Okay, time to wrap up this Super Series already! On the Super plate:
– Super Supplements
– Super Book Review
– Super Power!
Super Supplements – Amazing Grass
About two months ago, I was fortunate to receive a shipment from Amazing Grass and, while I’m certainly not the first person (though I am quite possibly the last) in this blog world to try these products, I wanted to put my two cents in!
All in all, I really enjoyed these products. I love the idea of starting my day off with a nutritional punch and the ingredients in the powders are incredibly impressive. My favorites were the Amazing Meal and SuperFoods (both Original flavor).
Green SuperFood: All natural and organic ingredients include organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella (cracked cell-wall), organic broccoli, organic pure acai from Sambazon, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, rose hips, pineapple, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flax seed powder, apple pectin fiber, F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, siberian eleuthero root and peppermint.
The Amazing Chocolate Meal was a close runner up, but I really preferred the basic taste of the original flavors. Sometimes simple really is best! I did not like the Pomegranate Mango Meal or the Berry SuperFoods at all. The berry flavors tasted artificial to me, but perhaps they would have mixed better with a more tropical smoothie. I also tried, and enjoyed, the Wheatgrass powder. However, I made a serious mistake one day when I tried to be a superstar by drinking it with just a splash of cranberry juice. BAD IDEA!! This girl is going to have to rock her superfoods in some killer Green Monsters for a while because these powders pack a serious sensory wallop. That said, I appreciated the extra oomph the supplements gave me and I ordered a jar each of the original SuperFoods and the Wheatgrass! I’m hoping to include these in smoothies on the days I don’t make a green juice. I wonder if I’ll feel a difference between those days??
Are you a smoothie or a juice drinker? What’s your favorite concoction?
Super Book Review – The Raw Food Detox Diet, by Natalia Rose
You might remember me mentioning this book a few weeks ago when I checked it out of the NY Public Library. Well, I did as promised and read through it almost 3 full times.
My initial reaction: I’ve found the perfect answer to all my diet/skin/health problems!!! I just have to follow her plan!! Sign me up!! (This was followed by an ill-fated attempt to eat all raw until dinner and led to some very bad decision making and some very negative self talk, unfortunately).
Take two: Natalia has some great points here, I’d like to work on incorporating some of them, but I feel so pathetic for having to move down a level (the reader assesses his/her diet and chooses a level of raw to follow – 1 is 95-100% raw, 5 is basically adding a salad to your dinner). I like the idea of the body brush though; who doesn’t want an excuse to spend some more time pampering herself once in a while?
Take three: Great ideas, but not my “answer,” at least not yet. Natalia discusses a number of issues that deserve close consideration – eating light to heavy, minimizing digestive stress to provide energy throughout the day, and she also included some wonderful recipes. Her book was a great read and I know I learned a great deal from it. But it was tough to admit that I couldn’t just sign on to her prescribed meal plan and magically become a raw foodist.
Most of all, I am so glad I read this book because it really encouraged me to take a closer look at my diet, my needs, and my personality. I’ve always been a very metrics/goal-oriented person. I set a goal and a deadline and I am a “success” or a “failure” based on that goal’s status. When I first read the book, I set my level and was determined to follow the meal plan. But it just wasn’t the right fit for me. Rather than eating intuitively, which I feel is so much more important for me right now than the specific foods I eat, I was stuck to a schedule and it threw my intuition and body signals totally out of whack. What I learned from this experience though is that I want to start incorporating more vegetarian/vegan/raw meals into my diet. I might not be going raw overnight, but perhaps I’ll transition there gradually. It might take a year, it might take 20 years. But if I’m making good food decisions that make me happy and healthy, then my transition and my journey are successful. The only metric I need is my health!
Even though I struggled with some pretty strange cravings and negative talk while following Natalia’s food plan, I did notice something very interesting. On the third day of the meal plan, I was walking to work, sipping my green juice and I walked into a wall. Not a brick wall, mind you. But a wall of scent. Odor. Stink. I could smell each flower in the bouquets at the corner store. I could smell the fillings in the pastries at the coffee cart on the street. I could smell the cologne of the man who was walking toward me, and it almost knocked me over by the time he passed by. My sense of smell had been super charged!! It was so intense that I didn’t reapply perfume after my workout that day, and I even hesitated to apply deodorant because the scent was so potent. (I did reapply though, a woman does have her limits!) Perplexed by my new-found super power, I asked my office mates if they could smell things I smelled. The toner in the printer. The cleaning product used in the elevator the weekend prior. Sadly, they had not been blessed with my abilities. Equally sad, I realized that my power had vanished the next morning. Craving some warm, heavy comfort food, I’d overindulged that night – meat, cheese, pasta, chocolate. In went all those delectable, but clogging, foods and out went my super power. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a series of high raw days again, but I’m curious to see (smell) if my super power returns.
Have you ever experienced noticeable changes/super powers after adjusting your diet?
Stay tuned for recipe reviews from my new cookbook purchase, an exercise class review and a training update this weekend!