Many years ago, when I embarked on the health journey of transforming myself internally and externally, I was bringing home a lot of expensive superfoods and superfood snacks.
After reading David Wolfe’s “Eating for beauty” I would look at the pictures of people’s transformations from raw food and seriously thought of becoming a raw foodist. I wanted to throw away all my pots and pans just like Victoria Boutenko did, but I wanted to save my happy married life with my meat loving husband :). I did not become a raw foodist, but I added a lot of raw food to my diet and saw the transformation happening. I am sure I had an external transformation because many people did not recognize me if they hadn’t seen me for a long time. It’s not just reducing my body weight that brought the transformation, but I have got comments that my face had changed in a good way without much sagging from weight loss in my late 30s. So definitely adding a lot of vegetables and fruits to your diet works!
At that time I used to buy so many superfoods and supplements from Amazon and health food stores just like people bought clothes and shoes. My favorite thing to do was to go to the health food store and buy food. I still get excited in health food stores but only in the produce section now.
During that time, every couple of days, I used to get packages from Amazon containing vegan protein powder, tocotrienol, collagen, kosher gelatin, fermented cod liver oil, primrose oil, vitamins, probiotics, enzymes, goji berries, maca, macha, bee pollen, lecithin, amla powder, spirulina, chlorella, vitamin C, camu-camu etc. Every time I read an article about the health benefits of a super food I ordered it immediately because I thought that was the ultimate thing to get to my transformation. This continued for a few months.
At that time I was aware that food industry and health care industry had many issues and relying on packaged foods for our health was not a good idea after seeing all those misleading commercials. I used to talk to my family about how people getting duped by these ads but did not realize that this was happening even in the supplement and natural health field and I was a victim of it.
Over the few years, I realized I do not have to rely on superfoods, exotic foods and special diets for my health. I don’t mean to say that all the supplements and superfoods have to completely avoided. Keep in mind that I still use some of the foods and supplements mentioned above. Go ahead and get that superfood if it speaks to you but don’t rely on it too much. They can occasionally be enjoyed but if the budget does not allow it don’t fret over it.
Money Saving Tip – To save money and to get similar health benefits of superfoods, swap raspberries or blueberries for goji berries, eat lentils instead of quinoa, drink ACV instead of Kombucha, devour dark chocolate instead of cacoa, use flax seeds or sesame seeds instead of chia seeds, consume spinach or bok choy instead of wheat grass, drink water instead of coconut water, munch on chick peas instead of nuts.
You can still achieve good health by sticking to simple not so fancy local foods. The key is to stick with real foods and whole foods (not the Whole Foods Store) with no labels and high price tags. Supplements can also be used, but they don’t have to be used for a lifetime. Once your conditions improve, you can discontinue those therapeutic doses and get the same nutrients from foods. But to do this, you have to listen to your body. Pay close attention to what it says and tweak things. Trust your gut! You are making you!
If you would like to get my support in your transformation where you want to lose weight by listening to your body and following a diet based on your lifestyle and budget contact me for a 50 minute free consultation