My husband bought me an iPod touch for Christmas and it is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Before I received my iPod touch, I thought that it was just a glorified iPod with WiFi. Little did I know that you could download applications “apps” for everything from games to grocery list organizers to even turning your iPod into a level! Of course with my obsession with diet, food and exercise, the first application I downloaded was the LiveStrong Food & Exercise Diary. I loved it so much that I quickly became obsessed with finding every single diet and exercise app offered. Some are good (Women’s Health Workouts,) and some are bad (Fit Tips.)
What I discovered, when I was looking through these many applications, is that what I was really looking for was an app that would actually take the weight off for me, keep my diet on track and get me fit. In fact, when I buy latest diet book or subscribe to a new fitness magazine or scour the grocery store shelves for the latest “miracle” food, what I’m really looking for is the magic bullet that will take off the weight for good, without any of the struggles associated with staying fit.
At this point I’m an expert dieter. When I read through the “Diet Tips” app I realized that I knew every “tip” that they provided…and so do most of you. Listen to some of these:
“Skip the fast food.”
“Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.”
“Eat less and exercise more.”
Duh! I mean, I know what I’m supposed to do, it’s just that I don’t always do it. I wish there was an app that made all of my cravings for chocolate and ice cream go away, kept my hunger at bay and gave me unlimited energy for fat-blasting workouts. But, short of implanting a chip in my brain to override my natural tendencies, I will keep struggling with making healthy choices each day.
This brings me to the new acclaimed miracle food: Acai Berries. Acai berries grow on an Amazon palm tree and have been prized for hundreds of years for their high nutritional content. While acai berry juice did make the list of the top 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth, it is not the “miracle food” that all of the advertisements claim. In fact, many of the claims of the acai berry anti-aging and weight loss properties are made by the companies marketing the juice. Dr. Bowden spoke with a researcher who had ties to companies marketing acai products, and he even admitted that while the acai berry showed a lot of promise, it would be a stretch to claim that the acai berry contained compounds that you couldn’t get elsewhere (in other fruits and vegetables.) That doesn’t mean that the acai berry isn’t a great food, it just means that it’s not a magic bullet.
There are some health benefits with acai berries. The berry is rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins, which can reduce inflammation and protect the brain. The acai berry also contains a rich diversity of polyphenols, which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disese and cancer.
I bought the Acai Berry Juice at Earth Fare and it was pretty expensive ($8.00 for a small bottle.) It was good, but not worth the $8.00. The juice tasted like blueberries and had a sweet, rich flavor. The kids really loved it because I normally don’t let them drink juice (too much sugar.) Will I buy it again? No, I don’t like to drink my calories. I’d rather get the health benefits from eating raspberries, blackberries or strawberries.
Just as with the apps for the iPod, each (natural) food provides unique benefits, but there is no magic solution to taking off weight or staying fit. It takes daily commitment, focus and dedication. What do you do to stay fit? Do you have a certain iPod app that keeps you on track? Do you eat a certain food or take supplements? Please share!