Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s Superwoman…. and the only way she could do all that is from superfoods!
Or is it??
Seems you can’t turn around these days without running into a superfood. I personally have a love-hate relationship with them and here’s why:
The truth is that no one food is super because they all have different values that help our health. Yes, there are some that offer more than others for a specific need and time, but we need to remember that there are no magic solutions (pills, powder or even a specific food) that guarantees our health. We can’t just consume one ‘superfood’ and expect miracles.
There are the sexier superfoods, the ones that get lot more marketing play than the others, perhaps thanks to their exotic upbringing. Think goji berries, maca powder, baoab, moringa powder, camu, wheat grass…and the list goes on. These foods tend to be more expensive on the outset but they are so dense in nutrients that a little goes a long way.
But with all this marketing around the new sexy superfoods that come from places like Peru and Brazil, it seems we have forgotten the original superfood standards found in our own backyards like broccoli, leafy greens, blueberries, garlic, sweet potatoes, and dark chocolate even. These all still hold a strong case to be included in the diet daily and I would argue are more important than the exotic ones mentioned above.
But it’s about everything in balance, not something found in pill, a powder or in one superfood. Eat the rainbow (i.e. a variety of fruits and vegetables), cut out processed foods, incorporate mindful living, meditate (or breathe), get involved in your community and get in some exercise. Fill your plate with superfood vegetables and add in a few exotic ones here and there if you want.
Remember, small changes lead to giant strides in our health.
Need help getting back to the superfood basics? Connect with me and let’s get you started.