In response to and as a continuation of the video interview that I did w/ Shea Lynn Baird (there was so much more to say than we had time for!), I wanted to address some misconceptions about raw Superfoods. The greatest myth is, that everyone who promotes Superfoods makes big bucks doing so, and that this is their motive, sole intention, and driving purpose. I do not believe this to be the case. Sure, some people in the raw food community have made $$ advocating Superfoods, but not everyone has or wants to and it’s a big generalization to assume so. I think we should promote things/foods/products that have made a clear difference in our lives and that have greatly improved our health.
If there are people saying that you must have certain foods for your health to rawk and it doesn’t resonate with you, then don’t eat them – simple as that! One must always look at someone’s intentions of those that are selling something – consider, are they selling health, or dis-ease/drugs/addictive foods (w/ high sugar content)? It’s our duty and obligation to scrutinize other people’s recommendation’s, yet we can do so while remaining open to changes in our own journey if they’ll allow us even further growth.
I want to compare this to something that may seem silly, but hopefully you’ll see what I’m trying to express. Knocking people who have benefitted financially by selling or educating about Superfoods is like bad-talking the organic farmer who grows food organically and intentionally, yet his food is shipped across many states to support the bodies and lives of many people – and therefore he makes much more money than if he just sold locally. Just because people make cash, and everyone does who grows food for others whether sold locally or not – and not just the Superfood growers and promoters – does not mean it’s a negative thing. In fact, what’s better than making a living sharing nutrition and wellness with other health-conscious people on the planet!? Shouldn’t we support that kind of economy? With that said, I personally believe in getting all produce local and find this to be an easy choice. I understand though that some value raw foods over local, or over organics or Superfoods, etc… we have to make choices that are right for us individually.
Not all Superfoods are shipped across hundreds or thousands of miles either. If you purchase (hybridized) fruit or vegetables that are out of season and not produced within your region, then the food on your plate travels long distances to get to you. You have to decide for yourself where the compromise is (if you consider it one): buying local conventional produce or foods that are organically grown & shipped from lands further away. OR – create the new standard: eat local, organic, raw and super foods, etc. What are your standards? If you’re eating only local foods but want to try more exotic goodness, then grow your own goji berries if you want them, plant your own aloe plants, and create super mineral-rich organic soils for your leafy greens and veggies – all of which have superior nutrient levels. You’ll feel amazing and have tons of vitality!
Isn’t it best to approach health with an open heart and an open mind?! What is SUPER for you may not be for someone else – who really cares anyway? Superfoods are ultra nutrient-dense foods where you can usually eat a greater amount without thinking about calories, fat, carbs, or whatever #s people are counting these days – less food = maximum nutrition. It’s all about knowing where your food comes from, making conscious choices no matter if it’s different from your neighbors & friends, and choosing what you consider to be superior foods because they taste scrumptious but also because you get massive amounts of nutrition (anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, polysaccharides, minerals, amino acids) with less volume. That’s packin’ lots of punch!
P.S. Thank you for watching the video link above and being easy on me… this is my 1st publicly released interview re: Superfoods and I have yet to get cozy in front of the camera. 🙂
P.P.S. I mention in the video that I eat all raw, and if you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you’ll know that I am totally against claiming percentages and attaching labels to the way I (or anyone else) eats. That all seems quite silly and irrelevant in the big picture. I eat mostly raw, most of the time, and feel fabulous all the time – just for clarification.