A superfood diet – until very recently – was considered hype churned up by the healthy “sub-culture.” The phrase “eating healthy” created visions of giving up all the foods you love and nibbling on carrots, forcing down rubbery tofu, and drinking your weight in water.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Adding a few high-powered superfoods to your daily nutrition is all about balance. Here at Daily Superfood Love, we know how good a glass of wine or a slice of chocolate cake can be! Food is meant to be enjoyed and savored…not make you miserable.
You shouldn’t dread your meals – you should look forward to them!
With the right combinations and by making your food choices count – you don’t have to give up your favorite things.
Since you were little, you were told to “eat your veggies” – and that is still important. The problem is that the fruits and vegetables we were eating even fifteen years ago were far healthier than the choices we have today. Why?
Our soil has been nutritionally depleted. Farmers once raised crops and cattle in the same space. The ground was re-fertilized with native compounds that kept the soil from being “stripped” of vitamins and minerals. It was common to use a crop rotation system where one planting season out of three, the soil was given time to “rest” and that space was used for grazing cattle.
With the rising population, the crops today are massive – taking up miles of land – and there is nowhere for animals to co-exist. supThe same crops are grown on the same space over and over – never allowing the nutritional compounds natural to the soil to replenish. If you don’t have nutrients in the soil – the food grown there can’t absorb them.
To supplement, farmers use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and growth stimulators which force crops to grow – and further strip away what should occur naturally. This makes a superfood diet crucial to your continued health and longevity.
For “prettier” produce, food producers create hybrids. Since so much more food is needed every year and produce is spending more and more time in storage on the way to local markets – farmers who contract with big food manufacturers are given hybrid strains to grow.
These varieties look beautiful – plump and delicious – but they taste nothing like the tomatoes, corn, and soft fruits you probably remember as a child.
That’s because they aren’t the same. They are altered to contain more water and pith (such as the white “webbing” on an orange) to keep them looking good for longer. This results in produce that tastes “mealy” and bland – and has almost zero nutritional value.
Storage, transport, and marketing tactics are being used that you don’t want to eat. Once produce is harvested – it has a limited shelf-life, especially “soft” fruits and vegetables such as nectarines, peaches, and lettuce. Foods are being shipped further, which means they remain in storage far longer.
Every day after produce is harvested, the nutritional content begins to break down. As soon as they are refrigerated, this process speeds up. To keep it looking fresh, it is covered in a wax coating or hit with low-dose radiation to destroy pests and prevent rot.
By the time these foods make it to your table – fruits and vegetables that used to be all we needed – they have nothing left to offer you nutritionally. A tomato you buy today is not equal to a tomato your parents bought. The farming process is no longer “natural” – even organic foods are being over-produced in nutritionally depleted soil.
Can a Superfood Diet Make a Difference?
It should come as no surprise that our overall world health is declining. Science is keeping us alive longer – but chronic and terminal diseases are becoming more common and aggressive.
We’re losing our ability to fight them effectively.
Your body is just like a luxury car. It needs top-of-the-line products to keep it running at its best. That means – if you aren’t getting your nutrition from the foods you’re used to, you have to find alternatives that are going to give you the fuel you can’t live without.
To live longer and stronger, you have to fortify your system from the inside out. By adding a few of the superfoods we talk about here on Daily Superfood Love – such as chia seeds and acai berries – you boost the natural disease-fighters you were born with…that have been starved of ammunition for years even if you were trying to “eat healthy.”
Superfoods we feature have many times the vitamins and minerals of the products currently sitting in your market. They are easy to find and can be added to foods you already eat.
Broccoli and spinach are still more nutritious than soda and candy bars (sorry about that) but they aren’t giving you the powerful nutrition and natural disease-fighters they once did. Just because they don’t have it – doesn’t mean we don’t still need it.
Check out our book “Superfoodify Your Life” for a list of foods you are going to love and start giving your body the superfood diet it needs to keep you feeling better, looking younger, and going strong for many years to come.