Not fighting the vitamin and supplement addiction anymore.

I find that previously, I’ve fallen into traps where I’ll fall prey to quick fix diets, trains of thinking, and false idols to follow. My threshold for following these quick fix “whims” use to be much larger. Like when I was 18 at Salem State College and my roommate John was a vegan. I’d go to dinner with him each night and maybe it was to fit in or I was just a very impressionable person at the time, but I took on the lifestyle. Still eating dairy, but I was strictly non-meat for 8 months. Now at 30, I get urges to stop eating meat, carbs, sugars, caffeine, or anything else and it lasts no more than a full day. This could be from a huffingtonpost article or a conversation I hear on any number of podcasts. It’s like my body has made up its own mind as to its addictions/likes or what it feels like it must have and any kind of new outside condition I force upon on it, will be rhetorically scoffed at and I’ll binge eat the thing I’m trying to avoid the following day. I think when you’re 18, your mind/body is much more flexible with what it can endure and accept for longer periods of times. 18-25 truly is your experimental phase as a human. After 25, maybe metabolically, it’s harder to stray from the meat/potatoes/bread/beer program that is so comforting to your stomach and mind.

Matters of health and diet have always fascinated me. I’ve spent several hundred dollars on supplements over the years. These are a few just from memory: Omega 3 from fish, hemp, krill, and flax seed. 3 blend mushroom. St. John’s Wort. 5-htp. melatonin. sam-E. coQ10. coconut oil. green coffee bean extract. acai berry. alpha brain by onnit.

I’ve experimented with many things to get some upper edge mentally or just to have more physical energy. Or if I went through bouts of depression, I would scour supplement sites for just the thing that would pull me out of the funk I was in. Not realizing or being wise enough to know, that down moods are necessary for up moods, the rubber band kind of needs to stretch both ways in order for emotions to exist.

I’ve always felt “low energy” as a person, so I imagined there was some magical pandora’s box out there, that contained precisely the right elixir for my body’s makeup. It’s never really happened. Some have worked and by worked maybe I mean “I’ve convinced myself that they’ve done something.” (depending on the cost of said supplement) Most have acted as a placebo. I’ve run the gamut of taking a Centrum 1 a day vitamin, to ordering the most organic vitamins I can find online. (Currently I’m taking Synergy’s Whole Food vitamin) So for now, I’m down to this multi-vitamin and hemp seed oil capsules for my Omega 3’s. And on the note of omega 3s, I’ve been quite neurotic; Trying out fish capsules from wal-mart, to cod fish oil from norway, to krill oil at walgreens ($30 a bottle), and finally arriving at hemp seed oil. The fish oil I’ve taken has always left me feeling more aggressive, hostile, bitter, and just kind of stressed out in general. Of course it could just be how my body reacts to it, but considering how everyone is always giving it high praise, it’s never done much good for me. I don’t get this same reaction by just eating fish. So that’s where I’m at now. I think I’ve gotten the majority of my supplement experiments out of my system, for now. The internet is tricky in the way that a few testimonials or youtube videos, or mentions on a podcast, can get you thinking again, “Maybe I am missing out and this would benefit me..?”

Review: Guayaki Yerba Mate flavored drinks

I’m an everyday coffee drinker and definitely will get the headache warning signals, after about 3 hours of going without. But it’s easy to get burnt out on anything; be it food, drink, or social networking site. I go to Starbucks most everyday, because no matter how hard I try, I can never make my own coffee and enjoy the taste of it. Even if I’m using coffee grounds that are much tastier than Starbucks, my ratio of grounds to water always seems to be off, or it’s all just psychological and the idea of someone else making it for you just affects my brain’s pleasure zone? Who knows.

Enter Yerba Mate as a tea. Yerba Mate is a herb that is native to South America and contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals. (Vitamin B/C, manganese, potassium, zinc, and minerals include quercetin, theobromine, and theophylline.)

The 16 ounce cans I buy from Stop and Shop are 1.99 and pack a pretty solid caffeinated punch. (150 mg) There’s “Lemon Elation” and “Revel Berry” that I’ve tried so far. You definitely get the attentiveness and general alertness you get from coffee, but minus the jitters. Ingredients include: organic brewed guayaki roasted yerba mate, organic elder flowers, organic cane sugar, organic ginger juice, organic lemon juice concentrate, and cirtric acid. Image

Trader Joe’s Super Green Food: Most viewed post?

My most viewed post on this blog, by far has been the one I did on the ingredients in “Trader Joe’s Super Green Powder.” I find this kind of funny, considering most of this blog has been about my life in music and opinions on music in general.

I figure there’s so much interest because this basic information is hard to find online. For whatever reason, Trader Joe’s website does not post this information. It was a great product and it did give me a kind of burst of energy, but I got sick of having to mix it with juice or water everyday. Recently I picked up a bottle of “Garden of Life: Perfect Food Raw Green Super Food.” 240 capsules in one bottle and the recommended serving size is 8 capsules. I’ve found that 4 is plenty to get somewhat of an overall boost in mental clarity, energy, and improved digestion. It’s also good to know that I’m getting a majority of greens that I’d hardly ever get on a regular basis.

*And I assure you, I’m receiving no compensation for the endorsement of these products.


Review of “Amazing Grass Green Superfood drink powder”

I picked up this powder  yesterday, as I’m trying to eat less carbs/dairy, and focus on getting more greens and protein into my diet. The Paleo diet has intrigued me for some time, as I’m looking to lose 25-30 pounds. I tried the Super Green powder by Trader Joe’s and this powder has the added benefit of caffeine (matcha green tea and organic yerba mate extract, coming in at about 85mg per serving)

This is fine with just water, as it also has stevia as a sweetener, so there’s no need to mix it with fruit juice. This is how it breaks down:

Organic Wheat Grass – Organic Barley Grass – Organic Alfalfa – Organic Spirulina – Organic Spinach – Organic Chlorella – Organic Brocolli (3620mg)

Organic Acai – Organic Maca Root – Organic Carrot – Organic Beet – Organic Rose hips – Organic Pineapple – Acerola Cherry

Organic Flax Seed Powder – Apple Pectin Fiber

And a whole host of Digestive Enzyme and Active culture ingredients

click to buy (im not endorsed by this product, just trying to spread the word)

Trader Joe’s Super Green Powder: The Elixir of Life?

(It’s my belief that after ingesting this supplement over the course of a few weeks, my musical creativity sky-rocketed and I began to write these amazing “hot licks” on my guitar. Please click the links below and see the results. Thanks Trader Joe’s!)

First and foremost, I’m kind of a health junkie, or I try to be in a very strange way. I do however still smoke a cigarette or two on a daily basis, so that’s part of the great balancing act, almost staying neutral with whatever good foods I do eat? It’s a battle and I almost feel lucky to be off the hook with only 1 or 2 a day.

My favorite grocery store is Trader Joe’s for its amazing variety, prices, and overall quality of food. Plus the employees are very genuine and not zombified in any way, actual conversation will often occur; I know it’s amazing!

I think America tends to be overly obsessed with quantity over quality and this shows in our protruding guts, as we steadily become the fattest nation in all of mankind’s history. Fast food dollar menus, the cheap meat selection at Walmart, ultra fortified white bread by way of the never ending bread stick supply at Olive Garden, and many more examples that you could think of on your own in less than two minutes. Cheap carbohydrates, cheap sugars, excessive fats, and all the rest. I’ve also become increasingly more paranoid around the subject of the pesticides that are regularly sprayed on most fruits and vegetables – so I do try to buy all organic when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Also there’s fluoride to consider with drinking water – but hey there’s also the plastic with water bottles that can leech out if the temperature is too warm, so I understand mankind’s limitations in 2011.

I’m still learning a lot about what the best diet is for me and according to the BMI index I still need to lose a good 15-20 pounds, so I do have a long road ahead in that regard.

I definitely don’t  have the strictest diet and actually use the microwave on average about 2-3 times a day at work, which I’m sure cancels out a lot of the nutrients I actually try to take in. I recently picked up Trader Joe’s Super Green Powder supplement for $19.99. Sure, kind of steep on the surface, but when I read the ingredients on the back, I had to give it a try.

I’m mostly posting the ingredients  below, because I’ve not been able to find them on Trader Joe’s website or anywhere else on the web.

Proprietary Antioxidant Blend *everything is organic and in powder form, just to save time (barley grass juice powder, chlorella, alfalfa,

–  carrot juice, broccoli juice, cauliflower juice, spinach juice, parsley juice powder

-concord grape, acerola cherry, milk thistle, red beet root, aloe vera leaf, pomegranate, turmeric rhizome extract, atlantic kelp, green tea extract decaf, quercertin, non-alcoholic red wine extract, grape seed extract, blueberry leaf extract, licorice, vegetable extract, fruit extract, cinammon and strawberry powder.

Proprietary Fiber Blend

-organic SDG flax lignans concentrate, oat beta-glucan, apple fiber pectin, sprouted barley malt, lecithin

Plant Base Enzyme Blend

-bromelain, papain, protease, amylase, lipase, cellulose, lactase

Dairy-Free Probiotics

-lactobacillus acidophillus, lactobacillus casel, b. longum, rhamnosus

I’ve tried the multi-vitamin route before, but it just never seemed to add anything to my energy levels or help me concentrate/focus better. They would almost make me more prone to zone out and become kind of apathetic, in a weird way. So i’ve only been taking this a few days, but already I feel a real energy uptick, and I’m not as lethargic when I get home from work. I’ll try to check back in about a week. But investigate those ingredients for yourself. I know I don’t get near the amount that is recommended on a daily basis, so this seems to be a good overall approach.