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Celebrity health trends worth trying in 2016

The new year is a time many choose to focus on making healthier choices, whether it's eating better, exercising more, or trying to de-stress and focus on what's most important in life.

While celebrities aren't always known to give the best health advice, they can sometimes be a good source of inspiration when making these lifestyle changes.

Digital detox

Though the thought of unplugging from social media or leaving your iPhone at home may seem impossible, occasionally disconnecting from digital devices has numerous health benefits.

"Digital detox is really big this year because it helps you not only decompress, it's good for your health, it's good for your neck muscles, it's good for every part of your body," Dr. Roshini Raj of NYU Langone Medical Center told CBS News.

She recommends a couple of strategies to get started. "Things like just setting an alarm clock instead of using your phone as your alarm. Going on airplane mode while working out is a great way to avoid getting texts or using social media."

Raj said it's also important to power off all devices an hour before bed so their glowing screens don't hamper your ability to fall asleep.

Adult camps where digital devices aren't allowed are another emerging trend that will guarantee you unplug.

Mindfulness and meditation

Oprah, Lena Dunham, and Barbara Walters are just a few of the many celebrities touting the benefits of mindfulness -- a self-awareness of our thoughts and feelings.

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Anderson Cooper explored the practice of mindfulness for "60 Minutes" and said afterwards, "I realized on this story, sitting in that meditation retreat, this is exactly what I need."

While apps and classes can guide you through meditations lasting up to an hour, Raj said even a short amount of time can do wonders for your health.

"Ten minutes of deep breathing, mindfulness training... Studies have shown it's not only really great for your overall health but your cognitive health, as well," Raj said. "How you think, your memory, all these things can be improved with meditation."


Healthy eating and weight loss often come up as goals this time of year. Experts often advise steering clear of any new fad diets or get-thin-quick schemes. But there's a healthy eating trend for 2016 that may be worth trying: the "meal-in-a-bowl."

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Diet trends: What to try, what to skip

"We hear about all the things we should be eating: the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, healthy fats, but it can be a pain to try to get them from different sources," Raj said.

A good solution, she said, is to combine all of these elements into one compact dish. Christy Turlington, Tory Burch, and Chrissy Tiegan are all big fans of the meal-in-a-bowl.

Raj mentioned that several restaurants in New York City are hopping on the trend and serving such dishes as quinoa, kale, and avocado all in one bowl.