Superfoods

Honestly if Purina could come up with a perfectly balanced Bachlorette chow, I would be set for life. Finding and combining foods for the right blend of nutrients, without going over the daily caloric intake is a puzzle for the ages! Recently on a YouTube short called “Sh*t Yogis Say” I heard the tag, “Hemp, it’s the new Soy Milk!”

Oh I tried Hemp, lol. Yeah, because it looked like a reasonable source of protein, though more expensive than soy I hoped it might be easier to digest. Except it tasted like dirt. I tried slipping it under my tea or coffee, no dice. The taste is too overpowering for anything short of a smoothie. Frankly, I went back to soy. Unsweetened soy milk has less natural sugars than dairy milk, 7 grams of protein and most brands fortify the vitamin D and Calcium. As for the naysayers, who claim soy beans are grown in abominable circumstances, all the brands of soy milk I drink are marked “organic” so I believe they are safe.

Hemp protein in a powder I found easier to use. You can start with a small amount and work your way up to the 4 tablespoon daily serving. Mixing this protein, a banana, soy milk and yogurt in a blender you can easily get 25% of your protein needs for the day in one smoothie.

Regarding Maca – the superfood from South America. The jury is still out on this “superfood.” I have read conflicting reports. I have read that too much of it can cause goiters, which if you look on Wikipedia are pretty scary looking. I have also read that this food is marketed incorrectly in the United States. That it should be cooked, i.e. used as flour, not slipped into smoothies in it’s raw state. It’s a root vegetable. When I opened the bag it smelled faintly like beets. But when I added it into my smoothie, the smell seemed so overwhelming, wow. Talk about an acquired taste! yikes.

Just because something tastes awful doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Regarding a healthy balanced diet, a woman once told me, “Go in the store and buy what ever your body craves. The body knows what it needs.” Generally I would agree with this advice. Time and time again I’ve discovered that after a specific craving, I learn the food I craved was one that is recommended for a person in my situation. However, what if you crave beer? What if you crave donuts? What if you have so shut off the channel between mind and body that you eat emotionally? Eating emotionally is the number two cause I see for unhealthy weight gain. Eating lazy, i.e. too much prepared food, fast food and processed food is the number one reason I observe for unhealthy weight gain.

Unfortunately, eating out of your intellectual right brain can be dangerous too, even if your intentions are good. Some health food fanatics get into extreme diets with dire consequences. Although anorexia in men is rare, the three men I’ve known who clearly had it, all hid their anorexia behind health food concerns. One of these men recovered, one starved himself to death, I lost touch with the third one.

Actually, it is best to give up on the Holy Grail of super foods and settle for eating whole foods. I don’t think Purina People Chow would sell to enough people to get a market share.

In my opinion eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, drinking water, low fat, high fiber, unprocessed foods is the best recipe for success. Eat good fats such as butter, full fat cottage cheese and yogurt, and avocados in any amount. Eat “bad” fat, animal fat, and processed foods sparingly. Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all. I think in this manner you will naturally come to your correct weight AND be able to maintain that weight.