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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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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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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…

 

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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Farmers market Running and Fitness Fuel April 30, 2014

Filed under: Carbs,Food,Food-Fuel,Health,Protein,Recipes — bigfootmarty @ 7:26 pm
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The local Farmers Market season kicked off April 5 an the selection of fresh veggies has been improving and growing each week.

This week I focused on greens and roots.

Mixed baby greens and kale- that went into salads and soup.

And a couple bags of onions (yellow/green) , potatoes and sweet potatoes . I plan to enjoy these in a variety of ways over the next 10 days but Sunday morning after church I was in the mood for baked beans ( frozen – homemade 3 weeks ago).

So i decided to have potato “chips” baked in the oven with some onion and parsley.

– I sliced 2 medium yellow onions and spread on bottom of cooking tray(sprinkle w/sea salt)

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Onions for Base of Baked Chips

– I sliced the potatoes (yukon and sweet) in thin chips.

-Then spread a nice olive oil on all of the chips and a light dusting of sea salt.

-spread the chips evenly over the onions on the tray, sprinkled with parsley and black pepper

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Potatoes and Sweets Chips ready for roasting at 425

-Roasted in preheated oven at 425 for 55 minutes.- turning the chips after 35 minutes.

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Roasted Chips ready for the baked beans ( and hockey game).

The chips tasted great alone but were tremendous with 3 bean baked beans made with molasses and chili peppers in February.

A filling and healthy Sunday afternoon meal.

 

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