Eat more vegetables. Cut out sugar. Cut out alcohol. Exercise for 30 mins every day. Read more. Meditate. Be kinder to the people we love. Be kinder to people everywhere. Practice more gratitude and compassion. Be more organized. Drink more water.
We do it every year. And even though we promise ourselves that this time the resolutions will last, this time we’ll commit to the newer, better self PERMANENTLY, the healthy practices only ever seem to last full tilt for about a month or so. Then, the old habits begin to creep back in. The sugar and the laziness, the desire for instant gratification and impatience, begin to swell to their pre-new-year’s magnitude.
This year, why not consider an idea that may make things easier? Perhaps resolutions are not about being perfect. Maybe just a few months of cleaner, healthier, more conscious living is beneficial, even if it doesn’t last. Maybe each year that we try, the time we devote to our ideals lasts a little bit longer. And maybe this year, we can add flexibility, imperfect persistence, and lightheartedness to the list of aspirations.
One thing that is unmistakable about the road to self-improvement, is that food seems to be a first step after which all other goals are strengthened and supported. In general, the better you eat, the more energy you have, and that’s a very good starting point.
But cutting unhealthy indulgences out of our diet seems like a punishment. So, this year, why not add something instead of taking something away.
What is that thing?
There’s a lot of hype these days about superfoods, but, believe it or not, superfoods are not magical – they don’t cure cancer or improve memory all on their own. But, they are mega-nutrient dense, and scientific research says that, if added to a well-balanced diet, the health benefits of superfoods are significant. They help counteract the loss of nutrients caused by modern farming’s soil depletion, for example. They are full of antioxidants, adaptogens, enzymes, and vitamins.
West Village Market has a selection of superfoods you can try.
Chlorella is an algae that grows in fresh water, and Web MD has this to say about it:
How does it work?Chlorella is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals.
As a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to fluvaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer),preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.
Vitamineral Green is a superfood made of a long list of superfoods. It’s like the SUPER superfood, It’s produced by HealthForce Superfoods and contains chlorella as well as nettle leaf, barley grass, dandelion leaf, spirulina, wheat grass, and Tulsi basil. But the list of healthy greens in Vitamineral Green is VERY long. Add one tablespoon of this stuff to a smoothie every day and I expect to feel my body thanking me.
Moringa is a medicinal plant that has been used by indigenous cultures for eons. It’s reported to help with swelling, arthritis, high blood pressure, and thyroid issues, among many, many other things. It’s also full of vitamins and minerals, like all superfoods.
If you have the chance to give one of these products a try, let us know what you think! We’re always interested in customer feedback!
*PLEASE check with your doctor before taking any potent supplements. You may be taking a medication that interacts in a strange way with an ingredient in a supplement, or, you know, something like that.