-out, according to the study.

The worst ‘wellness’ trends of the decade so far

* Filing uneven teeth down with a nail file

* Super-gluing vampire fans to your teeth

* Getting your teeth shaved down to pegs for veneers

* Removing moles at home using chemicals like eyelash glue

* Putting garlic up your nose to clear sinuses

*  Steeping lettuce in water and drinking it for better sleep

* Freezing honey and eating it as a frozen snack

* Drinking water with added chlorophyll

* Eating cucumbers dipped in sugar

* Eating pre-workout powder dry

Source: Insider, Food Network

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