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So…What am I Supposed to Eat?

When I’m asked for help in regards to nutrition and/or exercise, I have always feared sounding like a know-it-all. Being that way doesn’t feel natural to me. But I also get an overwhelming amount of questions like, “so, what am I supposed to eat?”

Speaking from experience and simply explaining how I do things feels incredibly natural, though. That slight changing of gears (in my mindset & approach) in helping others become the healthiest version of themselves has been huge.

Something I’ve witnessed with folks that are looking to become healthier, lose weight, regain vitality &/or boost energy is….

an overwhelming sense of paralysis due to fear & information overload in regards to food.

What’s good for you? What’s not? But, that website said I shouldn’t eat this? So, should I? Why am I breaking out? Is that my body detoxing? Why am I not losing weight? Do I need to go paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free blah, blah, blah, blah? Is low fat good? Or should I limit sugar? What about eating frequently throughout the day? Snacks? Eating late? How much protein do I need? Do I need to buy organic food? What’s the big deal about raw food?

Holy cow.

That’s what I mean. Can you say: Oh-ver-load!

Recent discussions in the food world, especially in healthy-minded communities have reached an all-time high–or at least it seems that way. Perhaps, I’m just more aware of it now because I am completely submerged in this world.

Like ANYTHING else in life. I find that the solution is simple & concise:

Ditch rules. Think: Eat to feel good.

Now, I get that many brains will completely come unwired to that idea. There has to be more to it, many must think. Well, I can break it down a little bit farther for those brains. Here are some things I keep in mind & how I would describe my daily eating choices (I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life)…

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How I do it:

-Loads of: plants, superfoods, alkaline-forming foods

-Look to healthy fats & protein for fuel (limit refined sugar–it’s more of a cheap thrill. Too much promotes internal acidity. FRUIT is not in this category. Eat your fruit!)

-When grocery shopping, think: organic, raw, fresh.

-Drink lots of water. Basically as much as you can stand. Water helps everything in your body operate more optimally.

-Appreciate food again. Get excited to eat GOOD FOR YOU food. Don’t rush everything. Savor the subtle flavors of everything.

You might be thinking….so what about the dietary restrictions?

I find that (life is like this, too) when I focus my energy on all of those good things going into my body, I don’t have room for the extra junk. Thus, foods like processed grains, dairy, junk food, soda, other miscellaneous garbage food don’t find their way into my daily nutrition often because there’s no room for them. Does that make sense?

It’s like overwhelming your body with “positive,” good foods (like you overwhelm your mind with postitive thoughts to stay happy), so much so, that you don’t leave any room for the negative stuff that sucks the life out of you. You see, it’s all connected. It’s not diet is one isolated aspect & mindset is another isolated aspect of you. The same mantras can & do apply to every facet of your well being. Just apply them and life just becomes easier. You become healthier. That fog lifts. You end up looking in the mirror one day and feeling like you are becoming little Jesica again. Young, spry, capable, healthful without a care in the world. Well, maybe that’s just me. But MAN, it’s an incredible feeling–hard to describe really. AND it all starts with how you fuel your body and your mentality going into it.

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Sunfood Organic & Raw Superfoods Review

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Sunfood Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sunfood:

The Sunfood Story
Years ago, a group of health minded individuals noticed an alarming trend in their towns and communities. They saw friends and family eating and drinking dead, processed foods full of chemicals. They knew that this was the path to obesity and disease, ultimately leading to western medicine’s suppression of symptoms with drugs and scalpels.  This is not true healing.

Sunfood was born from their desire to create an alternative path to health.  We believe that the secrets to health, energy and long life are found in nature through diet and nutrition.  Building upon the wisdom of traditional and modern natural healing methods from all over the world, we are here to share powerful information and superfoods that help people heal and rejuvenate themselves naturally.

It is our quest to find the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet.  Our search to uncover ancient and modern healing knowledge lost to our society has taken us all over the world, from the tropical regions of South America to the high mountains of Tibet.

Our family-operated business is located in San Diego, where we prepare superfoods in our certified organic facility and package them for you with care.  We are passionate about empowering our Sunfood family through education, from our superfood specialists on the phones, to our newsletters filled with the latest health information, to recipes made with love from our kitchen to yours.

Our Mission
At Sunfood we are on a quest to help you discover the healing, energy and longevity power within you.  We do this through education and the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet.”

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My Thoughts:

Sunfood is amongst my very tippy top favorite superfood brands! The quality of their expansive range of products is far superior to most that you will see on shelves. To insure that I’m ingesting superfoods with the utmost nutrient content, I aim to always eat raw superfoods. Also, to insure that I’m minimizing my pesticide exposure and am effectively dodging GMOs, I aim to always eat organic superfoods. Sunfood meets BOTH of those specs.

Of this bunch of samples, I enjoyed the Sun is Shining Green Superfood & the Superfood Smoothie Mix the most. I look to greens in my diet to provide me a large amount of the vital trace minerals that my body requires to operate at its maximum capability. I love the portability of these powdered greens; I add them to my morning smoothie and even take them with me on-the-go for a quick green drink on-the-fly. The superfood smoothie mix I value for the range of superfoods that it allows me to consume at once–this dense concoction includes the powder form of goji, maqui, camu camu, maca, acai, cacao, lucuma and brown rice protein to make them all more readily digestible & to make the drink more satisfying. It tastes unique & delicious–you really get to appreciate all the flavors of these powerful superfruits. For an added boost of protein (which I like to do in the mornings), I add the Raw Vanilla Brown Rice Protein & love the pure taste of it. Though the superfood smoothie mix already contains a small amount of acai powder, I added the pure Acai Powder to my smoothies (because I had it on hand!) and found that it served as an extra ka-pow of revitalizing power to my drink (as well as a beautiful & vibrant color!) Acai is so rich in antioxidants and nourishing vitamins thatI consider it an excellent beauty food to keep your skin looking dewy, protected and fresh.

I took the Chlorella Tablets as a preworkout energy boost. You can certainly chew these little tablets, but I chose to swallow them with a glass of water. I love the feeling that green energy provides. It’s real, it’s sustained & there are by no means any negative side effects–just pure goodness and an uplifting feeling.

There is so much information out there about superfoods, their benefits and so on. What I can say from personal experience is that incorporating superfoods into my daily nutrition routine is the single best thing I’ve ever done for my health. The quality and impact of superfoods compared to taking a multi-vitamin pill is a joke, in that there’s no comparison. Raw, organic superfoods will provide your body with real, recognizable fuel that will take good care of your body from the inside out. Also, many ailments are a result of a nutrient deficiency. Superfoods combat both malabsorption issues & nutrient deficiency as they normalize your internal pH, making it more alkaline, as well as giving your system a healthy shock of nutrients.

Go superfood yourself!!

Essentia Alkaline Water Review

Essentia Water

Alkaline water has been all the rage lately, with benefits like bringing your body‘s pH to a healthier level, improving detox pathways and aiding overall wellness.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Essentia Water: 

It takes hydration to the next level.

We created Essentia to help you get the most out of the water you drink.  Proper  hydration is essential to good health. When your body is dehydrated, your joints get stiff, your muscles get sore, your concentration and performance fade – just to name a few. Drinking sufficient water every day will keep you hydrated and give your body energy to function at its best.  Essentia’s hydrating qualities come from our proprietary electrolyte formula, ionization process resulting in a alkaline pH of 9.5. 

It gives you more of what you need.
Electrolytes facilitate communication within and between your body’s cells and are critical to maintaining normal blood pressure, restful sleep, concentration and focus, proper cardiac rhythm, muscle strength, endocrine balance, intestinal function and more. Essentia is infused with trace amounts of essential minerals which emulate the naturally occurring minerals in your body. 

Make Every Ounce Count
Most bottled waters offer purity but no additional benefits. Essentia’s proprietary process adds the perfect blend of electrolytes to purified water and then is ionized, creating a distinctive alkaline 9.5pH water to help your body stay properly hydrated.

And, it tastes great.
With Essentia, you get a clean & smooth tasting water without the added sugar, artificial flavoring and calories found in many sports drinks. Plus, it tastes pure, natural and delicious!” 

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My Thoughts:

I’ll start by saying this, I am and having always been very apprehensive about bottled water. Ultimately, I think that the best way to consume water everyday (with a conscious, mindful effort to conserve) is to invest in a high quality filter at home and fill up a glass, stainless steel, or BPA-free plastic bottle for consumption thoughout the day.

That said, I’m in touch with reality enough to realize that on-the-go options are sometimes needed. That’s where Essentia comes in. Their bottles are BPA-free, recyclable and come in a few different sizes depending on how much hydration you wish to take with you.

We all know that hydration is important. But how we hydrate is something we should tune into. Is our water full of contaminants? Is it in a safe bottle? Is the water improving or hindering our health?

Alongside the fact that hydration is vital to health is the concept of alkalinity. An alkaline body is more able to ward off illness disease, maintain a balanced state (hormones, energy levels, etc.) as well as keep excess weight off. I love that Essentia’s water has a high pH (9.5). I actually make my own high pH drink every day and take a shot of it at night (you can achieve this by adding sodium bicarbonate–or baking soda–along with pink Himalayan sea salt with water). Essentia essentially gives me the ability to bring this type of alkalizing boost on the road with me, on my commute or to the gym when I’m in a pinch.

All in all, this bottled water brand stands high and firmly above most others. It’s not just water. It’s healthy, alkalizing, super powered water. Not all bottled waters are created equal!

I had the pleasure of meeting part of Team Essentia at Natural Products Expo West this year and was so impressed by their knowledge and generosity. Matthew from Essentia has been especially helpful & inspiring with his enthusiasm for health & fitness! My experience with Essentia has been nothing short of excellent.

Boku Organic Superfoods Review

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Boku Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Boku:

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“Lynn Rolle is a 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The year Nominee, mother
of two beautiful children, and a veteran executive for over 20 years. Now, as
the Co-founder and CEO of BōKU®, she’s finally found a career she loves dearly and believes in wholeheartedly.

Lynn became a managed healthcare specialist with her 12 years of service for US Healthcare/Aetna Inc. She then began her tradition of innovation with her husband Reno by creating Rolle LTD, which spawned a luxury beach blanket line that took the industry by storm. The Rolle beach blanket became THE coveted luxury item featured in exclusive resorts and used by A list celebrities world wide.

In 1997, she became COO for Synergy Worldwide Inc., an innovative product design and engineering firm specializing in healthy cooking appliances.

In 2007, Lynn combined her corporate expertise and entrepreneurial spirit with the launch of BõKU™International. Creation of the award-winning BõKU™ Superfood is the culmination of over 12 years of personal research, countless hours of formulating with the industry’s most trusted experts, and the unrelenting love of a mother trying to find a natural cure for her child’s ailment.

The Mission of BõKU™ Superfood is to positively impact the highest number of people possible with the healing power of whole food, organic nutrition and globally conscious lifestyle products. With all these impressive accomplishments, Lynn still considers her greatest achievement her two children (now 21 & 23) and 28 years of marriage to her husband Reno. But her initial success with BõKU™ Superfood has the industry buzzing, and with the public’s renewed interest in natural-organic living, BõKU™ Superfood may yet become Lynn’s greatest gift to a world so desperately in need of quality, organic nutrition.”

Products I Tried:

Super Protein

About:

“As you may have seen on the recent Doctor Oz Show, heavy metals have been discovered in many sources of plant based protein. Although our Protein 2.0, made with rice protein, already adheres to and exceeds industry standards for heavy metal limits, we were determined to create a new product that would turn out to be the cleanest, purest form of nutrition-rich vegan protein available.

We set out with a few main goals in mind…
1. Find alternative sources of vegan protein far exceeding industry standards.
2. Source only immaculate ingredients from unpolluted and pristine ends of Earth.
3. Keep ingredients to a minimum with no unnecessary additives or fillers.

Thus was born Boku in the Buff. No fillers. No flavorings. No additives.
Just 3 stellar proteins coming together to create a  complete protein that’s headed straight to your cells in minutes.

  • Essential Amino Acids
  • No Rice Formula
  • Wheat, Gluten, Soy and Dairy Free
  • Easy to Digest
  • Antioxidants & Phytonutrients
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Organic, Kosher
  • Vegan
  • Omega 3,6 & 9.”

Super Food

About:

“Boku Super Food contains some of the most potent, nutrient-dense organic foods known to mankind. These all naturally sourced vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and probiotics can provide super nutrition to help support immune function, energy, improved mental focus and vitality. Nothing less than the absolute best for a Boku life!*

  • 60 whole food health-forming ingredients
  • Super fruits, greens, Maca, probiotics, enzymes & more
  • Incredibly nutrient dense mixture
  • Packed with natural antioxidants
  • Organic, Kosher, Vegan, Non-GMO
  • No artificial ingredients, synthetic vitamins or fillers
  • Soy, dairy, wheat and gluten free
  • Doctor formulated.”

Super Golden Berries

About:

“These modest little health warriors go by many aliases; such as Inca Berries, Cape Gooseberries and Ground Cherries but we think the name Golden Berries defers them the shining respect they deserve.
An orangey color, they have a chewy tartness that’ll make you suck your cheeks in and immediately impel you to eat more, and don’t let any food guilt stop you because these guys are on your side!

Unlike most dried fruit they’re low GI so you’re not packing away a high volume of sneaky calories in a small package as with, for example, raisins.

They’re laden with anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids and keep the early part of the alphabet busy with plenty of Vitamins A and C.

They’re so full of antioxidants they’d stop copper going green, well perhaps not but they’d knock any free radicals out of your ball park. 
As we mentioned they’re very more-ish and make a great guilt-free health-boosting snack to have in the store cupboard. Stock up on them and enjoy.

  • Contains naturally formed Vitamin C
  • High in Vitamin A
  • Deliciously sweet & tangy
  • Good source of fiber
  • Use in smoothies, trail mix, or snack straight from the bag!”

Super Shrooms

About:

“We are BIG FANS of specialty mushrooms for many reasons! We encourage you to read through each individual ingredient, and you will quickly discover why we LOVE THEM!  Specialty Mushrooms have been used and cherished by many civilization’s for thousands of years.

We  have worked closely with our farmer to put together a special proprietary blend of  “20″  of the most potent, organic specialty mushrooms that are grown and cultivated in the USA.  The magic in the mushroom comes from the thousands of compounds, constituents; all of which are extremely beneficial to our health! Inside the cell walls of mushrooms, there are carbohydrate molecules called Polysaccharides, more specifically, Beta-Glucans.  The 1,3 – Beta Glucans are tightly bound to the cell walls and have a low degree of bio-availability in a raw mushroom.  To overcome this and increase the bio-availability of the constituents , all our mushrooms undergo a steam extraction process that makes the nutrients more bio-available than hot water extraction. This process breaks down the cell wall to release the Beta Glucans. Beta-Glucans have been widely studied and tested, and it is believed that these polysaccharides are able to stimulate and enhance our immune system.

  • Used by Chinese, Romans, and Egyptians
  • Proprietary blend of 20  specialty mushrooms
  • Sustainably grown in the USA – Nothing imported
  • Add to smoothies, applesauce, or use to make tea.”

Super Cacao Nibs

About:

  • “Certified Organic
  • Single Origin
  • Fairly traded Raw Cacao Nibs from Satipo (Cooperative Farmed) in the Peruvian Amazon.”

Super Maca

About:

“Maca has been cultivated & harvested & used by the Inca civilization for centuries.  Its a very  important traditional food that has sustained this culture with food and medicine in South America   for over 2,000 years . Maca is a root vegetable  that resembles a small turnip grown at an elevation of approx. 13,000 feet ( 2.5 miles) above sea level.   Maca grows in conditions where no other crop can survive the  extreme temperatures, & high winds .   It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance; in fact, Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys and battles. Boku Super Maca  is a micro-pulverized, highly absorbable, 4:1 concentration of the most important elements in maca — a little goes a long way!  It also contains less starch than standard maca, making it ideal for those with difficulty digesting certain types of vegetables.

  • Ancient source of nourishment & healing
  • Revered health secret of ancient tribes
  • Adds delicious depth to smoothies & shakes
  • Promotes natural regulation of moods.”

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My Thoughts:

Boku Superfoods REALLY excites me! This expansive range of superfood products is very unique and the quality of these products is incredible. I loved reading Lynn’s story and hearing about the passion behind these products.

This brand is one of two that I can think of that offer certified organic superfoods quite like these. There are many brands out there cranking out “superfoods,” but often times they aren’t organic and they don’t offer many different products.

Perfect example: I’ve never been able to get my hands on anything like Super Shrooms. Mushrooms are a medicinal plant that is not often utilized–so I loved being able to sample some of that robust and powerful powder.

I can see myself stocking up on more of this protein. I like to alternate using different types of proteins–whey, hemp and other plant based proteins. This is surely one of the very best plant-based proteins I’ve used.

I like adding the super maca, super shrooms and super food into smoothies. The fruit and milk mask the flavors; so I’m getting the benefits of these superfoods without having them be the predominant flavor. I love maca, especially, for its hormone balancing and endocrine health benefits.

The cacao nibs and golden berries make the perfect little nutrient packed snack. Theres something to be said about having a convenient. healthy and organic snack that you can carry around anywhere with you.

I’m so appreciative to have learned about and tried Boku superfoods. They are very worthy of my “Brands I Love” page and are now on it!