The following list has been separated and categorized in rough groups. I have also added avocados since i forgot in the original post. I have also categorized it as veggie AND fruit since it is easily used in savory and sweet dishes to help with pain and discomfort.
The first suggestion I have is to find a few good cookbooks and food/recipe websites. Maybe I will do a cookbook list in a future post. Avoid older books with lots of creamy sauces, salt and fatty food recipes. Newer recipes and those written by and/or promoted by athletes, health “gurus” and MD’s with cardio specialty.
GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES,
BOK CHOY (THE BRASSICAS) / Broccoli
OILS AND SEEDS AND HERBS:
CHIA SEEDS / FLAXSEED,
TURMERIC / GINGER
The first question or thought do you want cooked food or raw? Salads or main dishes ? Drinks/dressings/spreads?
Snacks/lunches to carry?
Broccoli and garlic can be blended raw and made into a delicious and nutritious PESTO to put on whole grain noodles, or other veggies/bread.
Avocado and blueberries and a tiny bit of ground ginger can be combined with some chia seeds(that have been soaked in filtered water) and mix completely and store in fridge for a few hours to serve as DELICIOUS pudding that is loaded with a nearly completely nutritious snack or side dish.
Salmon can be served with celery and greens, cooked in coconut oil and with a light crust of ground flaxseed. With a delicious pineapple and walnut (blended ) sauce.
Turmeric and ginger are delicious flavorings that will( peer reviewed studies) reduce inflammation in the joints and systemic concerns as well. They can be purchased as the fresh “root” and used in chunks or small dice or chopped or shredded. It may also be purchased in dry/ powder form. Turmeric is also widely available in Curry formulations for tremendous recipes( using many of the foods listed above plus other great veggies.
I am not going to spend a lot of time on salads but EAT YOUR GREENS!!
One key trait that many of these foods ( and many other lists of GREAT FOODS) is fiber. I have been doing a lot of reading and concluded that a diet hat includes 30 -40 grams of fiber from foods is essential for health, weight control and probably inflammation. cup of broccoli, bok choy and a big serving of dark greens will add up to 10-15 grams….celery and beets will add 3-8 more grams, walnuts a gram or 2 and a serving each or flaxseed/chia will bring the total to 24-26 grams. grab and apple and an orange or a banana and the daily 30 grams is reached easily.