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I once had a friend that I drifted apart from, likely much more my fault than hers if we are keeping it real, who was macrobiotic. She swore up and down that eating certain foods could make your body heal itself, while others could cause you harm and have negative effects on your well-being. At that point in my life, when Lean Cuisines were my friend and go to, I wouldn’t hear of it. I may even thought some of what she said could have been hooey. Well Hanan, if you are reading this, you were 100% right, and I was 100% wrong – it took me a long time to figure this out, but it’s a fact. Food can hurt or heal your body. I’m not saying that I’ll ever be macrobiotic – it’s too much work, but there is a lot that makes sense in that diet. I’m also not saying that I’ll ever be perfect when it comes to eating – no one is, and if they are, I’m almost positive that they are miserable because if you can’t enjoy your favourite foods sometimes, then you are going to be very unhappy. Just saying life is to short not to have chocolate, pastry or cheese on occasion. Oh and you “flutens” – that’s a gluten-free faker – bread is divine too. A recent study came out that said that the only people who truly have a gluten intolerance are those with Celiac Disease and I tend to agree. Yes, wheat gluten can give you a tummy ache and bloating, and it is likely better to avoid it, but you simply don’t have the same issues that someone with Celiac has. Now that I’ve given myself and you a dose of tell it like it is, I found even more interesting information out thanks to the Dr. Oz Show!
The good news for me was that a lot of the foods that are anti-inflammatory are foods that I either eat often or just enjoy in general and I’m hoping that you do too. They did a nice job of separating them out by meal so here you go:
- Nuts – surprise
- Berries – well that was pretty much a no-brainer too – and I have some in my smoothie – at least over 3 weeks in 2014
- Fat Free Greek Yogurt – I usually have this as my morning snack so YAY to me
- Coffee – yes – as I mentioned when I was writing about “You Being Beautiful”, coffee is a powerful anti-oxidant if you skip the cream and sugar. Honestly, I use milk and sweetener, but I’m hoping that I get some benefit still. Dr. Oz and his expert identified this as the #1 anti-oxidant in the American diet
- Green Tea – it apparently has as many anti-oxidants as a salad
- Salad with dark, leafy greens and other colour vegetables – YAY, I eat one every day and often for lunch
- Vegetarian Chili – who knew? The beans or other legumes that you may use are great for you. So are lentils
One of my former go-to lunches was a turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread, but it’s not a great every day option because the meat is processed, full of salt and preservatives that can cause inflammation. Boo – but everything in moderation right? I only have this once or twice a month now anyway.
- Salmon – no big surprise – it’s a great source of Omega 3 which helps reduce inflammation
- Red potatoes, but they have to be red. Very surprising – I never would have guessed this one, but they have anti-oxidants that white potatoes just don’t
- Green beans – again, not a surprise
Chicken is also good for you, but it doesn’t have the same anti-inflammatory properties that salmon does. If you like corn, they made a great point – it’s fed to cattle to fatten them up. I love it, but again, everything in moderation. If you eat the good choices that I wrote about, apparently, you should feel better about a week after you start making those food choices. You should have fewer aches and pains, have more energy and even think better. I do feel much better and I was a big nay-sayer if that helps. Once you start introducing foods that can cause inflammation, you won’t feel great. That brings us to foods that can trigger inflammation.
- Transfats – these include packaged baked goods with longer shelf lives, fried foods and stick margarine. These are the worst of the worst when it comes to inflammation
- Saturated fats like animal fat and dairy. These include meats, sausage and cheese. They are high in fat and cause inflammation. I love cheese…more than I love most people…I’ll just keep telling myself everything in moderation…
- Refined carbs like the yummy danishes I have pictured above. They also includes bagels, white rice, white pasta, white bread – ok just anything white. They cause a spike in insulin and that isn’t good for your body
- Omega 6’s – these are essential fats and we do need some because they are pro-anti-inflammatory. Your body does require some inflammation to fight off diseases like cancer and other injuries, but it is possible to get too many of this essential fat. Sources include corn oil, safflower oil, sesame oil…any oil labelled vegetable oil really. Olive oil is much better for you.
There you have it – the good and the bad. Again, you can have these foods in moderation. It’s not a total downer. That’s something to be grateful for. Speaking of gratitude, my good friend BSF is having a birthday today. I’ve written about her before, and today, I’m grateful that she is having a lovely day – the type of day that she deserves. Happy Birthday – I wish you all of the HEALTH and HAPPINESS in the world.