Pull up Google and do a quick search of ‘Superfoods’ and see what’s on the list. Probably Goji berries, Chia seeds, Acai and Blueberries, just to name a few.
Keep reading these ‘Super-food’ Posts and next you’ll read the health claims they make…” These foods help fight disease, help you feel more energetic and even help you lose weight”
Now, don’t get me wrong, these so called ‘super-foods’ are delicious tasting nutrient rich foods and I love my Goji Berry Slice, but ‘Super-foods’?? Really?
The term ‘SUPER-FOODS’ came about when certain foods were thought to have health benefits over and above common foods e.g. Higher amounts of Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and Phytonutrients.
And here lays the issue I have with ‘super-foods’. Yes they have amazing properties, I’m not debating that. But why is it that MORE is better?
The message in the media is that if we dose ourselves with MORE; then it’s better.
That’s not the case. Knowing how the body utilizes nutrients, dosing with MORE, is not necessarily better, and in fact MORE, in some instances, can actually result yield negative results.
And let’s face it, this obsession with MORE really hasn’t got us any healthier has it?
In fact, I believe, it has taken us away from just eating and enjoying everyday food. And also understanding WHAT IS real food, common, everyday food.
I see people adding ‘Super-food powders’ to their smoothies paying big $$ for it. Thinking if I have MORE ‘I will be healthier’.
Full disclosure: I used to take super-food powders, pop chlorophyll pills and dose myself with every super-food known to man! Then I saw the craziness in it all.
So, I stopped taking all of these. I started eating a wide range of Fruit, Vegetables, Beans, Legumes, Grains, Nuts and Seeds etc. Just real food. And focused on slowing down, I focused on LESS.
And guess what? My health improved. And, when treating clients this way; their health improved too.
So, I hear you saying…“Dear Lord What Do I Do Now?”
Base your eating habits across a broad range of fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds etc., and most importantly, slow down and enjoy them all.
And P.S. This advice is general in nature, for those suffering from specific health conditions there are times that therapeutic nutrients are required, but that’s a whole other post 😉