Confessions of a superfood slut!

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So I have a confession. I have developed an addiction. It’s not crack or smack or Jack (Daniels)… It’s superfoods. It may sound ridiculously dumb, but there it is: I, Jessica of the Sparrow + Sea variety, have become addicted to browsing the aisles of my local health food store and purchasing everything under the sun in search of a magical superfood silver bullet.

Why?

As a way to make up for burning the candle at both ends.

As a way to make up for the fact that I’m at my desk an enormous number of hours every day and have let the gym well and truly slip from my grasp.

As an easy way out. You know: goji berries (or lucuma or camu camu or macqui) as the magical cure-all with minimal effort.

madewithover(1)This is my usual breakfast of late.

Except it doesn’t work that way. There is no short cut to healthy living. Health is about making those tiny decisions all day, every day – I choose to get up and go for a walk, I choose to eat a salad for lunch, I choose to drink only one glass of wine. Instead, lately, my choices have been more like I choose to sit at my desk and get my work done. I choose to cut my walk short because I’m exhausted. And, of course, I choose to slam down some superfoods because I think that they’ll help.

It’s a little bit like ordering a Diet Coke with your Big Mac meal (okay, it’s not that bad, and the rest of my diet is actually pretty good!), but the principle is the same: there’s a better choice you could be making altogether.

When I took an objective look at the enormous pile of health food products I had accumulated in the past few weeks (seriously, this is not an exaggeration: macqui, acai, lucuma, raw cacao [powder, wafer and nibs!], bee pollen, camu camu, coconut kefir, raw sauerkraut and maca) I realised I was barking up the wrong freaking coconut tree. No amount of powders and potions (even raw natural organic ones) can make up for a lifestyle that is fuelled by stress and caffeine.  It can’t. It’s like putting a super-colourful-and-antioxidant-rich band-aid on a sticky, pussy sore. Why not just air out the sore in the first place? Address the issue and you might not need the band-aid.

Which is why I have just given up coffee. And am making time in my morning routine to do yoga. And have set a (gentle, soothing) alarm on my iPad to tell me that 10pm is time to start getting ready for bed (the dulcet tones of Mr Cat Stevens start playing The Wind, which is like a lullaby. I love it!)

I have a hunch that the above tweaks are going to do more for me than a spoonful of camu camu can. (Speaking of, that stuff is kinda gross. Definitely not as tasty as my other powders!)

Also worth mentioning is a belief that I’ve had brewing for a while: I don’t believe that any single food is magical or medicinal in and of itself. I think in our complex, integrated bodily systems, it’s everything we eat (and drink and think and do) that makes up our complete picture of health. It definitely ain’t the one supplement or powder or Patagonian super-fruit that is going to change everything. We’re far too complex for that. I know this, I’ve thought it for a while, it makes sense to me. So this recent slutting about with every superfood under the sun is a sure-fire sign that I’m not quite on top of my health game and am looking for answers and easy ways out.

So I’m publicly pledging not to buy any more super products. At least for a while. I’ll use up all the masses that I’ve got, whilst seeking to create lasting health changes in real, tangible ways. Like sleep over spirulina. Meditation over macqui. Lots of lovin’ over lucuma.

Have you been a sucker for superfoods too?

xx

PS. Apologies for the naughty word in the title. When I texted my friend a picture of my health-food store purchases, that’s what she called me. I found it highly amusing! But of course, no offense is intended! x

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3 Responses to Confessions of a superfood slut!

  1. Angela says:

    A good reminder for people to take care of themselves. It’s like people who go out every night drinking and buy those horrid energy drinks to enable them to get through the day. Though, I had been fatigued for years, I tried some supplements and they definitely didn’t do anything. I eat really well, I do Yoga and exercise. I was doing everything, but couldn’t shake of the tiredness. I bought some Superfoods and literally overnight felt my energy rising. I won’t be cutting them out. I think what’s important is to look at the reasons why you’re taking something. If you’re using Superfoods or supplements to keep on going when you’re not resting, sleeping or looking after yourself properly then it’s going to catch up with you anyway, but if you are looking after yourself and feel like something is missing, (because the food these days really isn’t as packed full of nutrients as they are when grown organically) then I would definitely recommend Superfoods over supplements :-)

    • Jess says:

      Absolutely agree, Angela! The energy drink phenomenon is ludicrous, and kinda scary. And I definitely agree that real food is the way to pump up the goodness in your diet rather than the supplement option. Goji berries for the win over popping a pill (or a bloody Berocca – have you read the ingredients on those things?!!)! xo

  2. Sky says:

    I’m guilty of this too. Sometimes eating a bunch of superfoods is easier than just slowing down and doing whatever my body needs.

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