Why Powdered Greens Are Something You Should Check Out
I was interviewed by a newspaper reporter about the PEERtrainer Point Of No Return program last week, and part of the conversation brought focus to something that we have been meaning to start a discussion about.
The reporter was digging into our "diet fusion" approach, and during this part of the conversation I started going into what we had learned from Stu Mittleman and how we were applying it to the coaching program. Our observation is that when someone is able to run across the country or be able to run 100 miles in a day, we want to know how that person is able to do this. A few questions come to mind:
1) What are they putting in their body to fuel this kind of performance?
2) What are putting in their mind in terms of how they explain the world to themselves?
3) Most importantly, what are they doing differently that someone who simply wants more energy to get through the day can learn from?
We have written extensively about Stu's book "Slow Burn", and many of you have picked up a copy. In the book he talks about his philosophy of running, which very simply is the opposite of the dominant fitness philosophy/culture in this country of no pain no gain. This philosophy has resonated with many in the PEERtrainer community.
He is a big advocate of eating a diet high in green vegetables, vegetable soups, fish that is high in omega-3 like fresh salmon. He recommends dramatically reducing meat, bread and dairy. (Which is something we hear with increasing regularity.)
His key point is that as you make these adjustments of increasing greens, and reducing meat, bread, dairy and sugar you will start to increase your energy levels. He is also a big advocate of powdered greens. I'm not sure if this is in his book or not but when he ran across the country, he ran out of energy early on, and was able to keep going by adding intense amounts of powdered greens to his diet.
So we have been open to this idea, and casually looking around at the different products out there.
Anyway, long story short is that we were in Whole Foods recently and picked up a couple packets of a powdered greens mix that was on the shelf. The person at the store explained that the powder is "raw" which means there are enzymes intact. We are not huge into the whole raw foods thing, but there are people who are very adamant about the power of raw foods. (btw I will be interviewing former model Carol Alt next month, and I know she is big into raw foods. She is 50 and gorgeous so I will keep a very open mind!)
Who knows the exact truth to the power of raw foods but there is probably some element of benefit to that. The person at Whole Foods also mentioned that a serving of powdered greens contains a huge amount of greens. This is very important because we know from Dr Joel Fuhrman about the massive health benefits of greens.
But the problem is that it takes time and money to get greens in your diet. The packet that we got off the shelf was $1.49. And the company claims that each packet contains 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables. The company that took up most of the shelf space in this category is called "Amazing Grass."
This is important because there are many companies making these products. Our observation is that for some reason Amazing Grass made it into Whole Foods and is obviously in a market leadership position. There are all sorts of potential health benefits, but we will start with the observation that when we consumed the packet mixed with water, we got a certain sense of well being. Sort of the opposite of drinking a cup of coffee.
Anyway, you can find these products at any Whole Foods I think, and probably at any health store, and also right on Amazon. We have also signed up for their affiliate program, which allows us to make some money and usually allows you guys to get a discount for buying directly from them. That is how those deals work ideally.
We know there is some interest in this product category already on PEERtrainer, people had been asking about the brand because we had logged the drink. If you do check out this product let us know. And if there are others you see let us know.
This could be a very good way of easily increasing the greens and micronutrients in your diet. And maybe getting some more energy.Here are some links to different products from Amazing Grass and we will also contact the company to see what sorts of coupons we can get for you.
This link takes you to their main website, and you can see all the products they sell. They sell meal bars and I have also seen these at Whole Foods.
This is a link to the version we tried. (Amazon has a better price than the company's own website right now) We tried another non flavored one and we really did not like it. This berry version is a little sweet and tastes good. The non flavored one was a little hard to get down.