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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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Fight Inflammation in the KITCHEN – Foods that help May 24, 2015

Filed under: anti-inflammatory,Food,Food-Fuel,Health,Injury-Rehab,pain — bigfootmarty @ 2:46 pm
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The following foods help restore comfort to your body.

GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES                 BOK CHOY (THE BRASSICAS)

CELERY       BEETS       BROCCOLI
BLUEBERRIES                     PINEAPPLE

SALMON                       WALNUTS

COCONUT OIL        CHIA SEEDS                   FLAXSEED

TURMERIC                      GINGER

WHY THESE FOODS? [AND A FEW OTHERS]

GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES

The produce drawer (aisle in market) is the first spot in your refrigerator (or shopping trip) when fighting inflammation. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that restore cellular health, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

Dark greens are especially loaded with THE GOODIES necessary for comfort and health.

BOK CHOY (THE BRASSICAS)

Bok choi /choy ( and all of the brassicas ) are loaded with anti-oxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds.

CELERY

Celery and celery seeds are loaded with nutrients and especially potassium.

BEETS

The deep color of beets is an instant indicator of the nutritional value contained within

beet nutritional benefits include cell repair and providing high levels of inflammation-fighting potassium and magnesium. The presence of magnesium helps the body process calcium for use in strengthening and repair.

BROCCOLI
For an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s invaluable( I hinted earlier that bok choy and ll brassicas[cabbage family plants}.

Broccoli is high in both potassium and magnesium, and its antioxidants are particularly potent anti-inflammatory substances as well.

BLUEBERRIES

One antioxidant in particular stands out as an especially strong anti-inflammatory, and that’s quercetin . Found in citrus, olive oil and dark-colored berries, quercetin is a flavonoid (a beneficial substance /phytonutrient that’s prevalent in fresh produce) that fights inflammation and even cancer

PINEAPPLE

The wonder in pineapple is  bromelain, a digestive enzyme that’s one of the benefits of pineapple.

It helps regulate the immune response that usually creates unwanted inflammation.  

The benefits of pineapple are due to its high supply of vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium and manganese, in addition to other special antioxidants that help prevent disease formation.

SALMON

Salmon has been praised for its healthful benefits for many years. Fish oil has been sold for years.

It is one of the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

 

WALNUTS

Walnuts add proper oils/fats, protein and nutrients and have been indicated for help in relief of several body challenges, in addition to inflammation.

COCONUT OIL

Virgin coconut oil has been indicated as useful for reduction in inflammatory (especially arthritis) response in the body (as well as several other uses)

CHIS SEEDS

Fatty acids found in nature are more balanced (Omega 3 and 6) have an exceptional ability to control / reduce /reverse inflammation and oxidative stress.

The seeds contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine,  magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine.

FLAXSEED

Flaxseeds are loaded with Omega 3 oils, phytonutrients and antioxidants. The lignan fiber is loaded with power to provide the antioxidant benefit.

Buy whole seed and grind in coffee grinder (or buy ground and use quickly before it gets rancid)

TURMERIC

Turmeric’s primary compound, curcumin, is its active anti-inflammatory component . It has been shown in studies to have effective anti-inflammatory impact.

Can be taken in supplement form or used as a pic in a wide variety of dishes

GINGER

Ginger is an Immune modulator [limits immune system response to stresses ] that reduces inflammation be controlling the response.

Like turmeric it can be consumed in pill/tablet and used in/with food.

THIS IS JUST A QUICK REVIEW OF A FEW POWERHOUSE FOODS…MANY OTHERS WILL HELP.

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Great Runner and Food and Vegetarian / Vegan – Sites and Blogs May 9, 2015

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/

No Meat Athlete is a personal favorite – good info on food, health and running.

http://www.veganrunnereats.com/

Recently found this one but after reading for 30-45 minutes I was excited to add it to the list. .

http://www.runningonrealfood.com/blog-love-3/

Lots of info on fitness, vegan food and life styles.

http://www.theathletarian.com/

http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/

http://fitfoodiefinds.com/

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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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Fruity Hydration- Summer Options- Summer Supplies July 25, 2014

Filed under: Food-Fuel,Health,Hydration,Recipes,Recovery — bigfootmarty @ 12:38 am
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I  love lemonade BUT the traditional options are loaded with sugar or sweeteners- I started playing with sugarless (NON-sweetened) versions and have found my faves to be

1. Lemon-basil – ADE

2. Lemon- Peach Bubbler (soak fruit in seltzer water)

3. Lemon-Ginger-Mint (Chocolate Mint is my fave)

So many other concoction created and ENJOYED but these are my GO-TO’s all summer long

 

The basic recipe for all of the above is:

–  2 Organic lemons cleaned and sliced into rings

–  <2 qts filtered water ( unless seltzer)

OPTIONS-

– 1/2 cup leaves    OR

-1/2 cup chopped fruit

– for Ginger 3-5 1/4″ thick discs(peeled)

 

Combine chosen ingredients and let sit on counter overnight( or all day) 

This is only 64 ounces and may of us drink that much with minimal effort so making this daily is suggested.

******   Another fun option is to shredded and freeze basil leaves in ice cube trays

Some recipes found with a Quick search-

                           Sugar added:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/basil-lemonade-10000000635690/

http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2011/08/basil-lemonade.html

                     AND adding a fun 3rd flavor ( unlimited options)

http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/strawberry_basil_lemonade/

 

Thanks and Drink up.

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Simple Summer Running/Fitness Food – Hooray for Garden season(Farmers Market too) June 25, 2014

I LOVE CABBAGE !!!  An and all cabbage family plants (brassicas).

I also love turmeric- and loving it more every day.

 

This recipe ( and many variations) allows me to enjoy the bvrassicas I love so much and eat anti-inflammatory food and herbs throughout the day.

In it’s most simple form this salad is :

CABBAGE –  ONIONS  – GARLIC  + Raw Apple Cider vinegar

Ad some balck pepper, organic mustard, sea salt……

Add some turmeric powder (or ground fresh) and it become even more medicinal

Add fresh ginger……The crooks at the F& DA might want to label and control it.

 

RECIPE:

1 head of Cabbage- shredded to your taste

1 bunch red onions (I like the color) [Yellow- ok too]

1/2 cup Raw apple cider vinegar ( I use BRAGGS)

DRESSING-

1/2 tbs fresh ground pepper

2-4 tbs mustard ( to taste- and choose a fun /favorite mustard)

2 tbs  Olive oil (EVOO)

1-3 tbs Turmeric ( use less if fresh root) This is to taste

Mix in a bottle and shake vigourously or blend to emulsify- pour over the veggiues and set in fridge for 4 or more hours.

There are as many variations as there are mouths and tongues and Veggies at the Farmers Market.

 

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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