By Xenia Smith
Superfoods, by my definition, are foods that can offer superior nourishment in a natural form. This is nutrition as it is created by nature, and so generally includes foods that are wild harvested or untampered with genetically.
Many of the foods that are in our supermarkets are from commercially grown crops that over decades of selective breeding or genetic modification, have had much of their nutrition bread out of them in favour of preferences in tastes, farming efficiencies and yields. This practice has potentially caused many of the beneficial phytochemicals in our foods to be lost.
Superfoods, on the other hand, are quite often new to the food industry, and are not available on a wide scale. I would include in this category foods such as acai, camu camu, maqui, sacha inchi, graviola, cupuacu, lucuma, mesquite and chia seeds. Many of these foods were widely unknown by most of the world even as little as a decade ago, although venerated by the local populations where these foods are naturally occurring.
Much still needs to be learnt about many of these superfoods, another indication of how new many of these products are to the food industry, but what seems to be agreed is that by going back to the wild and harnessing foods in their natural forms, with all their nutritional benefits intact, we are harnessing what nature has to offer, which is amazingly complex combinations of nutrients that seem to be beautifully balanced to supply us with what our bodies require to flourish.
Another added benefit of superfoods is that they generally come from areas in the world that are little developed, and still exist because their natural environments have been untouched. This is why many of these foods come from places like the Amazon Jungle, Patagonia, the Peruvian Andes, the Tibetan Himalayas, the Pacific Isles. By this very fact, many of these foods are also naturally organic – far from areas of commercial farming and crop spraying.
What this means is that by harvesting these superfoods, and giving them economic value through their sales around the world, the local populations aim to protect these areas, as the natural fauna has more value kept intact than cleared for commercial farming. It also means that often the harvesting of these foods provide local communities with a means for sustainable economic development.
So lets celebrate nature’s wealth of nutrients in all its varieties, supplied to us by nature in its own unique and special combinations. We have within our reach a true powerhouse of natural ingredients to provide us with the nutrition we need for healthy living.
If you would like to learn more about superfoods please feel free to visit my website http://www.sfisuperfoods.com. At Superfood Ingredients we specialize in the supply of nutritious, natural and sustainably harvested superfoods from across the globe.
The foods that you include in your diet can make it harder for you to lose weight. However, changing your diet can be very hard, especially if you love what you eat and your body is used to what you are eating. As hard as it may be, you have to be disciplined and make the changes to your diet so that you can lose weight more easily.
Here are some ideas that may help you.
1. *Don’t be too drastic and start cutting all the unhealthy foods from your diet immediately. This is a mistake many people make during their quest to lose weight. This is not wise choice for many reasons.
2. *Your body needs enough vitamins and nutrients to function effectively. If you cut most of the foods that you are currently eating from your diet, you will find that you do not feel good. Also, cutting your calories drastically will cause your body to think that it is starving. As a result, it will hold on to the fat instead of shedding it, which is quite the opposite of what you want.
3. *Everyone seems to agree that cutting down on carbs is the key to weight loss, but you need to be careful. Your brain and body uses glucose for energy. Therefore, if you cut down on carbs, your brain and the rest of your body will not have any glucose to perform its functions. Based on this, you should ensure that you include carbs in your daily diet, especially complex carbohydrates.
4. *With that in mind, you should do all you can to cut down on unhealthy foods such as cakes, pies and many simple carbohydrates like pasta.
5. *The next tip is to look for substitutions to use in your ingredients so you can continue eating your favorite foods. A good example is using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and avocado instead of mayonnaise.
6. *Start exercising more. If all you can do is walk to your corner, that is enough at first. You should then gradually include more strenuous exercises as soon as you think you are able to handle them.
7. *Seek ways to make desserts with less calories. There are plenty low-calorie desserts that you will enjoy but you need to experiment. By doing that you won’t feel cheated out of delicious desserts and that can be very rewarding.
8. *Ask your friends to help you work out. This is very important as it will help you to stay motivated and it also helps you to stick to your diet.
I hope that reading this article has helped you feel more confident about dieting and weight loss. If you use the tips provided, losing weight will not be so difficult. Just take it easy and know that you will succeed.
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