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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.
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Foods for Inflammation- Part 2- How to consume the foods. June 22, 2015

Filed under: anti-inflammatory,Fats,Food,Food-Fuel,Recipes — bigfootmarty @ 6:08 pm
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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.

VEGETABLES:

GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES,

BOK CHOY (THE BRASSICAS) / Broccoli

CELERY ,

BEETS,

Avocado

FRUITS:
BLUEBERRIES ,

PINEAPPLE ,

Avocado

FISH:

SALMON  ,

NUTS:

WALNUTS,

OILS AND SEEDS AND HERBS:

COCONUT OIL,

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?

SOME EXAMPLES-

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.

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Eat Right to Prevent / Eliminate Inflammation and Pain April 19, 2015

Filed under: Carbs,diet,Fats,Food-Fuel,Health,Injury-Rehab — bigfootmarty @ 1:54 pm
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Well this one escaped me and got published when I hit the wrong button on the ipad…..not all that intuitive…

The focus of this post is proper use of food ( and avoidance of some) to eliminate, limit and reduce inflammation in the body. The specific focus will be pain in joints that interferes with life activities or prevents complete enjoyment.

Many foods and food groups have been indicated as causes of discomfort and inflammation.

They include:  dairy, nightshade fruits/vegetables, gluten containing products, sugar, GMO processed foods and a few others that pop up from time to time.

A few points from personal experimentation-

A) eliminate all dairy from HUMAN diet( many studies show links to discomfort and pain throughout the body . My personal experience is that general body inflammation reduced dramatically and some specific pain sites disappeared.

B) Sugar- plain processed sugar- added or included in processed drinks and foods is a major trigger and fuel source for painful body.

C) Gluten removal / reduction has shown some results but no negative side effects- this is step has not become permanet or complete at this time.

There are a few things noticed on the positive–proactive side as well-

1) Drinking plenty of clean-filtered- water, up to a gallon a day in warm months has a great impact of general well being.

2) daily diets that include a preponderance of raw fruits and vegetables have given the most energy and the best “FEELING” from head to toe.  {includes: comfort vs. discomfort, energy, attitude, demeanor…}

3) Exercise adds to the good feeling AND THE GOOD FEEL HELPS ME EXERCISE…A PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE o f fitness and health

The following are a few stories and posts found that I have read and gotten useful information from .

*Dairy and Inflammation basics

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8646/the-dangers-of-dairy.html

* * Some inflammatory food basics.

http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm

* * *Diet ideas to reduce inflammation and pain

http://life.gaiam.com/article/delicious-anti-inflammatory-diet

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Anti-Inflammatory Summer food and Fun July 6, 2014

Filed under: Fats,Food,Injuries,Injury-Rehab,Recipes,Recovery — bigfootmarty @ 1:31 pm

In addition to being very delicious this salad has a nice serving of turmeric ( with mustard and raw vinegar)  ,   that will deliver a great nutritional boost and a “medicinal” shot of natural antiinflammatories.

 

Enjoy with or as a meal

 

Grilled Cole Slaw

2 heads Cabbage 1 green ,1 red Cut in 1/3 or 1/4’s at core
3 red onions in half
shredded carrots(1lb)
-apple cider or water
Dressing: (blended or shake well)
1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 Cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar ( used Braggs)
1 heaping tsp Turmeric
1 heaping tsp dry Mustard
1/8 cup raw sugar/cane sugar

1. Dip cabbage into cider or water to wet before placing on grill
2. place onion halves on grill
3. Turn cabbage on all sides on grill- char edges
4. Turn onions to cook both sides
5. remove from grill and allow to cool before slicing core out and chopping/shredding to small pieces
add to large bowl with carrots and toss
6. Add dressing and toss thoroughly
7. Put in Fridge before serving…….ENJOY

Caner in phone “farted”out so I had to find these images…

 

Plant Based Fuel – Food for the Body, Mind and Road May 4, 2014

Filed under: Blogs/Articles,Carbs,Fats,Food,Food-Fuel — bigfootmarty @ 9:16 pm
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As an athlete I have focused on food and fuel through all of the fun. It was all fun and games when I was a teen and 20 year old football player. Just grab a plate and FILL IT UP ( 8-9 meals a day) . Football ended and life began.

After college I became a runner for fun, fitness and adventure and I also continued to EAT but it was for life and not to Play. After many years of careful eating and training I had some problems and looked at my diet. For reasons related to my body I switched to a plant based diet some years ago. It has been pretty good for me and I have enjoyed the trip.

My Vegetarian history:

A number of years ago while struggling with inflammation and the pain in my feet [plantar fasciitis] – I did some research that led me to realize that dairy was a contributing factor to the foot pain and lack of healing. I made the decision to drop dairy from my diet [bye bye cheese/cracker, pizza, yogurt ice cream- I THOUGHT] .

This change had amazing results – in 5 weeks from the switch I felt relief from the pain that tortured me for 14 months. {AND I have been pain free in my FEET ever since that time}

A few years after going dairy free I went all the way to a plant based diet. This has had great lifestyle and comfort benefits. Hard to tell how or if it is helpful as an athlete since I am having fun and staying fit and no longer pushing it at a competitive level.

 

 

WHAT QUESTIONS DO / DID I HAVE AS A PLANT EATING ATHLETE:

A] Could I get enough calories to be satisfied and have enough fuel?

B] What about all the talk about PROTEIN?

– How much protein is in plants?

-How much protein do I REALLY need?

C] What athletes are vegetarian/vegan?

D] Where can I eat?

E] What about recipes and cookbooks?

 

 

The following websites and blogs are some that I visit regularly for info, entertainment and of course recipes.

http://meatfreeathlete.com/index.php/about

Loaded with fun info from a meat free athlete for new and experienced athletes on a plant based diet.

** From the BLOG ABOUT page- “Hey, I’m Anne-Marie Campbell, the founder of Meat Free Athlete. Welcome! MFA is the result of my passion for sports, fitness, nutrition, and veganism. It’s a vegan resource and blogging community to share and learn about the advantages of vegan nutrition and how it will benefit you in an active and compassionate lifestyle. Everyone is welcome!”

http://www.vegetarianrunner.com/

 

From the site:   “Vegetarian diets are more and more common every day. People choose to eat a vegetarian diet for a number of reasons such as cultural, moral or health reasons. As a runner, your diet is important not only for maintaining good health, but also to ensure top performance. Proper nutrition and hydration can make or break a workout or race, and also greatly affects how runners feel. A nutritionally sound vegetarian diet is possible if enough nutrients are consumed from a wide variety of foods but a runner who consumes a poor vegetarian diet may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies as well as poor physical performance. 

 

http://www.veganfitness.net/home/

As a lifelong athlete and now a 50+ fitness/health focused person I love the variety of conversations on this forum and the site.  Hop in join and share/learn.

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/

This site has a lot of great information on running, diet, fitness, gear and other topics related to a healthy performance based lifestyle.

There is a valuable focus on education and shared knowledge.

From the ABOUT page- “No Meat Athlete is about giving you tools, not preaching. We’re all about training tips, recipes, advice on how to transition, and the occasional dose of inspiration — so that even if now isn’t the time for you to start eating less meat (but especially if it is), you’ll know you’ve always got someone in your corner to help you out.

 

http://www.greatveganathletes.com/

This site is loaded with great stories and information about several athletes who are vegan and continue their pursuit of health and performance.

From the site: “Many of the most successful sportspeople worldwide are now vegan. While they may differ in that they have decided to go vegan to avoid animal cruelty, for their health, to reduce environmental impact, or other reasons, they have one large similarity. They have proved that excellence and veganism often go together.

Myths still persist that state that it is not possible to be vegan and be successful in sport. These myths do not have a foundation in science, and athletes build muscle, endurance and ability on plant sources and many go on to achieve great things. The performance of these athletes is proof that veganism can and does enable excellence.”

http://thriveforward.com/

From the site:

  • Learn from experts on how to eat, train and cook to promote optimal health
  • Explore video lessons relevant to you—be it energy, sleep, body composition, strength and endurance training, easy ways to prepare plant-based meals at home, or even how to eat more sustainably
  • Dive into recipes, meal plans and a wealth of supplemental materials

A variety of sites for and about Plant based diets:

http://plantbasedresearch.org/articles/fueling-vegetarian-vegan-athlete

http://vegweb.com/

https://www.vrg.org/

http://www.veganlunchbox.com/loaf_studio.html

http://www.veggieboards.com/

 

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Healthy at home- Kitchen and medicine Cabinet or Kitchen AS MEDICINE Cabinet March 18, 2014

Filed under: Blogs/Articles,Fats,Health — bigfootmarty @ 8:37 pm
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Healthy at home- Kitchen and medicine Cabinet or Kitchen AS MEDICINE Cabinet

I read about Oil Pulling a few years ago, as I was dealing with a few tooth issues, I experimented and found it to be comfortable and useful. I now find it to be truly beneficial.

Oil Pulling is an ancient detoxing practice that involves swishing oil (1 tsp to 1 tbs) in the mouth for close to 20 minutes ( some people go longer)and then discarding it. The oil is worked from side to side, back and forth, through the teeth and all around the gums. The theory is that the oil is ‘pulling’ toxins, bacteria and waste from inside the mouth and body and collecting it.

PROCEDURE:

1. take 1-4 tsp (maybe up to a tablespoon) organic Coconut, sesame, avocado,olive Oil  ( I like coconut and sesame)

2. Swish in mouth (don’t gargle) Just push/Pull through tee around gums and tongue

3. Push with tongue

4. Continue for 10 – 20 minutes ( do what you can to start and add time as you get used to it.

5. Do not swallow any of the liquid ( it will be increasing as saliva is added)

6. after complete spit into trash or down a safe drain or toilet(oil could clog)

7. Rinse mouth with a good rinse/was (see below) to clear toxins, brush teeth after.

MOUTH RINSE: I rinse with a mouth wash made with baking soda, filtered water and some tea tree and peppermint essential oils [ 1/2 C-water, 2 tsp baking soda, 3-4 drops each tea tree /peppermint oil- can be multiplied]

* an interesting idea/article

http://wellnessmama.com/7866/oil-pulling-for-oral-health/

** More about the theory and practice.

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

 

Fighting Inflammation with Your Knife and Fork January 17, 2014

Filed under: Fats,Food,Food-Fuel,Health,Injuries,Injury-Rehab,Recovery — bigfootmarty @ 1:58 am
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As a lifelong athlete and football player for many years I continued after football with fitness and running. I had my knees worked on a few times and as a runner my major goals were and still are to be able to run and walk well into my grave…or at least 90’s.

So as a runner I worked on form as well as my training plan and program to limit the stress and abuse on my knees- even though I have and continue to participate in half-marathon / marathon distance events. I have enjoyed the effort and so far have remained uninjured in 25+ years.

I have worked with stretching and exercise and shoes- as well as the training- I have also done a bunch with food.

What foods are good for fighting inflammation?   What foods do I LIKE TO EAT?

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What are suggestions for anti-inflammatory diets 😕

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Minimize saturated and Trans fats
  • Eat a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish or fish oil supplements and walnuts.
  • Watch your intake of refined carbohydrates such as pasta and white rice.
  • Eat plenty of whole grains such as brown rice and bulgur wheat.
  • Eat lean protein sources such as chicken; cut back on red meat and full-fat dairy foods.
  • experiment with vegetarian protein diet options( tend to have fiber and other nutrients)
  • Avoid refined foods and processed foods.
  • Spice it up. Chili peppers, Ginger, turmeric and curries, and other spices can have an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Consume Omega-3 Oils up to 3 grams a day- try for food sources.

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