In a effort to ‘fix myself’ a little and try and get my health back on track, I’ve taken to clean eating, and also trying a few of the superfoods and random things that you find all over Pinterest, all the time. Those crazy Americans sure like a health fad – and so apparently do I!
So, what have I been trying, and what do I think of it?
*sorry it’s a long one!* **I’ve not been paid or forced at money-point to write any of the below**
Maca powder - the ground up root of some super amazing Peruvian something or other. Basically it fixes everything. I decided to try it because it’s supposed to balance out your hormones, be great for your skin, hair and circulation and give you more energy (among a serious list of other things including helping CFS, depression, anxiety, fertility, endurance, muscle building, clarity, acne….YEAH, I KNOW). The first time I tried it, I used WAY too much – my smoothie tasted not good, I could have drunk a dirty puddle and eaten a scabby horse. Still, at least I knew it did something. About half a tea spoon seems to be ok for me. I don’t know what it’s doing to my hormones but it does something to my energy. There’s different types, so work out which one you want before you buy, this site is good.
Gelatin – this started because I’ve been reading a lot of things about bone broth being really good for healing your stomach, the main reason for that being the gelatin that is formed in the process of making it (something to do with gelatin and collagen, I’m no scientist but it makes sense). I had an issue with sourcing the pasture fed, organic bones locally to make broth and came across some articles that said adding (organic, pasture fed) gelatin to your diet can do a similar thing, enter gelatin powder. Now, this one completely dissolves in hot or cold water, so can be added to anything, even plain water (although it makes it taste a little sweet). If you want to make cool jelly sweets like I did, you want this one. I’ll admit I’ve seen no benefits yet aside from AHEM going to the loo a lot easier (which for someone with bendy insides is a great benefit)…but it’s only been a few days. I’ve found bones on the internet, so I will try making broth but there’s a warning for people with histamine issues just FYI.
Tulsi Tea - I found this when I was searching for ways to CALM THE F*** DOWN and balance my hormones after coming off the pill. It’s basically an organic herbal tea. It’s wonderful. Really. Tastes ok ish, although they do some different flavours that do all different things, I have the original one and I feel calmer. I mean, I’m still angry about things, but just a gentle range, no longer migrane inducing hatred, which is an improvement after a four days of having one cup a day (usually with my gelatin dissolved in it). There’s also this recipe for Tulsi Gelee sweets which I want to try!
Matcha - It’s green tea but better – super concentrated! If you’re diligently chugging back green tea because it’s supposed to help you lose weight and be super good for you, don’t bother, get this instead. It’s not cheap but lasts a while. I can’t drink it straight but I add it to my smoothies and go zooming along! Much better than a coffee if you don’t like hardcore caffeine, and much better for you.
Coconut everything! - oil, yogurt, water, milk…. coconuts are just great. I cook with the oil instead of olive or sunflower as it doesn’t break down at high temps. I eat the yogurt with my granola and honey as it’s dairy free (the taste and texture takes a little getting used to, this one is the nicest I’ve found). The water, get this, is full of electrolytes – no need for energy drinks or tabs! Ok, it’s grim on its own but stick it in a smoothie and it’s more than just a fruity/veggy delight, it’s isotonic!
I also tried this today as a snack, chocolate replacement bar.
Now, while it was ok – it really wasn’t chocolate, at all.
I’d say it’s more like smushed dates.
Palatable, even quite nice if you’re expecting a fruit bar but if you’re expecting a chocolate-y delight.
Now this, this was nice.
A definite taste of coconut produce (if you’ve eaten the yogurts, you know what I mean) and bits of actual coconut in it but it’s a fairly good chocolate milk substitute if you have it nice and cold.
Plus, it’s full of electrolytes so could replace your sugar filled isotonic drink! They also do a coffee flavour one.
Next on my list:
Moringa – the ground leaves of some super special, nutrient rich tree.
Supergreens Powder – all different kinds of anti-bacterial, super amazing, probiotic grasses!
There’s info on some of the things I’ve talked about and also other ‘superfood powders’ that you might be interested in, from a far more reputable and amazing source, Get the Gloss, here.