for Urban Professionals & Other Skeptics in a Rush
March 22, 2013 in Physical Health
There are powerful anti-inflammatories on the market, and I hope you never have to take any of them. You may be able to decrease inflammation by changing your diet.
Now you’ll notice if you look at just about any diet around (with the exception of Atkins), that they all suggest eating more fruits and vegetables, less meat, and even less processed carbohydrates and refined sugars. That’s because these are excellent guidelines, whatever name the diet is given! If you remember nothing else, start there.
An “anti-inflammatory” diet adds on a few more specific recommendations:
As ever, the only way to know if this will work for you is to try it. Here’s a sample daily menu to give you some ideas about how to try on this anti-inflammatory way of eating.
None other than my favorite “brown” smoothie, which if you are not hooked on yet, you will be soon. Swirl in some lemon fish oil (I know that sounds awful, but if your back really hurts, why not try it for a week and see how you feel?).
Hearty salad with roasted root vegetables (diced, tossed in olive oil and sea salt, and roasted the night before, or even a few days before, at 375 for 45 minutes), your favorite raw greens, whole cooked spelt or quinoa, walnuts, and an olive-oil based dressing (olive oil, lemon and a little dijon make a great home made dressing).
Mediterranean lentil soup, wild salmon or black cod with maple miso and oranges, love my greens salad with hempseeds and olive oil-flax oil dressing. This menu calls for some recipes…
Excellent Lentil soup
Ingredients: 1 onion, 1 shallot, 1 cup red lentils, ½ cup short grain brown rice, 4tbsp olive oil, 6 cups vegetable stock, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 lemon. I think the shallot takes this one over the top.
Maple-miso glazed fish
Ingredients: fatty fish filet of your choice, 1/3 cup miso, 1 tbsp maple syrup, ½ shallot, 1 inch piece of ginger, 1 orange.
Love me and my greens salad
Ingredients: your favorite salad greens, microgreens, sprouts, avocado, baby cucumber, hemp seeds, flax oil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pepper, fresh cilantro, fresh mint.
If you’re paying attention, you know that this is installment number 3 of 5 on back pain. I’ve got two more practices that I hope will have a positive impact on your back, your mood, and your life. In that order.
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