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Easy ways to Eat to Deal with Inflammation(and prevent it) March 24, 2016

In  an earlier post I gave a list of foods and herbs that have a it-inflammatory benefits when eaten.  The list is broad But far from complete.  Many of these foods have “relatives” that have similar benefits and often combine with these stars.

The list is:   Turmeric,Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Citrus Fruits, Berries, Tart Cherries, Omega 3 fatty acids– oils or in foods       

It is quite easy to figure out how to use citrus fruits and berries. Just grab and eat, but they can also be incoorated into other dishes and recipes.  

Add them to smoothies, make healthy puddings with chia seeds, juice and fruit, top green salads or get CRAZY and mix with spicy peppers to spread on other foods or even crackers. AND of course they can be used in recipes with the others on this all star list.

Tart cherries are super stars but may require effort to purchase. They can be found dried, in juice form or in cans (packed in water).   You may be able to find fresh and grocers may be able to find them for you. The juice makes a great base for a drink when combined with cold seltzer, turmeric and ginger. The cherries can also be combined in meals with other fruits and veggies especially salads. Salads that  have a dressing with an omega 3 oil will be exploding with benefits..

Garlic can be eaten, cook and s with and taken in supplement form. This combination allows one to consume the equivalent a bulb of garlic every day. Now having meals loaded with garlic and onions is quite delicious but doing so every day limits the breadth of dietary choices, and may limit the social life if everyone in your circle is not garlic loving.

Turmeric and ginger are my personal favorites ( at least today). It is a question much like asking a parent, “who is your favorite child?” , but I have had great success with turmeric and ginger for some time now. They are great seasonings and flavoring ingredients so they can be delivered to an inflamed body as part of a delicious curry or sauce, added to marinades, soups and stews. They can be used in dried form but they are also available in many areas as the fresh ” root”. The fresh versions can be chopped, or mashed or cut in to pieces for use.  Turmeric and ginger are also available in capsule form as a supplement. 

Currently my favorite way to consume turmeric, ginger and cinnamon is when powder is added to shaker bottle with ice, tart cherry juice and some water ( sometimes seltzer) and I drink 2-4 cups of this drink daily. Often add raw apple cider vinegar for the added benefit.
@martyroddy

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Food for health…Food for Comfort March 16, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — bigfootmarty @ 12:44 am

 

As a life-long athlete with a laundry list of orthopedic injuries and an active lifestyle I often have sore and even painful knees, shoulders , ankles or hands. As I venture deeper into my 50’s {with hopes of 100+] I also worry about other general body inflammation-health and longevity.

What can I eat or take to help?

Now a good diet filled with lots of dark leafy greens and raw fruits and veggies and delicious (healthy ) seasonings is a great start.

This will be a quick list and later some food items (recipes/menus) might be posted.

The greatest food item for-All Inflammation- is Turmeric. The beautiful “root” with tremendous yellow color is found in curries(yummm and healthy) , yellow mustard, can be used in dressings, added to drinks and smoothies. Can also be purchased and used as a supplement in capsule form. Curcumin is the active ingredient that has the beneficial impact- and capsules may be labeled as such.

A few more herbs and flavoring agents fill the top of the list and hopefully the fridge and pantry.

They are Ginger, garlic, onions and cinnamon.

Those who eat a lot of garlic/onions should make sure to share the health with loved ones for BOTH reasons.

The next is citrus fruits- lemons,limes oranges and grapefruits – in that order. The juice is good but combined with the fiber and even bits of the white “pith” the impact is multiplied.

Berries (blue,black and rasp) also have some powerful systemic anti-inflammatory impact. Another fruit that is helpful for arthritis type discomfort( as well as orthopedic inflammation) is Tart Cherries. Can be fruit, dried fruit or juice

The last to look at and ingest is a variety of omega 3 oils. Can be fish or Flax coconut or other healthy oil. Added to food or used for cooking or even as a supplement.

How can you use all of these foods?

How many hav you eaten in the last month? ON PURPOSE for Inflammation?

Turmeric

– Ginger

– Garlic

– Onions

– Citrus Fruits

– Berries

– Tart Cherries

– Omega 3 fatty acids- oils or in foods       

 

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Bel Monte Endurance Run 2016 – View from Camp Marty March 14, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — bigfootmarty @ 4:56 pm

The 2016 Bel Monte Races took place March 12 in the mountains on Virginia along and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Approximately 200 runners ran the beautiful trails on a great day . 

They were competing in 3 races , 50 mile, 50k and a 25k.

As they ran through the Camp Marty Aid Sation  they enjoyed a variety of fuel enhancing and electrolyte replenishing foods .  

   
Runners that took the time to enjoy the views saw a panorama of Blue Ridge Mountains including the Priest and Three Ridges. 

Runners had the opportunity to spend 3 to 13 hours on the glorious trails and enjoy the sights and the early spring in the woods.

Some views:

   

For more info on the races or Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports:

http://www.badtothebone.biz

And 

http://belmonteraces.com/index.php/results/2016