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Do you have certain "superfoods" you are reluctant to go without?

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Created December 02, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Kale is one for me. I eat it every day and feel like I wouldn't be as strong without it. I also need my two eggs yolks/day, and lately a pint of bone broth. I know it is mostly psychological and no doubt related to some fallacious magic-bullet idea. And I am of course not talking about the bulk of your diet: grass-fed beef, fish, etc..., but those extras that you have imbued with special powers. Others in my list (per day): handful of goji berries, .5 oz raw liver, dulse, 2 brazil nuts, tsp. chlorella, collards...

I am thinking of this because whenever I travel home for the holidays, I worry about how I am going to get these "necessities" in. I know someone who, like me, has a Vitamix blend for breakfast in the morning (mine contains everything except the bone broth that I have mentioned so far). She freezes individual portions and then overnight mails them to her destination so as to never be without. There is something both appalling and fascinating about this level of control and with the holidays coming it lead me to wonder if anyone else feels very attached to certain foods they feel they can't do without.

Incidentally, I feel exactly the same way about me exercise regimen and only a recent Mark's Daily Apple about taking a week off here and there has helped me let go of this. I shudder to think what deep psychological explanations there might be for this.

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10134 · December 03, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I'm on the WA coast, so what's local here is a little different from other locales. Last summer I was buying and filleting head-off fresh cohos for $4.99/lb. I've been getting Pacific oyster cuts (culls, but still fresh shucked) for about $0.35 per, depending on how many they can put in a jar.

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2030 · December 03, 2012 at 1:59 AM

I agree thhq, just shucked a half dozen. I noticed too a few days after I feel a little better, it could just be placebo or something else entirely but interesting to note.

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213 · December 03, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Where do you get your salmon and how much do you pay per pound? Thanks a bunch.

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213 · December 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM

where do you get your salmon and how much do you pay per pound?

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41312 · December 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium

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380 · December 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM

It's hard to pick apart where the changes are coming from as I've only been fully primal for the last 10 weeks and have been taking the pollen since about 2 weeks in - so any benefits are all sort of wrapped up together. Overall though, I wake easier in the morning, have better energy levels all day and feel I deal with general stressors on a more even keel. For now I think of the pollen as a yummy "preventative" more than anything. Dr Mercola goes nicely in depth with his description of how (and what we know so far of why) it works. http://www.mercola.com/article/diet/bee_pollen.htm

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I felt addicted to kombucha for years until I began making my own lemon/ginger water kefir. It fills the same niche but cost almost nothing once you purchase the kefir grains.

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Can you feel or see any difference when you are taking the bee-pollen versus when you aren't?

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM

And pardon my ignorance, but what is the vaccinum family of berries?

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I'm jealous. I love them but they are about $2.00 a pop here, so I have them rarely. I can get frozen ones cheaper and sometimes I turn them into an oyster bisque which I think of as a delicious bowl full of zinc.

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I use parsley in my morning smoothie too.

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2030 · December 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Out of up votes, be back in 4 hours.

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26017 · December 02, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Chop up the first four add spinach and you have a bad ass salad!

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795 · December 02, 2012 at 5:27 PM

My schedule is all over the place (I'm a musician). I try to stop eating 3-5 hours before bed, with avocado being part of that. Really helps my digestion to do that, too.

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 5:09 PM

DO you have it near bedtime, or does it matter?

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795 · December 02, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Totally. I've fine-tuned some other supplements and things, but that little bit extra of carb/fat helps me. When I get ketogenic, I get anxious and can't sleep. I feel like I'm still running on that last cup of coffee I have around noon after midnight. Dislike!

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Interesting about avocado and sleep for you.

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I'm telling you...it's the magic powers!

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10134 · December 02, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Fresh oysters. I'm starting to feel like Johnny Seed-Oyster on that subject these days. The food that is also a vitamin and mineral supplement.

Beyond that, almost anything that's local is a superfood, preferably fresh and wild. Any vaccinum family berry. Whatever seafood is in season. Dug some excellent clams Friday night. The freezer is full of wild coho and sockeye salmon to last the winter. Roasted hazelnuts mixed with dried cherries.

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10134 · December 03, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I'm on the WA coast, so what's local here is a little different from other locales. Last summer I was buying and filleting head-off fresh cohos for $4.99/lb. I've been getting Pacific oyster cuts (culls, but still fresh shucked) for about $0.35 per, depending on how many they can put in a jar.

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2030 · December 03, 2012 at 1:59 AM

I agree thhq, just shucked a half dozen. I noticed too a few days after I feel a little better, it could just be placebo or something else entirely but interesting to note.

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213 · December 03, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Where do you get your salmon and how much do you pay per pound? Thanks a bunch.

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213 · December 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM

where do you get your salmon and how much do you pay per pound?

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41312 · December 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM

And pardon my ignorance, but what is the vaccinum family of berries?

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I'm jealous. I love them but they are about $2.00 a pop here, so I have them rarely. I can get frozen ones cheaper and sometimes I turn them into an oyster bisque which I think of as a delicious bowl full of zinc.

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2030 · December 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Out of up votes, be back in 4 hours.

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592 · December 02, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Totally fascinating question. I definitely "need" my daily spinach and kale salad. To the point where even if I've been eating like crap, having a spinach and kale salad magically makes everything better by sort of canceling out all the bad stuff. Hellooo. Can we say therapy?

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I'm telling you...it's the magic powers!

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795 · December 02, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Avocado has been doing wonders for me...1/2 to 1 full per day. I've been able to sleep better, keep energy up, get a little more regular and, of course, stay fuller for longer. Yay?!

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795 · December 02, 2012 at 5:27 PM

My schedule is all over the place (I'm a musician). I try to stop eating 3-5 hours before bed, with avocado being part of that. Really helps my digestion to do that, too.

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 5:09 PM

DO you have it near bedtime, or does it matter?

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795 · December 02, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Totally. I've fine-tuned some other supplements and things, but that little bit extra of carb/fat helps me. When I get ketogenic, I get anxious and can't sleep. I feel like I'm still running on that last cup of coffee I have around noon after midnight. Dislike!

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Interesting about avocado and sleep for you.

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10984 · December 02, 2012 at 3:01 PM

CLO + High Vitamin Butter Oil.

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10480 · December 02, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Avocado, bacon, sardines, apples, broth based soups, and a wide variety of veggies including fermented. I need to have a few servings of those things at least a few times a week.

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26017 · December 02, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Chop up the first four add spinach and you have a bad ass salad!

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125 · December 02, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Kale, 2 eggs, 2 raw nori sheets, coconut butter and although not daily, about 8 ounces of liver throughout the week every other week.

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1920 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

pop-eye was defintately onto something with the spinach by the sounds of things here!

also, coconut oil, sardines, and eggs.

I just feel so.... incomplete without them!

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4347 · December 02, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Kale, olive oil, eggs (specifically yolks), bivalves, and ginger. But I really have a number of 'superfoods' I don't go more than a week without eating, even in small quantities. (Like the bivalves--I get a couple pounds' worth of mussels or clams weekly, and though my family of four has to share them all I feel like it's totally worth eating only a few for the meal.)

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380 · December 02, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I have heaps of superfoods I love, but I was reading through the GAPS protocols recently with the idea of healing ma gut in mind, saw bee pollen on the avoid list, and was like "oh heeeelll no that ain't going nowheres!" At this stage, the thought of giving up my half-teaspoons of almond butter dipped in bee pollen granules (which I have twice a day as a sort of delicious multi-vitamin) was off the cards no matter who-said-what-about-what-now. If you are not a strict GAPS-type paleo, and are bee-product friendly, this is a delectable must-try in my nompinion. :)

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380 · December 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM

It's hard to pick apart where the changes are coming from as I've only been fully primal for the last 10 weeks and have been taking the pollen since about 2 weeks in - so any benefits are all sort of wrapped up together. Overall though, I wake easier in the morning, have better energy levels all day and feel I deal with general stressors on a more even keel. For now I think of the pollen as a yummy "preventative" more than anything. Dr Mercola goes nicely in depth with his description of how (and what we know so far of why) it works. http://www.mercola.com/article/diet/bee_pollen.htm

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Can you feel or see any difference when you are taking the bee-pollen versus when you aren't?

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1826 · December 02, 2012 at 7:28 PM

For me it was a small bunch of flat leaf parsley and a green smoothie. I felt like it made my skin glow and kept me regular.

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I use parsley in my morning smoothie too.

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1495 · December 02, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Kombucha and sauerkraut

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1190 · December 02, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I felt addicted to kombucha for years until I began making my own lemon/ginger water kefir. It fills the same niche but cost almost nothing once you purchase the kefir grains.

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1232 · December 02, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Not a superfood, but I wont feel quite right if I don't eat fruit in a day. If I eat anything other than fruit for breakfast, I feel dehydrated and weighed-down.

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50 · December 03, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Quinoa. Cooking it in rice cooker with a frozen handfull of kale and/or spinach or peas with a little bit of lemon juice and vegetable, chicken or beef stock to replace water in about a 2.5:1 quinoa to liquid ratio ratio.

I'd also steam salmon on the top of this since my rice cooker has a little steamer plate. Hard to find a good size rice cooker that has these. I lucked out at Bed Bath & Beyond years ago. I often place some spinach or kale under the salmon so the fish taste does not leak into the quinoa. I only leave the salmon in for 5-7 minutes and it comes out amazing.

That said, so far my super foods are: Quinoa, Salmon, Sardines, Oysters, Avocado, Spinach, Kale, Grass fed beef (for chili), Almond Butter, Kefir, Saurkraut, Pickles, Kombucha, Green Tea, Hot Peppers of any kind- although I need to see if they are often a cause of my stomach aches-just hard to give up.

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1670 · December 03, 2012 at 12:03 AM

My super foods change seasonally-- right now it's butternut squash roasted in brussel sprouts (with ham or BACON)-- I simply cannot get enough. I know they don't have anything special going for them, but the meal is so filling after a great workout!

Another one of my super foods is this sautee mix I do of kale, shave brussel sprouts, broccoli, hickory, and sunflower seeds. It is delicious and such a great way to get in all my greens :)!

This isn't really a food, but I couldn't live without my daily cod liver oil supp and mag cit. supp before bed. Both have helped in so many ways.

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14877 · December 02, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Avocado. Salmon. Carbohydrates. eliminating all dairy.

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