eat to beat inflammation pain

Eat with a rainbow in mind– Colorful veggies and fruits are rich in antioxidants and help fight inflammation. Include apples, berries, tomatoes, kale, beets and bell peppers

Fishy Fats- omega three fatty acids block inflammatory compounds. mackeral, sardines, salmon, tuna, trout and herring are good examples. Wild fish over farm or tank grown is preferred

Add spices-tumeric protects joints from inflammation, and ginger has similar properties.  Add tumeric to curries, add ginger to stir fries and fresh ginger root sliced in hot water to make tea.

Eliminate sugar drinks– Phosphoric acid in soft drinks makes knee arthritis worse

GREEN TEA– high in antioxidants called catechins and protect joints from cartilage damage

Eat a well balance meal, low in sugar, meat and refined grains since they all increase inflammation.

Have half your plate as fruits and or veggies, 1/4 as whole grains, and 1/4 as protein such as eggs, fish, beans or legumes, nuts and seeds

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Holiday Party December 3, 2013

Yesterday was the grand lavish holiday party with the cocktail hour. The choices included a sushi bar, carving stations of pastrami, corned beef, kielbasa, roast beef. There was a station for hot dogs and hamburgers, and a station of fried potato pancakes. I focused on the sushi and had Chilean sea bass sushi ( 2 pieces) as well as many other seafood sushi choices. I didn’t have any sushi tempura. The roast beef ( 1-2 ounces) was delicious and well worth the taste. As part of the main course, we had a salad with tuna sushi- I donated my tuna to Steve and his wife. I did however eat the capon ( without the stuffing). The mashed potatoes and carrots were delicious. I left before dessert came. I tried to practice what I preach, which is portion control. Having met some people I had known from 20-30 years ago at the party, I was able to focus on them and their careers and less on the food as I had alluded to in yesterdays blog.