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Jess’ Thoughts on 5 of the Biggest Health Trends of 2019

30 December 2019
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2019 is drawing to a close (isn’t it crazy how quickly the time has flown!), so it’s time to reflect on some of the biggest health trends and fads we’ve seen over the past 12 months. I’m debunking the myths and sharing my opinions with you all, so we only carry the real stuff into next year!


CBD oil has been everywhere this year. People claim it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread – an anti-inflammatory which can help treat pain, anxiety, depression and other diseases, and improve skin health.

Most people aren’t aware that most of the evidence is questionable – a lot of the studies are in their early days, with many of them being conducted on mice. The lack of evidence in human studies means we can’t be sure of effective doses of CBD, or its side effects. The strongest evidence surrounds CBD’s effectiveness in treating seizures. 

CBD can also interfere with the absorption of other medications, and may not be safe to take when pregnant or breastfeeding. I’d love to see more research around this in 2020 – it could be an incredible discovery for the health world, but I need more evidence first!


While I have so much respect for people who are vegan for ethical reasons, I think for anyone on a vegan diet because it’s become so “trendy”, it’s not always the healthiest choice.

So ask yourself, what are your reasons for becoming vegan?

If you’re enticed by the “health appeal” or popularity of veganism, I want you to ask yourself if that way of eating suits your body? I know for me, I don’t do well when I cut out animal protein, so the vegan diet is not for me. Listen to your body and give it what it needs!

I don’t see this trend going anywhere in 2020 – especially with the continuing surge in new vegan cafes and restaurants everywhere! This is here to stay.

Intermittent Fasting

The research behind intermittent fasting is so strong, if I were to choose any “diet” it would be this one. However, it’s not sustainable long-term. The body and mind rebel, so as soon as you stop fasting, the weight comes right back. Again, I think it’s far too restrictive, so would encourage you to listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry!

Would love to see more people become aware of the short-term nature of intermittent fasting in 2020!

Cortisol-Conscious Workouts

Taking cortisol levels and stress on the body into account in my exercise routine has been my philosophy for seven years now, so it’s fantastic to see the health industry finally starting to get on board.

I exercise less for my health. 

I actually cut my exercise a while ago, so that I could enjoy exercise more without elevating my cortisol levels. Now, in a normal week I do two days a week of relatively intense exercise, such as HIIT or weight training. The rest of the week I do restorative yoga, go for a walk, or just rest!

I honestly believe 20-30 minutes of exercise a few times each week is perfect for your body.

The minute I overdo it and start exercising for an hour each day without taking rest days, I immediately feel my cortisol levels rise. I feel tired, hungry, my sleep suffers. I saw it in my practice too, women tend to overexercise because they’re perfectionists, goal-oriented, and feel they will see better results the more they train. WRONG! Finally the health world is understanding that more doesn’t mean better results!

I definitely want to see this emphasis on shorter, fewer workouts continue, with more of a focus on loving your body and enjoying movement as we go into 2020.


Keto is the biggest diet fad of 2019, but I’m not all for it. I think Keto is highly restrictive, and creates a negative perception of carbs… And carbs are life, so we can’t have that! Honestly, carbs are essential to provide your body with energy, and I think Keto is far, far too restrictive. It even encourages you to monitor the fruit and vegetables you’re eating! 

It’s nearly impossible to get enough fibre and nutrients on the Keto diet. You should be eating the rainbow, focussing on whole foods and packing in as many vegetables as you can. The Keto diet just doesn’t allow this. 

Even worse, I think it definitely encourages a disordered relationship with food and eating. My JSHealth philosophy is all about eating everything in moderation, and counting carbs and restricting entire food groups definitely doesn’t promote a positive connection with your body and with food.

This is one of the 2019 trends I’d love to see vanish in 2020. I don’t think it’s a good idea for most people at all, unless you’re doing it for medical reasons such as for epilepsy, where there is proven research to support this diet.

As you know, JSHealth is all about ditching the diet, and living your happiest, healthiest and most sustainable life without the need for restriction, deprivation or strict rules. So I found many of these trends to be far too short-term and unrealistic. 

So there’s my 2019 wrap up…bring on 2020, and whatever new trends it may hold! Sending love and light to you all over the holiday period,

Jess xx

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